Robert Downey, Sr.
American actor and director
Robert Downey, Sr.
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.
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Tina Fey And Amy Poehler's Squad Puts Taylor Swift's To Shame On 'SNL'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler might have some bad blood on their hands after this weekend.  On "Saturday Night Live," the duo poked fun at Taylor Swift and her band of supermodel friends in a sketch called "Tina & Amy's Dope Squad."  Filmed to look like the "Bad Blood" music video, Fey and Poehler appear in an array of superhero-meets-sex vixen outfits, while they sing about the "dope" women (and a man, too!) in their lives. Everyone from Fey's and Poehler's nannies and their gynecologist (yes, they share one, as BFFs do) to Fey's mammogram technician are part of their real, down-to-earth crew.  But don't get it twisted -- as Amy (aka "Shortfuse") points out, their squad is a "veritable who's who."  They're hangin' with Gayle King, Robert Downey Sr. and Amy Schumer (who may or may not have been tricked into showing up).   Watch the whole sketch below:  Of course, the comedians have poked fun at T.Swift before. At the 2013 Golden Globes, Fey threw a jab ...
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Nathan George, 56
Hometown Source - almost 2 years
Nathan was born on January 30, 1959, the youngest son of Robert, Sr. and Inez (Thornquist) George. He graduated from Osakis High School in 1977. Nate had grown up helping in the family electrical business. He worked construction for a number of years and then began working for a road construction company driving gravel truck. Nate was a member of the Long Bridge Lutheran Church and was on the Little Sauk Township Board for many years, serving as supervisor and election judge. Besides his love for hunting, trapping and fishing, Nate also liked stock car racing and worked on a pit crew for many years. He was a Vikings and Nascar racing fan. He looked forward to weekly card games with his buddies and was always the one to share the joke of day. All his life he was interested in the Old West and loved watching Western movies and reading Western novels. He was proud to be a godfather to many. Not only his own nieces and nephews, but other friends children as well. ...
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De Niro casts spotlight on works of his artist father at Sundance
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Piya Sinha-Roy PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Robert De Niro may best be known as an Oscar-winning actor, but in a new documentary he takes on the role of a devoted son as he spotlights his own artist father, Robert Sr., for his influential but not well-known works in the New York City abstract expressionist art movement. De Niro, 70, who won Oscars for his lead role in "Raging Bull" and his supporting turn in "The Godfather: Part II", attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday to premiere "Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr. ...
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The Strings That Tie a Family Together
Cinnaminson Patch - over 4 years
A passion passed on from father to son. That’s how Robert Riccardi Jr. describes the business he inherited, Riccardi's Violin Shop.    Riccardi is a luthier, a craftsman who repairs or restores stringed instruments. Inside his garage on Hickstown Road in the Gloucester Township’s Sicklerville section, Riccardi gives new life to ailing upright basses, violins, violas and cellos. With the closing in recent years of bigger shops, such as Moenning & Son in Philadelphia, smaller ones like Riccardi’s are filling the gap for musicians who need a trusted technician to fix their instruments  Despite his love of the craft, lutherie isn’t Riccardi’s full-time occupation—education is. He’s principal at Winslow Township School No. 2, an elementary school. He spends most of his time in the shop on nights and weekends. “What I enjoy is putting on jazz or classical (on the stereo) and being able to engross myself in the repair,” he said in a recent interview at the shop. An ...
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Video Free Brooklyn Purchased By Local Film Critic
Carrol Gardens Patch - over 4 years
Video Free Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens’ last standing video store, has been saved by film critic Aaron Hillis, who purchased the store last week and plans to re-open after some renovations, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywall). Hillis, who lives down the block from Video Free Brooklyn and was a loyal customer since it opened on Smith Street in 2002, admitted to the paper that the idea of owning a video store in the age of Netflix and iTunes was a little crazy, but hopes to set himself apart by stocking hard-to-find titles and hold screenings in the shop. "You can treat it in the same way as the vinyl resurgence,” Hillis told the Journal. “It's about being able to chat about movies with someone knowledgeable behind the counter, being able to pick up a box and not just click but have it in your hand.” Hillis is currently looking to raise $50,000 through Video Free Brooklyn’s indiegogo.com page to completely renovate the space. According to their page, the floor is warped ...
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Legal experts weigh in on effect of FAMU band member statements in hazing death case
Fox News - almost 5 years
Band members' statements to investigators that a Florida A & M University drum major willingly got on a bus where he endured a beating with drumsticks, mallets and fists help explain why the nearly dozen defendants charged in his death face felony hazing counts and not more severe charges such as manslaughter and second-degree murder, legal experts say. Interviews with defendants in Robert Champion's killing and other band members released Wednesday paint the most detailed picture yet of what happened the night he died last November. They also offer some insight into why Robert Champion, whose parents and friends say he was a vocal opponent of hazing, finally relented and got aboard "Bus C," the band's notorious venue for hazing after its performances during FAMU football games. Champion was seeking the top position in the famed marching band, leading dozens who had already endured the hazing ritual. The Marching 100 has performed at Super Bowls and ...
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Etan Thomas: Questions Surrounding the Trayvon Martin Case
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
"I heard the yell for help, one yell for help, and then I heard another... excruciating type of yell. It didn't almost sound like 'help.' It just sounded so painful... two men on the grass, one on top of each other ... And then I heard the gunshots, which, to me, were more like pops than they were like a bang ... Within a couple of seconds after the shots, one of the men was walking toward where I was watching, and I could see him a little bit clearer. Could see that it was a Hispanic man. He didn't appear hurt or anything else." -- Eyewitness talking to CNN's Anderson Cooper Robert Zimmerman (shooter's father) told CNN that Martin confronted his son first and pummeled his son. "He was punched in the nose. His nose was broken," Robert Zimmerman said. "He was knocked to the concrete. Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him. In the face. In his nose, hitting his head on the concrete." This account differed from what an actual witness described in saying ...
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Sac-Joaquin Section All-League Baseball - MaxPreps
Google News - over 5 years
MVP, Kyle Robinson Sr. Downey; Coach of the Year, Kreg Moore Downey Infield, Clayton Miller, Sr. Modesto; Infield, Conner Torres, Jr. Beyer; Infield, Devon Gradford, Jr. Downey; Infield, Clay Welch, Sr. Downey; Outfield, Ryan Lehikainen, Sr. Johansen;
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Guenther is MMC softball MVP - Modesto Bee
Google News - almost 6 years
... Jr. Davis: Kai Begonia, Jr.; Nikki Cardoza, Jr. Modesto: Kimberly Phippen, Soph. Beyer Kylee Pierce, Soph. Johansen: Missy Sandoval, Sr. Enochs: Erica Guzman, Fresh. Davis: Brooke Hawkins, Sr. Downey: Paige Cody. Modesto: Jasmine Hill, Fresh
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Downey, Sr.
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1998
    Age 61
    He currently lives in New York City with his third wife, Rosemary Rogers, whom he married in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details By the age of 22, Downey had served in the Army, played semi-pro baseball, become a Golden Gloves boxing champion, and an Off-Off-Broadway playwright.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Robert Downey Jr.'s lengthy acting resume includes appearances in eight films directed by his father (Pound, Greaser's Palace, Moment to Moment, Up the Academy, America, Rented Lips, Too Much Sun, Hugo Pool) as well as two acting appearances in movies where his father was also an actor (Johnny Be Good, Hail Caesar).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He moved into big-budget filmmaking with the surrealistic Greaser's Palace (1972). His most recent film was Rittenhouse Square (2005), a documentary capturing life in a Philadelphia park. Downey Sr.'s movies were often family affairs. His first wife, Elsie, appears in four of his movies (Chafed Elbows, Pound, Greaser's Palace, Moment to Moment) as well as co-writing one (Moment to Moment).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on June 24, 1936.
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