Much like the character he played iron man movies, Robert Downey Jr. had some legacy to live up to as he entered his chosen profession. Robert Downey Sr. was also an accomplished actor, writer and director. He wrote and directed the satire putney swap and appeared in To live and die in LA The elder Downey had been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past five years and is now said to have lost that battle. Robert Downey Sr. has died at the age of 85.
Robert Downey Sr. never saw the success of mainstream film as a writer and director. Certainly not in a way that his son would eventually become a global superstar as an actor. However, his films, often satirical and somewhat absurd, certainly found his audience. While Downey did most of his famous work in the 1960s, he continued to work as a writer and director until the 1990s, and even took occasional acting roles until modern times. His last credited appearance on the big screen was as a judge in the Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy comedy Tower Heist.
In addition to his famous son, Robert Downey Sr. is survived by his wife, writer Rosemary Rogers, who reported the director’s passing to the New York Daily News.
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