Robert Downey Sr., accomplished filmmaker and actor and dad of Robert Downey Jr., dead at 85

Robert Downey Sr., accomplished filmmaker and actor and dad of Robert Downey Jr., dead at 85

Robert Downey Sr., iconic filmmaker of breakthrough anti-establishment classic films such as “Putney Swope” and “Greaser’s Palace,” died early Wednesday morning in his sleep at his home in New York City, his wife told the Daily News exclusively. 

Downey, who turned 85 last month and had been battling Parkinson’s disease, also appeared in the movies “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” and “To Live And Die in L.A.”

The filmmaker, actor, producer and writer was a life-long New Yorker and the husband of bestselling author Rosemary Rogers and father of actor Robert Downey Jr.

Rogers was at home with Downey Sr. when he died. He succumbed after suffering from Parkinson’s for more five years.

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