Robert Downey Jr's father Robert Downey Sr dies at 85

Robert Downey Sr, filmmaker and father of Robert Downey Jr, has died aged 85, his wife Rosemary Rogers has said.

She confirmed to New York Daily News that Downey Sr died in his sleep at his New York home on Wednesday morning, having battled Parkinson’s Disease for the past five years.

He was a noted actor whose credits include Tales of the City, To Live and Die in L.A., Boogie Nights and more recently the comedy Tower Heist in 2011, alongside Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. Downey Sr also appeared as himself in Saturday Night Live in 2015.

Meanwhile his directing credits include The Twilight Zone, No More Excuses and Too Much Sun.

In 2001 he gave an interview to The New York Post amid his son’s well publicised issues with drugs, saying he had ‘a lot of hope’ he could overcome them.

‘If he can stay focused and beat this, he can help himself and a lot of other people through his example,’ Downey Sr said.

‘Life is too easy when you’re a movie star. People will do anything you want and get you anything you want.’

The director was married three times, first to the Marvel star’s mother Elsie Anne Downey who he also shared daughter Allyson with. They split in 1975.

He went on to marry Laura Ernst until her death in 1994 and then author Rogers in 1998.

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