Robert Downey Jr. Biography- Career, Facts, & Life Style

Robert John Downey Jr. is Hollywood’s most respected American actor, filmmaker, writer, singer, and versatile performer. He is still fresh even after four decades with his amazing recognition list.

Bob’s popular appearance is as Tony Stark in Iron Man. After a promising start in his career as a child actor, he suddenly struggled with drug abuse and alcohol problems. After rehab, he returned and became the most admiring actor of all time.

Personal Life

Nick NameRJD, Bob, Bob Downey
BornApril 4, 1965, in Manhattan, NY City, USA
Famous RolesChaplin – Iron Man – Sherlock Holmes
Hair & Eye ColourDark Brown
Zodiac Sign  Aries
Hobbies                 Martial Arts Wing Chun
Favorite Actor        Peter O’ Toole
Spouse·         Susan Downey (27 August 2005 –Present +2 Children)
·         Deborah Falconer (2004 – divorced + 1 Child)
ChildrenIndio Falconer Downey – Downey, Avri Roel – Downey, Exton Elias

Early Life

Bob Downey
Bob Downey

Robert John is the son of filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., who was a writer, director, and producer of the 19s era. Robert and his sister, Allyson Downey, were immersed in film and the performing arts from a very young age, leading Downey Jr. to study at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York before moving to California with his father, following his parents’ 1978 divorce.

In 1982, Bob dropped out of Santa Monica High School to pursue acting full-time. Downey Sr., himself a drug addict, exposed his son to drugs at a very early age, and Downey Jr. would go on to struggle with abuse for decades.

His first appearance is at the age of five as a puppy in his father’s movie Pound (1970). Downey grew up around drugs as his father was a drug addict.

John started taking marijuana at the tender age of 6. At age 7, he appeared in the movie Greaser’s Palace and later went to live in England to study classical ballet.

Net worth

Robert Downey’s net worth estimation is $300 million, considered one of the Hollywood industry’s highest-paid actors.

Robert played multiple roles as the lead or the member of an ensemble cast of all three movies In Iron Man, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Iron Man3 have made more than $500 million each and made over $1 billion worldwide.

Some Unbelievable Facts about Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
  • Downey began with a Broadway play-off and tried several parts, but it did not come up in his favor. According to the critics, he was the worst of all the cast.
  • The New York Times described his performance for his role in the movie version of the novel “Lesser than Zero” as “Desperately moving.”
  • Forbes declared Downey of the highest-paid actors earning $80 million in 2014-2015.
  • Robert was nominated for the Academy Awards and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the character in the “Chaplin” movie in 1992.
  • Downey was in the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison for drug charges. After release in 2000, he appeared in the TV show ALLY McBeal, acting as Calista Flockhart’s love interest, and won Golden Globe Award.
  • Downey’s mother shared with People’s Magazine about his bipolar disorder and said that “disorder is the reason why he cannot be sober“. While Downey agreed with its statement by saying,”Sometimes he spends a lot of cash instantly and also that he can be hyperactive at one moment and really down sometimes“.
  • In April 1996, Downey was arrested for possessing heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun while speeding down Sunset Boulevard. 
  • After five years of arrests and relapse, Downey returned to movies in 2000. Until he was tired of the trouble that drug abuse brought, he did no rehab or psychotherapy work. He had his last chance; otherwise, he again got another prison or court rehab when he thought enough was enough.
  • Bob also appeared in Elton John’s “I want to love” video song.

Other Wondered Facts About John Bob Jr.

  • Downey had come back with the movie Gothika; the Producer Joe Silver held 40 percent of his money until the insurance was covered. He faced this type of clause in almost all contracts.
  • He does singing also and released his album The Futurist with the record label Sony Classical and sang with Sting for the show Ally McBeal. Jr. and his son Indio also designed the album’s song list and cover. Bob said,”He won’t be releasing another album because he wasn’t satisfied with the compensation compared to the work he put in.”
  • Once, Robert broke into his neighbor’s house and then lay on their bed and thought he was his bed while he was drug addicted.
  • Drug addiction was the reason behind the separation of Bob and Sarah Jessica Parker. He said,“I liked to drink, and I had a drinking problem, and that didn’t jibe with Sarah Jessica because it is the furthest thing from what she is,” said Parade in 2008. She provided me with a home and understanding. She tried to help me. She was to miffed when I didn’t get my act together“.
  • He does Martial Arts Wing Chun.
  • People’s magazine named him the Sexiest Lawyer because of his role in Ally Mc Beal.
  • Downey had several roles in theatre before landing a job as part of the new, younger cast hired for “Saturday Night Live” in the mid-1980s.
  • The 1985-1986 “SNL” season got terrible ratings, and all the new cast members hired in 1985 were fired. In 1985, Downey Jr. played a high school bully in John Hughes’ “Weird Science.”
  • In 1987, he played Julian Wells, the drug-addicted rich kid in “Less Than Zero.” From there, he went on to star in 1989’s “Chances Are” opposite Cybill Shepherd, in 1990’s “Air America” opposite Mel Gibson, and in 1991’s “Soapdish” with Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kevin Kline. In 1992, he starred as Charlie Chaplin in “Chaplin.
  • He was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role in “Chaplin.”
  • Between 1972 and 1990, he made cameo appearances in five more of his father’s films.

Career Comeback Point of Robert Downey Jr.’s Acting

iron man
iron man

Downey faced a lot of complexes to restart his career once he beat his drug demons. Insurance companies did not want to hire him used by Productions allotted too high price to Downey. Filmmakers were not preferential in paying it for Downey.

Mel Gibson, Bob’s friend since Air America, made the second half of Downey’s career probable. He remunerated Jr. Insurance bond personally for “The Singing Detective.” After lucratively completing the movie, other filmmakers were ready to sign him up again.

In 2007, he was given the role of a lifetime when he was cast as Tony Stark in “Iron Man.” The first Iron Man film came out in the Spring of 2008. Downey was critically glorified for his performance in Iron Man.

John also appeared as Tony Stark in the two “Iron Man” sequels in 2010 and 2013, as well as 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk,” 2012’s “The Avengers,” 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame.”

Downey also did a role in the comedy “Tropic Thunder“, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He got another famous character for the role of Sherlock Holmes in the 2009 film of the same name.

He reprised his role as the famous fictional detective in 2011’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and won a Golden Globe Award for his performance; a sequel followed in 2011.

Downey’s scheduled to play Holmes again in a third film, currently scheduled for release in late December 2021.

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