Robert Downey Jr. is a famous Hollywood actor, filmmaker, singer and a television personality. He began his acting career as a young child. He was born on 4th April 1965 in New York City, New York in the United States of America. He is currently 53 years old. Robert Downey Jr. was born in Manhattan, New York in the United States of America. He is the younger of two children.
His father’s name is Robert Downey Sr., he is an actor and filmmaker, while his mother’s name is Elsie Ann, she was an actress who appeared in several films produced by Robert Downey Sr.
Robert Downey Jr. and his older sister Allyson grew up in Greenwich Village in the United States. As a child, he was surrounded by drugs. His father was a drug addict and allowed Robert Downey Jr. to use marijuana at the age of 6 years old, an incident which his father said he now regrets.
During his childhood, Robert Downey Jr. had minor roles in his father’s films. In 1970, he made his acting debut at the age of 5 years old, playing a sick puppy in the absurdist comedy movie “Pound”. At the age of 7 years old, he appeared in the surrealist Greaser’s movie “Palace” which was produced in 1972.
At the age of 10years old, Robert Downey Jr. was living in England and studied classical ballet as part of a larger curriculum. He later attended the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York in the United States of America as a teenager.
When his parents divorced in 1978, Robert Downey Jr. moved to California with his father. In 1982, he dropped out of Santa Monica High School and moved back to Hollywood, New York City in the United States of America to pursue a full-time acting career.
Robert Downey Jr. made his first film appearances on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s. His growing up was tough and he struggled for many years with drug abuse. For three consecutive years which was from 2012 to 2015, Robert Downey Jr. topped the Forbes list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, making an estimated $80 million in earnings between June 2014 and June 2015.
In 1992, he starred in the film “Chaplin” a movie that earned him nomination for the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the BAFTA Award and Academy Award. After that, Robert Downey Jr. joined the cast of the TV series “Ally McBeal” where he played the role of Calista Flockharts’s love interest. The movie won him the award for Best Actor at the Golden Globe Award. Unfortunately, his character was terminated when he was fired after two drug arrests in late 2000 and early 2001. After his last stay in a court, Robert Downey Jr. achieved sobriety.
In 2005, he featured in the black comedy crime film “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”. In 2007, he starred in the movie “Zodiac” and in 2008, he starred in the satirical action comedy movie “Tropic Thunder”. For his roles in those three blockbuster movies, Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Award.
Robert Downey Jr. movies has grossed over $500 million at the box office worldwide, four of those films include The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War. The four movies have earned over $1 billion, while “Avengers: Infinity War” alone earned over $2 billion.
In 2009, Robert Downey Jr. starred in the movie “Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes” which earned him his second Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 2011, he starred in the movie “Its Sequel” which have earned over $500 million at the box office worldwide.
As of 2018, the U.S domestic box-office grosses of Robert Downey Jr. films total over US $4.9 billion, with worldwide grosses surpassing $11.6 billion, making Robert Downey Jr. the third highest-grossing U.S domestic box-office star of all time and also one of the highest earning actor and richest actor in the United States of America.
On 29th May 1992, Robert Downey Jr. got married to Hollywood actress/singer Deborah Falconer. Their son, Indio Falconer Downey, was born in September 1993. Unfortunately, in 2004, Robert Downey Jr. and Deborah Falconer got divorce and went their separate ways. In 2005, Robert Downey Jr. got married again to Susan Levin.
Robert Downey Jr. is currently one of the richest and most influential actor in the United States of America with an estimated net worth of $260 million.