Robert Downey Jr. Posts Tribute to Late Father Robert Downey Sr.

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Robert Downey Sr., who directed ‘Putney Swope,’ passed at the age of 85.

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Robert Downey Sr., the maverick filmmaker who directed the counter-culture classic Putney Swope and the father of Robert Downey Jr., has passed away from Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 85. Downey Jr. has recently been talking about his father’s work recently, like in an interview with Howard Stern when he spoke about Martin Scorsese‘s comments on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how he appreciates Scorsese for the work he’s doing to preserve his father’s films, archiving them for generations to see for years to come. In an Instagram post, Downey Jr. shared a message about his father and praised him with his struggle through Parkinson’s as well as with his work as a filmmaker.

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“RIP Bob D. Sr. 1936-2021…Last night, dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson’s ..he was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout..According to my stepmoms calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years,” Downey Jr. wrote in an Instagram post, going on to praise his stepmother. “Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

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Downey Sr. gave his son one of his first roles in the movie Pound, and there was clearly an appreciation between the two for their work in cinema. Along with his heartfelt message about his father, Downey Jr. also shared a black-and-white picture of his father as a younger man. Downey Jr. has often praised his father in posts for Father’s Day and in interviews, clearly respecting the filmmaker and it is a sad moment for fans of both Downey Sr. and Downey Jr. as well. Downey Jr. also recently had to say goodbye to his longtime friend and assistant Jimmy Rich due to a tragic car accident.

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Our thoughts are with the Downey family during this difficult time. Downey Jr.’s tribute to his father can be seen below.

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