Robert Downey Jr. is an American actor who is, perhaps, best known for his role as Iron Man in the eponymous movie series and the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has been recognized for his acting skills and his overcoming addiction to reignite a successful career.
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Robert John Downey Jr. Is the son of the actor and filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. The actor faced a period of addiction and difficulties with substance abuse and legal problems but overcame them and reignited his career. He married actress Sarah Jessica Parker in 1984, but they divorced in 1991. He married actress Deborah Falconer in 1992, and they had a son together, but they divorced in 2004. His third marriage was to Susan Levin, a film executive, in 2005. They have two kids.
Downey Jr. made his acting debut in the film Pound in 1970, a film made by his father. He was only five at the time. He later became part of the so-called Brat Pack, starring in films like 1985’s Weird Science and 1987’s Less Than Zero. In 1992, he portrayed Charlie Chaplin in the Chaplin biopic, which was very received. At this point, his substance abuse problems started to interfere with his acting career. He joined the cast of Ally McBeal and, while his performance was critically acclaimed, he was fired from the show due to the charges that were leveled against him in 2000 and 2001. Since 2003, he has stayed sober.
The substance abuse and related situations affected Downey’s career, but he received a new opportunity. He starred in 2003’s The Singing Detective, the 2005’s cult black comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the 2007 Zodiac, and the 2008 Tropic Thunder, which earned him an Oscar nomination.
Robert Downey Jr. Gained even more popularity thanks to his role as Iron Man or Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was inaugurated with his film Iron Man and then evolved to include dozens of movies, shows, and tie-ins. The character of Iron Man was a flagship character for the MCU and was very warmly received by audiences who were enchanted by Downey’s charisma. In addition to his role as Tony Stark, Downey Jr. Played Sherlock Holmes in the eponymous Guy Ritchie film and its sequel in 2009 and 2011.
Robert Downey Jr. became famous as a young man and rekindled his career in his middle age to even greater success than before, even though many did not believe it was possible.
He was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood between 2013 and 2015.
Robert Downey Jr. has been nominated for the Academy Award twice for Chaplin and for Tropic Thunder. He has won two Golden Globes for his roles in Short Cuts and Sherlock Holmes. In addition, he has been nominated and won several People’s Choice, Kids’ Choice, and Teens’ Choice Awards for his role as Iron Man.
He has the same first name ‘Robert’ as prominent actor Robert Pattinson.
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