Robert Downey Sr., the filmmaker, actor and father of Robert Downey Jr., has died. He was 85.
Downey Sr. died in his sleep, his spouse mentioned, at his New York Metropolis residence Wednesday, in response to the Solar. He celebrated his eighty fifth birthday final month.
Finest recognized for his performing appearances in “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “To Reside and Die in LA,” Downey Sr. had been battling Parkinson’s illness for greater than 5 years.
Downey Jr., 56, paid tribute to his father Wednesday, calling him a “maverick.”
“RIP Bob D. Sr. 1936-2021…Final evening, dad handed peacefully in his sleep after years of putting up with the ravages of Parkinson’s,” he wrote. “He was a real maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic all through..In response to my stepmoms calculations, they have been fortunately married for simply over 2000 years. Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you’re a saint, and our ideas and prayers are with you.”
The daddy of stars Robert Downey Jr. and Allyson Downey, the director, author and producer largely stayed away from press, largely to guard his well-known youngsters. However in 2001, when his Oscar-nominated son was dealing with cocaine prices, Downey Sr. spoke to The Put up at size in regards to the difficulties being in Hollywood.
“Life is just too straightforward whenever you’re a film star. Individuals will do something you need and get you something you need,” he informed The Put up. “Hollywood is a horrible place.”
Born in New York, Downey Sr. served within the Military, performed minor league baseball, was a Golden Gloves boxing champ and a playwright for off-off-Broadway productions earlier than the age of twenty-two, in response to IMDb.
By the Sixties, he pivoted to movie, writing and directing classics similar to “Balls Bluff” (1961), “Babo 73” (1964), “Chafed Elbows” (1966), “No Extra Excuses” (1968) and “Putney Swope” (1969).
After the cult success of the satirical “Putney Swope,” he hit backside when his profession foundered within the Nineteen Seventies.
“Ten years of cocaine across the clock,” he informed The Put up in 2001. “I didn’t beat it till ’81, till my late spouse gave me an ultimatum. I formally stop in entrance of my son. He retains reminding me about it. I inform him, ‘If it made such an impression on you, then why can’t you do the identical factor?’ ”
The latest movie he labored on was 2011’s “Tower Heist,” which additionally starred Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Casey Affleck. As director, his ultimate tasks have been 1997’s “Hugo Pool” and the 2005 documentary “Rittenhouse Sq..”