Robert Downey Sr.

Robert Downey Sr.

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1936-06-24 · Deathday: 2021-07-07 (85 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

37 Movies · 4 TV shows

Also Known As: Robert John Downey Sr. · Robert Elias Jr. · Robert Downey

Biography

Robert John Downey Sr. (born Robert Elias Jr.; June 24, 1936) is a retired American actor, director, producer, writer, cinematographer, and the father and namesake of actor Robert Downey Jr. He is known for writing and directing the underground film Putney Swope, a satire on the New York Madison Avenue advertising world. According to film scholar Wheeler Winston Dixon, Downey Sr.'s films during the 1960s were "strictly take-no-prisoners affairs, with minimal budgets and outrageous satire, effectively pushing forward the countercultural agenda of the day."

Personal Life

Downey has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Elsie Ann 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. His second marriage, to actress-writer Laura Ernst, ended with her 1994 death from Lou Gehrig's disease. In 1998 he married his third wife, Rosemary Rogers, author of Random House bestseller Saints Preserve Us! and seven other books. They live in New York City.

Early Life

Robert John Downey Sr. was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of Elizabeth (née McLauchlen), a model, and Robert Elias Sr., who worked in management of motels and restaurants. His paternal grandparents were Lithuanian Jews, while his mother was of half Irish and half Hungarian-Jewish ancestry. The elder Downey was born Robert Elias Jr., but he later changed his surname for his stepfather, James Downey, when he wanted to enlist in the U.S. Army, but was underage at the time.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Robert Downey: Moment to Moment

Robert Downey: Moment to Moment

2021
Sean Price Willams pays tribute to one of his filmmaking heroes with a style that is just as out there as his subject, mixing new material and never-before-seen archival footage in this portrait of th...

2019.

1 Movie
Searching for Mr. Rugoff

Searching for Mr. Rugoff

2019
The feature documentary Searching for Mr. Rugoff is the story of Donald Rugoff, who was the crazy genius behind Cinema 5, the mid-century theater chain and film distribution company. Rugoff was a diff...

2017.

1 Movie
Don't Blink: Robert Frank

Don't Blink: Robert Frank

2017
The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they're one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he's covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to the...

2012.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Pablo

Pablo

2012
A man with a personal journey that spans from Havana to his current home in the garage behind his son's house is the subject of a documentary.
TV
Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

2012
Henry Louis Gates was the son of Gates. He was a scholar at Harvard. People can look in the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper tra...
Radio Unnameable

Radio Unnameable

2012
The story of legendary New York City disc jockey Bob Fass who pioneered free expression on the airwaves with his long running radio program 'Radio Unnameable'.

2011.

1 Movie
Tower Heist

Tower Heist

6.4
2011
A group of workers are going to get revenge on a Wall Street fraudster. The unlikely crew of amateur thieves enlisted the help of a small-time crook to steal the $20 million they are sure is hidden in...

2005.

2 Movies
A Touch of Greatness

A Touch of Greatness

2005
In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America's schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom. Through the use of poetry...
Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square

2005
Rittenhouse Square is an impressionistic, music-filled documentary about a small Philadelphia park - "the spot" - where people go to meet friends, find romance, muse about life and enjoy the beauty of...

2000.

1 Movie
The Family Man

The Family Man

4.5
2000
Jack disarmed the attacker. He woke up next to Kate, the college sweetheart he left to pursue his career. Jack has to choose between his high-power career and the woman he loves as he stumbles through...

1999.

1 Movie
Magnolia

Magnolia

6
1999
The San Fernando Valley has many interrelated characters.

1997.

2 Movies
Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights

5.43
1997
When sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent ...
Hugo Pool

Hugo Pool

1997
A young man who is dying of Lou Gerhig's Disease is in love with a Los Angeles pool cleaner.

1996.

1 Movie
The Sunchaser

The Sunchaser

1996
A young half-Navajo convict dying of cancer is forced to go to a magic healing lake by a yuppie doctor.

1994.

1 Movie
Hail Caesar

Hail Caesar

1994
Caesar has a hard time dividing his time between his band and girlfriend. Ceasar is disliked by Buffer's dad. He bet by calling in Caesar. If Caesar makes a hundred thousand dollars in six months, he ...

1993.

1 Movie
The Last Party

The Last Party

1993
The advice to young Americans to get the kind of government they deserve was given during the 1992 presidential campaign.

1990.

1 Movie
Too Much Sun

Too Much Sun

1990
A clause in a multimillionaire's will requires his children to have a grandchild within a year of his death.

1988.

3 Movies
Moving Target

Moving Target

1988
A teenage musician is on the run from his killers and the police when he returns home to find his home empty and his family gone.
Johnny Be Good

Johnny Be Good

1988
Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect despite being short and scrawny. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local ...
Rented Lips

Rented Lips

1988
A documentary filmmaker, who has spent the last 15 years making films like "Aluminum: Our Shiny Friend," is finally given the chance to make the documentary on Indian farming he has always wanted to. ...

1986.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Matlock

Matlock

6
1986
Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Produc...
America

America

1986
The crew of a New York cable TV station got a lot of attention after bouncing a signal off the moon.

1985.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

6
1985
The style of the 1980s revival of the classic sci-fi series is similar to that of the original anthology series. The stories are usually horror or suspense and have a surprising twist at the end. The ...
To Live and Die in L.A.

To Live and Die in L.A.

6
1985
The counterfeiter who killed his partner is going to be brought down by a fearless Secret Service agent.

1981.

1 Movie
Energy and How to Get It

Energy and How to Get It

1981
Filmed in Wendover, Nevada, in early 1981, Energy and How to Get It combines documentary and fictional ideas. What began as a documentary film about Robert Golka, an engineer who was experimenting wit...

1980.

2 Movies
The Gong Show Movie

The Gong Show Movie

1980
A week in the life of Chuck Barris, the creator of "The Gong Show".
Up the Academy

Up the Academy

1980
There is a kind of mixture between 'Animal House' and Police Academy. Four boys are sent to the same place. There is a military academy. The life of dicipline is a lot of work. These boys know how to ...

1975.

1 Movie
Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight

Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight

1975
Moment to Moment does not have a beginning or an end.

1973.

1 Movie
Sticks and Bones

Sticks and Bones

1973
A man returns from Vietnam. He is bitter about the war. The movie deals with the aftermath of war and how people react to it. IMDb

1972.

1 Movie
Greaser's Palace

Greaser's Palace

1972
The life of Christ is a parable. This isn't your father's Bible story, it's full of references about the destruction of the world in a New Mexican setting.

1971.

2 Movies
You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat

You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat

1971
Zalman King is a counterculture comedy that follows him as he searches for his life's purpose in New York City.
Is There Sex After Death?

Is There Sex After Death?

1971
Driving through New York City in his Sexmobile, Dr. Harrison Rogers of the Bureau of Sexological Investigation, searches out luminary figures in the world of sex.

1970.

1 Movie
Pound

Pound

1970
18 dogs are waiting to be adopted from a pound.

1969.

2 Movies
Naughty Nurse

Naughty Nurse

1969
A doctor and nurse sneak away for a kinky encounter, only to be interrupted by a cop...with a secret of his own.
Putney Swope

Putney Swope

1
1969
The only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm was put in charge after the death of the chairman.

1968.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Dick Cavett Show

The Dick Cavett Show

1968
The Dick Cavett Show is a talk show hosted by Dick Cavett on various television networks.
No More Excuses

No More Excuses

1968
A bizarre portrait of the New York singles scene.

1966.

1 Movie
Chafed Elbows

Chafed Elbows

1966
A day in the life of a young Manhattanite who is in love with his mother, gives birth to $1890 from his hip, and kills indiscriminately.

1965.

1 Movie
Sweet Smell of Sex

Sweet Smell of Sex

1965
A young woman arrives in New York to visit a friend and lands in one hot spot after another as she fends off the perverted advances from every man she meets.

1964.

1 Movie
Babo 73

Babo 73

1964
The president of the United Status, who, when he isn’t at the White House— a dilapidated Victorian— conducts his top-secret affairs on a deserted beach.

1961.

1 Movie
Balls Bluff

Balls Bluff

1961
In the year 1961, a soldier from the Civil War lands in New York City's Central Park. He went to Yankee Stadium to look for Civil War soldiers. IMDb
Last updated: 
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Robert_Downey_Sr.", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.
Product
contacts@moviefit.me
Terms and Conditions
Affiliate Disclosure
Privacy Policy
Social Media
Twitter
Pinterest
Download
iOS Application
Android Application