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      Robert Downey Sr.

      Robert Downey Sr.

      Highest Rated: 100% Radio Unnameable (2012)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 24, 1936

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Described by an associate as "a big jovial bear," Robert Downey Sr translated his irreverent, mordant humor to the screen as the writer-director of several experimental cult classics of the late 1960s and early 70s. He first became known for the experimental short "Chafed Elbows" (1966), an hour-long film composed almost entirely of still photographs overdubbed with dialogue that was a success on New York City's underground and art-house cinema scene. Downey had worked in advertising and lampooned that business in the movie everyone associates with him, "Putney Swope" (1969), about the hilarious changes made by a token black member of an ad agency after he is accidentally elected Chairman of the Board. Downey's next film, the absurdist "Pound" (1970), in which human actors play animals awaiting euthanasia at a city animal shelter, included the first screen performance by his son, future Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr. A super-offbeat Jesus Christ parody with a Western setting, "Greaser's Palace" (1972) offers some wonderful performances by Allan Arbus as a zoot-suited Jesus, Albert Henderson as head Greaser and Stan Gottlieb as the "wife" of a deformed Mexican with a lecherous yen for the Saviour. With Chuck Barris, Downey co-wrote "The Gong Show Movie" (1980) and also directed "Rented Lips" (1988), scripted and produced by Martin Mull. Though his acting appearances were few, he did play an ad agency head in "You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat" (1971), an NCAA investigator in "Johnny Be Good" (1988) and a recording studio manager in "Boogie Nights" (1997). Downey wrote and directed "Too Much Sun" (1991), a farce about a competition between a brother and sister (both gay) to have a child first, so as to inherit a fortune from their father. He returned with "Hugo Pool" (1997), co-written with his late wife Laura, about a dedicated, beautiful and lonely Beverly Hills pool cleaner (Alyssa Milano) who becomes involved in the lives of her clients, particularly Floyd, an attractive man afflicted with ALS (the same disease that had felled Laura Downey). His son Robert Downey Jr appeared in "Hugo Pool," the seventh of his father's films in which he acted. Robert Downey Sr. died on July 7, 2021 at the age of 85.

      Highest rated movies

      Radio Unnameable
      To Live and Die in L.A.
      From Other Worlds

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      LESS THAN ZERO, Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., 1987, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. TRUE BELIEVER, Robert Downey Jr., 1989. SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, Robert Downey Jr., 2011. ©Warner Bros. KISS KISS BANG BANG, Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr. 2005, (c) Warner Brothers TUFF TURF, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, 1985. ©New World Releasing A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, Dianne Wiest, Robert Downey Jr., 2006.©First Look Pictures Good Morning America, Robert Downey Jr., 11/03/1975, ©ABC SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, from left: Robert Downey Jr., Noomi Rapace, Jude Law, 2011. ©Warner Bros. IRON MAN, Robert Downey Jr., 2008. ©Paramount LESS THAN ZERO, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, 1987, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp.. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, FROM LEFT, BENEDICT WONG AS WONG, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AS DOCTOR STRANGE, MARK RUFFALO AS HULK, ROBERT DOWNEY, JR., AS IRON MAN, 2018. PH: CHUCK ZLOTNICK. ©MARVEL/©WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES NATURAL BORN KILLERS, from left: Robert Downey jr., Woody Harrelson, 1994. ©Warner Bros. TWO GIRLS AND A GUY, Heather Graham, Robert Downey Jr., Natasha Gregson Wagner, 1997 JOHNNY BE GOOD, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Michael Hall, Uma Thurman, 1988, (c) Orion TRUE BELIEVER, James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., 1989, (c)Columbia Pictures TROPIC THUNDER, Robert Downey Jr., 2008, © DreamWorks Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black in "Tropic Thunder" TROPIC THUNDER, Robert Downey Jr., 2008, © DreamWorks THE SOLOIST, from left: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, 2009. PH: Francois Duhamel/©DreamWorks SKG THE SOLOIST, from left: Robert Downey Jr., Marcos De Silvas, 2009. PH: Francois Duhamel/©DreamWorks SKG

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      97% 90% "Sr." Self - 2022
      100% 65% Radio Unnameable Unknown (Character) $24.0K 2012
      50% No Score Yet Rittenhouse Square Director - 2005
      38% No Score Yet From Other Worlds Baker (Character) - 2004
      29% 45% Hugo Pool Director - 1997
      14% 28% Too Much Sun Director $44.5K 1991
      No Score Yet 21% Moving Target Weinberg (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rented Lips Director - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet America Director - 1986
      88% 78% To Live and Die in L.A. Thomas Bateman (Character) $16.6M 1985
      No Score Yet 37% The Gong Show Movie Screenwriter - 1980
      0% 43% Up the Academy Director - 1980
      No Score Yet 38% Moment to Moment Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1975
      50% 59% Greaser's Palace Director - 1972
      No Score Yet 67% Pound Director,
      Writer
      - 1970
      69% 75% Putney Swope Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1969
      No Score Yet 47% No More Excuses Pvt. Stewart Thompson (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bersaglio mobile Unknown (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 42% Chafed Elbows Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Touch of Greatness Director - 1964
      No Score Yet 37% Babo 73 Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1964

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1986