Robert Downey Jr. (April 4, 1965) is an American actor and producer who is known for his versatility and range in film roles. Throughout his career, Downey Jr. has received numerous awards and accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented actors of his generation and has left an indelible mark on the world of film.
Early Life & Education
Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in Manhattan, New York City, to parents Robert Downey Sr. and Elsie Ann Ford. His father was a filmmaker, actor, and writer, and his mother was an actress.
Downey Jr. grew up in a bohemian household and was exposed to the entertainment industry from a young age. He made his screen debut at the age of five in his father’s film “Pound” and later appeared in several of his father’s other films.
However, his childhood was not without its struggles. His parents divorced when he was 11 years old, and he later described his relationship with his father as strained. Downey Jr. also struggled with drug and alcohol abuse from a young age, which would eventually lead to legal troubles later in life.
Despite these challenges, Downey Jr. continued to pursue his passion for acting and attended the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York during his teenage years. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and landed his first major role in the film “Baby It’s You” at the age of 20.
Robert Downey Jr.’s career in acting spans several decades and has been marked by both critical acclaim and personal struggles.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, Downey Jr. gained recognition for his performances in films such as “Less Than Zero,” “Chaplin,” and “Natural Born Killers.” He also had notable roles in “Weird Science,” “The Pick-up Artist,” and “Air America.”
However, his personal struggles with addiction and legal issues began to overshadow his career in the mid-1990s. He was arrested multiple times for drug possession and spent time in rehab and jail. Despite these setbacks, he continued to work in the entertainment industry, including roles in films like “Two Girls and a Guy” and “Wonder Boys.”
In the early 2000s, Downey Jr. began to make a comeback with roles in “Ally McBeal” and “The Singing Detective.” However, it was his portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that catapulted him back into mainstream success. He starred in three Iron Man films as well as the Avengers series and became one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
In addition to his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey Jr. has also had roles in critically acclaimed films such as “Tropic Thunder,” “The Soloist,” and “The Judge.” He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In addition to his work as an actor, Downey Jr. has also served as a producer on several films and has been involved in philanthropic efforts, including founding the production company Team Downey with his wife Susan and supporting various charitable organizations.
Robert Downey Jr.’s personal life has been marked by both triumphs and challenges. He has been married twice and has three children.
Downey Jr. married actress and singer Deborah Falconer in 1992, and the couple had a son named Indio Falconer Downey in 1993. However, their marriage was strained by Downey Jr.’s struggles with addiction, and they divorced in 2004.
In 2005, Downey Jr. married producer Susan Levin, whom he had met on the set of the film “Gothika.” The couple has two children together, a son named Exton and a daughter named Avri.
Throughout his career, Downey Jr. has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and has been in and out of rehab and jail. He has been sober since 2003 and has credited his wife, his family, and his faith for helping him overcome his addiction.
Here is a list of Robert Downey Jr.’s notable filmography:
- Pound (1970)
- Weird Science (1985)
- Back to School (1986)
- Less Than Zero (1987)
- Johnny Be Good (1988)
- Chances Are (1989)
- Air America (1990)
- Soapdish (1991)
- Chaplin (1992)
- Natural Born Killers (1994)
- Restoration (1995)
- Two Girls and a Guy (1997)
- U.S. Marshals (1998)
- The Gingerbread Man (1998)
- Black and White (1999)
- Wonder Boys (2000)
- Gothika (2003)
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
- A Scanner Darkly (2006)
- Zodiac (2007)
- Iron Man (2008)
- Tropic Thunder (2008)
- Sherlock Holmes (2009)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Due Date (2010)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
- The Judge (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Dolittle (2020)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
- The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle (2020)
Awards & Nominations
Here is a list of some of the awards and nominations Robert Downey Jr. has received throughout his career:
- Nominated for Best Actor for “Chaplin” (1993)
Golden Globe Awards:
- Won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “Sherlock Holmes” (2009)
- Won Best Supporting Actor for “Ally McBeal” (2000)
- Nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for “Chaplin” (1993)
- Nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (2006)
Primetime Emmy Awards:
- Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Ally McBeal” (2001)
Screen Actors Guild Awards:
- Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for “Tropic Thunder” (2008)
- Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “The Avengers” (2013)
- Won Best Actor for “Chaplin” (1993)
- Nominated for Best Actor for “Tropic Thunder” (2008)
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards:
- Nominated for Best Actor in an Action Movie for “Iron Man 3” (2014)
- Nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy for “The Judge” (2015)
- Won Joel Siegel Award (2009)
Independent Spirit Awards:
- Nominated for Best Male Lead for “The Singing Detective” (2004)
In addition to these awards, Downey Jr. has also received numerous other honors and recognition for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
Robert Downey Jr.’s net worth is estimated to be around $300 million. Much of his wealth has come from his successful acting career, particularly his roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, where he reportedly earned a salary of around $75 million for his role in “Avengers: Endgame.” In addition to acting, Downey Jr. has also been involved in producing and directing, as well as endorsement deals and other business ventures. He has also been known for his philanthropy and has donated to various charitable causes over the years.
Social Media Handle
Robert Downey Jr. does not have any official social media accounts. He has stated in interviews that he prefers to keep his personal life private and does not use social media for that reason. However, there are many fan accounts on various social media platforms that are dedicated to the actor and his work.