Sadly, Robert Dowing Sr. has passed away at 85. This comes after years of suffering with Parkingson’s Disease. However, thankfully, his son confirms the legendary icon died peacefully in his sleep. Besides being father to Robert Dowing jr., he was a filmmaker and Acting Icon. Apparently, news spread quickly after Robert Downing Jr. took to his instagram page to acknowledge the loss of his father. In the post, he wrote,
“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 stepmom’s calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years. Rosemary Rogers-Downing, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
Robert Dowing Sr.: Life & Career
Originally, born with the name Robert John Elias Jr, Downing Sr. acted and directed a wide variety of films but none received critical cult status quite like his film, “Putney Swope.” Additionally, other films of his included Balls Bluff (1961), Babo 73 (1964), Chafed Elbows (1966), Pound (1970) Greaser’s Palace (1972) among others. Furthermore, his son, Downey Jr. appeared in two of his films 1970’s “Pound,” and 1990 comedy, “Too Much Sun.”
Apart from acting, writing, and directing, he played minor-leagued baseball and was a Golden Gloves Champion. Later on, when he decided to enlist in the army, he took on the name Robert Downing after his stepfather, James Downing. Moreover, Dowing Sr. was married three times and is currently survived by his latest wife, author Rosemary Rogers (m. 1998) whom he married the third time and his children (Robert Downing Jr. and Allyson Downing from Elsie Ann Ford, m. 1962)
Hypefresh sends it’s condolences to the Dowing Family during this difficult time as we remember his legendary impact.