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American actor and filmmaker, Robert Downey Sr. passed away early Wednesday morning after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. This was reported by his son, Hollywood actor, Robert Downey Jr. via Instagram.
“Last night, dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson’s,” the Iron Man actor wrote in his post. “He was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout.”
Known for his curious countercultural satire, Downey Sr. directed plays loaded with absurdity and double entendres, such as Putney Swope (1969) and Greaser’s Palace (1972).
Downey Sr. also acted in major film releases in the late ’90s, such as Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999) and The Family Man (2000).