Robert Downey Sr. (1936–2021)


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Robert Downey Sr. served in the army, played minor-league baseball, was a Golden Gloves champion and off-off Broadway playwright, all before he was 22 years old. Downey was born in New York City, New York, the son of Elizabeth (McLoughlin), a model, and Robert Elias, who worked in hotel/restaurant management. He took the surname of his stepfather, ... See full bio »

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Known For

To Live and Die in L.A. Thomas Bateman
(1985)
Boogie Nights Burt, Studio Manager
(1997)
The Family Man Man in House
(2000)
Putney Swope Putney Swope
(1969)

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 2015 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Robert Downey Sr.
- Tina Fey & Amy Poehler/Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2015) ... Robert Downey Sr. (uncredited)
 2011 Tower Heist
Judge Ramos
 2004 From Other Worlds
Baker
 2000 The Family Man
Man in House (as Robert Downey Sr. 'A Prince')
 1999 Magnolia
WDKK Show Director (as Bob Downey Sr. 'a Prince')
 1997 Boogie Nights
Burt, Studio Manager (as Robert Downey Sr. 'A Prince')
 1996 The Sunchaser
Telephone Voices (as Robert Downey)
 1994 Hail Caesar
Butler
 1993 Tales of the City (TV Mini Series)
Edgar's Doctor
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Edgar's Doctor
 1988-1989 1st & Ten (TV Series)
Mike McDonald / Reporter #4 / Reporter / ...
- The High and the Mighty (1989) ... Mike McDonald
- Down and Out in Bulls Stadium (1988) ... Reporter #4
- Caught in the Draft (1988) ... Reporter (as Robert Downey)
- A Family Affair ... Sports Writer (as Bob Downey)
 1988 Johnny Be Good
NCAA Investigator
 1988 Moving Target (TV Movie)
Weinberg
 1987 Matlock (TV Series)
Judge Warren Anderson
- The Annihilator (1987) ... Judge Warren Anderson (as Robert Downey)
 1985 To Live and Die in L.A.
Thomas Bateman (as Robert Downey)
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Mr. Miller (segment "Wordplay")
- Wordplay/Dreams for Sale/Chameleon (1985) ... Mr. Miller (segment "Wordplay") (as Robert J. Downey)
 1969 Naughty Nurse (Short)
Desk Clerk
 1969 Putney Swope
Putney Swope (voice, uncredited)
 1968 No More Excuses
Pvt. Stewart Thompson
 1961 Balls Bluff (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unpublished novel, written in 1950s, was influenced by J.D. Salinger. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Robert Downey Sr. 'A Prince' | Robert Downey 'A Prince' | Bob Downey Sr. 'a Prince' | Bob Downey | Robert J. Downey | Robert Downey | Robert Downey [a prince]

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)

Spouse:

Rosemary Rogers  (his death) | See more »

Children:

Allyson Downey | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[describing his childhood]: It was like a bad version of "The Catcher In The Rye". My mother was groovy-looking and was married four times. I got booted out of three prep schools - St.Paul's, Peddie and Lawrenceville - and never got past the ninth-and-a-half grade. I was on athletics scholarships and I never went to classes. See more »

Trivia:

Husband of Elsie Downey, who appeared on screen almost exclusively in his movies. See more »

Nickname:

Bob

Star Sign:

Cancer

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