Filmmaker Robert Downey Sr, best known for his 1969 film Putney Swope, had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease in the last few years of his life.

Robert Downey Sr, the director of classic movie Putney Swope and father of Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr, has died. He was 85. On Tuesday, he announced the news on Instagram, saying that his father died in his sleep at home in New York City.

Robert had Parkinson’s disease for more than five years, according to the actor.

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“He was a true outlaw filmmaker who remained remarkably upbeat throughout his career. My stepmother calculated that they had been happily married for just over 2000 years” he penned.

Born Robert Elias Jr. on June 24, 1936 in New York City, the filmmaker changed his name to James Downey in honour of his stepfather and to enlist in the US Army early.

After his service, Robert moved to Greenwich Village with his sister, where he fell in love with the underground cinema of the time.

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