Robert Downey Jr.

Actor, Shoe salesman, Busboy
Despite Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and the unshakeable respect of film critics and his acting peers, Robert Downey, Jr. insisted that he was not really an actor, just a good hustler who had found a way to make a ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1965 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (125)

Captain America: Civil War 2016 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


Avengers: Age Of Ultron 2015 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

Hollywood Film Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Chef 2014 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

I Am Steve McQueen 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)


The Judge 2014 (Movie)

Hank Palmer (Actor)

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)


Scream Awards 2011 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 1985 - 1986, 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 (Movie)

Sherlock Holmes (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)


Due Date 2010 (Movie)

Peter Highman (Actor)

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


2009 Guys Choice 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


Sherlock Holmes 2009 (Movie)

Sherlock Holmes (Actor)

The Soloist 2009 (Movie)

Steve Lopez (Actor)

American Idol 2008 (Tv Show)


Charlie Bartlett 2008 (Movie)

Nathan Gardner (Actor)

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Tropic Thunder 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

Kirk Lazarus (Actor)

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

Telephone Jack (Actor)

Rain of Madness 2007 (Movie)

Kirk Lazarus (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


Zodiac 2007 (Movie)

Paul Avery (Actor)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

Dito (Actor)

A Scanner Darkly 2006 (Movie)

James Barris (Actor)

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus 2006 (Movie)

Lionel Sweeney (Actor)

Game 6 2006 (Movie)

Steven Schwimmer (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)


TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


The Outsider 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

Dr. Kozak (Actor)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

Nick Penrose (Actor)

Family Guy 2005 (Tv Show)


Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

Joe Wershba (Actor)

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 2005 (Movie)

Harry Lockhart (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Ally McBeal 1985 - 1986, 2000 - 2004 (Tv Show)


Between the Lines 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)


Saturday Night Live 1985 - 1986, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)


Gothika 2003 (Movie)

Pete Graham (Actor)

Party's Over 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Singing Detective 2003 (Movie)

Dan Dark (Actor)

The 2001 Radio Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Black and White 2000 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

Terry Crabtree (Actor)

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

Jerry Renfro (Actor)

Friends and Lovers 1999 (Movie)

Hans (Actor)

In Dreams 1999 (Movie)

Vivian Thompson (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Gingerbread Man 1998 (Movie)

Clyde Pell (Actor)

Two Girls and A Guy 1998 (Movie)

Blake Allen (Actor)

U.S. Marshals 1998 (Movie)

John Royce (Actor)

One Night Stand 1997 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Sunchaser 1996 (Movie)

Telephone Voice (Actor)

1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Home for the Holidays 1995 (Movie)

Tommy Larson (Actor)

Restoration 1995 (Movie)

Robert Merivel (Actor)

Richard III 1995 (Movie)

Earl Rivers (Actor)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

Wayne Gale (Actor)

Only You 1994 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Hail Caesar 1993 (Movie)


Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Thomas Reilly (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Bill Bush (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


The Last Party 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Charlie Chaplin (Actor)

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

David Barnes (Actor)

The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Too Much Sun 1991 (Movie)

Reed Richmond (Actor)

Air America 1990 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Chances Are 1989 (Movie)

Alex Finch (Actor)

That's Adequate 1989 (Movie)

Albert Einstein (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


True Believer 1989 (Movie)

Roger Baron (Actor)

1969 1988 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Johnny Be Good 1988 (Movie)

Leo Wiggins (Actor)

Rented Lips 1988 (Movie)

Wolf Dangler (Actor)

Less Than Zero 1987 (Movie)

Julian (Actor)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Jack Jericho (Actor)

America 1986 (Movie)


Back to School 1986 (Movie)

Derek (Actor)

Tuff Turf 1985 (Movie)

Jimmy Parker (Actor)

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

Ian (Actor)

First Born 1984 (Movie)


Baby It's You 1983 (Movie)

Stewart (Actor)

Danger Zone (TV Show)


Hugo Pool (TV Show)


Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Music (2)

Two Girls and A Guy 1998 (Movie)

("Snake") (Song Performer)

Two Girls and A Guy 1998 (Movie)

Producer (2)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)



Despite Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and the unshakeable respect of film critics and his acting peers, Robert Downey, Jr. insisted that he was not really an actor, just a good hustler who had found a way to make a living. If he did not believe he was acting, it was certainly reflected in his seamless skills, which were full of natural, physical expressiveness. After making himself known as the drug-addicted antihero of "Less Than Zero" (1987), Downey delivered an uncanny portrayal of beloved silent film star "Chaplin" (1992), which earned him some of the highest praise of his career. But his gift had always been to transform a regular person into a creatively-detailed and thoroughly engrossing star of the show, often complete with memorable quirks. Even in his early roles in teen comedies, Downey stood out above his Brat Pack peers for his spontaneous energy and apparent fearlessness in exposing his very fragile inner workings. Though he made headlines for his manic portrayal of a Geraldo Rivera-type journalist in "Natural Born Killers" (1994) and a gay book editor in "Wonder Boys" (2000), Downey unfortunately became more famous for his longtime drug addictions and numerous run-ins with the law. He eventually emerged from almost certain tragedy by attaining sobriety and re-launching his flagging career with a blockbuster starring turn in the hit "Iron Man" (2008), while earning laughs as a chameleon-like actor in "Tropic Thunder" (2008), which only confirmed that the public loved a good comeback story as well as appreciated Downey's incredibly likeable presence on the big screen.


Kristy Bauer-Jordan

Began dating in 2001 No longer together

Allyson Downey Actor

Born Nov. 29, 1963 Appeared together in "Pound" (1970), directed by their father Robert Downey Sr.

Susan Downey Producer

Met on the set of "Gothika" (2003) Began dating Fall 2003 Married Aug. 27, 2005 at a private home in the Hamptons

Indio Downey

Born Sept. 7, 1993; mother, Deborah Falconer

Robert Downey Sr. Actor

Born June 24, 1935 Directed son in several films, including "Pound" (1970) and "Hugo Pool" (1997); acted together in "Johnny Be Good" (1988) and "Hail Caesar" (1994)

Exton Downey

Born Feb. 7, 2012; mother, Susan Downey

Elsie Downey Actor

Born in 1934 Appeared together in films such as "Pound" (1970) and "Greaser's Palace" (1972), which were directed by her husband Robert Downey Sr.

Laura Ernst Actor

Married to Downey's father until her death in 1994 from Lou Gehrig's disease

Deborah Falconer Actor

Married May 29, 1992 Separated in April 1996 Divorced April 26, 2004

Sarah Jessica Parker Actor

Met while filming "Firstborn" (1984) Together from 1984-91

Rosemary Rogers Actor

Married Downey's father in 1998

Marisa Tomei Actor

Dated in the early 1990s Co-starred in "Only You" (1994)


Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica , California
Dropped out in the 11th grade



Returned for "Iron Man 3"


Co-starred in the Marvel superhero ensemble feature "The Avengers" as Tony Stark/Iron Man


Reprised role in Guy Ritchie's sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"


Re-teamed with Jon Favreau to reprise the role of Tony Stark for "Iron Man 2"


Co-starred in the Todd Phillips' comedy "Due Date"


Played Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez in "The Soloist"


Played the title role in Guy Ritchie’s reimagining of "Sherlock Holmes"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor


Played the lead role of Tony Stark, a playboy billionaire weapons manufacturer of Marvel Comcis' "Iron Man"


Played a method actor who portrays an African American character in the Ben Stiller directed comedy "Tropic Thunder"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor


Played journalist Paul Avery in David Fincher's serial killer thriller "Zodiac"


Starred in "A Scanner Darkly," a rotoscoped film by director Richard Linklater


Starred in the George Clooney-directed "Goodnight, and Good Luck" a 1950s-era drama that chronicles broadcaster Edward R. Murrow’s campaign to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy


Starred in the murder mystery "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" with Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan


Starred in the remake of "The Singing Detective"; film adapted from the acclaimed Dennis Potter-scripted British miniseries


Co-starred in the supernatural thiller "Gothika" opposite Halle Berry and Penélope Cruz


Appeared in the video for Elton John's recording of "I Want Love"


Offered slyly comic supporting turn as a homosexual book editor in "Wonder Boys"


Cast in a recurring role on "Ally McBeal" (Fox) as a love interest to the title character; fired from show in April 2001 after being arrested yet again for drug use; earned Emmy nomination in 2001 for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series


Played the gay husband of a documentary filmmaker in Toback's "Black & White"


Reunited with Altman as supporting player in "The Gingerbread Man"


Starred in James Toback's "Two Girls and a Guy" with Natasha Gregson Wagner and Heather Graham


Portrayed an AIDS-stricken gay man in Mike Figgis' "One Night Stand"


Headlined "Restoration" (filmed in 1994) portraying the court physician to King Charles II


Cast as Earl Rivers in "Richard III"; Annette Bening played his sister


Displayed his gifts as a romantic lead opposite Marisa Tomei in "Only You"


Played an Australian TV tabloid journalist in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers"


Anchored the documentary "The Last Party" about the U.S. Presidential campaign


Landed featured role in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts"


Portrayed Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's biopic "Chaplin"; received a Best Actor Oscar nomination


Delivered amusing turn as a young TV producer in the satirical "Soapdish"


Teamed with Mel Gibson in "Air America"


Appeared as James Woods' associate in "True Believer"


First starring role in James Toback's "The Pick-Up Artist"


Offered a strong supporting turn as an crack addict in "Less Than Zero"


TV-movie debut in "Mussolini: The Untold Story" (NBC) as the Italian dictator's son Bruno


Was a regular cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)


First feature released, "Baby, It's You"


Feature acting debut, "America"; directed by his father (released theatrically in 1986)


First screen appearance in his father's "Pound" (uncredited)

Formed production company Herd of Turtles

Bonus Trivia


Downey appeared in films directed by his father such as "Rented Lips" (1988) and "Too Much Sun" (1991).


On June 23, 1996, Downey was arrested in Malibu, CA on charges of driving while under the influence, carrying a concealed weapon and drug possession. He was later arrested for criminal trespass and for leaving a court-ordered rehab. Downey was sent to a "locked-down" drug rehab clinic for treatment. He was later sentenced to time served in jail and three years probation.


In November 2000, Downey was arrested for drug possession an probation violation.


He was honored on Feb. 19, 2004 with the Man of the Year award by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest college drama group.


"What's the f*cking point of crashing, burning and rising like a phoenix out of your own ashes into the same exact f*cking thing you were before, sans drugs or alcohol? What's the value in that?" – Downey to Playboy magazine, December 1997


"What's amazing is no matter how much I f*ck up, it keeps straightening itself out." – Downey quoted in Premiere, Oct. 2, 2002


"Here is what I've learned. I am very very very high maintenance. Even without being the inventor of any of my own impediments from this day forward, it's still tough, it's still chaotic. Because I am not," he pauses and again there is that look, just for a moment, before he shuts it down with the big movie star smile, "I'm not on a level playing ground with most of my peers." – Downey to The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 28, 2005


"I'm not an actor. It's my day job, and I learned how to hustle it really good, and I have a love for it, and I get it, but I don't know what I'm doing." – Downey to Esquire magazine, March 2007


"I'm such a work in progress at the moment, it's crazy, and life wants me on edge, I swear to you. But as long as I don't forget the past, I'm cool. One must always be mindful, just like you might forget that old girlfriend who tried to slit your throat, but she's really still hot. If you remember the stitches more than you remember the p*ssy, you're going to be just fine." – Downey to Rolling Stone magazine, September 2008


"I hand it to any and everyone who has made it past their late thirties and has any sense of contentment, because the anxiety is like a menu that changes every day." – Downey quoted in Esquire magazine, December 2009


"I'm not saying it's better to be raised in the atmosphere of poverty, but I'm telling you that the inherent by-product of success in this industry is affluence and materialism, and it's every bit as destructive as poverty." – Downey quoted in Esquire, May 2012