Robert Downey Sr., the refined nonconformist movie producer, entertainer and father of hotshot Robert Downey Jr., has kicked the bucket. He was 85.
Downey Jr. composed on Instagram that his dad kicked the bucket late Tuesday in his rest at home in New York. He had Parkinson’s infection for over five years.
“He was a genuine free thinker producer, and remained surprisingly hopeful all through,” Downey Jr. composed. “As indicated by my stepmom’s computations, they were cheerfully hitched for a little more than 2000 years.”
Downey was a Hollywood understudy who became well known with revolutionary, insurrectionary movies, similar to the low-spending Madison Avenue publicizing industry parody “Putney Swope” and the Western Jesus story “Greaser’s Palace” featuring Allan Arbus. His child, Robert Downey Jr., girl Allyson Downey and first spouse Elsie Downey additionally showed up in “Greaser’s Palace.”
He additionally acted in films, playing Thomas Bateman in “To Live and Die in L.A.”, the studio administrator in “Boogie Nights” and the show chief in “Magnolia.”
Brought into the world in New York City in 1936 as Robert Elias Jr., he later changed his family name to Downey — his stepfather’s name — to enroll in the military early. After the military, he got into filmmaking by some coincidence while living in New York with his sister.
The last movie he coordinated was the 2005 narrative “Rittenhouse Square,” about a little Philadelphia park.
The senior Downey is likewise made due by his significant other, top rated creator Rosemary Rogers.