Robert Downey Sr.

Highest Rated: 100% Radio Unnameable (2012)
Lowest Rated: 0% Johnny Be Good (1988)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
American director Robert Downey served in the Army, pitched in semi-pro baseball and became an actor, all before he was 25 years old. In 1963, he began directing basement-budgeted absurdist films which gained a following in the "underground" cinema circuit: Babo 73 (1963), Chafed Elbows (1965) and No More Excuses (1968). Putney Swope (1969) was the first Downey-directed film to earn a mainstream release; a devastating satire of Madison Avenue, Putney explored the possibilities of an African-American activist given carte blanche at an advertising agency. The commercial parodies contained in the film were so "right on" (to use the vernacular of the era) that some impressionable reviewers assumed that Downey himself was black. The director thrived in the laissez-faire film world of the '70s with such irreverent films as Pound (1970), wherein humans (successfully) behaved like dogs for 90 minutes, and Greaser's Palace (1972), an outrageous restaging of the life of Christ in "spaghetti western" terms. He also continued his erstwhile acting career with appearances in films like Is There Sex After Death? (1971). Downey's take-no-prisoners sense of humor didn't mesh well with the comic attitudes of others, as witness Up the Academy (1980), a failed attempt by Mad magazine to emulate the National Lampoon movies. Thus Downey entered the '90s marching to his own beat again, making films exclusively for his specialized audience. Robert Downey is the father of actor Robert Downey Jr., who made his own film debut at age five in his dad's Pound.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% Radio Unnameable Actor $24.5K 2012
67% Tower Heist Judge Ramos $78.1M 2011
50% Rittenhouse Square Director Screenwriter 2005
38% From Other Worlds Actor 2004
53% The Family Man Man in House 2000
No Score Yet Chafed Elbows Screenwriter Producer Director 2000
81% Bowfinger Jerry Renfro 1999
31% Hugo Pool Director Franz Mazur 1997
93% Boogie Nights Burt, Recording Studio Manager 1997
17% The Sunchaser Telephone Voices 1996
No Score Yet Hail Caesar Jerry 1994
95% Short Cuts Bill Bush 1993
No Score Yet The Last Party Actor 1993
20% Too Much Sun Director 1991
No Score Yet Rented Lips Director 1988
0% Johnny Be Good NCAA Investigator 1988
91% To Live and Die in L.A. Thomas Bateman 1985
0% Up the Academy Director 1980
No Score Yet Two Tons Of Turqoise To Taos Tonight Screenwriter Director 1975
50% Greaser's Palace Director 1972
No Score Yet Is There Sex After Death? Himself 1971
64% Putney Swope Director 1969

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Celebrity Damage Control
2014-2015
Host
  • 2015
  • 2014
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2005
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Larry Paul
75% More Tales Of The City
1998
Edgar's Doctor
100% Tales of the City
1993
Edgar's Doctor

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