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Robert Downey Jr.
Also known as: Robert John Downey Jr.
Actor
Born: April 4, 1965 in New York, United States Of America
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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.
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Spouse
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Ex-Spouse
Exton Elias Downey
Son
Avri Roel Downey
Daughter
Indio Falconer Downey
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Elsie Downey
Mother
Robert Downey Sr
Father
Allyson Downey
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Did You Know? (12)

  • To get over the drug addiction, Robert Downey Junior started studying Wing Chun in 2003 under Sifu Eric Oram, the man who served as a fight and martial arts consultant on Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009).
  • Robert Downey Jr. attended Junior High School 104 in Manhattan with fellow actors Erica Gimpel, Kadeem Hardison, and Jon Cryer.
  • Robert Downey Jr. was a cast member of the popular variety show Saturday Night Live in its 1985 season.
  • There is no contesting the fact that RDJ is a genius actor. But how many of you knew that he is also a bona fide musician. The actor's debut studio album, The Futurist, came out in 2004.
  • Robert Downey Jr. is the first and the only actor (as of 2017) to win a Golden Globe for portraying Sherlock Holmes.
  • In 2009, Robert Downey Jr. was included in the People Magazine’s annual list of Sexiest Men Alive.
  • Popular musician and DJ Moby is Robert Downey Jr.'s childhood friend.
  • RDJ was just five when he made his debut in his father's film Pound in 1970. Any guesses as to what his first ever dialogue on screen was? Our beloved actor announced his arrival with a nonchalant question: "Have any hair on your balls?"
  • An automobile enthusiast, RDJ collects cars and has everything from Corvette to Mustang, Porsche, Bentley and Mercedes in his garage.
  • Robert Downey Jr. is nicknamed Bob.
  • Back in the 1980s, RDJ appeared alongside peers like Rob Lowe, Anthony Michael Hall and Demi Moore in a number of popular coming-of-age teen-oriented films. The collective of young actors eventually came to be known as the Brat Pack. Good friend and fellow Brat Packer Anthony Michael Hall is the godfather of RDJ's eldest son Indio.
  • British acting legend Peter O'Toole is RDJ's favourite actor.
  • Personal Quotes (14)

  • "If I could eat whatever I wanted every day, I would have Domino's pizza with pasta carbonara inside every slice. And at night, I would have Neapolitan ice cream until I felt absolutely toxic. And then I would drift off telling myself, 'It's going to be O.K... It's going to be O.K. you're going to train in the morning.'"
  • "I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you've done."
  • "I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it's a verb."
  • "Life is just so painful and messy and hard and worth it and all that stuff."
  • "I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it."
  • "Acting is the most wildly overpaid position imaginable."
  • "Dad's Jewish and Irish, Mom's German and Scotch. I couldn't say I was anything. My last name isn't even Downey. My dad changed his name when he wanted to get into the Army and was underage. My real name is Robert Elias. I feel like I'm still looking for a home in some way."
  • "I think I just never wanted to be the creepy guy where people say, 'Why do his leading ladies keep getting younger and younger, and why do they think he's so hot even though we know that the girl who's playing this part actually has a handsome boyfriend?'"
  • "I read the script for Wonder Boys, and I said that was almost perfect, it was so classy, cool and funny. It's a really specific thing. We stuck to it, it turned out good and a lot of people liked it."
  • "It's hard to get out of the barrel. It's slippery around the edges and people are happy to see you fall back in."
  • "I always think part of success is being able to replicate results, taking what is interesting or viable about yourself as a professional person and seeing if you bring it into different situations with similar results."
  • "If someone really takes a risk, it doesn't get dismissed. That's what happened when the Oscar was won posthumously by Heath Ledger, who did one of the definitive villain performances of all time. But it really has to be exceptional in defining everything we previously knew about the actress or the actor."
  • "If you're doing a drama that has some comedic elements you can't forget that it's primarily a very serious film that has some light relief."
  • "In the marathon obstacle course of a career, it's just good to have all the stats on paper for why you're not only a team player but also why it makes sense to support you in the projects you want to do - because you've made so much damned money for the studio."
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