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Filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. has died at 85

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Filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr poses for photos during 'An Evening With Robert Downey, Sr.' at Film Forum on May 20, 2016 in New York City.
Filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr poses for photos during 'An Evening With Robert Downey, Sr.' at Film Forum on May 20, 2016 in New York City. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., the father of Robert Downey Jr., has died in his sleep on Wednesday morning, his wife told the New York Daily News. Downey Sr. was 85.

Downey was a pioneer of the experimental filmmaking scene in New York City during the 1960s.

His film "Putney Swope," about a Black advertising executive who is accidentally put in charge of a big firm and proceeds to upend the business, was a landmark work of the time and would make Downey a star on the scene.

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