Robert Downey, Jr.
American actor
Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor who made his screen debut in 1970 at the age of five, appearing in his father's film Pound, and has worked consistently in film and television ever since. During the 1980s, he had roles in series such as coming of age films associated with the Brat Pack. His role in Less Than Zero (1987) was the first time Downey's acting would be commended by critics.
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The Guardians Of The Galaxy Will Be In 'Avengers: Infinity Wars'
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The Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man will team up with The Avengers in the upcoming film, “Infinity Wars,” Robert Downey Jr. all but confirmed on Facebook Live Friday night. “God, this movie’s going to be so epic!” says Downey in the video, before answering rapid-fire Facebook questions as smoothly as Tony Stark. The actor makes multiple cracks throughout the video about his new personal “camera guy,” whose voice will sound oddly familiar as he reads questions from the fans. “Is Spider-Man going to be in this film?” asks the camera guy, who then turns the lens on Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland. “I think it’s pretty safe to say he’s gonna be in the movie,” Holland says. Chris Pratt pops in at the end, dressed in his Star Lord get-up, with his signature, comedic cool-but-not-that-cool presence. Marvel released a slightly more polished reveal, interviewing the actors, producers and writers, and diving a bit deeper into the guts of the film. A ...
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Early Signpost of The Trump Era: Heinlein's 'Future History' and Asimov's 'Foundation' at 75
Huffington Post - about 2 months
As the bizarre, toxic yet darkly fascinating year 2016 has faded completely into an unknown 2017, a question or two occurs with relevance to the next few years. Did legendary science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein predict much of what has just happened in a series of stories he worked out before the United States entered World War II? In his 'Future History' series, Heinlein did point to a presidential election which occurs right about, well, now as the moment in which the United States falls into "a dictatorship of superstition." The cause? The election, during the nation's most tempestuous and combustible of campaigns, of an anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-foreigner populist appealing to racists and fundamentalist Christians and uber-rich reactionaries who wins a narrow victory. In the last presidential election for 75 years. Who was it who said it can't happen here? And, oh yes, did legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov give rise to a fateful fascination wit ...
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Forbes Names Scarlett Johansson As 2016's Highest Earning Actor
Huffington Post - about 2 months
2016 may have been the worst year for many, but Scarlett Johansson certainly made the most of it. The star topped Forbes annual list of highest grossing actors, with her films bringing in $1.2 billion worldwide. Top-grossing actors of 2016: 1. Scarlett Johansson 2. Chris Evans Robert Downey Jr. (tie) 4. Margot Robbie — Forbes (@Forbes) December 27, 2016 The magazine cited Johansson’s role as Black Widow in “Captain America: Civil War,” which grossed more than $1.15 billion worldwide. The star’s role in “Hail, Caesar!” also helped to earn her the top spot.  “Captain America: Civil War” costars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. tied for second place on the highest grossing actors list, as the blockbuster was the highest grossing movie of the year. Johansson cemented her place in history as the highest grossing actress ever in June, when Box Office Mojo reported that movies featuring the star grossed $3.3 bi ...
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American Music Awards: Sting Performs Medley of Hits, Honored With Award of Merit
Yahoo News - 3 months
Robert Downey Jr. presented the special honor to the artist, who took the stage before accepting his prize.
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'Avengers' cast is assembling against Donald Trump on Twitter
Yahoo News - 3 months
The stars of the Avengers films may not actually have superpowers, but a lot of them do have Twitter accounts. Author Suleikha Snyder noticed Monday that several of the Avengers have spoken out against Trump on Twitter to the delight of many franchise fans. "The Avengers are assembling," Snyder wrote, highlighting tweets from Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury, who is admittedly not an actual Avenger). SEE ALSO: ‘The Avengers’ remade with zero budget looks almost as super The Avengers are assembling. — Suleikha Snyder (@suleikhasnyder) November 14, 2016 The internet appeared very enthused — particularly about Jackson's characteristically badass commentary. @suleikhasnyder Omg. That SLJ tweet. — sarah maclean (@sarahmaclean) November 14, 2016 @suleikhasnyder I love that Evans' tweet sounds like a Captain America speech — Austin Shinn (@untitleduser) November 14, 2016 @suleikhasnyder @rainbowrowell HELL YEAH TIME ...
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Killing Reagan: A Film in Need of Life Support
Huffington Post - 4 months
Sunday night, I found myself in the crosshairs of the long-awaited Killing Reagan, and, well, I was not exactly slain. That was not due to any preconceived political ideas about Reagan. Frankly, now trapped in the political hospice called the Trump and Hillary room, even a passing revisit of Reagan's life, albeit at his nadir, swept in a momentary breath of optimism. The inspiration for this biopic was the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, another in the Killing Series page-turners; this one is a fairly effective work, as was their earlier attempt, Killing Kennedy. The O'Reilly-Dugard formula is to collect the lesser-known facts of history --usually about someone slain, or in the case of Reagan, nearly assassinated --and to weave a new narrative, from the melodramatic, even salacious details. As someone under the same microscope of biopic filmmaking (, I applaud O'Reilly for convincing a general audience to watch anything about history beyond the his ...
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Zaki's Review: <i>Doctor Strange</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
In terms of his presence in the Marvel Comics from whence he sprang, Doctor Strange is always one of those characters who worked better for me in small doses rather than as the star of the show. Now, don't get me wrong, while the so-called "Sorcerer Supreme" of the Marvel Universe has been a mainstay of the line since his 1963 introduction (via Stan Lee &amp; Steve Ditko) and he's anchored his own title(s) for big chunks of that span, I'm more familiar with him as the go-to source for exposition or deus ex magicka depending on the storytelling necessities of Spider-Man, the Hulk, or various other costumed characters. All of this is to say that when the announcement came a few years ago that the good doctor was in line to get the big budget Marvel Studios treatment, I was skeptical that the character could hold up under the scrutiny of having to be the center of the action for two hours and change. Of course, that was before Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man (one of my favorite movi ...
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Sarah Jessica Parker Admits Her Reunion With Ex Robert Downey Jr. Was 'Surprisingly Not Weird'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Sarah Jessica Parker opened up about her nearly eight-year relationship with Robert Downey Jr. during her first-ever visit to “The Howard Stern Show” on Tuesday.  The “Divorce” actress told the radio host about her reunion with the “Ironman” actor almost 24 years after they broke up.  “It was really nice,” Parker said of her time with Downey. “It was surprisingly not weird [to get together]. I guess you spend so many years with someone ― we were 18 when we met ― and fundamentally we’re sort of the same. I think the difference is he has a family and a wife and obviously his career is a massive thing, but I think his true nature — it was completely familiar.”  Though the two split in 1991, Parker said she “always felt very affectionate” toward Downey, who struggled with drinking and drugs throughout their relationship.  “I never didn’t care about his well-being,” Parker said, adding, “I never felt resentment.”  In a candid interview with Parade magazine in 2008, Downey ...
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Joss Whedon’s Super PAC imagines a weather forecast under President Trump. It’s … bleak.
Yahoo News - 4 months
Save the Day launched in September and counts many of Whedon’s famous friends — from Mark Ruffalo to Robert Downey Jr. to Keegan-Michael Key — among its ranks. The group’s first missive was a star-studded affair that begged people to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Now Save the Day has imagined what a weather report might look like in the event that Donald Trump is elected president — and woof is it bleak.
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Robert Downey Jr. Volunteers To Voice Mark Zuckerberg's Real-Life Jarvis
Huffington Post - 4 months
Robert Downey Jr. has volunteered as tribute. Sorry, wrong franchise. Let’s start over. Robert Downey Jr. has offered to lend his signature voice help Mark Zuckerberg bring his personal AI assistant to life.  Every year, the Facebook founder sets new goals for himself ― learning Mandarin, meeting a new person every day, wearing a long sleeve T-shirt ― and in 2016 he pledged to create his own AI to “run my home and help me with my work.” “You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man,” he wrote in a post shortly after the new year.  On Thursday, Zuckerberg gave an update on the project by crowd sourcing opinions on who should voice the personal AI. Followers chimed in with suggestions like Arnold Schwarzenegger (aggressive), Morgan Freeman (long shot) and Judi Dench (PERFECT), but in the end, Downey reigned supreme.  After multiple commenters suggested that given his “Iron Man” pedigree Downey would be the best choice, the actor responded that he’d d ...
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Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore And More Stars Really Want You To Vote, Just Not For Trump
Huffington Post - 5 months
Joss Whedon has launched a star-studded campaign to encourage people everywhere to vote. More specifically, to vote against Donald Trump.  And what better way to encourage voters not to vote for the Republican presidential nominee than getting a bunch of famous people ― make that “a shit-ton of famous people” ― together to help influence viewers?  The clip, released by activist production company Save The Day, features 27 celebrities ― including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Keegan-Michael Key, Don Cheadle, James Franco, Jesse Williams, Cobie Smulders, Martin Sheen, Leslie Odom Jr. and Neil Patrick Harris  ― urging viewers to use their right to vote. At the same time, it pokes fun of the myriad political ads using star power to drive home a point.  Still, the video does its job in referring to Trump as “a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society,” as Cheadle puts it.  And, as Odom Jr. ...
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Ritch Shydner: Veteran Comedian And Chronicler Of The 1980s Comedy Boom
Huffington Post - 5 months
Comedian Ritch Shydner All photos courtesy of Ritch Shydner Ritch Shydner's new book, "Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980s Comedy Explosion", has just been published. In the 1980s, Ritch made numerous appearances on TV, including "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He did an HBO half-hour special, "One Night Stand." He played Al Bundy's co-worker on "Married with Children", and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as "Designing Women" and "Roseanne." Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin's, "Roxanne," and Eddie Murphy's, "Beverly Hills Cop II," before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as "Roseanne", "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man." He wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy's Grammy-nominated comedy albums, "Totally Committed," and "Big ...
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Robert Downey Jr. teases fans with mysterious photo of 'new project'
Yahoo News - 5 months
What's cooking? We're guessing Marvel isn't making a movie about a chef with super powers, but all the elements are there.
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Dwayne Johnson dethrones Robert Downey Jr. as highest paid actor - 6 months
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world's highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Downey, Jr.
  • 2014
    Age 48
    On July 9, 2014, he announced via Facebook and Twitter that he and his wife were expecting a daughter in November.
    More Details Hide Details On November 4, Susan gave birth to a girl named Avri Roel Downey. Downey maintains that he has been drug-free since July 2003, thanks to his family, therapy, meditation, twelve-step recovery programs, yoga and the practice of Wing Chun kung fu. Downey has credited his wife with helping him kick his drug and alcohol habits. "There's no understanding for me of the bigger picture in real time in a hands-on way without her. Because it was the perfect, perfect, perfect matching of personalities and gifts." He has described his religious beliefs as "Jewish-Buddhist", studies astrology, and in the past has been interested in Christianity and the Hare Krishna ideology. In a panel discussion, Rachel McAdams, who co-starred with Downey in Sherlock Holmes, called him a "superhero" for his "committed" work ethic. On the same panel, Downey described how he worked long hours and many weekends to ensure the accuracy of his portrayal of Holmes so as to help make the film a success.
    On June 29, 2014, Downey's son Indio was arrested in West Hollywood, California, and taken into custody on felony cocaine possession charges after the car he was a passenger in was pulled over.
    More Details Hide Details When Downey bailed his son out, he stated that "Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we're all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he's capable of being. We're grateful to the Sheriff's department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."
    His film, the David Dobkin-directed dramedy The Judge, a project co-produced by his production company Team Downey, was the opening film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Robert Downey Jr. has sung on several soundtracks in his films such as Chaplin, Too Much Sun, Two Girls and a Guy, Friends and Lovers, The Singing Detective and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He released a CD in 2004 called The Futurist, and while promoting his film Tropic Thunder, he and his co-stars Ben Stiller and Jack Black were back-up singers "The Pips" to Gladys Knight singing "Midnight Train to Georgia". Downey's most commercially successful recording venture to date (combining sales and radio airplay) has been his remake of the 1973 Joni Mitchell Christmas song "River", which was included on the Ally McBeal tie-in album Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas, released in 2000; Downey's character Larry Paul performs the song in the Ally McBeal episode "Tis the Season". On June 14, 2010, Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan, opened their own production company called Team Downey. Their first project was The Judge.
  • 2012
    Age 46
    They have a son together named Exton Elias Downey, born on February 7, 2012 in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details A tattoo on one of his biceps reads "Suzie Q" in tribute to her.
    In 2012, Downey reprised the role of Tony Stark in The Avengers.
    More Details Hide Details The film received positive reviews and was highly successful at the box office, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time both in the United States and worldwide. Downey played Tony Stark again in Iron Man 3 (2013) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and will again in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
  • 2011
    Age 45
    Downey's sole 2011 film credit was the sequel to the 2009 version of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which opened worldwide on December 16, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 44
    Downey's other commercial film release of 2010 was the comedy road film Due Date.
    More Details Hide Details The movie, co-starring Zach Galifianakis, was released in November 2010 and grossed over $211M worldwide, making it the 36th highest grossing movie of 2010.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    After appearing in a connecting cameo scene at the end of the 2008 version of The Incredible Hulk, Downey returned as Tony Stark in the first of two planned sequels to Iron Man, Iron Man 2, opened in May 2010.
    More Details Hide Details It grossed over $623M worldwide, becoming the 7th highest grossing film of 2010.
    Following the tremendous success of 2008's Iron Man, Downey agreed to reprise his role as Tony Stark in two more Iron Man films as well as the superhero team put together by S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers.
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    Downey picked up an Academy Award nomination for the 2008 release year for his role in Tropic Thunder. The first role Downey accepted after Iron Man was the title character in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. Warner Bros. released on December 25, 2009. The film set several box office records in the United States for a Christmas Day release, beating the previous record holder, 2008's Marley & Me, by nearly $10M, and finished second only to Avatar in a record-setting Christmas weekend box office.
    More Details Hide Details Sherlock Holmes ended up being the 8th highest grossing film of 2009. When Downey won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his role as Sherlock Holmes, he noted in his acceptance speech that he had prepared no remarks because "Susan Downey (his wife and Sherlock Holmes producer) told me that Matt Damon (nominated for his role in The Informant!) was going to win so don't bother preparing a speech."
    After Iron Man, Downey appeared alongside Ben Stiller and Jack Black in another 2008 summer film, the Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder.
    More Details Hide Details The three stars each play a Hollywood archetype—with Downey playing a self-absorbed multi-Oscar-winning Australian method actor Kirk Lazarus—as they star in an extremely expensive Vietnam-era film called Tropic Thunder. Lazarus undergoes a "controversial skin pigmentation procedure" in order to take on the role of African American platoon sergeant Lincoln Osiris, which required Downey to wear dark makeup and a wig. Both Stiller and Downey feared Downey's portrayal of the character could become controversial: When asked by Harry Smith on CBS's The Early Show who his model was for Lazarus, Downey laughed before responding, "Sadly, my sorry-ass self." Released in the United States on August 13, 2008, Tropic Thunder received good reviews with 83% of reviews positive and an average normalized score of 71, according to the review aggregator websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, respectively. It earned US $26 million in its North American opening weekend and retained the number one position for its first three weekends of release. The film grossed $180 million in theaters before its release on home video on November 18, 2008. Downey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Lazarus.
    He also made a small appearance as Iron Man's alter ego Tony Stark in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk, as a part of Marvel Studios' attempt to depict the same Marvel Universe on film by providing continuity among the movies.
    More Details Hide Details Downey reprised the role again in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and will do so yet again in Captain America: Civil War.
    By October 2008, Downey had agreed to appear as Iron Man in two Iron Man sequels and The Avengers, featuring the superhero team that Stark joins, based on Marvel's comic book series The Avengers.
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    Iron Man was globally released between April 30 and May 3, 2008, grossing over $585 million worldwide and receiving rave reviews which cited Downey's performance as a highlight of the film.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, both Downey and Favreau stated their interest in making an Iron Man trilogy.
    In the article Ben Stiller wrote for Downey's entry in the 2008 edition of The Time 100, he offered an observation on Downey's commercially successful summer at the box office:
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Downey was cast as the title character in the film Iron Man, with director Jon Favreau explaining the choice by stating: "Downey wasn't the most obvious choice, but he understood what makes the character tick. He found a lot of his own life experience in 'Tony Stark'." Favreau insisted on having Downey as he repeatedly claimed that Downey would be to Iron Man what Johnny Depp is to the Pirates of the Caribbean series, a lead actor that could both elevate the quality of the film and increase the public's interest in it. For the role Downey had to gain more than 20 pounds of muscle in five months to look like he "had the power to forge iron."
    With all of the critical success Downey had experienced throughout his career, he had never appeared in a "blockbuster" film. That changed in the middle of 2008 when Downey starred in two critically and commercially successful films, Iron Man and Tropic Thunder.
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    In 2008, however, Downey returned his advance to the publishers and canceled the book without further comment.
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  • 2006
    Age 40
    Downey signed on with publishers HarperCollins to write a memoir, which in 2006 was already being billed as a "candid look at the highs and lows of his life and career".
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    In 2006, Downey returned to his television roots when he guest-starred on Family Guy in the episode "The Fat Guy Strangler".
    More Details Hide Details Downey had previously telephoned the show's production staff and asked if he could produce or assist in an episode creation, as his son Indio is a fan of the show. The producers of the show accepted the offer and created the character of Patrick Pewterschmidt, Lois Griffin's long lost, mentally disturbed brother, for Downey.
    The album received mixed reviews, but Downey stated in 2006 that he probably will not do another album, as he felt that the energy he put into doing the album was not compensated.
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  • 2005
    Age 39
    The couple were married on August 27, 2005, in a Jewish ceremony at Amagansett, New York.
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  • 2004
    Age 38
    On November 23, 2004, Downey released his debut musical album, The Futurist, on Sony Classical, for which he designed the cover art and designed the track listing label on the CD with his son Indio.
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    Downey and Falconer finalized their divorce on April 26, 2004.
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  • 2003
    Age 37
    In 2003, Downey met producer Susan Levin, an Executive Vice President of Production at Joel Silver's film company, Silver Pictures on the set of Gothika.
    More Details Hide Details Downey and Susan quietly struck up a romance during production, though Susan turned down his romantic advances twice. Despite Susan's worries that the romance would not last after the completion of shooting because "he's an actor; I have a real job", the couple's relationship continued after production wrapped on Gothika, and Downey proposed to Susan on the night before her thirtieth birthday.
    Downey was able to return to the big screen only after Mel Gibson, who had been a close friend to Downey since both had co-starred in Air America, paid Downey's insurance bond for the 2003 film The Singing Detective.
    More Details Hide Details Gibson's gamble paved the way for Downey's comeback and Downey returned to mainstream films in the mid-2000s with Gothika, for which producer Joel Silver withheld 40 percent of his salary until after production wrapped as insurance against his addictive behavior. Similar clauses have become standard in his contracts since then. After Gothika, Downey was cast in a number of leading and supporting roles, including well-received work in a number of semi-independent films: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Good Night, and Good Luck, Richard Linklater's dystopian, rotoscoped A Scanner Darkly (in which Downey plays the role of a drug addict), and Steven Shainberg's fictional biographical film of Diane Arbus, Fur, where Downey's character represented the two biggest influences on Arbus' professional life, Lisette Model and Marvin Israel. Downey also received great notice for his roles in more mainstream fare such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Disney's poorly received The Shaggy Dog, and David Fincher's 2007 film Zodiac, in which he played San Francisco Chronicle journalist Paul Avery.
  • 2001
    Age 35
    The strain on their marriage from Downey's repeated trips to rehab and jail finally reached a breaking point; in 2001, in the midst of Downey's last arrest and sentencing to an extended stay in rehab, Falconer left Downey and took Indio with her.
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    Downey got his first post-rehab acting job in August 2001, lip-syncing in the video for Elton John's single "I Want Love".
    More Details Hide Details Video director Sam Taylor-Wood shot 16 takes of the video and used the last one because, according to John, Downey looked completely relaxed, and, "The way he underplays it is fantastic."
    He added that after his last arrest in April 2001, when he knew he would likely be facing another stint in prison or another form of incarceration such as court-ordered rehab, "I said, 'You know what?
    More Details Hide Details I don't think I can continue doing this.' And I reached out for help, and I ran with it. You can reach out for help in kind of a half-assed way and you'll get it and you won't take advantage of it. It's not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems what's hard is to decide to do it."
    In July 2001, Downey pleaded no contest to the Palm Springs charges, avoiding jail time.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, he was sent into drug rehabilitation and put on a three-year probation, benefiting from the California Proposition 36, which had been passed the year before with the aim of helping nonviolent drug offenders overcome their addictions instead of sending them to jail. The book Conversations with Woody Allen reports that director Woody Allen wanted to cast Downey and Winona Ryder in his film Melinda and Melinda in 2005, but was unable to do so because he could not get insurance on them, stating, "We couldn't get bonded. The completion bonding companies would not bond the picture unless we could insure them. And I had always wanted to work with Bob Downey and always thought he was a huge talent." In a December 18, 2000 article for People Magazine entitled "Bad to Worse", Downey's stepmother Rosemary told author Alex Tresnlowski that Downey had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder "a few years ago" and added that his bipolar disorder was "the reason he has a hard time staying sober. What hasn't been tried is medication and intensive psychotherapy." In the same article, Dr. Manijeh Nikakhtar, a Los Angeles psychiatrist and co-author of Addiction or Self-Medication: The Truth (ISBN 978-1883819576), says she received a letter from Downey in 1999, during his time at Corcoran II, asking for advice on his condition. She discovered that "no one had done a complete psychiatric evaluation him I asked him flat out if he thought he was bipolar, and he said, 'Oh yeah.
    In April 2001, while he was on parole, a Los Angeles police officer found him wandering barefoot in Culver City, just outside Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, but was released a few hours later, even though tests showed he had cocaine in his system. After this last arrest, producer David E. Kelley and other Ally McBeal executives ordered last-minute rewrites and reshoots and dismissed Downey from the show, despite the fact that Downey's character had resuscitated Ally McBeals ratings. The Culver City arrest also cost him a role in the high-profile film America's Sweethearts, and the subsequent incarceration forced Mel Gibson to shut down his planned stage production of Hamlet, as well.
  • 2000
    Age 34
    Before the end of his first season on Ally McBeal, over the Thanksgiving 2000 holiday, Downey was arrested when his room at Merv Griffin's Hotel and Givenchy Spa in Palm Springs, California was searched by the police, who were responding to an anonymous 911 call.
    More Details Hide Details Downey was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of cocaine and Valium. Despite the fact that, if convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to four years and eight months, he signed on to appear in at least eight more Ally McBeal episodes.
    A week after his 2000 release, Downey joined the cast of the hit television series Ally McBeal, playing the new love interest of Calista Flockhart's title character.
    More Details Hide Details His performance was praised and the following year 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 television film. He also appeared as a writer and singer on Vonda Shepard's Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life album, and he sang with Sting a duet of "Every Breath You Take" in an episode of the series. Despite the apparent success, Downey claims that his performance on the series was overrated and said, "It was my lowest point in terms of addictions. At that stage, I didn't give a fuck whether I ever acted again." In January 2001, Downey was scheduled to play the role of Hamlet in a Los Angeles stage production directed by Mel Gibson.
  • 1999
    Age 33
    At the time of the 1999 arrest, all of Downey's film projects had wrapped and were close to release, with the exception of In Dreams, which he was allowed to complete filming.
    More Details Hide Details He had also been hired for voicing "The Devil" on the NBC animated television series God, the Devil and Bob, but was fired when he failed to show up for rehearsals. After spending nearly a year in California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California, Downey, on condition of posting $5,000 bail, was unexpectedly freed when a judge ruled that his collective time in incarceration facilities (spawned from the initial 1996 arrests) had qualified him for early release.
    Despite Downey's lawyer, John Stewart Holden, assembling for his client's 1999 defense the same team of lawyers that successfully defended O.J. Simpson during his criminal trial for murder, Downey was sentenced to a three-year prison term at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California (a.k.a. "Corcoran II").
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    After Downey missed another required drug test in 1999, he was arrested once more.
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  • 1997
    Age 31
    In 1997, he missed one of the court-ordered drug tests and had to spend six months in the Los Angeles County jail.
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  • 1996
    Age 30
    In April 1996, Downey was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun while he was speeding down Sunset Boulevard.
    More Details Hide Details A month later, while on parole, he trespassed into a neighbor's home while under the influence of a controlled substance and fell asleep in one of the beds. He was sentenced to three years of probation and required to undergo compulsory drug testing.
    From 1996 through 2001, Downey was arrested numerous times on drug-related charges including cocaine, heroin and marijuana and went several times through drug treatment programs unsuccessfully, explaining in 1999 to a judge: "It's like I've got a shotgun in my mouth with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal."
    More Details Hide Details He explained his relapses by claiming to have been addicted to drugs since the age of eight, due to the fact that his father, also an addict, had been giving them to him.
  • 1994
    Age 28
    He starred in the 1994 films, Only You with Marisa Tomei, and Natural Born Killers with Woody Harrelson.
    More Details Hide Details He then subsequently appeared in Restoration (1995), Richard III (1995), Two Girls and a Guy (1998), and Black and White (1999).
  • 1993
    Age 27
    In 1993, he appeared in the films Heart and Souls with Alfre Woodard and Kyra Sedgwick and Short Cuts with Matthew Modine and Julianne Moore, along with a documentary that he wrote about the 1992 presidential campaigns titled The Last Party (1993).
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  • 1992
    Age 26
    He married actress/singer Deborah Falconer on May 29, 1992, after a 42-day courtship, and had a son with her, Indio Falconer Downey, born on September 7, 1993 in Los Angeles County, California.
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    In 1992, he starred as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin, a role for which he prepared extensively, learning how to play the violin and tennis left-handed.
    More Details Hide Details He had a personal coach in order to help him imitate Chaplin's posture and way of carrying himself. The role garnered Downey an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor at the Academy Awards 65th ceremony, losing to Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman.
  • 1987
    Age 21
    In 1987, Downey played Julian Wells, a drug-addicted rich boy whose life rapidly spirals out of his control, in the film version of the Bret Easton Ellis novel Less Than Zero.
    More Details Hide Details His performance, described by Janet Maslin in The New York Times as "desperately moving", was widely praised, though Downey has said that for him "the role was like the ghost of Christmas Future" since his drug habit resulted in his becoming an "exaggeration of the character" in real life. Zero drove Downey into films with bigger budgets and names, such as Chances Are (1989) with Cybill Shepherd and Ryan O'Neal, Air America (1990) with Mel Gibson, and Soapdish (1991) with Sally Field, Kevin Kline, and Whoopi Goldberg.
  • 1985
    Age 19
    In 1985, he was part of the new, younger cast hired for Saturday Night Live, but following a year of poor ratings and criticism of the new cast's comedic talents, he and most of the new crew were replaced.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Downey had a dramatic acting breakthrough when he played James Spader's sidekick in Tuff Turf and then a bully in John Hughes' Weird Science. He was considered for the role of Duckie in John Hughes' film Pretty in Pink (1986), but his first lead role was with Molly Ringwald in The Pick-up Artist (1987). Because of these and other coming-of-age films Downey did during the 1980s, he is sometimes named as a member of the Brat Pack.
  • 1983
    Age 17
    Downey began building upon theater roles, including in the short-lived off-Broadway musical "American Passion" at the Joyce Theater in 1983, produced by Norman Lear.
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  • 1978
    Age 12
    When his parents divorced in 1978, Downey moved to California with his father, but in 1982 he dropped out of Santa Monica High School and moved back to New York to pursue an acting career full-time.
    More Details Hide Details Downey and Kiefer Sutherland, who shared the screen together in the 1988 drama film 1969, were roommates for three years when he first moved to Hollywood to pursue his career in acting.
  • 1965
    Born on April 4, 1965.
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