10:04 a.m. PST – Robert Downey Jr. remembers his late father as a “true maverick filmmaker” who “remained remarkably optimistic throughout the process.”
Jr. just posted a tribute to Sr. and says his thoughts and prayers are with his mother-in-law.
Robert Downey Sr. – whose credits included filmmaking, directing, writing, acting and authorship Robert Downey Jr. – died at the age of 85.
Sr. died in his sleep at home in New York on Wednesday after battling Parkinson’s disease, according to his wife, who spoke to the NY Daily News.
Downey Sr.’s career began in the ’60s directing and writing smaller projects before moving to big budget movies in the’ 70s with “Greaser’s Palace”. He has also appeared in “Boogie Nights”, “Magnolia” and other films.
Sr. had two children with the actress Elsie Ann Ford – Allyson and Downey Jr. – but the couple divorced in 1975. He married two more times … Laura Ernst, died in 1994, and 4 years later, he married Rosemary Rogers, with whom he remained until his death.
Sr.’s most recent film, “Rittenhouse Square,” ended in 2005 on the daily occurrences in a park in Philadelphia.
Robert Downey Jr. has yet to comment publicly on his father’s death.
Robert Downey Sr. was 85 years old.
Originally posted – 9:20 am PT