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Also Known As: Robert John Downey Jr. Died:
Born: April 4, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, shoe salesman, busboy

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Chef (2014)
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 Judge, The (2014)
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 Iron Man 3 (2013)
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 Avengers, The (2012)
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 Due Date (2010)
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 Iron Man 2 (2010)
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 Soloist, The (2009)
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1970:
First screen appearance in his father's "Pound" (uncredited)
1982:
Feature acting debut, "America"; directed by his father (released theatrically in 1986)
1983:
First feature released, "Baby, It's You"
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)
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"
1989:
Appeared as James Woods' associate in "True Believer"
1990:
Teamed with Mel Gibson in "Air America"
1991:
Delivered amusing turn as a young TV producer in the satirical "Soapdish"
1992:
Portrayed Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's biopic "Chaplin"; received a Best Actor Oscar nomination
1993:
Landed featured role in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts"
1993:
Anchored the documentary "The Last Party" about the U.S. Presidential campaign
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Formed production company Herd of Turtles
1994:
Played an Australian TV tabloid journalist in Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers"
1994:
Displayed his gifts as a romantic lead opposite Marisa Tomei in "Only You"
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
1997:
Portrayed an AIDS-stricken gay man in Mike Figgis' "One Night Stand"
1997:
Starred in James Toback's "Two Girls and a Guy" with Natasha Gregson Wagner and Heather Graham
1998:
Reunited with Altman as supporting player in "The Gingerbread Man"
1999:
Played the gay husband of a documentary filmmaker in Toback's "Black & White"
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
2001:
Appeared in the video for Elton John's recording of "I Want Love"
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
2005:
Starred in the murder mystery "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" with Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan
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
2006:
Starred in "A Scanner Darkly," a rotoscoped film by director Richard Linklater
2007:
Played journalist Paul Avery in David Fincher's serial killer thriller "Zodiac"
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
2009:
Played <i>Los Angeles Times</i> 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
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"
2011:
Reprised role in Guy Ritchie's sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"
2012:
Co-starred in the Marvel superhero ensemble feature "The Avengers" as Tony Stark/Iron Man
2013:
Returned for "Iron Man 3"
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Education

Santa Monica High School: Santa Monica , California -

Notes

Besides his uncredited appearance at age five in "Pound" and a role in "America", Downey has appeared in other films directed by his father: "Rented Lips" (1988) and "Too Much Sun" (1991).

Downey was arrested in Malibu on Sunday, June 23, 1996, 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.

"I'd rather wake up in jail for a TB test than to have to wake up another morning knowing I'm going to the set of 'U.S. Marshals'." --Downey to director Mike Figgis, quoted in "Projections 10: Hollywood Filmmakers and Filmmaking"

"What's amazing is no matter how much I fuck up, it keeps straightening itself out."-Downey quoted in 1989 Premiere October 2, 2002

Robert Downey Jr. was honored February 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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companion:
Sarah Jessica Parker. Met during filming of "Firstborn"; together from 1984 until separation in August 1991.
wife:
Deborah Falconer. Singer, actor, model. Married in May 1992; separated in April 1996; she filed for divorce in April 2004.
companion:
Kristy Bauer-Jordan. Former fashion publicist. Began dating in late summer 2001.
companion:
Susan Levin. Producer. Dating as of Fall 2003; reportedly engaged as of November 2003.
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mother:
Elsie Downey. Actor, singer. Divorced.
father:
Robert John Downey. Actor, director, screenwriter. Divorced.
step-mother:
Laura Downey. Screenwriter. Died in 1994 from Lou Gehrig's disease.
sister:
Allyson Downey. Born c. October 1963.
son:
Indio Falconer Downey. Born on September 7, 1993; mother, Deborah Falconer.
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