Robert Downey Jr. is an American actor known for his Marvel movies which rank him frequently among Hollywood’s highest-paid actors.
Downey Jr. is phenomenal in acting and it is quite difficult to keep track of the accolades he has gathered for the fantastic performance he always renders. He has won over 15 prestigious awards and has been nominated for much more.
Robert Downey Jr Bio, Age and Height
Downey was born on April 4, 1965, in Manhattan New York. His father Robert Downey Snr is an actor, director, and producer. At the age of 5, the Junior Downey appeared in his first film “Pound” (1970) which was directed by his father. After improving his acting by taking up theatrical roles, he went on to star in movies like “Weird Science” (1985), and “Less than Zero” (1987). The latter opened the door to bigger roles in movies like Soapdish (1990), and Chaplin (1992). He received his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Chaplin.
Between 1996 and 2001, Downey’s acting career was truncated by a series of arrests and incarceration. It turns out Downey became a drug addict after his father Downey Snr. introduced him to drugs at the age of eight. He was arrested on the grounds of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and gun possession.
He spent some time behind bars in 1997 and in 1999 he was sentenced to three years behind bars. However, after spending time in a court-ordered drug treatment program, the actor was released. The governor of California also offered him an unconditional pardon.
Downey made the return to the film industry with TV series “Ally McBeal”. For his role, he received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a supporting role. His other movies include “The Singing Detective” (2003), “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (2005) “Tropical Thunder” (2008), and “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) for which he received a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture.
Robert Downey is also good at singing. He did the soundtracks for some of the movies he has starred including “Too Much Sun”, “Friends and Lovers”, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, “Chaplin”, and “Two Girls and a Guy”. The actor is 7 inches taller than 5 feet.
Robert Downey Jr Wife, Son
Before Susan Levin, Robert Downey was married to Deborah Falconer. As the story goes, Robert and Deborah meet sometime in 1992. They developed a liking for each other and decided to become lovers; things were smooth so after 42 days, they decided to be more serious about the relationship and got married.
But gradually, what Robert and Deborah built started falling apart. And, the actors’ addiction didn’t help matters. The couple could only remain life partners for 12 years. They abandoned the marriage and went separate ways in 2004. However, the Robert-Deborah union was blessed with a child, a son who has always reminded the duo of their past together. He was born on the 7th of September 1993, his name is Indio Falconer Downey.
Like Robert and his grandfather, Robert Downey Snr. Indio somehow was equally troubled by substance abuse. He had to take part in a rehab program to get his shit together. Indio is also an actor and a member of a band. He sings and is good with his guitar.
With the failure of his first marriage, Robert got another chance to get it right with Susan Levin, who was working with Silver Pictures. He met her on the set of the horror film, Gothika. Susan was reluctant to start an affair with Robert. When she did, she wouldn’t allow him to hurry things up. They were together for a while before they eventually got married in 2005.
The marriage has been blessed with two kids, a son – Exton Elias Downey and a daughter – Avir Roel Downey. They were respectively birthed in February 2012 and November 2014.
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Robert Downey Jr Net Worth, Earnings
Downey’s tremendous success in the box office was taken to a whole new level when he signed a contract with Marvel Studios to portray the character of Tony Stark (Iron Man). Iron Man (2008) movie grossed $585 million earning him $10 million. The first sequel (2010) grossed $624 million earning him the same amount while the second sequel (2013) hit a record $1.22 billion earning him $50 million.
“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015) grossed $1.4 billion. Beginning from 2012, Downey has topped the Forbes list of highest-paid actors. In 2014 he earned $75 million and in 2015 he earned $80 million. More to that, he received an upfront payment of $40 million for his role in “Captain American: Civil War” (2016). Downey continues to reprise his role in the Avengers movies.
In 2010, Downey and actress wife Susan Levin launched their own production company named Team Downey. “The Judge” (2014) was their debut project. It grossed $84.4 million.
Robert Downey owns a mansion in Malibu, California worth $13.4 million. His total wealth is estimated at $240 million.