Robert Downey Sr. passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 85. Robert Downey Jr., his son, made the news on his own Instagram account.
Downey Sr. was afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. According to his son’s tweet, he died in his sleep.
“He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout,” Downey Jr. wrote. “Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
Rogers-Downey is Downey Sr.’s widow, and Downey Jr.’s stepmother. Downey Sr. was previously married to Laura Ernst and Elsie Downey, Downey Jr.’s mother.
“According to my stepmom’s calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years,” Downey Jr. joked.
Between 1964 and 2005, Downey Sr. directed feature films such as The Sweet Smell of Sex, Putney Swope, Up the Academy, and Hugo Pool. As an actor, he acted in films such as To Live and Die in L.A., Hail Caesar, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia.
With Elsie Downey, he also had a daughter, Allyson Downey.