Robert John Downey, Sr. (born 1937) is an American actor, writer, film director and father of actor Robert Downey, Jr. He is known as the director and writer of the cult classic feature film Putney Swope, a biting satire on the New York Madison Avenue advertising world.
By the age of 22, Downey had served in the Army, played minor league baseball, become a Golden Gloves champion and an Off-Off-Broadway playwright. In 1961, working with the film editor Fred von Bernewitz, he began writing and directing low-budget 16mm films which gained an underground following, beginning with Ball’s Bluff (1961), a fantasy short about a Civil War soldier who awakens in Central Park in 1961.
He moved into big-budget filmmaking with the surrealistic Greaser’s Palace (1972). His most recent film was Rittenhouse Square (2005), a documentary capturing life in a Philadelphia park. —wikipedia
Happy belated 77th birthday, Robert Sr. (June 24, 1935) Someone (other than me) please add Chafed Elbows (1966). A hilariously outrageous narrative presented in a rather unique fashion.