The American actor and director died on July 7 in New York where he lived. He had been battling Parkinson’s disease for five years. His son paid him a heartfelt tribute.
The cinema will remember him for having been the master builder of the excellent film. Hot day in LA which brought together Malcolm McDowell and Sean Penn. Actor and director Robert Downey Sr., the father of the famous Sherlock holmes and D‘Iron Man, died on July 7 in New York where he lived. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday on June 24th.
His son, Robert Downey Jr. hero of Iron-man and Avengers, immediately paid him poignant tribute: “Rest in Peace Bob D. Sr. 1936-2021. Last night Papa died peacefully in his sleep after years of suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He was a genuine filmmaker, always flirting with a maverick outlook. He has also always displayed great optimism. According to my mother-in-law’s calculations, they were married for just over 2,000 years. Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint and our thoughts and prayers are with you.“
A man of many talents, Robert Downey Sr. has worked all his life in front of and behind the camera. As a director he has notably directed Sticks and Bones (1973), Up the Academy (1980) and of course Hot day in LA (1997). And in the skin of the actor that he will never cease to be, he will have played around thirty characters in comedies, thrillers, genre films from 1961 until 2011, where he held the role of Judge Ramos in The Central Park Heist, his latest film.
Proud of the success of his son, Robert Downey Sr. left his reserve in 2001, when the latter rose to fame after receiving the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his formidable composition in comedy. Ally mcbeal, is accused of consuming cocaine. Knowing the grandeur and the pangs of cinema, he will say in defense of his son-acrobat: “Life is too easy when you become a star. Suddenly people are doing whatever you want and leading you down the wrong path. From that point of view, Hollywood is horrible.A truly anti-conformist and paradoxical vision of the cinema world observed by a man, who however, will have devoted almost all his life to it.
Hot day in LA (Hugo pool or Pool Girl ) by Robert Downey Sr., in 1997, with Alyssa Milano, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Dempsey, Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn …