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Robert Downey Sr Filmmaker dies after battle with Parkinson

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Countercultural Filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. Dies at 85 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0100-Robert Downey Jr says his filmmaker father had spent years 'enduring the ravages of Parkinson's' before his death.

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Filmmaker Robert Downey Sr dies after battle with Parkinson’s disease, aged 85

Robert Downey Sr, a renowned filmmaker, has passed away at the age of 85, his son Robert Downey Jr has announced.

Writing on Instagram, the Iron Man actor wrote: “Last night, dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson's.

“He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout. According to my stepmom's calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years.

“Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Born in 1936 in New York City as Robert Elias Jr, he changed his name to Downey so he could enlist in the army.

After he left the military, Downey Sr made his name as a radical and anti-establishment filmmaker, and is known for projects such as Putney Swope and Greaser's Palace.

Not only did he make films, he also starred in a number of them, including a turn in Boogie Nights as the studio manager and the show director in Magnolia.

He directed his last film in 2005 – the documentary Rittenhouse Square – about the park of the same name in Philadelphia.

Downey Sr is survived by his wife, author Rosemary Rogers.


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Filmmaker Robert Downey Sr dies after battle with Parkinson's … Thu, 08 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0100-Robert Downey Sr., the accomplished countercultural filmmaker, actor and father of superstar Robert Downey Jr., has died. He was 85. – The National Herald.

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Countercultural Filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. Dies at 85

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FILE – Actor Robert Downey Jr., left, and his father Robert Downey Sr. arrive at Time s 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala in New York on May 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

Robert Downey Sr., the accomplished countercultural filmmaker, actor and father of superstar Robert Downey Jr., has died. He was 85. 

Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram that his father died late Tuesday in his sleep at home in New York. He had Parkinson's disease for more than five years. 

“He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout,” Downey Jr. wrote. “According to my stepmom's calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years.”

Downey was a Hollywood journeyman who made a name for himself with radical, anti-establishment films, like the low-budget Madison Avenue advertising industry satire “Putney Swope” and the Western Jesus parable “Greaser's Palace” starring Allan Arbus. His son, Robert Downey Jr., daughter Allyson Downey and first wife Elsie Downey also appeared in “Greaser's Palace.” 

He also acted in films, playing Thomas Bateman in “To Live and Die in L.A.”, the studio manager in “Boogie Nights” and the show director in “Magnolia.”

Born in New York City in 1936 as Robert Elias Jr., he later changed his surname to Downey — his stepfather's name — in order to enlist in the army early. After the army, he got into filmmaking by chance while living in New York with his sister. 

The last film he directed was the 2005 documentary “Rittenhouse Square,” about a small Philadelphia park. 

The elder Downey is also survived by his wife, bestselling author Rosemary Rogers. 

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FILE – Actor Robert Downey Jr., left, and his father Robert Downey Sr. arrive at Time s 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala in New York on May 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

Robert Downey Sr., the accomplished countercultural filmmaker, actor and father of superstar Robert Downey Jr., has died. He was 85. 

Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram that his father died late Tuesday in his sleep at home in New York. He had Parkinson's disease for more than five years. 

“He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout,” Downey Jr. wrote. “According to my stepmom's calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years.”

Downey was a Hollywood journeyman who made a name for himself with radical, anti-establishment films, like the low-budget Madison Avenue advertising industry satire “Putney Swope” and the Western Jesus parable “Greaser's Palace” starring Allan Arbus. His son, Robert Downey Jr., daughter Allyson Downey and first wife Elsie Downey also appeared in “Greaser's Palace.” 

He also acted in films, playing Thomas Bateman in “To Live and Die in L.A.”, the studio manager in “Boogie Nights” and the show director in “Magnolia.”

Born in New York City in 1936 as Robert Elias Jr., he later changed his surname to Downey — his stepfather's name — in order to enlist in the army early. After the army, he got into filmmaking by chance while living in New York with his sister. 

The last film he directed was the 2005 documentary “Rittenhouse Square,” about a small Philadelphia park. 

The elder Downey is also survived by his wife, bestselling author Rosemary Rogers. 


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