Robert Downey Jr. Biography
Robert Downey Jr. (born Robert John Downey Jr.) is an American actor and producer best known for his role in Tuff Turf and for starring as Tony Stark / Iron Man in ‘Iron Man.’
Robert Downey Jr. Age
Robert is 56 years old as of 2021. He was born Robert John Downey Jr. on April 4, 1965, in New York City, U.S.
Robert Downey Jr. Height
Downey Jr. stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (173cm).
Robert Downey Jr. Family
Downey Jr. was born in Manhattan, New York, on April 4, 1965, to Robert Downey, Sr., and Elsie Downey. His father is a well-known film director, actor, and writer, while his mother was an actress. Downey’s father was half Lithuanian-Jewish, a quarter Hungarian-Jewish, and a quarter Irish, and Downey’s mother was Scottish, German, and Swiss. He grew up alongside his sister, Allyson. In 1978, at the age of 13, Downey’s parents got divorced and he went to California to live with his father.
Robert Downey Jr. Wife | Married
After meeting Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of Firstborn in 1984, Downey began dating the actress. Due to his drug addiction, the couple divorced in 1991. After a 42-day courtship, he married actress and singer Deborah Falconer on May 29, 1992. Indio Falconer Downey, their son, 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, when Falconer left Downey and took their son with her in the midst of Downey’s last arrest and sentencing to an extended stay in rehab. On April 26, 2004, Downey and Falconer formalized their divorce.
Robert Downey Jr. Salary
He has an estimated salary of up to $500,000 per episode.
Robert Downey Jr. Net Worth
Downey has an estimated net worth of US$300 million which he has earned through his successful career as an actor.
Robert Downey Jr. Education
Downey attended Santa Monica High School, but later dropped out and moved back to New York to pursue an acting career full-time.
Robert Downey Jr. Tuff Tuff
Downey Jr. featured in the film Tuff Turf is a 1985 American drama film as Jimmy Parker (credited as Robert Downey). The film follows Morgan Hiller (Spader) is an intelligent but bullied teenager from Connecticut who relocates to Los Angeles with his strict mother and his father after his father’s business goes under. Morgan befriends Jimmy Parker (Downey) but struggles to make other friends.
Trouble ensues when Morgan pursues bad girl Frankie Croyden (Richards), whose sociopathic and psychopathic boyfriend Nick Hauser (Paul Mones) is the leader of a local gang who had a run-in with Morgan during an attempted mugging of a businessman. Morgan soon finds pursuing Frankie comes with harsh consequences. Morgan learns some valuable, harsh, and hard lessons, and finds out how far he is really willing to go for Frankie. Ultimately, Morgan must face and fight Nick and his gang to test the bounds of his honor and his love for Frankie. The film was released in the United States on January 11, 1985.
Robert Downey Jr. Less Than Zero
Downey Jr. starred in the film Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama as Julian Wells. The film stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for Christmas to spend time with his ex-girlfriend Blair (Jami Gertz) and his friend Julian (Robert Downey Jr.), who is also a drug addict. The film presents a look at the culture of wealthy, decadent youth in Los Angeles. Less Than Zero received mixed reviews among critics upon release.
Robert Downey Jr. Career
Downey starred in the off-Broadway musical ‘American Passion (1983)’ and was cast in ‘Saturday Night Live (1985)’ from 1983 to 1986. He also appeared in ‘Turf Turf (1985),’ ‘Weird Science (1985),’ and ‘Pretty in Pink (1986),’ all directed by John Hughes. In 1987, Downey starred in his first leading part in ‘The Pick-up Artist,’ followed by ‘Less Than Zero,’ in which he played a drug-addicted rich young lad. He began to be known as a member of the ‘Brat Pack.’
Downey starred alongside Cybill Shepherd, Ryan O’Neal, and Mary Stuart Masterson in the romantic comedy ‘Chances Are’ in 1989. Then came ‘Air America (1990),’ in which he co-starred with Mel Gibson, and ‘Soapdish (1991),’ in which he co-starred with Sally Field.
In 1999, Downey played alongside Annette Bening in the psychological thriller ‘In Dreams.’ It was his final film before he was sentenced to the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison on drug offenses.
Following his release in 2000, he joined the cast of ‘Ally McBeal,’ an American legal comedy-drama television series. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries and won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries. In 2001, for the video of Elton John’s “I Want Love,” directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, he lip-synced the song. With the help of Mel Gibson, who paid his insurance bond, he landed the main role in ‘The Singing Detective’ the following year. Downey and Halle Berry starred in the eerie thriller ‘Gothika,’ directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, in 2003.
Throughout 2005-2006, Downey appeared in films such as ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ directed by George Clooney, ‘Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus,’ ‘Scanner Darkly,’ and ‘A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,’ among others. Around the same period, he appeared in commercial films that helped him get recognition in the industry, such as ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), a criminal comedy starring Val Kilmer. He has appeared in the films ‘The Shaggy Dog (2006)’ and ‘The Zodiac (2007).’ In 2008, Downey starred in his first major blockbuster films, including ‘Tropic Thunder,’ an action-comedy co-starring Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux, and ‘Iron Man,’ in which he played the distinctive and eccentric character of ‘Tony Stark.’ In 2009, he co-starred with Jamie Fox in the drama film ‘The Soloist,’ which was based on a book by Steve Lopez. ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ a British-American action mystery film, was also directed by him.
‘Chaplin’ (1992) is one of Downey’s most notable achievements to date. Richard Attenborough, the film’s director, had him taught a variety of skills that were required for an authentic representation of Chaplin, such as learning to play the violin. After serving time in prison, Downey made a fantastic professional move by joining the cast of the American television mini-series ‘Ally McBeal’ in 2000. He received numerous awards for his performance in the series. Downey’s portrayal of “Tony Stark” in the films “Iron Man (2008),” “Iron Man 2 (2010),” and “Iron Man 3 (2013)” has made him a major blockbuster phenomenon. In real life, his quirky and laid-back nature is reflected in ‘Tony Stark,’ which has helped it become so popular.
Robert Downey Jr. Awards
Downey is the winner of a Golden Globe Award and Screen Guild Award for ‘Ally McBeal (2001)’, BAFTA Award for ‘Chaplin (1992)’, Golden Globe Award for ‘Shorcuts (1994)’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes (2009)’ and 2 People’s Choice Awards for ‘The Avengers (2013).