Date of Birth: April 4, 1965 (49 years)
Place of birth: Manhattan, New York, USA
Father: Robert Downey Sr.
Robert Downey Jr. was born in Manhattan, New York, the youngest of two children. His father – Robert Downey Sr. – director, actor and producer, and his mother – Elsie (n?e Ford) – also an actress. Father Downey – Irish and Jewish descent, and his mother – a German and Scottish descent. His father was born with the name Robert Elias, but changed his surname to Downey (like his stepfather James Downey), when he was a minor and wanted to enlist in the army.
At Downey had small roles in projects of his father as a child. He made his film debut at the age of five years and played a sick puppy in the movie “Corral” (1970), then at the age of seven years, starred in “Grisera Palace” (1972). At age 10, he lived in England and studied classical ballet, as part of a larger program. He grew up in Greenwich Village and went to the training center for the Performing Arts «Stagedoor Manor» in upstate New York when he was a teenager. When his parents divorced in 1978, Downey moved to California with his father, but in 1982 he left the Santa Monica High School and moved to New York to pursue an acting career.
At age 20 in 1985 Downey Jr. for one season joined the team that produces the popular American television show “Saturday Night Live.” After the experience in television, he finally decided to tie the fate with the cinema and moved to Hollywood. In 1987, Robert Downey got the lead role in the comedy James Toback “The Pick-up Artist.” After several works in the teen comedy Downey declared itself the role of a desperate teenage drug addict in the movie “Less Than Zero” (1987), and became a cult success. In 1992, when the screens out the film by Richard Attenborough’s “Chaplin,” in which the actor played the legendary comedian, actor’s game Downey Jr. has earned high marks, and the actor was awarded the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, and was nominated for the “Golden Globe” and “Oscar” in the category “Best Actor” (both awards in the same year went to Al Pacino for his role in the movie “Scent of a Woman”). Critics and audiences called Robert Downey Jr. one of the most promising actors of the younger generation.
However, in this period, there is an actor addiction, which resulted after a series of scandals dismissed from his studio, where he was busy on the set, and the court (for possession of heroin, cocaine and weapons) is sentenced to imprisonment (in 1996 he was sentenced to 16 months in prison in Los Angeles) and compulsory treatment. In the words of Downey, his familiarity with marijuana took place at the age of 8 years with the help of his own father.
Because of addiction, he divorced his first wife, singer and model Deborah Falconer, with whom he has a son Indio Falconer joint Downey. A watershed event in the life of Downey turned familiarity with producer Susan Levin on the set of the thriller “Gothic”, where he played together with Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz. Robert passed another course of treatment in Los Angeles for the sake of his love for Susan and cured, made her an offer of marriage.
Game actor received rave reviews and after the detective comedy “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” In parallel with this work Downey Jr. released an album of his own songs and performance under the name «The Futurist». The album’s release, Robert showed the public his great vocal and musical talents. In 2006, his performance as a mysterious Lionel, which comes into contact with the heroine Nicole Kidman in the movie “Fur”, has received the most enthusiastic responses of Film Critics.
However, the present rebirth Robert gets after it is approved for the lead role in the film “Iron Man”. After the film the studio literally bombarded actor different proposals.
In 2008 he published a Ben Stiller movie “Tropic Thunder,” which tells the story of actors who have got a real war, but I think it just filming. Played in the film by Robert Kirk Lazurusa, five-time winner “Oscar”, which for the sake of the new role of altered pigmentation of their skin. Brilliant game Downey Jr. earned him a second nomination for “Oscar” (the prize was given posthumously to Heath Ledger for the film “The Dark Knight”), a nomination for the “Golden Globe” and a nomination for the prize of the British Academy.
At the end of 2009 saw the release of Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes”, where paired with Jude Law, who plays Dr. Watson, Robert played the role of the famous detective Holmes. On the first weekend, the film broke all records at the box office, and Robert Downey Jr. won the “Golden Globe” in the category “Best Actor – Musical or Comedy.”
In 2010 he published a sequel to the film was shot on comics “Iron Man 2”. Robert has already signed up to participate in the third part of the film and in “The Avengers.”
In 2011 came the second part of the film Sherlock Holmes – “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” where the hero Downey Jr. is struggling with Professor Moriarty.
A year later, on the wide screen will film “The Avengers” and the final part of a trilogy about Tony Stark – “Iron Man 3”. Since the end of March 2013 the actor was in the promo in support of this picture.
Filmography Robert Downey Jr.
Avengers: Infinity War. Part I (2018)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The Judge (2014)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
The Avengers (2012), the role of Tony Stark
Gravity (2012), the role of Matt
Untitled Sherlock Holmes Sequel (2011), the role of Sherlock Holmes
Due Date (2010), the role: Peter Hyman
Iron Man 2 (2010), the role of Tony Stark
Sherlock Holmes (2009), the role of Sherlock Holmes
The Soloist (2009), the role of Steve Lopez
Tropic Thunder (2008) Role: Kirk Lazarus
Iron Man (2008), the role of Tony Stark
Charlie Bartlett (2007) Role: Director Nathan Gardner School
Lucky You (2007), the role of Jack
Zodiac (2007) Role: Paul Iver
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) Role: Dito
Producer Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) Fur, role: Lionel Sweeney
A Scanner Darkly (2006), the role of James Barris
The Shaggy Dog (2006), the role of Dr. Kozak
Hubert Selby Jr: It / ll Be Better Tomorrow (2005), the role: the narrator Good night and good luck
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), the role of Joe Werschbach
Game 6 (2005), the role of Steven Schwimmer
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), the role of Harry Lockhart
Eros (2004), the role of Nick Penrose All
Whatever We Do (2003) Role: Bobby
Gothika (2003), the role of Pete Graham
The Singing Detective (2003) Role: Dan Dark
Lethargy (2002), the role of Veterinary Medicine
American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (TV series) (2002-2009)
Auto Motives (2000), the role of Rob
Wonder Boys (2000), the role of Terry Grabtri
Black and White (1999), the role of Terry Donager
Bowfinger (1999), the role of Jerry Renfro
Friends & Lovers (1999), the role of Hans
Family Guy (TV series) (1999-2010) Role: Patrick announced Peftershmidta
In Dreams (1999), the role of Vivian Thompson
US Marshals (1998) Role: Special Agent John Royce
The Gingerbread Man (1998) Role: Clyde Pell
Hugo Pool (1997), the role of Franz Mazur
Two Girls and a Guy (1997) Role: Blake Allen, composer
Ally McBeal (TV series) (1997-2002), the role of Larry Paul
One Night Stand (1997), the role of Charlie
Danger Zone (1996), the role of Jim Scott
Restoration (1995), the role of Robert
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree (TV) (1995) Role: Mr. Willoughby
Home for the Holidays (1995) Role: Tommy Larson
Richard III (1995) Role: Lord Rivers
Only You (1994) Role: Peter
Natural Born Killers (1994) Role: Wayne Ave
Hail Caesar (1994), the role of Jerry
Short Cuts (1993) Role: Bill Bush
Heart and Souls (1993) Role: Thomas Reilly
Chaplin (1992) Role: Chaplin Soap
Soapdish (1991) Role: Barnes
Too Much Sun (1990) Role: Reed Richmond
Air America (1990), the role of Billy
That’s Adequate (1989), the role of Albert Einstein
Chances Are (1989), the role of Alex
True Believer (1989), the role of Roger in 1969 (1988), the role of Ralph Carr
Rented Lips (1988) Role: Johnny Dangler
Johnny Be Good (1988), the role of Leo
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (TV) (1987) Role: voice-overs
Less Than Zero (1987), the role of Julian Wells
The Pick-up Artist (1987), the role of Jack
America (1986) Role: Huckle
Back to School (1986), the role of Derek
Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV series) (1985), the role of Bruno Mussolini
Weird Science (1985), the role of Ian
Tuff Turf (1985), the role of Jimmy
Firstborn (1984) Role: Lee
Baby It’s You (1983), the role of Stuart
Saturday Night Live (TV series) (1975-2010)
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