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Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. is the most mature Hollywood Celebrity in Hollywood industry for the last four decades. As the child of the writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford), he was born on April 4, 1965, in New York, Manhattan.

Robert Downey Jr.

His career has many flip-flops’, just unlike many other actors in Hollywood industry. Exoteric success in his early life followed by a substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

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 Downey Jr. and his older sister Allyson grew up in Greenwich Village.

Hollywood celebrity, Robert Downey Jr. was addicted to drugs since the age of six, gone after his father addiction. His father permitted Downey to have Marijuana then, which has become an emotional bond between Downey and his Father, as per Downey himself. He studied classical ballet at the age of ten and gone to the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York as teenager.

Doing minor roles in his father’s film, he made his first debut in the absurdist comedy Pound (1970), at the age of five. At the age of seven he appeared in the surrealist Greaser’s Palace (1972).

Though Robert Downey Jr. was unsure about his film career and went to California with his father when his parents got divorced in 1978, he came back to New York in 1982 to chase the acting career as a fulltime.

Since then Robert Downey Jr. built his film repertoire throughout the 1980s and 1990s with roles in Tuff Turf (1985), Weird Science (1985), True Believer (1989), and Wonder Boys (2000) among many others. In 1992, Downey got an Academy Award nomination and won the BAFTA (British Academy Award) for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of Chaplin (1992).

Being a Hollywood celebrity he tried out so many roles to explore the acting in full terms to describe. Some of them are enlisted here.

In Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993), he appeared as an aspiring film make-up artist whose best friend commits murder. In Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers (1994), Downey starred as a tabloid TV journalist who exploits a murderous couple’s killing spree to boost his ratings. For the comedy Heart and Souls (1993), Downey starred as a young man with a special relationship with four ghosts. In 1995, Downey starred in Restoration (1995). Also that year, he starred in Richard III (1995), in which he appears opposite his Restoration (1995) co-star McKellen.

On the way to become a Hollywood celebrity he then afterwards cast in the  Two Girls and a Guy (1998), as Special Agent John Royce in U.S. Marshals (1998), and in Black and White (1999).

The actor’s drug-related problems escalated from 1996 to 2001, leading to arrests, rehab visits and incarcerations, and he was eventually fired from Ally McBeal (1997). Emerging clean and sober in 2003, Downey Jr. began to rebuild his career.

After that this Hollywood celebrity made a musical debut in his debut album, named “The Futurist”, on November 23rd, 2004. Meanwhile he completed more two films, The Singing Detective (2003), a musical/drama and Gothika (2003), a thriller.

Iron Man and Tropic Thunder, of 2008 brought him the title of “blockbuster film’. He continued to do the role of Iron Man in two Iron Man sequels and The Avengers, from the series of The Avengers. He also appeared for a little time in film The Incredible Hulk, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War as a part of Marvel Studios’ production.

This Hollywood celebrity also made a leading role in the Sherlock Homes (2009) and its sequel in 2011.

Along with being a Hollywood celebrity, On June 14, 2010, Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan, opened their own production company called Team Downey. Their first project was The Judge.

he won several awards for his acting in various films, some of them are:

  • Won the “Best Actor” award for Sherlock Homes (2009), by Golden Globe Awards.
  • Won the “Favorite Male Butt Kicker” for Iron Man 3 by Kids’ Choice Awards.
  • Won the “Best Fight” with The Avengers cast for same film in 2013 by MTV Movie Awards.
  • Won the “Favorite Movie Actor” and “Favorite Movie Superhero” for The Avengers in 2013 by People’s Choice Awards.
  • Won the “Favorite Action Movie Actor” for Iron Man 3 in 2014 by People’s Choice Awards.
  • Won the “Favorite Movie Actor” in 2015 for The Judge by People’s Choice Awards.
  • Won “Best Actor” award for Heart and Souls (1994), Iron Man (2009) and Iron Man 3 (2014) by Saturn Awards.

This Hollywood celebrity married Debora Falconer on May 29, 1992 and have a son named Indio Falconer Downey. During his rehabilitation period from drugs they got separated and finalized their divorce on April 26, 2004. Falconer took their son with her.

Robert again married Susan Levin on August 2005 in a Jewish ceremony at Amagansett, New York. They have two children, a boy and a girl, which completes their happy family ever after.

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