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Robert Downey Sr.

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Robert Downey Sr.
Robert Elias Jr.

(1936-06-24)June 24, 1936[1]
DiedJuly 7, 2021(2021-07-07) (aged 85)
Occupation(s)Celebrity, Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer
Years active1953 - 2013
Height191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
  • Elsie Ann Ford
    (m. 1962; div. 1975)
  • Laura Ernst
    (m. 1991; died 1994)
  • Rosemary Rogers
    (m. 1998; "his death" is deprecated; use "died" instead. 2021)
Children2; including Robert Jr.
Parent(s)Robert Elias Sr.
Elizabeth McLauchlen

Robert John Downey Sr. (born Robert Elias Jr.; June 24, 1936 - July 7, 2021) was an American movie director, screenwriter and celebrity. He was the father of celebrity Robert Downey Jr.. Downey Sr. was best known for writing and directing the underground movie Putney Swope.[3] He retired in 2013. Downey Sr. was born in New York City.[4] Downey Sr. starred in Johnny Be Good, Hail Caesar and Tower Heist.

Downey Sr. died in his sleep at his home in New York City on July 7, 2021 from problems caused by Parkinson's disease, aged 85.[5]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Duchovnay, Gerald (2012). Film Voices: Interviews from Post Script. SUNY Press. ISBN 9780791484753.
  2. Finn, Natalie (September 26, 2014). "Robert Downey Jr.'s Mother Dies: Read His Moving, Candid Tribute to Elsie Ann Downey". E! Online. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  3. Gates, Henry Louis (15 September 2014). "Robert Downey Jr.". Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series (1st ed.). UNC Press Books. ISBN 978-1469618012. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  4. "Rosemary Rogers, Robert Downey". The New York Times. May 10, 1998. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  5. DeNinno, Nadine (July 7, 2021). "Robert Downey Sr., actor and filmmaker dad of Robert Jr., dead at 85". The New York Post.

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