Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor ( Famous as IRON MAN ) and singer. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal difficulties, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.
Downey at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International
Robert John Downey Jr.
April 4, 1965
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Malibu, California, U.S.|
|Education||Santa Monica High School|
|Net worth||$260 million|
|Partner(s)||Sarah Jessica Parker
|Parent(s)||Robert Downey Sr.|
Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor ( Famous as IRON MAN ) and singer. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal difficulties, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age. For three consecutive years from 2012 to 2015, Downey topped the Forbes list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, making an estimated $80 million in earnings between June 2014 and June 2015
Making his acting debut at the age of five, appearing in his father’s film Pound (1970), Downey appeared in roles associated with the Brat Pack, such as the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985) and the drama Less Than Zero (1987). He starred as the title character in the 1992 film Chaplin, for which he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor and he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. After being released in 2000 from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison where he was incarcerated on drug charges, Downey joined the cast of the TV series Ally McBeal playing Calista Flockhart’s love interest. For that he earned a Golden Globe Award. His character was terminated when Downey was fired after two drug arrests in late 2000 and early 2001. After his last stay in a court-ordered drug treatment program, Downey achieved sobriety.
Downey’s vocation prospects improved when he highlighted operating at a profit parody wrongdoing Kiss Blast (2005), the puzzle spine chiller Zodiac (2007), and the mocking activity satire Tropic Thunder (2008); for the last he was assigned for an Institute Grant for Best Supporting Performing artist. Starting in 2008, Downey started depicting the job of Wonder Funnies hero Iron Man in the Wonder Realistic Universe, showing up in a few movies as either the lead job, individual from an outfit cast, or in an appearance. Every one of these movies, except for The Extraordinary Mass, has netted over $500 million in the cinema world around the world; four of these—The Vindicators, Justice fighters: Time of Ultron, Iron Man 3 and Commander America: Common War—earned over $1 billion, while Justice fighters: Interminability War earned over $2 billion.
Downey has likewise played the title character in Fellow Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009), which earned him his second Brilliant Globe win, and its continuation (2011), the two of which have earned over $500 million in the cinema world around the world.
Starting at 2018, the U.S. residential film industry nets of Downey’s movies aggregate over US $4.9 billion, with overall earns outperforming $11.6 billion, making Downey the third most elevated netting U.S. local film industry star of all time.
Early life and family
Downey was conceived in Manhattan, New York on April 4, 1965, the more youthful of two youngsters. His dad, Robert Downey Sr., is an on-screen character and movie producer, while his mom, Elsie Ann (née Passage), was a performing artist who showed up in Downey Sr’s. films. Downey’s dad is of half Lithuanian Jewish, one-quarter Hungarian Jewish, and one-quarter Irish descent, while Downey’s mom had Scottish, German, and Swiss ancestry. Robert’s unique family name was Elias which was changed by his dad to get enrolled in the Army. Downey and his more established sister Allyson experienced childhood in Greenwich Town.
As a kid, Downey was “encompassed by medications.” His dad, a medication someone who is addicted, permitted Downey to utilize cannabis at age six, an occurrence which his dad said he now regrets. Downey later expressed that tranquilize use turned into an enthusiastic bond among him and his dad: “When my father and I would take sedates together, it resembled him attempting to express his affection for me in the main way he knew how.” In the end, Downey started going through consistently mishandling liquor and “making a thousand telephone brings in quest for medications.
“Amid his youth, Downey had minor jobs in his dad’s movies. He made his acting introduction at five years old, playing a wiped out little dog in the absurdist satire Pound (1970), and after that at seven showed up in the surrealist Greaser’s Royal residence (1972). At 10 years old, he was living in Britain and concentrated established artful dance as a component of a bigger curriculum. He went to the Stagedoor Estate Performing Expressions Preparing Center in upstate New York as a young person. At the point when his folks separated in 1978, Downey moved to California with his dad, however in 1982, he dropped out of Santa Clause Monica Secondary School, and moved back to New York to seek after an acting profession full-time.
Downey and Kiefer Sutherland, who shared the screen in the 1988 show 1969, were flat mates for a long time when he originally moved to Hollywood to seek after his profession in acting.
1983– 1995: Beginnings and basic approval
Mandatory Credit: FayesVision/WENN.combrief off-Broadway melodic American Energy at the Joyce Theater in 1983, created by Norman Lear. In 1985, he was a piece of the new, more youthful cast employed for Saturday Night Live, yet following a time of poor evaluations and analysis of the new cast’s comedic gifts, he and the majority of the new group were dropped and replaced. Moving Stone magazine named Downey the most exceedingly terrible SNL cast part in its whole run, expressing that the “Downey Come up short totals up everything that makes SNL great.” That equivalent year, Downey had a sensational acting leap forward when he played James Spader’s sidekick in Tuff Turf and afterward a harasser in John Hughes’ Strange Science. He was considered for the job of Duckie in John Hughes’ film Beautiful in Pink (1986), however his first lead job was with Molly Ringwald in The Get Craftsman (1987). On account of these and other transitioning films Downey did amid the 1980s, he is now and again named as an individual from the Whelp Pack.
In 1987, Downey played Julian Wells, a medication dependent rich kid whose life quickly spirals out of his control, in the film adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis epic Under Zero. His execution, depicted by Janet Maslin in The New York Times as “urgently moving”,was generally adulated, however Downey has said that for him “the job resembled the phantom of Christmas Future” since his medication propensity brought about his turning into a “distortion of the character” in genuine life. Zero drove Downey into movies with greater spending plans and names, for example, Odds Are (1989) with Cybill Shepherd and Ryan O’Neal, Air America (1990) with Mel Gibson, and Soapdish (1991) with Sally Field, Kevin Kline, and Whoopi Goldberg.
In 1992, he featured as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin, a job for which he arranged widely, figuring out how to play the violin just as tennis left-gave. He had an individual mentor so as to enable him to emulate Chaplin’s stance, and a method for conveying himself. The job gathered Downey an Institute Grant assignment for Best On-screen character at the Foundation Grants 65th function, losing to Al Pacino in Aroma of a Woman.
In 1993, he showed up in the movies Heart and Spirits with Alfre Woodard and Kyra Sedgwick and Alternate ways with Matthew Modine and Julianne Moore, alongside a narrative that he expounded on the 1992 presidential battles titled The Last Party (1993). He featured in the 1994 movies, Just You with Marisa Tomei, and Regular Conceived Executioners with Woody Harrelson.He at that point consequently showed up in Reclamation (1995), Richard III (1995), Two Young ladies and a Person (1997), as Specialist John Royce in U.S. Marshals (1998), and in High contrast (1999).
1996– 2001: Vocation inconveniences
Downey at the debut of Air America, 1990
From 1996 through 2001, Downey was captured various occasions on charges identified with medications including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana and experienced medication treatment programs fruitlessly, disclosing in 1999 to a judge: “It resembles I have a shotgun in my mouth, and I have my finger on the trigger, and I like the flavor of the firearm metal.” He clarified his backslides by professing to have been dependent on medications since the age of eight, because of the way that his dad, likewise a junkie beforehand, had been offering them to him.
In April 1996, Downey was captured for ownership of heroin, cocaine, and an emptied .357 Magnum handgun while he was speeding down Dusk Street. After a month, while on parole, he trespassed into a neighbor’s home while affected by a controlled substance, and nodded off in one of the beds. He got three years of probation and was requested to experience necessary medication testing. In 1997, he missed one of the court-requested medication tests, and needed to go through a half year in the Los Angeles Area jail.
After Downey missed another required medication test in 1999, he was captured afresh. In spite of Downey’s attorney, John Stewart Holden, collecting a similar group of legal counselors that effectively shielded O.J. Simpson amid his criminal preliminary for murder,Downey was condemned to a three-year jail term at the California Substance Misuse Treatment Office and State Jail in Corcoran, California. At the season of the 1999 capture, the majority of Downey’s film ventures had wrapped and were near discharge. He had likewise been enlisted for voicing the demon on the NBC vivified TV arrangement God, the Fallen angel and Weave, yet was terminated when he neglected to appear for rehearsals.
In the wake of going through almost a year in the California Substance Misuse Treatment Office and State Jail, Downey, on state of posting a $5,000 safeguard, was surprisingly liberated when a judge decided that his aggregate time in imprisonment offices (brought forth from the underlying 1996 captures) had qualified him for early release.Per week after his 2000 discharge, Downey joined the cast of the hit TV arrangement Partner McBeal, playing the new love enthusiasm of Calista Flockhart’s title character. His execution was adulated and the next year he was named for an Emmy Grant in the Remarkable Supporting Performing artist in a Parody Arrangement class and won a Brilliant Globe for Best Supporting On-screen character in a smaller than expected arrangement or TV film. He additionally showed up as an author and vocalist on Vonda Shepard’s Partner McBeal: For Once in My Life collection, and he sang with Sting a two part harmony of “Each Breath You Take” in a scene of the arrangement. In spite of the evident achievement, Downey guaranteed that his execution on the arrangement was misrepresented and stated, “It was my absolute bottom regarding addictions. At that organize, I didn’t give a screw whether I at any point acted again.” In January 2001, Downey was planned to assume the job of Hamlet in a Los Angeles arrange creation coordinated by Mel Gibson.
Before the finish of his first season on Partner McBeal, over the Thanksgiving 2000 occasion, Downey was captured when his room at Merv Griffin’s Lodging and Givenchy Spa in Palm Springs, California was sought by the police, who were reacting to a mysterious 911 call. Downey was affected by a controlled substance and possessing cocaine and Valium. In spite of the way that, whenever indicted, he would have confronted a jail sentence of as long as four years and eight months, he marked on to show up in no less than eight more Partner McBeal episodes.
In April 2001, while he was on parole, a Los Angeles cop discovered him meandering barefooted in Culver City, simply outside Los Angeles. He was captured for doubt of being affected by medications, yet was discharged a couple of hours later, despite the fact that tests indicated he had cocaine in his system. After this last capture, maker David E. Kelley and other Partner McBeal administrators requested a minute ago reworks and reshoots and terminated Downey from the show, in spite of the way that Downey’s character had revived Partner McBeal’s ratings.The Culver City capture likewise cost him a job in the prominent film America’s Sweethearts, and the resulting detainment incited Mel Gibson to close down his arranged stage generation of Hamlet too. In July 2001, Downey argued no challenge to the Palm Springs charges, staying away from prison time. Rather, he was sent into medication restoration and got three years of probation, profiting by the California Recommendation 36, which had been passed the prior year with the point of helping peaceful medication guilty parties beat their addictions as opposed to sending them to jail.
The book Discussions with Woody Allen reports that executive Woody Allen needed to cast Downey and Winona Ryder in his film Melinda and Melinda in 2005, however was unfit to do as such, in light of the fact that he couldn’t get protection on them, expressing, “We couldn’t get reinforced. The fruition holding organizations would not bond the image except if we could safeguard them. We were devastated on the grounds that I had worked with Winona before [on Celebrity] and thought she was ideal for this and needed to work with her once more. Also, I had for a long while been itching to work with Weave Downey and dependably thought he was a colossal talent.”
In a December 18, 2000 article for Individuals magazine entitled “Terrible to More terrible”, Downey’s stepmother Rosemary told writer Alex Tresnlowski, that Downey had been determined to have bipolar confusion “a couple of years back” and included that his bipolar issue was “the reason he experiences considerable difficulties remaining calm. What hasn’t been attempted is medicine and concentrated psychotherapy”. In a similar article, Dr. Manijeh Nikakhtar, a Los Angeles therapist and co-creator of Dependence or Self-Drug: Reality (ISBN 978-1883819576), says she got a letter from Downey in 1999, amid his time at Corcoran II, requesting counsel on his condition. She found that “nobody had completed a total [psychiatric] assessment [on him] … I inquired as to whether he thought he was bipolar, and he stated, ‘Goodness no doubt. There are times I spend a ton of cash and I’m hyperactive, and there are different occasions I’m down.'” In an article for the Walk 2007 issue of Esquire, Downey told writer Scott Raab that he needed to address “the subject of about the bipolar” subsequent to getting a telephone call from “the Bipolar Affiliation” getting some information about being bipolar. At the point when Downey denied he had ever said he was bipolar, the guest cited the General population article, to which Downey answered, “‘No! Dr. Malibusian said [I said I was bipolar] … ‘, and they go, ‘Well, it’s been composed, so we’re going to cite it.'”Downey straight denied being “discouraged or hyper” and that past endeavors to determine him to have any sort of mental or inclination issue have dependably been skewed on the grounds that “the person I was seeing didn’t realize I was smokin’ rocks in his restroom. You can’t make a conclusion until someone’s sober.”
2001– 2007: Profession rebound
Downey at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con Global advancing Iron Man
Following five years of substance misuse, captures, recovery, and backslide, Downey was prepared to move in the direction of a full recuperation from medications, and an arrival to his profession. In examining his fizzled endeavors to control his very own addictive conduct before, Downey told Oprah Winfrey in November 2004 that “when somebody says, ‘I truly wonder if possibly I ought to go to recovery?’ Well, uh, you’re a disaster area, you simply lost your employment, and your significant other left you. Uh, you should need to give it a shot.” He included that after his last capture in April 2001, when he realized he would almost certainly be confronting another stretch in jail or another type of imprisonment, for example, court-requested recovery, “I stated, ‘Guess what? I don’t assume I can keep doing this.’ And I connected for help, and I kept running with it. You can connect for help in sort of a sub par way and you’ll get it and you won’t exploit it. It isn’t so hard to conquer these apparently loathsome issues … what’s hard is to choose to do it.”
Downey got his first post-restoration acting occupation in August 2001, lip-synchronizing in the video for Elton John’s single “I Need Love”. Video chief Sam Taylor-Wood shot 16 takes of the video and utilized the last one on the grounds that, as indicated by John, Downey looked totally loose and “The manner in which he underplays it is fantastic”.
Downey had the capacity to come back to the extra large screen after Mel Gibson, who had been a dear companion to Downey since both had co-featured in Air America, paid Downey’s protection bond for the 2003 movie The Singing Investigator (coordinated by his Class kickoff co-star Keith Gordon). Gibson’s bet prepared for Downey’s rebound and Downey came back to standard movies in the mid-2000s with Gothika, for which maker Joel Silver retained 40% of his compensation until after generation wrapped as protection against his addictive conduct. Comparative provisos have turned out to be standard in his agreements since. Silver, who was drawing nearer to Downey as he dated his associate Susan Levin, additionally got the performing artist the main job in the satire spine chiller Kiss Blast, the directorial introduction of screenwriter Shane Black.
After Gothika, Downey was cast in various driving and supporting jobs, incorporating generally welcomed work in various semi-autonomous movies: A Manual for Perceiving Your Holy people, Great Night, and Good Karma, Richard Linklater’s tragic, rotoscoped A Scanner Hazily (in which Downey assumes the job of a medication someone who is addicted), and Steven Shainberg’s anecdotal true to life film of Diane Arbus, Hide, where Downey’s character spoke to the two greatest impacts on Arbus’ expert life, Lisette Model and Marvin Israel. Downey likewise gotten incredible notice for his jobs in more standard admission, for example, Kiss Blast and Disney’s inadequately gotten The Shaggy Dog.
On November 23, 2004, Downey discharged his presentation melodic collection, The Futurist, on Sony Established, for which he planned the spread craftsmanship and structured the track posting name on the Compact disc with his child Indio. The collection got blended reviews, however Downey expressed in 2006 that he most likely won’t do another collection, as he felt that the vitality he put into doing the collection was not compensated.
In 2006, Downey came back to TV when he visitor featured on Family Fellow in the scene “The Chubby Person Strangler”. Downey had recently called the show’s generation staff, and inquired as to whether he could deliver or aid a scene creation, as his child Indio is a fanatic of the show. The makers of the show acknowledged the offer and made the character of Patrick Pewterschmidt, Lois Griffin’s departed, rationally irritated sibling, for Downey.
Downey marked on with distributers HarperCollins to compose a journal, which in 2006, was at that point being charged as a “real to life take a gander at the highs and lows of his life and vocation”. In 2008, be that as it may, Downey restored his development to the distributers, and dropped the book moving along without any more comment.
In 2007, Downey showed up in David Fincher’s secret spine chiller Zodiac, which depended on a genuine story. He assumed the job of San Francisco Account writer Paul Avery, who was announcing the Zodiac Executioner case.
Up and coming undertakings
Downey is planned to star in an up and coming Pinocchio film and The Voyage of Specialist Dolittle. He will repeat his job as Iron Man in Vindicators: Endgame, set for discharge on April 26, 2019. He will likewise repeat his job as Holmes in a third film, booked for discharge on December 25, 2020.
Connections and family
Downey began dating on-screen character Sarah Jessica Parker subsequent to meeting her on the arrangement of Firstborn. The couple later isolated because of his medication addiction.
He wedded performing artist/vocalist Deborah Falconer on May 29, 1992, following a 42-day courtship. Their child, Indio Falconer Downey, was conceived in September 1993. The strain on their marriage from Downey’s rehashed outings to recovery and correctional facility at last achieved a limit; in 2001, amidst Downey’s last capture and condemning to a lengthy visit in recovery, Falconer left Downey and took their child with her. Downey and Falconer settled their separation on April 26, 2004.
Downey and his better half Susan at the 2010 Foundation Grants
In 2003, Downey met maker Susan Levin, an Official VP of Generation at Joel Silver’s film organization, Silver Pictures on the arrangement of Gothika. Downey and Susan unobtrusively struck up a sentiment amid creation, however Susan turned down his sentimental advances twice. In spite of Susan’s stresses that the sentiment would not last after the fruition of shooting since “he’s a performing artist; I have a genuine job”, the couple’s relationship proceeded after creation wrapped on Gothika, and Downey proposed to Susan on the night prior to her thirtieth birthday.The couple were hitched in August 2005, in a Jewish service at Amagansett, New York. A tattoo on one of his biceps peruses “Suzie Q” in tribute to her. Their first tyke, a child, was conceived in February 2012, their second kid, a little girl, was conceived in November 2014.
Downey has been a dear companion of Mel Gibson since they featured in Air America. Downey shielded Gibson amid the contention encompassing The Enthusiasm of the Christ, and said “no one’s ideal” in reference to Gibson’s DUI. Gibson said of Downey: “He was one of the principal individuals to call and offer the hand of fellowship. He just stated, ‘Hello, welcome to the club. How about we go see what we can do to deal with ourselves.'”In October 2011, Downey was being respected at the 25th American Cinematheque Grants; Downey picked Gibson to give him his honor for his labor of love, and utilized his broadcast appointment to say a couple of kind words regarding Gibson and clarify why he picked him to show the award.
Enslavement and balance
Downey keeps up that he has been medicate free since July 2003, and has acknowledged his better half for helping him defeat his medication and liquor propensities, alongside his family, treatment, contemplation, twelve-advance recuperation projects, yoga, and the act of Wing Chun kung fu, the military craftsmanship he gained from Eric Oram, who is additionally a battle expert in a few of Downey’s movies. Oram was Downey’s own battle facilitator in Justice fighters: Period of Ultron and Skipper America: Common War. In December 2015, Downey got a full and unequivocal absolution from Legislative leader of California Jerry Darker for his earlier medication convictions. Oram composed a letter in help of Downey’s exoneration to Representative Brown.
Downey has depicted his religious convictions as “Jewish-Buddhist”, and he is accounted for to have counseled astrologers. previously, Downey has been keen on Christianity and the Rabbit Krishna movement.
In a 2008 meeting, Downey expressed that his time in jail changed his political perspective to some degree, saying, “I have a truly intriguing political perspective, and it’s not continually something I state excessively uproarious at supper tables here, however you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Illusion to a prison and truly get it and turn out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on any other person, yet it was exceptionally, instructive for me and has educated my proclivities and governmental issues ever since. Nonetheless, when gotten some information about the statement in a 2015 meeting to advance Justice fighters: Period of Ultron, he denied that his past articulation mirrored any longstanding convictions on his part, and expressed, “I wouldn’t state that I’m a Republican or a liberal or a Democrat.”
Downey serves on the leading group of the Counter Recidivism Coalition.
In 2016, Downey showed up in an enemy of Trump business with different VIPs urging individuals to enroll to cast a ballot in the 2016 election.