Actor, director, writer and cinematographer Robert Downey, SR. passed away July 7, 2021 in New York City. Downey Sr. was the father of Robert Downey, JR.
Robert Downey JR. posted about his father’s passing on his Instagram in a statement saying, “Last night, dad passed away peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson’s…he was a true maverick filmmaker.” He was 85.
Downey SR. is known for having written and directed the underground film PUTNEY SWOPE (1969), a satire on the New York Madison Avenue advertising world. His additional directing credits include A TOUCH OF GREATNESS (1964), STICKS AND BONES (1973), THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1985-1989), HUGO POOL (1997) and RITTENHOUSE SQUARE (2005).
As an actor Downey SR. made appearances in film and TV series including THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1985-1989), MATLOCK (1986-1995), 1ST & TEN (1984-1991), TALES OF THE CITY (1993), BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997), MAGNOLIA (1999), THE FAMILY MAN (2000) and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (1975-).
Ringside Report sends our condolences to Robert Downey Sr.’s family during their time of grief.