Robert Downey Jr ( as Tony Stark )
||April 4, 1965
|| New York City
||Santa Monica High School
|Wife ( Spous)
||Robert Downey Sr.
||Actor, Producer, Business man
||$14.4 billion ( estimated )
Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor and producer. His career was a critical and popular success in his youth, which was followed by a period of drug abuse and legal troubles, before the resurgence of economic success within the medieval period. In 2008, Downey was named by Time magazine among the 100 Most Influential People within the World, and from 2013 to 2015, he was listed by Forbes as Hollywood's highest-paid actor. His films grossed over $ 14.4 billion worldwide, leaving Downey in sixth place. - the very best grossing box office star.
Downey was born in Manhattan, ny City, the younger of two children. His father, Robert Downey Sr., is an actor and filmmaker, while his mother, Elsie Ann (née Ford), was an actress who appeared in Downey Sr.'s films.Downey's father is of half Lithuanian Jewish, one-quarter Hungarian Jewish, and one-quarter Irish descent, while Downey's mother had Scottish, German, and Swiss ancestry. Robert's original surname was Elias which was changed by his father to enlist within the Army. Downey and his older sister Allyson grew up in Greenwich Village .As a child, Downey was "surrounded by drugs." His father, a junkie , allowed Downey to use marijuana at age six, an event which his father later said he regretted.Downey later stated that drug use became an emotional bond between him and his father: "When my dad and that i would drug together, it had been like him trying to precise his love on behalf of me within the only way he knew how." Eventually, Downey began spending nightly abusing alcohol and "making thousand phone calls in pursuit of medicine ."
During his childhood, Downey had minor roles in his father's films. He made his acting debut at the age of 5 , playing a sick puppy within the absurdist comedy Pound (1970), then at seven appeared within the surrealist Western Greaser's Palace (1972). At the age of 10, he was living in England and studied ballet as a part of a bigger curriculum.He attended the Stagedoor Manor humanistic discipline Training Center in upstate ny as an adolescent . When his parents divorced in 1978, Downey moved to California together with his father, but in 1982, he dropped out of Santa Monica highschool , and moved back to ny to pursue an acting career full-time.Downey and Kiefer Sutherland, who shared the screen within the 1988 drama 1969, were roommates for 3 years when he first moved to Hollywood to pursue his career in acting.
Career and Critics
Downey began building upon theater roles, including within the short-lived off-Broadway musical American Passion at the Joyce Theater in 1983, produced by Norman Lear. In 1985, he was a part of the new, younger cast hired for Saturday Night Live, but following a year of poor ratings and criticism of the new cast's comedic talents, he and most of the new crew were dropped and replaced.In 1993, he appeared within the films Heart and Souls with Alfre Woodard and Kyra Sedgwick and Short Cuts with Matthew Modine and Julianne Moore, along side a documentary that he wrote about the 1992 presidential campaigns titled The Last Party (1993).
In April 1996, Downey was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun while he was speeding down Sunset Boulevard. A month later, while on parole, he trespassed into a neighbor's home while under the influence of a drug , and fell asleep in one among the beds. He received three years of probation and was ordered to undergo compulsory drug testing. In 1997, he missed one among the court-ordered drug tests, and had to spend six months within the l. a. County jail.
From 1996 through 2001, Downey was arrested numerous times on charges associated with drugs including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana and went through drug treatment programs unsuccessfully, explaining in 1999 to a judge: "It's like I even have a shotgun in my mouth, and i have got my finger on the trigger, and that i just like the taste of the gun metal." He explained his relapses by claiming to possess been hooked in to drugs since the age of eight, thanks to the very fact that his father, also a lover previously, had been giving them to him.
After spending nearly a year within the California drug abuse Treatment Facility and prison , Downey, on condition of posting a $5,000 bail, was unexpectedly freed when a judge ruled that his collective time in incarceration facilities (spawned from the initial 1996 arrests) had qualified him for early release.A week after his 2000 release, Downey joined the cast of the hit television series Ally McBeal.In April 2001, while he was on parole, a l. a. policeman found him wandering barefooted in Culver City.
He was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of medicine , but was released a couple of hours later and therefore the subsequent incarceration prompted Gibson to pack up his planned stage production of Hamlet also . In July 2001, Downey pleaded no contest to the Palm Springs charges, avoiding jail time. Instead, he was sent into drug rehabilitation and received three years of probation, taking advantage of California Proposition 36, which had been passed the year before with the aim of helping nonviolent drug offenders overcome their addictions rather than sending them to jail.
In a December 18, 2000 article for People magazine entitled "Bad to Worse", Downey's stepmother Rosemary told author Alex Tresnlowski, that Downey had been diagnosed with manic depression "a few years ago" and added that his manic depression was "the reason he features a hard time staying sober. What hasn't been tried is medication and intensive psychotherapy".
Downey got his first post-rehabilitation acting job in August 2001, lip-syncing within the video for Elton John's single "I Want Love".Video director Sam Taylor-Wood shot 16 takes of the video and used the last one because, consistent with John, Downey looked completely relaxed and "The way he underplays it's fantastic"
With all of the critical success Downey had experienced throughout his career, he had not appeared during a "blockbuster" film. That changed in 2008 when Downey starred in two critically and commercially successful films, Iron Man and Tropic Thunder. within the article Ben Stiller wrote for Downey's entry within the 2008 edition of The Time 100, he offered an observation on Downey's commercially successful summer at the box office.
Downey returned as Tony Stark within the first of two planned sequels to Iron Man, Iron Man 2, which released in May 2010. Iron Man 2 grossed over $623M worldwide, becoming the 7th highest-grossing film of 2010. Downey's other commercial film release of 2010 was the comedy road film, Due Date. The movie, co-starring Zach Galifianakis, was released in November 2010 and grossed over $211M worldwide, making it the 36th highest-grossing movie of 2010. Downey's sole 2011 film credit was the sequel to the 2009 version of Sherlock Holmes , Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which opened worldwide on December 16, 2011.
In 2012, Downey reprised the role of Tony Stark within the Avengers. The film received positive reviews and was highly successful at the box office, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time both within the us and worldwide. His film, the David Dobkin-directed dramedy The Judge, a project co-produced by his production company Team Downey, was the opening film at the Toronto International festival in 2014. Downey played Tony Stark again in Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: war (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). consistent with Deadline, he also will be seen in Latrodectus mactans (2021), which takes place after war .
Relationships and family
Downey started dating actress Sarah Jessica Parker after meeting her on the set of Firstborn. The couple later separated thanks to his white plague .He married actress and singer Deborah Falconer on May 29, 1992, after a 42-day courtship.Their son, Indio Falconer Downey, was born in September 1993. The strain on their marriage from Downey's repeated trips to rehab and jail finally reached a breaking point; in 2001, within the midst of Downey's last arrest and sentencing to an extended stay in rehab, Falconer left Downey and took their son together with her . Downey and Falconer finalized their divorce on April 26, 2004.
In August 2005, the couple were married, during a Jewish ceremony, at Amagansett, New York. A tattoo on one among his biceps reads "Suzie Q" in tribute to her. The Downeys’ first child, a son named Exton Elias, was born in February 2012, and their second, a daughter named Avri Roel, was born in November 2014.
In 2003, Downey met producer Susan Levin, an Executive vice chairman of Production at Joel Silver's film company, Silver Pictures on the set of Gothika. Though Susan twice turned down his amorous advances, she and Downey did quietly strike up a romance during production.Despite Susan's worries that the romance wouldn't last after the completion of shooting because "he's an actor; I even have a true job", the couple's relationship continued after production wrapped on Gothika, and Downey proposed to Susan on the night before her thirtieth birthday.