Robert bought Hollywood Professional School and renamed it Tinsel Townsend Studios. Unfortunately, the studio was fully destroyed in a earthquake during the mid 90s.
Robert was honored with an Honorary Doctorate by Georgia State University.
Robert has developed his own foundation called The Robert Townsend Foundation. It gives back to up-and-coming and established artists.
As a youngster, Robert dreamed of being a basketball player but wasn't really good at it.
Robert made the movie Hollywood Shuffle in 14 days on a small budget of $100,000. He charged $40,000 of the project to his credit cards.
Robert has two sisters and a brother.
Robert was divorced by his wife Cheri Townsend in 2001 for irreconcilable differences. They were married for 11 years.
At age 16, Robert auditioned at the X-BAG in Chicago and received 2 lines in the play. But after long rehearsals, cast members dropped out and Robert ended up playing the roles of 6 different characters.
He received an honorary doctorate degree from Columbia college.
He is the President and CEO for Productions of The Family Black Channel.
He owns his own production company, The Townsend Entertainment Corporation.
He has 3 children.
Robert Townsend: I know kids are manipulated by TV and movies and music. When I'm doing The Parent 'Hood, I feel that it's really 100 percent necessary to deal with themes that enlighten the kids as well as educate, and then be funny
Robert Townsend: (On his show, Parent Hood) I want people to get an idea of what it's like to give your kids a choice to make a decision on their own and not bully them
Robert Townsend: (Talks about The Meteor Man) We haven't seen even one movie where the hero is black and he's talking to everybody...I just want one to cheer for. Like I cheer for Terminator, I cheer for Rambo, I cheer for James Bond. I just want one.... He doesn't have to be super, just a hero.
Robert Townsend: (Talks about the Five Heartbeats) Each character is totally different from the other. One might be what most people expect from the black male, while the others take you in completely different directions. I want to show people something they haven't seen before.
Robert Townsend: I know it's a tall order and I've set the bar really high, but in order to reach the stars you must set your sights on the moon.
Robert Townsend: A true producer is resourceful and doesn't think in a box. Producers are really troubleshooters that on any budget will give the Director what he wants and sometimes with no additional money.