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Robert Downey Jr. Bio

Born 1965robdown

49 Years Old

Alive

American

Actor

 

1965- born on April 4th in Manhattan, New York

1970- first film role in Pound

1985- had supporting role in comedy Weird Science

1986- had supporting role in Back to School, comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield

1987- starred in The Pick-up Artist

1987- starred in Less Than Zero

1990- starred in Air America alongside Mel Gibson

1992- played Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actor

1993- starred in Short Cuts, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Cast

1994- had supporting role in Natural Born Killers, directed by Oliver Stone

1998- had small role in U.S. Marshalls

1999- had small role in hit comedy Bowfinger, starring Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin

2003- starred in The Singing Detective, based on a BBC mini-series of the same name

2005- starred in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang alongside Val Kilmer

2007- starred in Zodiac, real life crime film about the American serial killer nicknamed The Zodiac Killer

2008- starred as Tony Stark/Iron Man in film of the same name for first time

2008- had cameo as Tony Stark in The Incredible Hulk

2008- starred in Tropic Thunder, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor

2009- starred as Sherlock Holmes in film of the same name, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor

2010- starred as Tony Stark for second time in Iron Man 2

2011- starred as Sherlock Holmes for second time in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

2012- starred as Tony Stark once again in The Avengers, one of the highest grossing films of all time

2013- starred as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Iron Man 3

 

Downey Jr. was born and raised in the Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village, an area known for both its artistic history and rampant drug use among many of its inhabitants. Robert was no different and often did drugs with his father who was also an actor and director. During the late 90s, Downey Jr. had many legal troubles because of illicit drug use but has been clean since 2003.

 

Downey Jr. has been instrumental in the recent resurgence of the comic book film, starring as Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, in a number of high budget, hit films from Marvel Studios. The Avengers set the all time box office record for opening weekends and is the third highest grossing film of all time. Downey’s other franchise, Sherlock Holmes, was a surprise hit and a third film is in development.

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