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ROBERT DOWNEY JR. BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4th, 1965 in New York City, New York with the birth name Robert John Downey Jr.  His parents were, Elsie, who was an actress, and her husband, Robert Downey Sr. who was employed as an actor, writer, producer and director.  Being born into a family of show business involvement, he was already involved in the entertainment industry making his screen debut at the age of five in the film, "Pound" (1970).  Since then, he has continued working in the industry in a number of his father's films such as, "Greaser's Palace" (1972).
 
Downey worked as a child actor but also went to school at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts training Center in New York.  When his parents divorced he moved to California with his father, but dropped out of Santa Monica High School before earning his degree and chose to focus full time on a career as an actor.
 
He made the transition from child actor to adult actor with ease.  Some of his earlier film roles were in, "Weird Science" (1985), "Less Than Zero" (1987), "Chances Are" (1989), "Air America'" (1990), "Soapdish" (1991), "Natural Born Killers" (1994) and "Chaplin" (1992) for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. for Best Actor.  During this time in his career he also appeared on "Saturday Night Live". 

As his career progressed, Downey was seen in a number of other films such as, "The Gingerbread Man" (1998), "One Night Stand" (1997), "Huge Pool" (1997), "U.S. Marshalls" (1998), "Bowfinger" (1999), "Black and White" (1999), "Wonder Boys" (2000),"A Scanner Darkly" (2006), "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005), "Zodiac" (2007)."  

At the height of popularity in his career, his personal life was battling an addiction to drugs.  As a child he had been exposed to drug use from his father.  So now as an adult, he followed in his father's footsteps, constantly in the tabloids being arrested on various drug charges and between 1996 and 2001 he was in and out of treatment.  After completing treatment at the California Substance Abuse Treatment facility and State Prison in the year 2000, he returned to acting and took on a television role.
 
He debuted on, "Ally McBeal' (1997) playing the attorney, Larry Paul.  For this role he earned a Golden Globe Award as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a male in a Comedy Series.  Downey was also nominated for an Emmy.  He was later fired from this show due to his drug addiction being a problem.  Finally, Downey decided to clean up his act for good and his career was back heading in the right direction.  In 2001 he was cast in, "I Want Love" his first film role since completing rehab and finally, he had realized he had beat his addiction.
 
Other television roles he took on during his career were on such series as, "Family Guy" (2006).  He has also received a number of honors in Hollywood for his roles in such films as, "Tropic Thunder" (2008) for which he received another Academy Award nomination for best Actor for his role playing, 'Kirk Lazarus'.  Then in 2009 he starred in, "Sherlock Holmes" which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture.
 
Not only is Robert Downey Jr. a talented actor he is also a popular musician.  In 2004 he released his debut album titled, "The Futurist".  He also shared his musical talent in two musical films in the early 2000's, "The Singing Detective" (2003) and "Gothika" (2003).   

Along with a highly successful career as one of the most popular actors, Downey also owns a production company along with his wife called, Team Downey.  The first film they have produced is set to release in 2013, titled, "Yucatan" followed by another film that will release shortly afterwards, "Emergency!" (2013).
 
Recently, he has starred in numerous successful films such as, "Iron Man" (2008), "Iron Man II" (2010), "Due Date" (2010) and his role as Tony Stark will be reprised in, "The Avengers" to release in 2012 and another "Iron Man III" set to also release in 2013.
 
Robert Downey Jr. has been married twice.  His first wife was Deborah Falconer whom he wed in 1992 and after having one son, Indio Falconer Downey, the couple divorced in 2004.  He then married producer, Susan Levin in 2005 and the couple remains together today.  He thanks his family for helping him stay drug free since 2003.

 
Filmography

2013 Iron Man

2012 The Avengers

2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

2010 Due Date 

2010 Love & Distrust 

2010 Iron Man

2009 Sherlock Holmes 

2009 The Soloist 

2008 Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness 

2008 Tropic Thunder

2008 The Incredible Hulk

2008 Iron Man

2007 Charlie Bartlett

2007 Lucky You

2007 Zodiac

2006 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

2006 A Scanner Darkly

2006 The Shaggy Dog

2006 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

2005 Family Guy

2005 Good Night, and Good Luck. 

2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

2005 Game 6

2004 Eros

2003 Gothika 

2003 The Singing Detective 

2003 Whatever We Do

2000-2002 Ally McBeal 

2002 Lethargy 

2000 Auto Motives 

2000 Wonder Boys 

1999 Black and White 

1999 Bowfinger 

1999 Friends & Lovers

1999 In Dreams 

1998 U.S. Marshals

1998 The Gingerbread Man

1997 Hugo Pool 

1997 Two Girls and a Guy 

1997 One Night Stand 

1996 Danger Zone 

1995 Restoration 

1995 Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree 

1995 Home for the Holidays 

1995 Richard III 

1994 Only You 

1994 Natural Born Killers 

1994 Hail Caesar 

1993 Short Cuts 

1993 Heart and Souls 

1992 Chaplin 

1991 Soapdish 

1990 Too Much Sun

1990 Air America 

1989 Chances Are

1989 True Believer 

1989 That's Adequate

1988 1969 

1988 Rented Lips 

1988 Johnny Be Good

1987 Less Than Zero 

1987 The Pick-up Artist

1986 America

1986 Back to School 

1985-1986 Saturday Night Live 

1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story 

1985 Weird Science 

1985 Tuff Turf 

1985 Deadwait

1984 Firstborn

1983 Baby It's You 

1980 Up the Academy 

1972 Greaser's Palace 





Matinee Classics - Soapdish starring Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Cathy Moriarty, Elisabeth Shue, Whoopi Goldberg, Carrie Fisher, Garry Marshall, Teri Hatcher, Kathy Najimy, Paul Johansson and Sheila Kelley


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