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Robert Downey Sr

Director/actor

Born - 24 June 1936, New York City, USA
Died - 7 July 2021

Very tall, enigmatic-looking American director making frequently eye-catchingly irreverent movies which initially struggled to find distribution. The father of superstar Robert Downey Jr and actress Allyson Downey, he was born Robert Elias, but took his stepfather's surname as a boy. Finding work as an actor, he began making films as a director a few years later: Babo 73 (1964), No More Excuses (1968), Putney Swope (1969), Pound (1970), Greaser's Palace (1972), Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight (1975), Up the Academy (1980), America (1986), Rented Lips (1988), Too Much Sun (1990), Hugo Pool (1997) and Rittenhouse Square (2005), his last. As an actor, his films included You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat (1971), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Johnny Be Good (1988), Hail Caesar (1994), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), The Family Man (2000), From Other Worlds (2004) and Tower Heist (2011). Three times married, he died from Parkinson's Disease.