Shortly after the news broke on Wednesday that Robert Downey Sr., the director of the anti-establishment satirical classic Putney Swope had died in his sleep, his son Robert Downey Jr., paid tribute to his father, calling him “a true maverick filmmaker.”
Downey Jr. went on to say that his father had suffered the ravages of Parkinson’s disease, but died in his sleep. He also added some levity in a tribute to his stepmother, Rosemary Rogers-Downey: “According to my stepmoms calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years. Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
The Downey family scion also posted a black and white portrait of his father above the message.
Here is the full text of RDJ’s Instagram post:
RIP Bob D. Sr. 1936-2021…Last night, dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson’s ..he was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout..According to my stepmoms calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years.
Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The National Board of Review posted a remembrance of some of Downey Sr.’s films and observed: “Downey can be characterized by his anarchic humor, anti-establishment voice and DIY approach to filmmaking — an inspiration to anyone with aims to tell stories and make films outside the confines of the commercial Hollywood system.”
Indy maverick filmmakers don’t get much more indy mavericky than Robert Downey, Sr. Rest In Peace. https://t.co/S2og0FJtia
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) July 7, 2021
The great Robert Downey Sr. has died. He was a pioneering underground filmmaker, a true original, and a lovely man. (A prince, even.) One of the highlights of my time at the Village Voice was this broad-ranging interview I got to do with him: https://t.co/HBrMan12VX
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) July 7, 2021