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Downer was the co-producer/UPM on the hit comedy Never Been Kissed, starring Drew Barrymore. He also served in that capacity on the HBO movie Always Outnumbered starring Laurence Fishburne. As a line producer or unit production manager, Downer’s credits include the films Speed 2: Cruise Control, Gang Related, Courage Under Fire, Dunston Checks In, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Mr. Holland's Opus and Love Potion No. 9. For television he was the UPM on the HBO telefilms And the Band Played On and Barbarians at the Gate, and the USA movies Dangerous Heart and Lies of the Twins.
Downer's most recent film credits include Runaway Jury (starring Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, John Cusack), Don't Say a Word (starring Michael Douglas), the TV show Lie To Me, and First Daughter (2004) (starring Katie Holmes, Michael Keaton).
In 2005, Downer produced his first television episode on the short lived ABC drama, Blind Justice. Afterward, he worked on another ABC short-lived, but highly acclaimed drama, Commander in Chief starring Geena Davis.
Currently, Downer is busy producing television episodes for the CBS drama Shark starring James Woods.
Downer currently resides in the Los Angeles area of Southern California, is divorced, and the father of five children.