The actor and filmmaker Robert Downey Sr– who is the father of Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr – passed away on at his home in New York City after a battle with Parkinson’s disease, his son confirmed on Instagram.
Robert Jr wrote alongside a throwback picture of his father: “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 stepmom’s calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years,” he joked.
“Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers
are with you.”
Rogers-Downey was at home with the Boogie Nights star when he died.
Robert Sr stayed away from the spotlight as much as possible, but previously spoke about the difficulties of being in Hollywood when talking about his son’s struggle with fame.
He said in 2001: “Life is too easy when you’re a movie star. People will do anything you want and get you anything you want. Hollywood is a horrible place.”
The Magnolia actor also previously confessed to being addicted to cocaine at the height of his career, and stopped after being confronted by his wife and his son.
He explained: “Ten years of cocaine around the clock. I didn’t beat it until ’81, until my late wife gave me an ultimatum. I officially quit in front of my son. He keeps reminding me about it. I tell him, ‘If it made such an impression on you, then why can’t you do the same thing?’
Robert Sr’s most recent film project was 2011’s Tower Heist, while his final directorial role was the 2005 documentary Rittenhouse Square.