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Robert Downey Jr.: Biography

Robert Downey Jr.
Date of Birth:
April 04, 1965
Place of Birth:
New York, New York

Robert John Downey, Jr., (born April 4, 1965) is an American Golden Globe winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated actor and musician. Downey made his screen debut at the age of five when he started to appear in his father's films. During the 1980s he had minor roles in a series of coming of age films associated with the Brat Pack. Less Than Zero (1987) is particularly notable, not only because it was the first time Downey's acting would be acknowledged by the critics, but also because the role pushed Downey's already existing drug habit one step further. After Zero Downey started landing roles in bigger films such as Air America (1990) and Soapdish (1991), these would eventually lead him to Chaplin for which he gained an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin.

Between 1996 and 2001, Downey was arrested several times on drug-related charges, going through drug treatment programs unsuccessfully. It was between these stays in prison that Downey joined the cast of the hit television series Ally McBeal, playing the new love interest of Calista Flockhart's title character. His performance was praised and he was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category and won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a mini-series or TV Film, but his character was written out when Downey was once again arrested in 2000. After Ally McBeal, and one last stay in a drug treatment program, Downey finally achieved lasting sobriety, and his career began to take off again. He appeared in semi-independent films such as The Singing Detective (2003), A Scanner Darkly (2005) and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). He also had supporting roles in the mainstream films Gothika (2003) and Zodiac (2007). In 2004, Downey released his debut studio album The Futurist.

In 2006, Downey was cast as the title character in the comic book adaptation Iron Man which premiered in the summer of 2008, making almost $100 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend. In addition to receiving commercial success, Downey's performance in the film received rave reviews. His other 2008 films include Charlie Bartlett and the Ben Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder, in which he portrayed an Australian Method actor overly engrossed in his role as an African-American soldier. He received his second Oscar nomination for said film, in the category of Best Supporting Actor.

Robert Downey, Jr.: Video

Trailer - Tropic Thunder (2008)

Robert Downey, Jr.: Filmography

The Avengers (2011) (announced)
Iron Man 2 (2010) (pre-production)
Master Mind (2010) (filming) (voice)
Sherlock Holmes (2009) (post-production)
The Soloist (2009) (completed)

Rain of Madness (2008)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man (2008) (VG) (voice)
Iron Man (2008)
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Lucky You (2007)
Zodiac (2007)
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
The Shaggy Dog (2006)
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Game 6 (2005)
Eros (2004)
Gothika (2003)
The Singing Detective (2003)
Whatever We Do (2003)
Ally McBeall (18 episodes, 2000-2002)
Lethargy (2002)
Auto Motives (2000)
Wonder Boys (2000)

Black and White (1999)
Bowfinger (1999)
Friends & Lovers (1999)
In Dreams (1999)
U.S. Marshals (1998)
The Gingerbread Man (1998)
Hugo Pool (1997)
Two Girls and a Guy (1997)
One Night Stand (1997)
Danger Zone (1996)
Restoration (1995)
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree (1995)
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Richard III (1995)
Only You (1994)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Hail Caesar (1994)
Short Cuts (1993)
Heart and Souls (1993)
Chaplin (1992)
Soapdish (1991)
Too Much Sun (1991)
Air America (1990)

Chances Are (1989)
True Believer (1989)
That's Adequate (1989)
1969 (1988)
Rented Lips (1988)
Johnny Be Good (1988)
Less Than Zero (1987)
The Pick-up Artist (1987)
America (1986)
Back to School (1986)
Saturday Night Live. (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mussolini: The Untold Story (1985)
Weird Science (1985)
Tuff Turf (1985)
Deadwait (1985)
Firstborn (1984)
Baby It's You (1983)
Up the Academy (1980)

Greaser's Palace (1972)
Pound (1970)

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