Robert Downey, Sr.

Actor and Director
Born Jun 24, 1936

Robert John Downey, Sr. is an American actor, writer, and film director, and the father of actor Robert Downey, Jr. He is best known as an underground filmmaker, serving as director and/or writer of such cult classics as Putney Swope, a biting satire on the New York Madison Avenue advertising world.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on June 24, 1936.


1961 25 Years Old In 1961, working with the film editor Fred von Bernewitz, he began writing and directing low-budget 16mm films which gained an underground following, beginning with Ball's Bluff (1961), a fantasy short about a Civil War soldier who awakens in Central Park in 1961. … Read More


1970 34 Years Old Daughter Allyson and son Robert Jr. each made their film debuts in the 1970 absurdist comedy Pound at the ages of 7 and 5, respectively; Allyson would appear in one more film by her father, Up the Academy. … Read More
1975 39 Years Old Downey has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Elsie Downey (née Ford), with whom he had two children: actress/writer Allyson Downey and actor Robert Downey, Jr. The marriage ended in divorce in 1975. Downey Sr.'s second marriage, to actress-writer Laura Ernst, ended with her 1994 death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.


1998 62 Years Old He currently lives in New York City with his third wife, Rosemary Rogers, whom he married in 1998. … Read More
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