Rosemary Rogers-Downey is an American novelist. She is best known as an author of several Random House bestsellers including Saints Preserve Us!. Rosemary and Robert Downey Sr have two children – Allyson Downey and Robert Jr. She currently resides in New York City.
Robert Downey Jr’s father, an early pioneer of New York City’s underground film scene in the 1960s whose anti-establishment comedy Putney Swope launched his son’s career, passed away this morning according to his wife who reported this news outlet. He was 85.
Early Life and Education
Downey cut his teeth in New York’s underground film scene. His 1969 movie “Putney Swope” became an indictment of advertising business practices that has since become an American cinema classic.
Joseph Papp and the New York Public Theater both engaged him for projects, with him directing David Rabe’s play “Sticks and Bones” for CBS in 1973; unfortunately due to its anti-war themes sponsors pulled out and forced the network to air it without commercials.
Rosemary Rogers-Downey has written several books and collaborated on numerous films with her late husband Robert Downey Jr. She currently resides in Manhattan and maintains strong ties with their two children from a previous marriage, in addition to supporting their legacy and being there when needed for both children.
Downey made his mark as an unconventional filmmaker after dabbling in semi-pro baseball and the Army; his films earned acclaim as fearless counterculture films that defied convention and taboos; his 1969 race-based satire Putney Swope was inducted into the National Film Registry while Pound gave Downey’s five-year-old son his first screen line (“At least it’s my own cradle!”).
He was married to three women throughout his lifetime: Elsie Downey from 1962 to 1975, Laura Ernst from 1991 until her death from Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1994, and Rosemary Rogers (author of Saints Preserve Us! and other books) until her passing on July 7, 2021. Both these partners remain living.
Achievement and Honors
Rosemary Rogers-Downey was born on 12-7-1932 and therefore represents Life Path Number 7. This number represents introspection and self-awareness; people born under this sign typically search for truth and knowledge.
Downey was an early pioneer of low-budget, absurdist independent cinema of the 1960s. His 1969 film Putney Swope has been recognized by the Library of Congress and added to its National Film Registry.
He was also an accomplished screenwriter and actor, appearing in movies such as Magnolia and Boogie Nights. Downey married Elsie Downey for 23 years until their separation in 1975; Laura Ernst would later pass away due to Lou Gehrig’s disease; finally in 1998 he married Rosemary Rogers-Downey as his third partner.
Downey Sr was an innovator of independent cinema during the ’50s and ’60s, crafting microbudget films with a distinctive countercultural tone. Additionally, he directed off-Broadway plays as well as television programs such as Sticks and Bones, America, and Rented Lips.
Downey had two children from his first wife Elsie – Downey Jr and actress Allyson Downey. Later he married Laura Ernst who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1994.
Downey Sr was a prolific author who published several books, such as Saints Preserve Us!, Who in Hell, and Boomer Babes. Additionally, he was known as an accomplished philanthropist who donated generously to various arts and educational institutions. Unfortunately, however, he lived a lifelong smoking habit until his death of respiratory complications at 85 in July 2021 – whereupon he was laid to rest next to his second wife.
Tony Stark/Iron Man and has earned him significant earnings. Additionally, his production company Team Downey offers other projects as well as endorsement deals.
He is married to Susan Downey and together they have collaborated on films like The Judge and Dolittle.
Robert Downey Sr passed away at 85 on July 7, 2021 and left an estimated net worth of $10 Million at that time. An underground filmmaker known for films like Babo 73, Putney Swope and Greaser’s Palace; also the father of actor Robert Downey Jr; previously married to Elsie Downey and Laura Ernst before finally marrying author Rosemary Rogers in 1998.