Robert Downey, Jr. has been honored with Disney’s highest honor at the D23 Expo 2019.
Just hours after he took the stage during the Rolling Stones’ Thursday night (August 22, 2019) show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California to announce the band had been honored with a Martian rock, he was the one being feted in Anaheim.
The Disney Legends Award, the highest honor Disney bosses can bestow, recognizes remarkable people who have made a lasting mark on the company.
Downey famously helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the studio in 2008 as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and he has since appeared in 10 of the MCU blockbusters.
Accepting his award from Disney boss Bob Iger, Downey joked about his first visit to Disneyland, when he was reprimanded for smoking pot in a gondola.
He added, “I had a feeling that today would be special. I want to thank the fans who made this all possible starting back in 2008.
“Playing Tony over these many years and that thematic idea that technology can guide our species toward enlightenment has been really worthwhile.”
Also honored at the D23 convention this year were Christina Aguilera, Iron Man and The Lion King director Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, and composer Hans Zimmer.