Robert Downey Jr. is a prominent American actor, producer, and playback singer. Best known for his portrayal of Tony Stark in Iron Man
, the superstar is one of the highest paid actors in the world, ranking in at number one from 2012 to 2015. After a promising start to his career as a child actor, Robert Downey Jr struggled with drugs and alcohol-related problems. However, he soon recovered and became one of Hollywood`s most sought-after actors, starring in numerous blockbusters and winning several awards along the way.Early Life
Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, to Robert Downey Sr., a filmmaker and actor, and Elsie Ann, an actress. He, along with his sister Allyson, was brought up in Greenwich Village. Robert Downey Jr. was raised in a highly unstable environment. His father was a drug addict and allowed Downey Jr. to consume marijuana when he was as young as six years old. He believed that his father didn`t know any other way to bond with him. The actor claims that he consumed alcohol and sought after drugs each and every day.
Robert Downey Jr. attended the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York but moved to California in 1978, when his parents got divorced. He began studying at the Santa Monica High School but dropped out four years later and moved to New York in order to pursue a career in acting.Personal Life
Robert Downey Jr. and actress Sarah Jessica Parker
began dating in around 1983 when they met on the sets of the movie Firstborn. The actor claims that his drug addiction ruined their relationship and they broke up soon after.
On the 29th of May, 1992, Robert Downey Jr. married Deborah Falconer, an actress, and singer. A year later, they had a son, Indio Falconer Downey. In April 2004, the couple finalized their divorce, which was caused due to Robert Downey Jr.`s ongoing trips to the rehab and jail.
In the year 2003, on the sets of the movie Gothika, Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Levin, an Executive Vice President of Production at Silver Pictures, fell in love with one another. On November 5, 2003, the eve of Susan Levin`s birthday, the actor proposed to her. They got married in August 2005 in a Jewish ceremony. Robert Downey Jr. sports a tattoo of her name on one of his arms. The couple has a son named Exton and a daughter named Avri.Movie Career
Robert Downey Jr. began his career as a child actor, appearing in several of his father Robert Downey Sr.`s films. His debut came in the wacky comedy movie Pound in 1970, when Downey Jr. was just five years old. After dropping out of college to pursue his acting career full-time, Downey Jr. acted in musicals and had a brief, unsuccessful stint on the TV show Saturday Night Live. In 1985, the actor received two breakthroughs in the form of the movies Tuff Turf and Weird Science. His first lead role came in the 1987 film The Pick-up Artist. Later that year, Downey Jr. acted in the critically acclaimed movie Less Than Zero
, which saw him play the role of a drug addict.
The actor went on to star in several more movies like Air America and Soapdish until he landed the role of Charlie Chaplin in the 1992 movie Chaplin
. Robert Downey Jr.`s performance was received with overwhelmingly positive reviews and he was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. However, his career growth was stunted by his notorious drug problems, which escalated between 1996 and 2001, during which Downey Jr. served several prison sentences and made numerous visits to rehab centers. He was even fired off the sets of movies and TV shows due to his uncontrollable drug addiction.
The actor got back to the big screen in 2003, with the movie The Singing Detective, produced by Robert Downey Jr.`s friend Mel Gibson, who helped Downey Jr. bag the role. Over the next few years, the actor went on to act in movies like Gothika, A Scanner Darkley, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and the mystery thriller Zodiac
. His success in these movies led to him being cast as Tony Stark- the Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr.`s most successful and iconic role to date. Iron Man
, released in 2008, grossed over 500 million US dollars and saw Downey Jr. become one of Hollywood`s most sought-after actors. Later that year, he co-starred in the hit action comedy Tropic Thunder, alongside Ben Stiller and Jack Black. In 2009, he acted in The Soloist
, followed by playing the titular character in the period mystery film Sherlock Holmes
. Robert Downey Jr.`s performance in Sherlock Holmes was praised worldwide and he received a Golden Globe Award for the Best Actor. The year 2010 saw the superstar reprise his role of Tony Stark in the blockbuster hit Iron Man 2
. Later that year, he acted opposite Zach Galifianakis
in the comedy road film Due Date
. The following year saw the actor reprise his role of detective Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
In the year 2012, Robert Downey Jr. returned to the silver screen as Iron Man, in Marvel`s The Avengers
, which also starred Chris Evans
, Mark Ruffalo
, Scarlett Johansson
, and Chris Hemsworth
, and Tom Hiddleston
. The Avengers went on to be the third highest-grossing film of all time, (as on June 2nd, 2012) worldwide. After starring in the blockbuster Iron Man 3
the following year, Robert Downey Jr. acted in The Judge
, a movie produced by Team Downey, his production house. The latter, a 2014 film co-starring Robert Duvall
, was a critical and commercial hit. Robert Downey Jr. then went on to act in Avengers: Age of Ultron
and Captain America: Civil War
, both of which went on to be blockbuster hits.
In 2018, RDJ once again donned the superhero suit for Avengers: Infinity War
, the first of a two-part project that marked the conclusion of the Infinity Stones story arc in the MCU. A phenomenal box office success, Infinity War also opened to near-universal critical acclaim. The actor reprised his role in the following year for Avengers: Endgame (2019)
, which broke the box office pre-sales records in North America.
The fantasy comedy The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle (2020)
and the third installment in the Sherlock Holmes franchise are some of the other recent projects of the celebrated actor.