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

Filmography

Actor (125)

Captain America: Civil War 2016 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

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

Actor

Avengers: Age Of Ultron 2015 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

Hollywood Film Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Guest

Chef 2014 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

I Am Steve McQueen 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Narrator

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

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)

Presenter

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

Presenter

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

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2011 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Presenter

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

Presenter

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

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

Actor

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 (Movie)

Sherlock Holmes (Actor)

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

Presenter

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

Presenter

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

Guest

Due Date 2010 (Movie)

Peter Highman (Actor)

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

2009 Guys Choice 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Sherlock Holmes 2009 (Movie)

Sherlock Holmes (Actor)

The Soloist 2009 (Movie)

Steve Lopez (Actor)

American Idol 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Charlie Bartlett 2008 (Movie)

Nathan Gardner (Actor)

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Actor)

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

Actor

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

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Interviewee

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

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

Actor

Between the Lines 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Host

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

Actor

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)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

Sunchaser 1996 (Movie)

Telephone Voice (Actor)

1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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)

(Actor)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Thomas Reilly (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Bill Bush (Actor)

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

Actor

The Last Party 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Charlie Chaplin (Actor)

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

Actor

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

David Barnes (Actor)

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

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

(Actor)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

Derek (Actor)

Tuff Turf 1985 (Movie)

Jimmy Parker (Actor)

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

Ian (Actor)

First Born 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Baby It's You 1983 (Movie)

Stewart (Actor)

Danger Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Hugo Pool (TV Show)

Actor

Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Two Girls and A Guy 1998 (Movie)

("Snake") (Song Performer)

Two Girls and A Guy 1998 (Movie)

(Song)
Producer (2)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Kristy Bauer-Jordan

Companion
Began dating in 2001 No longer together

Allyson Downey Actor

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

Susan Downey Producer

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

Indio Downey

Son
Born Sept. 7, 1993; mother, Deborah Falconer

Robert Downey Sr. Actor

Father
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

Son
Born Feb. 7, 2012; mother, Susan Downey

Elsie Downey Actor

Mother
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

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

Deborah Falconer Actor

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

Sarah Jessica Parker Actor

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

Rosemary Rogers Actor

Step-Mother
Married Downey's father in 1998

Marisa Tomei Actor

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

EDUCATION

Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica , California
Dropped out in the 11th grade

Milestones

2013

Returned for "Iron Man 3"

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2010

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

2009

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

2009

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

2008

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2005

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

2003

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

2003

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

2001

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

2000

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

2000

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

1999

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

1998

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

1997

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

1997

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

1995

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

1995

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

1994

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

1994

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

1993

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

1993

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

1992

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

1991

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

1990

Teamed with Mel Gibson in "Air America"

1989

Appeared as James Woods' associate in "True Believer"

1987

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

1987

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

1985

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

1985

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

1983

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

1982

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

1969

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

Formed production company Herd of Turtles

Bonus Trivia

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

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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.

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

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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.

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"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

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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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