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 a series of 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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Hugh Grant reveals Robert Downey Jr. 'wanted to kill' him
Fox News - about 1 month
In a new interview, Hugh Grant reveals that he once had a feud with former co-star Robert Downey Jr. "[He] hated me," said the “Paddington 2” star.
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Your guide to the familiar faces of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming': A dream team from indie movies and TV
LATimes - 7 months
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” certainly has its fair share of big names. From Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. to singer and actress Zendaya, there’s plenty of star power on Peter Parker’s block. But the biggest surprise in “Homecoming” wasn’t the collection of fancy celebrities — although casting...
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Robert Downey Jr. hanging up Iron Man suit?
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Robert Downey Jr. will give up Iron Man gig if it becomes 'embarrassing'
Fox News - 8 months
Robert Downey Jr. may be hanging up his super suit and give up playing Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sometime soon.
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Robert Downey Jr Releases Extended Cut Of Spider-Man: Homecoming NBA Promo - Comicbook.com
Google News - 9 months
The Straits Times Robert Downey Jr Releases Extended Cut Of Spider-Man: Homecoming NBA Promo Comicbook.com Marvel Studios has had a fruitful partnership with the NBA for the 2017 Finals. Fans who watched the Golden State Warriors fall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 were treated to the epic first trailer for the long-awaited Black Panther movie. But ... People finally figured out who Zendaya's playing in Spider-Man: HomecomingA.V. Club Spider-Man: Homecoming Extended NBA Finals Spot Brings the FunScreen Rant The Internet Just Figured Out Who Zendaya Is Playing In Spider-Man & It's A ShockerRefinery29 Cinema Blend -EW.com (blog) -Bleeding Cool News -moviepilot.com all 195 news articles »
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Kirsten Dunst On 'Spider-Man' Reboots: 'We Made The Best Ones, So Who Cares?'
Huffington Post - 9 months
Kirsten Dunst has no time for revamped “Spider-Man” films. The actress starred in a “Spider-Man” trilogy opposite Tobey Maguire in the early aughts and recently spoke out about her distaste for the reboots of the franchise. And, truly, who can blame her? She was a fantastic Mary Jane Watson.  In the July issue of UK’s Marie Claire, the star of the upcoming remake “The Beguiled” said the “Spider-Man” franchise she starred in was the “best.” When asked for her opinion on the Spider-Man reboot, she was also pretty unequivocal. ‘We made the best ones, so who cares? I’m like, “You make it all you want.” They’re just milking that cow for money. It’s so obvious. You know what I mean?’ Dunst likely isn’t wrong about studios “milking that cow.” Maguire and Dunst’s “Spider-Man” brought in a whopping $821.7 million worldwide and 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, earned $757.9 million. That’s not exactly ch...
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Brad Pitt Joins Lineup Of Hollywood’s Leading Men Now Living In Recovery
Huffington Post - 10 months
First Iron Man, then Batman, and now – Tyler Durden? In a recent interview with GQ, leading man Brad Pitt announced that he had quit drinking and was now living a sober life. His honesty is an inspiration to the many people living with substance use disorder. The first time I saw Pitt on screen, he was playing Floyd, a long-haired, couch-surfing stoner in True Romance. Surrounded by smoke in every one of his scenes, Floyd was a burnout. He smoked a page of an important letter; he was immune to the threats of the mafia. Along with everyone else in the theater, I laughed when he yelled at his roommate to bring home beer – and cleaning products. It wasn’t until years later, when Pitt’s weed use made headlines, that I connected the dots. Maybe it wasn’t an act, after all. “Floyd” became a household name after roles in Thelma And Louise and Legends of the Fall. He tried to shake the “heartthrob” image with serious roles, but it did net him 61 acting awards, including an Oscar and t...
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The Guardians Of The Galaxy Will Be In 'Avengers: Infinity Wars'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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. ...
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Early Signpost of The Trump Era: Heinlein's 'Future History' and Asimov's 'Foundation' at 75
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 wi...
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Forbes Names Scarlett Johansson As 2016's Highest Earning Actor
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 Robbiehttps://t.co/u8bcu6GRxu pic.twitter.com/LmDQUZQa4u — 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 b...
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American Music Awards: Sting Performs Medley of Hits, Honored With Award of Merit
Yahoo News - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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. pic.twitter.com/cADUNW82ia — 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 TIM...
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Killing Reagan: A Film in Need of Life Support
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 (www.silencepatton.com), I applaud O'Reilly for convincing a general audience to watch anything about history beyond the hi...
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Zaki's Review: <i>Doctor Strange</i>
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 mov...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Downey, Jr.
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 48
    On July 9, 2014, he announced via Facebook and Twitter that he and his wife were expecting a daughter in November.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 46
    They have a son together named Exton Elias Downey, born on February 7, 2012 in Los Angeles.
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    In 2012, Downey reprised the role of Tony Stark in The Avengers.
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  • 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.
  • 2010
    Age 44
    Downey's other commercial film release of 2010 was the comedy road film Due Date.
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  • 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.
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    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.
    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.
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    After Iron Man, Downey appeared alongside Ben Stiller and Jack Black in another 2008 summer film, the Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder.
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    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.
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    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.
    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.
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    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:
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    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.
    In 2008, however, Downey returned his advance to the publishers and canceled the book without further comment.
  • 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".
    In 2006, Downey returned to his television roots when he guest-starred on Family Guy in the episode "The Fat Guy Strangler".
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    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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    The couple were married on August 27, 2005, in a Jewish ceremony at Amagansett, New York.
  • 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.
    Downey and Falconer finalized their divorce on April 26, 2004.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    Downey got his first post-rehab acting job in August 2001, lip-syncing in the video for Elton John's single "I Want Love".
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    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?
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    In July 2001, Downey pleaded no contest to the Palm Springs charges, avoiding jail time.
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    In April 2001, while he was on parole, a Los Angeles police officer found him wandering barefoot in Culver City, just outside Los Angeles.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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").
    After Downey missed another required drug test in 1999, he was arrested once more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 28
    He starred in the 1994 films, Only You with Marisa Tomei, and Natural Born Killers with Woody Harrelson.
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  • 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).
  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on April 4, 1965.
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