Robert Downey Jr pays tribute to ‘true maverick’ film-maker father.

Written by on July 8, 2021

Film-maker and actor Robert Downey Sr – the father of actor Robert Downey Jr – has died at the age of 85.

“Dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson’s,” the Iron Man star wrote.

“He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout.”

Downey Sr was a leading figure in independent US cinema in the 1950s and 60s, best known for writing and directing the 1969 satire Putney Swope.

He also appeared in such movies as Boogie Nights, Magnolia and To Live and Die in LA.

The movies he created had small budgets, a counter-cultural ethos and cutting humour.

Putney Swope was a satire on the advertising world of Madison Avenue, while his other directing credits included 1961’s Balls Bluff, 1964’s Babo 73 and 1972’s Greaser’s Palace.

Credit: BBC

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