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Robert Downey Sr. is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 1 june 1936 at New York City (USA)

Robert Downey Sr.

Robert Downey Sr.
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Birth name Robert John Elias Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 1 june 1936 (84 years) at New York City (USA)

Robert John Downey Sr. (né Robert Elias Jr.; June 24, 1936) is an American actor and filmmaker, 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 satire on the New York Madison Avenue advertising world. According to film scholar Wheeler Winston Dixon, Downey'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."


Downey was born in New York City, the son of Elizabeth (née McLoughlin), 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. Downey was born Robert Elias; but he changed his last name to Downey for his stepfather, James Downey, when he wanted to enlist in the United States Army but was underage at the time.

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.

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Filmography of Robert Downey Sr. (23 films)

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Tower Heist, 1h44
Directed by Brett Ratner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni
Roles Judge Ramos
Rating61% 3.09853.09853.09853.09853.0985
Josh Kovaks is the building manager of The Tower, a luxury apartment complex on Central Park West in New York City whose employees include concierge Charlie, who is expecting a child with Josh's sister; Enrique, a newly hired elevator operator; Lester, the doorman nearing retirement; Odessa, an immigrant maid from Jamaica; and receptionist Miss Iovenko, who is studying to become a lawyer.
The Family Man, 2h5
Directed by Brett Ratner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about families, Christmas films
Actors Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven, Saul Rubinek, Josef Sommer
Rating67% 3.3993753.3993753.3993753.3993753.399375
Jack Campbell is a single, wealthy Wall Street executive living the high life in New York City. He is in the midst of putting together a multi-billion dollar merger and has ordered an emergency meeting on Christmas Day to ensure its success. The concept of family life clearly has little or no meaning for him. In his office, on Christmas Eve, he is surprised to hear that his former girlfriend, Kate, tried to call him after many years. After reminiscing a bit, he walks into a convenience store where a lottery contestant, Cash, barges in saying that he has a winning ticket worth $238. The store clerk believes that Cash is lying and refuses to give him his winnings. Cash pulls out a gun and is about to shoot the clerk before Jack offers to buy the ticket from him for $200, thus averting disaster. Jack and Cash settle their business deal outside. Jack offers to help Cash. In return, Cash questions Jack, asking him if he is missing anything in his life. Jack assures him he has everything he needs. The two part company, but not before Cash cryptically tells Jack that actions have consequence and that Jack has brought whatever is coming on himself. Jack returns to his penthouse and sleeps away the night alone.
Magnolia (1999)
, 3h1
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about cancer, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Tom Cruise, Jeremy Blackman, Melinda Dillon, April Grace, Luis Guzmán, Philip Baker Hall
Roles Crew Member Cameo
Rating79% 3.9988153.9988153.9988153.9988153.998815
The narrator recounts three instances of incredible coincidences and suggests that forces greater than chance play important roles in life.
Boogie Nights, 2h36
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Films about television, Films about pornography, Musical films, Buddy films
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy
Roles Studio owner
Rating78% 3.94873.94873.94873.94873.9487
In 1977, Eddie Adams is a high school dropout who lives with his stepfather and emotionally abusive alcoholic mother in Torrance, California. He works at a Reseda nightclub owned by Maurice Rodriguez, where he is discovered by porn director Jack Horner, who auditions him by watching him have sex with Rollergirl, a porn starlet who always wears skates. After a heated argument with his mother about his girlfriend and sex life, Adams moves in with Horner at his San Fernando Valley home.
The Sunchaser, 2h2
Directed by Michael Cimino, Brian W. Cook
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft, Alexandra Tydings, Antwon Tanner, Matt Mulhern
Roles Telephone Voices
Rating61% 3.099523.099523.099523.099523.09952
Blue est un jeune métis indien de 16 ans atteint d'un cancer. Il prend en otage le docteur Reynolds, cancérologue de Los Angeles et entame un périple désespéré qui le conduit sur la terre de ses ancêtres. Il pense que sa guérison viendra de sa rencontre avec un sorcier navajo et de la découverte d'un lac sacré.
Hail Caesar, 1h40
Directed by Anthony Michael Hall
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Bobbie Phillips, Frank Gorshin
Roles Butler
Rating32% 1.6218651.6218651.6218651.6218651.621865
Caesar is having a hard time dividing his time between his band and his rich girlfriend, Buffer, whose father hates him. Buffer's father calls Caesar in to make a bet: If Caesar makes $100,000 within six months, he can have Buffer; if he does not, he is banished from her life.
Johnny Be Good, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Gleason, Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly, Steve James
Roles NCAA Investigator
Rating46% 2.3020152.3020152.3020152.3020152.302015
Johnny Walker (Hall) is the top high school quarterback prospect who is heavily recruited by many schools. His best friend, Leo Wiggins (Downey), thinks he should hold out for the best offer. His girlfriend, Georgia (Thurman), wants him to go to State with her and get a solid education. The colleges offer him everything he could possibly want — girls, cars, cash, free room and board, etc. One school even buys Leo a car, while another offers to provide him with male companions if he isn't interested in women. His coach, Wayne Hisler (Gleason), who he really can't stand, even tries to sell him out by striking a deal with one of the interested colleges to become their next head coach. Although he has all the skills a coach would want in a quarterback, he is unsure where he wants to go and is tempted by the offers because of all of the praise and attention. His recruitment is followed closely by a recruiting investigator (Downey, Sr.) who is trying to make sure everything is on the "up and up". Although Johnny lives with his mother, grandfather, younger brother and sister, he is offered everything and anything by every interested college except for the local state college, which is where he ends up going when he uses his moral compass to make the decision.
To Live and Die in L.A., 1h56
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Chase films, Faux-monnayeur
Actors William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Darlanne Fluegel, Debra Feuer, John Turturro
Roles Thomas Bateman
Rating72% 3.648513.648513.648513.648513.64851
Richard Chance and Jimmy Hart are United States Secret Service agents assigned as counterfeiting investigators in its Los Angeles field office. Chance has a reputation for reckless behavior, while Hart is three days away from retirement. Alone, Hart stakes out a warehouse in the desert thought to be a print house of counterfeiter Rick Masters. After Masters and Jack, his bodyguard, kill Hart, Chance explains to his new partner, John Vukovich, that he will take Masters down no matter what.
Is There Sex After Death?, 1h42
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about pornography
Actors Buck Henry, Robert Downey Sr., Holly Woodlawn, Marshall Efron, Mink Stole, Janet Banzet
Roles Himself
Rating48% 2.444922.444922.444922.444922.44492
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. According to the movie, the answer to the title question is: "No, only affection".
Putney Swope, 1h24
Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Arnold Johnson, Antonio Fargas, Allen Garfield, Allan Arbus, Robert Downey Sr., Shelley Plimpton
Roles Putney Swope (voice) (uncredited)
Rating69% 3.4969053.4969053.4969053.4969053.496905
Putney Swope, the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm, is accidentally put in charge after the unexpected death of the chairman of the board: each board member actually believed that he, himself, should be elected chairman, but the bylaws of the corporation prohibit voting for oneself, so each individual member voted his secret ballot for the person that no one else would vote for: Putney Swope.


Hugo Pool
Hugo Pool (1997)
, 1h32
Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Alyssa Milano, Patrick Dempsey, Malcolm McDowell, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, Cathy Moriarty
Rating51% 2.555782.555782.555782.555782.55578
Hugo Dugay (Alyssa Milano) runs a small company, Hugo Pool, that cleans swimming pools in Los Angeles. The film covers one day in her life, during which she must clean many pools in the midst of a drought that interferes with her usual water supply. In addition to dealing with several eccentric customers, including mobster Chick Chicalini (Richard Lewis) and filmmaker Franz Mazur (Robert Downey, Jr.), Hugo must care for her needy parents Minerva (Cathy Moriarty) and Henry (Malcolm McDowell). Also, Hugo may be falling in love with Floyd Gaylen (Patrick Dempsey), a customer of hers who has ALS.
Too Much Sun
Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Allan Arbus, Robert Downey Jr., Howard Duff, Lara Harris, James Hong, Eric Idle
Rating41% 2.0961652.0961652.0961652.0961652.096165
A multi-millionaire is making out his will. His son is gay and his daughter a lesbian, yet he vows to leave his fortune to the first one who can produce a grandchild.