Robert Downey Jr. is an American actor known for his Marvel movies which rank him frequently among Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. His net worth is estimated at $240 million.
Robert Downey Jr. Net Worth: Career Beginnings
Downey was born on April 4, 1965 in Manhattan New York. His father is actor, director and producer Robert Downey Snr. 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 later 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, heroine, marijuana and gun possession.
He spent sometime 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.
Robert Downey Jr. Net Worth: Marvel Studio Role Earnings
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.
Downey’s tremendous success in the box office was taken to a whole new level when a 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. He has received an upfront pay of $40 million for his role in “Captain American: Civil War” (2016). Downey continues to reprise his role in the Avengers movies.
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Robert Downey is also good at singing. He has sung 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”.
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.
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