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Robert Downey Jr. Net Worth, Biography & Wiki in 2017

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Robert Downey Jr. net worth:
$240 Million

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Robert Downey Jr. Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Robert Downey Jr. was born on 4 April 1965, in New York City USA, of Lithuanian-Jewish, Irish and Hungarian (father), and Scottish, German and Swiss (mother) descent. A screenwriter, singer, producer and actor, Robert is perhaps best known for his role of Charlie Chaplin in “Chaplin” (1992), which earned him a nomination for an Oscar. Downey became an especially noted actor in 2008 when he appeared as Tony Stark in “Iron Man”, a very successful movie which increased Robert Downey Jr’s net worth significantly.

So how rich is Robert Downey Jr? Sources estimate that Robert’s net worth is $240 million. He has reputedly earned more than $55 million in the last four years, including for roles playing Tony Stark ($10,000,000), Sherlock Holmes ($15,000,000) and in “Due Date” ($12,000,000). Robert Jr.’s assets also include an impressive residence in Malibu and a luxurious house in Los Angeles, next to Venice Beach. The latest figures compiled by Forbes magazine ranks Robert Jr. as the highest earning actor in the world again, for the year mid-2014 to 2015, with $80 million, principally from his role in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, so unless he has been on a major spending spree recently, very likely his overall net worth has increased considerably.

Robert Downey Jr. Net Worth $240 Million

Robert Jr’s  father, Robert Sr, is an actor and filmmaker – but was also unfortunately a drug adict – and his mother, Elsie Ann, was also an actress,The artist started working in the cinema industry at the age of five, when the first movie he appeared in was “Pound” (1970) produced by his  father. Robert Jr.’s serious acting career began on the stage – off-Broadway – until the early 80s, and then over the following years he had parts in such movies as “Less Than Zero” (1987), “Chances Are” (1989), “Soapdish”(1991), and then “Chaplin”.

Subsequently, and perhaps surprisngly, Robert Downey Jr. then had roles in less than outstanding films, however, the problem was his drug addiction: between 1996 and 2001 Downey was arrested several times for drug and alcohol abuse. Temporarily leaving prison in 2000, he appeared in the TV series “Ally McBeal” which became known worldwide, and also helped Robert Jr. rehabilitate and add some income to his net worth. Downey Jr. finally left prison in 2001, and eventually came into prominence with “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” (2005) and “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus” (2006). He also appeared in the animated film “A Scanner Darkly” (2006), and the Ben Stiller comedy “Tropic Thunder” (2008).

Robert Jr.’s next successful film was “Iron Man” in 2008, then in 2009 Robert Jr. took the role of Sherlock Holmes in the detective movie of the same name directed by Guy Ritchie. Its sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (2011) was even more successful for this popular American actor: it earned him a Golden Globe and increased Robert Downey Jr.’s net worth considerably, as did his role in “Due Date” (2010). “Iron Man” also had its sequels: “Iron Man 2” (2010), “The Avengers” (2012), and “Iron Man 3” (2013). The artist appeared here as Tony Stark again, and all these roles added a big financial sum to Robert Downey Jr.’s net worth. In fact, according to Forbes, Downey was ranked as the 4th actor based on popularity in movies in 2010.

Also as a singer, Robert Downey Jr. is heard on several soundtracks in such movies as “Chaplin”, “Too Much Sun”, “Friends and Lovers”, and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”.

In his personal life, Robert Downey Jr was married to Deborah Falconer(1992-2004): they have a son. Robert Jr. married film producer Susan Levin in 2005, and the couple have a son and a daughter. Robert and Susan formed “Team Downey” in 2010, focusing on production.

Robert Downey Jr is also a supporter of charities such as ‘Clothes off Our Back’ and ‘Midnight Mission’, helping poor families to survive.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Incredible Hulk2008Tony Stark (uncredited)
Iron Man2008Video GameTony Stark (voice)
Iron Man2008Tony Stark Iron Man
Charlie Bartlett2007Nathan Gardner
Lucky You2007Telephone Jack
Zodiac2007Paul Avery
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus2006Lionel Sweeney
A Scanner Darkly2006James Barris
The Shaggy Dog2006Dr. Kozak
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints2006Dito
Family Guy2005TV SeriesPatrick Pewterschmidt
Good Night, and Good Luck.2005Joe Wershba
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang2005Harry Lockhart
Game 62005Steven Schwimmer
The Route V502004Short uncredited
Eros2004Nick Penrose (segment "Equilibrium")
Gothika2003Pete Graham
The Singing Detective2003Dan Dark
Whatever We Do2003ShortBobby
Ally McBeal2000-2002TV SeriesLarry Paul
Lethargy2002ShortAnimal Therapist
Auto Motives2000ShortRob
Wonder Boys2000Terry Crabtree
Black & White1999/ITerry Donager
Bowfinger1999Jerry Renfro
Friends & Lovers1999Hans
In Dreams1999Vivian Thompson
U.S. Marshals1998Special Agent John Royce
The Gingerbread Man1998Clyde Pell
Hugo Pool1997Franz
Two Girls and a Guy1997Blake
One Night Stand1997Charlie
Danger Zone1996Jim Scott
Restoration1995Robert Merivel
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree1995TV ShortMr. Willowby
Home for the Holidays1995Tommy Larson
Richard III1995Lord Rivers
Only You1994Peter Wright
Natural Born Killers1994Wayne Gale
Hail Caesar1994Jerry
Short Cuts1993Bill Bush
Heart and Souls1993Thomas Reilly
Chaplin1992Charles Spencer Chaplin
Soapdish1991David Seton Barnes
Too Much Sun1990Reed Richmond
Air America1990Billy
Chances Are1989Alex Finch
True Believer1989Roger Baron
That's Adequate1989Albert Einstein
19691988Ralph Carr
Rented Lips1988Wolf Dangler
Johnny Be Good1988Leo Wiggins
Less Than Zero1987Julian
The Pick-up Artist1987Jack Jericho (as Robert Downey)
America1986Paulie Hackley
Back to School1986Derek Lutz
Saturday Night Live1985-1986TV SeriesVarious / Rudy Randolph III / Jimmy Chance / ...
Deadwait1985Short
Mussolini: The Untold Story1985TV Mini-SeriesBruno Mussolini (as Robert Downey)
Weird Science1985Ian (as Robert Downey)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun1985Punk Party Crasher (uncredited)
Tuff Turf1985Jimmy Parker (as Robert Downey)
Firstborn1984Lee
Baby It's You1983Stewart
Up the Academy1980Boy on Soccer Team (uncredited)
Greaser's Palace1972Small boy in covered wagon (uncredited)
Pound1970Puppy (as Bob Downey)
Avengers: Infinity War2018filmingTony Stark Iron Man
Spider-Man: Homecoming2017post-productionTony Stark Iron Man
Sherlock Holmes 3announcedSherlock Holmes
Captain America: Civil War2016Tony Stark Iron Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron2015Tony Stark Iron Man
The Judge2014Hank Palmer
Chef2014Marvin
Iron Man Three2013Tony Stark
The Avengers2012Tony Stark Iron Man
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows2011Sherlock Holmes
Due Date2010Peter Highman
Love & Distrust2010VideoRob (segment: "Auto Motives" by Lorraine Bracco)
Iron Man 22010Tony Stark
Sherlock Holmes2009Sherlock Holmes
The Soloist2009Steve Lopez
Tropic Thunder2008Kirk Lazarus
Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness2008Video shortKirk Lazarus (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Playing It Forward: Imagine Dragons2014executive producer
The Judge2014executive producer
Playing It Forward: John Legend2013Short executive producer
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints2006co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Just Go with It2011performer: "Driven to Tears"
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang2005performer: "BROKEN" / writer: "BROKEN"
The Singing Detective2003performer: "In My Dreams"
Ally McBeal2000-2001TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Friends & Lovers1999performer: "Carla" - uncredited / writer: "Carla" - uncredited
Two Girls and a Guy1997performer: "Snake" / writer: "Snake"
Heart and Souls1993performer: "Walk Like A Man" - uncredited
Too Much Sun1990performer: "Too Much Sun" / writer: "Too Much Sun"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Party1993Documentary writer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe2014TV Movie documentary thanks
International Relations Theory Illustrated #1 Realism2012Video short special thanks
A Backyard Story2010grateful acknowledgment
Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness2008Video short special thanks
Chaos Rising: The Storm Around 'Natural Born Killers'2001Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin2003DocumentaryHimself - Actor / Star of 'Chaplin
Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute2003TV Special documentaryHimself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Last Party 20002001DocumentaryHimself
Anatomy of a Scene2001TV Series documentaryHimself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor [Comedy Series], Best Ensemble [Comedy Series]
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV & Presenter
Chaos Rising: The Storm Around 'Natural Born Killers'2001Video documentary shortHimself
3rd Annual TV Guide Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
1998 MTV Movie Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live1986-1996TV SeriesHimself / Various / Himself - Host / ...
Kennedy Center's 25th Anniversary1996TV SpecialHimself
1995 MTV Movie Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
Howard Stern1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
The 1994 Billboard Music Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country1993DocumentaryHimself
The Last Party1993DocumentaryHimself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
Rock the Vote1993TV MovieHimself
1992 MTV Movie Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The South Bank Show1992TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The 43th Annual Writers Guild Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19901990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Makeup
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Get Out the Vote1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Starlight Annual Foundation Benefit1988TV SpecialHimself
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam1987TV Movie documentary voice
Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight1975Himself (uncredited)
The 43rd Annual People's Choice Awards2017/IITV MovieHimself
Extra2003-2016TV SeriesHimself
Iron Man: The Road to Civil War2016Video documentaryHimself
United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Making of 'Captain America: Civil War'2016Video documentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2010-2016TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Judge / Himself - Avengers: Age of Ultron
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / First Guru
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Robert Downey Jr.'s Biggest Big Announcement of All Time2016TV ShortHimself
2016 MTV Movie Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20162016TV MovieHimself - Presenter
From Here to Infinity: Phases 2 & 3 of the M.C.U.2015Video documentary shortHimself
Phase 2 Tag Scenes: A Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two2015Video documentary shortHimself
The British Academy Britannia Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Avengers: Age of Ultron - From the Inside Out: Making of Avengers - Age of Ultron2015Video documentary shortHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1995-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Insider2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
2015 MTV Movie Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Generation Award / Presenter: Avengers Age of Ultron
Explosiv - Das Magazin2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The EE British Academy Film Awards2015TV Special documentaryHimself - Pre-Recorded Tribute to Lord Attenborough
72nd Golden Globe Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
Hollywood Sessions2014TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Film Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
BAFTA Britannia Awards Special 20142014TV SpecialHimself
The Graham Norton Show2009-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS This Morning2014TV SeriesHimself - The Judge
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Judge: Inside the Judge2014Documentary shortHimself
Stand Up to Cancer2014TV SpecialHimself
I Am Steve McQueen2014DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Howard Stern Birthday Bash2014VideoHimself
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Off Camera with Sam Jones2014TV SeriesHimself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (credit only)
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Iron Man 3 Unmasked2013Video shortHimself
Superheroes: From Page to Screen2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Iron Man 3: Advancing the Tech2013Video documentary shortHimself
The Daily Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Weekend Ticket2013TV Series shortHimself
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Daybreak2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Style Story2013TV SeriesHimself
The 85th Annual Academy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects
70th Golden Globe Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Iron Man 3: Sky Movies Special2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Electric Playground2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The American Cinematheque Tribute to Ben Stiller2012TV MovieHimself
Building the Dream: Assembling the Avengers2012Video documentaryHimself
The Avengers: Assembling the Ultimate Team2012Video shortHimself
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: A Perfect Chemistry2012Video shortHimself
Fantástico2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.2012TV Series documentaryHimself
VIP zprávy2012TV SeriesHimself
YourGeekNews.com2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20122012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 84th Annual Academy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Janela Indiscreta2010-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Project2012TV SeriesHimself
The Big Picture2012TV SeriesHimself
The American Cinematheque Tribute to Robert Downey Jr2011TV MovieHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The BAFTA Britannia Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Scream Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself
Marvel LIVE! World Premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger2011Video shortHimself
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
What The2011TV SeriesHimself
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHimself
Iron Man 2: Creating Stark Expo2010Video shortHimself
Iron Man 2: Practical Meets Digital2010Video shortHimself
Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of 'Iron Man 2'2010Video documentaryHimself
Mark at the Movies2010TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Días de cine2010TV SeriesHimself
Guys Choice2010TV MovieHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2005-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Drawbridges & Dollies: Designing a Late Victorian London2010Video shortHimself
Elementary English: Perfecting Sherlock's Accent2010Video shortHimself
Sherlock Holmes: Ba-ritsu, A Tutorial2010Video shortHimself
Sherlock Holmes: Not a Deerstalker Cap in Sight2010Video shortHimself
Sherlock Holmes: Powers of Observation & Deduction2010Video shortHimself
Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented2010Video documentary shortHimself
Sherlock Holmes: The One That Got Away2010Video shortHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Cinema 32010TV SeriesHimself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Gomorron2010TV SeriesHimself - Om Filmen Sherlock Holmes
2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special2009TV SpecialHimself
Live from Studio Five2009TV SeriesHimself
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
The Movie Loft2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Spike's Guys Choice2009TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Star Movies: Live from the Red Carpet2009TV MovieHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
This Morning2005-2009TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Himself
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
MTV Movie Awards: Tropic Thunder2008Video shortHimself
The Cast of 'Tropic Thunder'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Tropic Thunder: Before the Thunder2008Video documentary shortHimself
Tropic Thunder: Designing the Thunder2008Video documentary shortHimself
Tropic Thunder: Full Mags2008Video documentary shortHimself
I Am 'Iron Man'2008Video documentaryHimself
Iron Man: The Actor's Process2008Video shortHimself
Eigo de shabera-night2008TV SeriesHimself
Resumen - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV MovieHimself
Animal House: The Inside Story2008TV MovieHimself
HBO First Look2006-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty2008TV SpecialHimself
Spike Guys Choice2008TV MovieHimself
Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor, Iron Man
2008 MTV Movie Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
American Idol2008TV SeriesRejected Pip
The View2005-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Getaway2008TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity traveller
Imagine2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Access Hollywood2008TV SeriesHimself
Zodiac Deciphered2008Video documentaryHimself / Paul Avery
Biography2004-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Modern Warrior2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Is Zodiac2007Video documentary shortHimself
Out of Control: 10 Celebrity Rehabs Exposed2007TV MovieHimself
Payback2007TV SeriesHimself
HypaSpace2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The 79th Annual Academy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Visual Effects
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Close Up2006TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming 'A Scanner Darkly'2006Video documentary shortHimself - 'Barris'
The Weight of the Line: Animation Tales2006Video documentary shortHimself - 'Barris'
American Masters2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Corazón de...2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Shootout2004-2006TV SeriesHimself
GMTV2005TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Film '722005TV SeriesHimself
The Showbiz Show with David Spade2005TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow2005DocumentaryNarrator
The Paul O'Grady Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2005TV SeriesHimself
The Outsider2005DocumentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope2005TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2004TV SpecialHimself
The Art Show2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Gothika: Painting with Fire2004Video shortHimself
On the Set of 'Gothika'2004Video shortHimself
Between the Lines2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
Tangled Up in Blue2004TV MovieHimself
Punk'd2003TV SeriesHimself
Movie House2003TV SeriesHimself
The Frank Skinner Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Richard & Judy2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Wayne Brady Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Charlie Rose1995-2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TIME Presents: Celebrities on Trial2017TV Movie documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2014-2017TV SeriesHimself
Extra2014-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Judge
L'IA et Mathieu2016TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Nostalgia Critic2016TV SeriesTony Stark
Lego Marvel's Avengers2016Video GameTony Stark Iron Man
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM2015DocumentaryHimself
Canada A.M.2006-2015TV SeriesHimself / Harry Lockhart
Retro Report2014TV Mini-SeriesKirk Lazarus
Live with Kelly and Michael2013TV SeriesHimself
The Frame2013TV SeriesTony Stark Iron Man
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesTony Stark in 'Iron Man 3'
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesTony Stark
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Welcome to the Basement2012TV SeriesIron Man
The Graham Norton Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant2011Video shortTony Stark (uncredited)
Road to 'The Avengers'2011Video shortHimself
Troldspejlet2010TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Iron Man
Richard Roeper & the Movies2010TV SeriesTony Stark / Iron Man
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHimself
Almost Famous III2010TV Movie documentaryPuppy
Sky News: Sunrise2009TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2009TV SeriesHimself
Dr. Drew's Celebrity Addiction Special2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
City Confidential2007TV Series documentary
Biography2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live in the '80s: Lost & Found2005TV Special documentaryVarious
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Showboy2002Himself - Golden Globe Presenter (uncredited)
Ally McBeal2001-2002TV SeriesLarry Paul
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Why Robert?2001DocumentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015MTV Generation AwardMTV Movie Awards
2015People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Dramatic Movie Actor
2015People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie Actor
2014Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorIron Man Three (2013)
2014Britannia AwardBAFTA/LA Britannia AwardsStanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film
2014Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Butt KickerIron Man Three (2013)
2014People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Action Movie Star
2013MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightThe Avengers (2012)· Chris Evans
· Mark Ruffalo
· Chris Hemsworth
· Scarlett Johansson
· Jeremy Renner
· Tom Hiddleston
2013People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie Actor
2013People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie SuperheroThe Avengers (2012)
2013Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: ActionIron Man Three (2013)
2011American Cinematheque AwardAmerican Cinematheque Gala Tribute
2010Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalSherlock Holmes (2009)
2010IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International ActorSherlock Holmes (2009)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBest SuperheroIron Man 2 (2010)
2009Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorIron Man (2008)
2009COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationActor of the YearIron Man (2008)
2009Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsFavorite Celebrity of the Year
2009IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International ActorIron Man (2008)
2008Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsFavorite Celebrity of the Year
2008ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAMale Star of the Year
2006Special Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticA Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)· Shia LaBeouf
· Rosario Dawson
· Chazz Palminteri
· Dianne Wiest
· Channing Tatum
2004Man of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
2003Career Achievement AwardChicago International Film Festival
2003Best ActorSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalThe Singing Detective (2003)
2001Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAlly McBeal (1997)
2001Screen Idol AwardL.A. OutfestMaleWonder Boys (2000)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlly McBeal (1997)
1994Special AwardGolden Globes, USAShort Cuts (1993)· Andie MacDowell
· Bruce Davison
· Jack Lemmon
· Zane Cassidy
· Julianne Moore
· Matthew Modine
· Anne Archer
· Fred Ward
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Chris Penn
· Joseph C. Hopkins
· Josette Maccario
· Lili Taylor
· Madeleine Stowe
· Tim Robbins
· Cassie Friel
· Dustin Friel
· Austin Friel
· Lily Tomlin
· Tom Waits
· Frances McDormand
· Peter Gallagher
· Jarrett Lennon
· Annie Ross
· Lori Singer
· Lyle Lo
1994Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorHeart and Souls (1993)
1993BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorChaplin (1992)
1993ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActor of the YearChaplin (1992)
1993Special Volpi CupVenice Film FestivalShort Cuts (1993)· Andie MacDowell
· Bruce Davison
· Jack Lemmon
· Zane Cassidy
· Julianne Moore
· Matthew Modine
· Anne Archer
· Fred Ward
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Chris Penn
· Joseph C. Hopkins
· Josette Maccario
· Lili Taylor
· Madeleine Stowe
· Tim Robbins
· Cassie Friel
· Dustin Friel
· Austin Friel
· Lily Tomlin
· Tom Waits
· Frances McDormand
· Peter Gallagher
· Jarrett Lennon
· Annie Ross
· Lori Singer
· Lyle Lo

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie Actor
2017People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Action Movie Actor
2016Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie ActorAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
2016MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)· Mark Ruffalo
2016People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie Actor
2016People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Action Movie Actor
2016Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyCaptain America: Civil War (2016)
2016Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: ChemistryCaptain America: Civil War (2016)· Scarlett Johansson
· Don Cheadle
· Paul Bettany
· Chadwick Boseman
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyAvengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor in an Action MovieIron Man Three (2013)
2014Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie ActorIron Man Three (2013)
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest HeroIron Man Three (2013)
2014People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie Actor
2014People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie DuoIron Man Three (2013)· Gwyneth Paltrow
2013Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor in an Action MovieThe Avengers (2012)
2013Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActorThe Avengers (2012)
2013Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Butt KickerThe Avengers (2012)
2013MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen DuoThe Avengers (2012)· Mark Ruffalo
2013MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest HeroThe Avengers (2012)
2013People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Action Movie Star
2013Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyIron Man Three (2013)
2013Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: ChemistryIron Man Three (2013)· Don Cheadle
2012Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: ActionSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
2012Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyThe Avengers (2012)
2012Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Summer Movie Star: MaleThe Avengers (2012)
2011Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorIron Man 2 (2010)
2011Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Butt KickerIron Man 2 (2010)
2011MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBiggest Badass Star
2011People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite On-Screen TeamIron Man 2 (2010)· Don Cheadle
2011People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie Actor
2011People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Action Star
2011SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest ActorIron Man 2 (2010)
2011Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Hissy FitDue Date (2010)
2010Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorSherlock Holmes (2009)
2010Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActorSherlock Holmes (2009)
2010MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightSherlock Holmes (2009)· Mark Strong
2010Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Feature FilmThe Soloist (2009)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Science Fiction ActorIron Man 2 (2010)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Action AdventureSherlock Holmes (2009)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: DanceIron Man 2 (2010)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: FightIron Man 2 (2010)· Don Cheadle
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Sci-FiIron Man 2 (2010)
2009OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleTropic Thunder (2008)
2009Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureTropic Thunder (2008)
2009BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2009Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActorIron Man (2008)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2009MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceIron Man (2008)
2009OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2009OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2009People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Movie Star
2009People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Action Star
2009People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite SuperheroIron Man (2008)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleTropic Thunder (2008)
2009Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Hissy FitTropic Thunder (2008)
2008EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleTropic Thunder (2008)
2008CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2008DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2008HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2008ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceTropic Thunder (2008)
2008National Movie AwardNational Movie Awards, UKBest Performance - MaleIron Man (2008)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleTropic Thunder (2008)
2008SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2008Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Action AdventureIron Man (2008)
2008TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting Performance, MaleTropic Thunder (2008)
2007ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleZodiac (2007)
2007Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorA Scanner Darkly (2006)
2007Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actor of the YearZodiac (2007)
2007ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceZodiac (2007)
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorKiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastGood Night, and Good Luck. (2005)· Rose Abdoo
· Alex Borstein
· Robert John Burke
· Patricia Clarkson
· George Clooney
· Jeff Daniels
· Reed Diamond
· Tate Donovan
· Grant Heslov
· Peter Jacobson
· Frank Langella
· Tom McCarthy
· Dianne Reeves
· Matt Ross
· David Strathairn
· Ray Wise
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureGood Night, and Good Luck. (2005)· Rose Abdoo
· Alex Borstein
· Robert John Burke
· Patricia Clarkson
· George Clooney
· Jeff Daniels
· Reed Diamond
· Tate Donovan
· Grant Heslov
· Peter Jacobson
· Frank Langella
· Tom McCarthy
· Dianne Reeves
· Matt Ross
· David Strathairn
· Ray Wise
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleGood Night, and Good Luck. (2005)· David Strathairn
· George Clooney
· Patricia Clarkson
· Jeff Daniels
· Frank Langella
2005Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceGood Night, and Good Luck. (2005)· David Strathairn
· Patricia Clarkson
· George Clooney
· Jeff Daniels
· Frank Langella
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalKiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Original SongKiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalThe Singing Detective (2003)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlly McBeal (1997)
2001American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV SeriesAlly McBeal (1997)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesAlly McBeal (1997)· Lisa Nicole Carson
· Portia de Rossi
· Calista Flockhart
· Greg Germann
· Jane Krakowski
· James Le Gros
· Lucy Liu
· Peter MacNicol
· Vonda Shepard
2001TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyAlly McBeal (1997)
2001TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsSupporting Actor of the Year in a Comedy SeriesAlly McBeal (1997)
1993OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleChaplin (1992)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaChaplin (1992)
1993CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorChaplin (1992)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2008Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actor of the YearIron Man (2008)
2008Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actor of the YearTropic Thunder (2008)
2008SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2007ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorA Scanner Darkly (2006)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorTropic Thunder (2008)
2006ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceA Scanner Darkly (2006)
1997BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorOne Night Stand (1997)

TitleSalary
Iron Man Three (2013)$50,000,000
The Avengers (2012)$50,000,000 (once box-office bonuses and backend compensation are factored in)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)$15,000,000
Due Date (2010)$12,000,000
Iron Man 2 (2010)$10,000,000
Sherlock Holmes (2009)$9,000,000
Iron Man (2008)$500,000
Game 6 (2005)$100 /day
Danger Zone (1996)$500,000
Richard III (1995)$50,000

#Fact
1As a five-year-old Robert uttered his very first words of dialog on film in his father Robert Downey Sr.'s Pound (1970): "Have any hair on your balls?".
2Good friends with Marvel Cinematic Universe cast: Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle and Cobie Smulders.
3Good friends with: Mel Gibson, James Spader, Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson, Rob Lowe and Johnny Depp.
4He was considered for the title role in Edward Scissorhands (1990), which went to Johnny Depp.
5He was considered for the role of Jack in Legend (1985), which went to Tom Cruise.
6He was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989), which went to Michael Keaton. He would, of course, play a different superhero.
7During the promotion of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), famously walked out of an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy when pressed about his "dark" past because he felt it was inappropriate that children would be watching. He told Howard Stern he would leave again if that ever happened in the future.
8Has worked with four "Doctor Watsons". In his own portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, he worked with Jude Law. In Iron Man Three (2013), he worked with Ben Kingsley. In Captain America: Civil War (2016), he worked with Martin Freeman. In The Judge (2014), he worked with Robert Duvall.
9Wife Susan Downey gave birth to baby girl, Avri Roel Downey at 3:22 a.m. on November 4, 2014.
10Before he starred as Iron Man (2008), he had done films with three of the actors who played Batman: George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton. In Iron Man Three (2013), he worked with Clooney's cousin, Miguel Ferrer.
11He turned down the lead role in Say Anything... (1989), which went to John Cusack.
12He was considered for the lead role in Top Gun (1986), which went to Tom Cruise.
13He was considered for the lead role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), which went to Matthew Broderick.
14He was originally set to star in Cowboys & Aliens (2011), but had to drop out due to his commitment to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). The role went to Daniel Craig.
15He was considered for the role of Billy "The Kid" Hicks in St. Elmo's Fire (1985), which went to Rob Lowe. Prophetically, the character has a substance abuse problems.
16He travelled around the world promoting Iron Man Three (2013) with back-to-back visits to Seoul, South Korea; Beijing, China; Moscow, Russia; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France and London, England. [April 2013]
17He was offered the lead role in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), but declined, as he was not interested.
18Is good friends with Due Date (2010) and The Soloist (2009) co-star, Jamie Foxx.
19Robert and wife Susan Downey had their first child, Exton Elias Downey, on February 7, 2012. He weighing in at 7 lbs. 5 oz. and measuring 20 inches.
20Has stated on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) that he is not a method actor.
21Was a huge fan of the Iron Man comics as a child.
22Placed his hand and footprints in concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in 2010.
23Starred in the film, Chances Are (1989), and, years later, sang Bob Seger and Martina McBride's song "Chances Are" while appearing on the television series Ally McBeal (1997).
24Mentioned in a November 2010 interview with Playboy magazine that he studies Kung Fu at the L.A. Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in West Los Angeles three times a week for three hours a session.
25Honoured at the 25th American Cinematheque Award on October 14, 2011 in Los Angeles.
26Is the first, and thus far only, actor to win a Golden Globe for portraying Sherlock Holmes.
27Lives in Venice and Malibu, California.
28Filmed his role in Hail Caesar (1994) in one day.
29Attended Junior High School 104 in Manhattan with fellow actors Jon Cryer, Erica Gimpel and Kadeem Hardison.
30Was roommates with Kiefer Sutherland in the early 1980s.
31Godfather of his son Indio Falconer Downey is close friend Anthony Michael Hall.
32According to an interview he gave to Newsweek in February 2009, when Downey went to Japan for their opening of Iron Man (2008), he was detained on entry because Japanese authorities ran his passport and found it linked to some incredible criminal activity (namely Downey's multiple arrests and incarcerations on drug-related charges in the 1990s and 2000s). For failing to disclose these convictions, Downey was interrogated for six hours and was almost barred from entry into Japan. It was finally decided that he could enter Japan for the Iron Man premiere but he is never to be allowed into Japan again.
33In order to get over his drug addiction, he began studying Wing Chun in 2003 under Sifu Eric Oram, who served as a fight and martial arts consultant on Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes (2009).
34Signed on to voice "The Devil" on the animated series God, the Devil and Bob (2000). Shortly thereafter, Downey was jailed, so he was replaced by Alan Cumming.
35Has worn lifts at his directors' requests in his recent leading man roles, namely Iron Man (2008) and its sequel and in Sherlock Holmes (2009), in order to enhance his height.
36Gave life to the same character (Tony Stark) in two movies in the same year (Iron Man (2008) and The Incredible Hulk (2008)) produced by the same studio (Marvel Studios).
37Close friends with Anthony Michael Hall and Ramon Estevez.
38Downey's paternal grandfather, Robert Elias, was of Lithuanian Jewish descent, while Downey's paternal grandmother, model Betty McLoughlin, was of half Irish and half Hungarian Jewish ancestry. Downey's mother's lineage was English, Scottish, German, and Swiss-German.
39Ranked #60 in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World (2008).
40On the set of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) he took co-star Adam Scarimbolo under his wing.
41Before he starred as Iron Man (2008), Downey had done films with three of the actors who played Batman: with George Clooney in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005); with Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005); and with Michael Keaton in Game 6 (2005).
42Sting ("Every Breath You Take") and Billy Idol performed at his wedding to Susan Downey.
43He proposed to Susan Downey on her 30th birthday.
44Met wife Susan Downey on the set of Gothika (2003).
45Was in attendance at Chris Penn's funeral at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
46Is the first regular cast member of Saturday Night Live (1975) to be nominated for an Academy Award in the category "Best Actor in a Leading Role". Joan Cusack and Dan Aykroyd were also nominated for Academy Awards some years before Downey, but both were nominated for supporting roles.
47Was approached to play the role as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
48He married his second wife, Gothika (2003) producer Susan Downey, at Amagansett, New York on August 27, 2005.
49Childhood friends with Richard Hall, better known as Moby.
50Starred briefly with his first wife Deborah Falconer in the Robert Altman movie Short Cuts (1993).
51Starred in Elton John's music video for the song "I Want Love". Downey was let out of rehab for one day in late July specifically to shoot the video (which was filmed in one long continuous take at Greystone Manor in Beverly Hills). This was Downey's first work since being fired from the television series Ally McBeal (1997) in April 2001.
52Downey enjoyed working with the director of the Elton John music video - contemporary artist Sam Taylor-Johnson - so much that he suggested that they work together again on an art piece. The result was an art video called "Pietà", made in the manner of Michelangelo's famous Pietà sculpture in Rome. It was included in Sam Taylor-Johnson's exhibition "Mute" at the White Cube 2 art gallery in London, November 23 to January 12, 2002.
53Dropped out of Santa Monica High School at age 17 and moved to New York to become an actor. First jobs in the city included bussing tables at Central Falls restaurant, working in a shoe store, and performing as "living art" at SohHo's notorious underground club Area.
54Married his first wife after dating her for only 42 days.
55At the age of 10, while living in London, Robert attended the Perry House School in Chelsea and studied classical ballet.
56As a result of his father's work (Robert Downey Sr. was (and is) an independent filmmaker), Downey the younger spent a great deal of his childhood on the move. He lived at various points in Connecticut, New York, California, London, Paris and Woodstock.
57In a symbolic attempt to bury his decadent 1980s Brat Pack image and begin a new phase of his life and career after filming Chaplin (1992) in 1991, he (literally) buried the clothes that he wore in Less Than Zero (1987) in the backyard of his house.
58Kept a great deal of the authentic vintage clothing he wore in the movie Chaplin (1992).
59His parents divorced when he was age 11.
60(July 16, 2001) Downey pleaded no contest to drug charges. The judge sentenced him to remain in rehabilitation for one year and to three years' probation.
61(May 24, 2001) Downey pleaded not guilty to the November 2000 drug charges. He is being held in a drug rehab center until his case is decided.
62(March 15, 2001) Downey's attorneys advised the judge that they could not reach a plea bargain in his November 2000 drug arrest.
63(April 24, 2001) Arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance in Los Angeles after he was found wandering in an alley. He was fired from the television series Ally McBeal (1997) by producer David E. Kelley after the arrest.
64(November 25, 2000) Downey re-arrested on drugs and weapons charges in Palm Springs, California, at the luxurious Merv Griffin resort, after an anonymous tip to police. Downey was found alone, with cocaine and methamphetamines. He cooperated with police, spent the night in jail, and was released the next morning on $15,000.00 bail. Downey had been on a career upswing with his successful stint on Ally McBeal (1997), and his upcoming stage performance as Hamlet, set for January 2001 in Los Angeles, to be directed by his friend Mel Gibson.
65Downey's lawyers petitioned the State Court of Appeals in Los Angeles, stating that Downey had already served enough time because the Malibu judge had made errors in calculating his sentence. He had not given credit for the several times Downey spent in lockdown rehab units and in pre-sentencing confinement. Downey's lawyers claimed that he should have been released in February 2000.
66(August 6, 1999) After Downey's three violations of probation for drug and alcohol abuse in a three-year span of time since he was spared a prison sentence and placed on probation, Malibu Judge Lawrence Mira stated that he was out of options. He was sentencing Downey to prison, he said, to save his life, because he would not take the responsibility of refraining from alcohol and drug use on his own. The Judge invoked the three years' sentence in state prison that had been suspended in 1996.Downey spent two weeks in a state prison reception center at Wasco, California, for orientation. On August 25, 1999, he was transferred to a Department of Corrections prison named "SATF" (Substance Abuse Treatment Facility) for drug dependent prisoners in Corcoran California. Scheduled release date: November 2, 2000. SATF is across the street from the other Corcoran Prison, where inmates were shot to death on the exercise yard during fights in the 1990s. Downey's lawyers have approached the Malibu judge several times in the last 11 months to request Downey's release, but the Judge has refused.
67Once worked as a piece of living art in a SoHo nightclub in New York City.
68He took daily drug tests during the filming of Two Girls and a Guy (1997).
69While drunk, he wandered into a neighbor's Malibu home that he thought was his own, and fell asleep in their child's bed. He was arrested for being under the influence of drugs, which was a third violation of his probation.
70His father introduced him to drugs, offering him a marijuana joint when he was age 8.
71(June 22, 1999) Sent to a rehab center at the Los Angeles County jail while waiting for an August 5 hearing.
72Attended Stagedoor Manor.
73Son Indio Falconer Downey, with his first wife Deborah Falconer, was born on September 7, 1993.
74Son of Robert Downey Sr..
75Lived with Sarah Jessica Parker for seven years during the 1980s.
76Names Peter O'Toole as his favorite actor.
77During traffic stop for speeding, he was arrested for drunk driving, possession of heroin, and possession of an unloaded pistol in his pickup truck. This was his first reported brush with the law at age 31. He was given a suspended prison sentence of three years, and granted probation with requirements of random drug testing and drug counselling. [August 1996]
78Remanded to a secure drug rehabilitation center. [August 1996]
79(October 17, 1997) Probation revoked after continued drug use.
80Jailed for 180 days for violating probation. [December 1997]
81(February 13, 1998) He got into fight with another inmate at the Los Angeles County Jail, where he was serving time for a probation violation, and was treated for a cut over his nose.
82(March 31, 1998) Released from jail to complete his six-month jail sentence at a drug rehabilitation center. Downey caused a stir when he was freed to work on a movie.
83(August 2, 2000) Released from jail on $5,000 bail.

#Quote
1It's all about not getting your own way and that's what we try to instill in each other in ourselves with how do you become less encumber so you be in service to this fantastic medium that we get a chance in doing there's people throughout time who have been notorious and I get to be one of them to say it got in the way would be to say what I was "expressing" didn't have the validity for the suffering I chose to put myself through if it's all for nothing then it's a tragedy then if you put it down and move on its a way to demonstrate that when something occurs there's really nothing that anybody can do but survive as long as they survive
2[his experience working on One Night Stand (1997)] I'm really struggling with something right now and it was kind of cathartic to play that part in the film because it was someone who's own proclivities and own sexual promiscuity and own desire to "eat life live fast" was the reason he wasn't going to be there for his friend when he might have enjoyed him most
3[his acceptance speech for the American Cinematheque Award] I asked Mel (Gibson) to present this award for me for a reason. When I couldn’t get sober, he told me not to give up hope and encouraged me to find my faith. It didn’t have to be his or anyone else’s as long as it was rooted in forgiveness. And I couldn’t get hired, so he cast me in the lead of a movie that was actually developed for him. He kept a roof over my head and food on the table and most importantly he said if I accepted responsibility for my wrongdoing and embraced that part of my soul that was ugly – hugging the cactus he calls it – he said that if I hugged the cactus long enough, I’d become a man. I did and it worked. All he asked in return was that someday I help the next guy in some small way. It’s reasonable to assume at the time he didn’t imagine the next guy would be him or that someday was tonight. So anyway on this special occasion and in light of the recent holidays including Columbus Day, I would ask that you join me, unless you are completely without sin in which case you picked the wrong fucking industry, in forgiving my friend his trespasses and offering him the same clean slate you have me, allowing him to continue his great and ongoing contribution to our collective art without shame. He’s hugged the cactus long enough.
4I don't drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.
5My intent is to dominate the playing field for as long as I can, with my own challenges, with myself.
6It's hard for me to watch Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and not get nostalgic about it. It's not perfect but in some ways, I think it's the best thing I've ever done. I don't know why.
7Nobody has cornered Halloween as a market since Halloween (1978).
8[on the Oscars ceremony] It is amazing to see how people are literally hyperventilating when they get up there, because they have such an attachment to this outcome.
9[on never winning an Oscar] I know it's going to happen. That's just a fact... because it just doesn't make sense. That's why I don't mind showing up and watching everybody else get them... Look, even if I don't get one directly, eventually they're just going to have to give me one when I get old. So no matter how you slice it, I'm getting one... I should probably have more, but zero's fine.
10[2010] I find myself fascinated with shows like Bad Girls (1999) and Jerseylicious (2010), and also Inside American Jail (2007) and Lockup (2005). The best one's in the U.K.; I watch it when I'm over there doing Sherlock. It's called Locked Up Abroad (2007), which means "locked up". "Locked Up Abroad" is always fun.
11[2010] I've noticed that worrying is like praying for what you don't want to happen. I don't worry, but I observe where my mind tends to go. I have such an overwhelming sense that if you're in the right state of heart, which I have been for a little while, the next right thing appears to you.
12[2010] Discipline for me is about respect. It's not even about self-respect; it's about respect for life and all it offers. And not indulging. I have happily reconsidered my position on a bunch of things I didn't want on my "no" list despite all evidence that I couldn't handle them. At the end of the day, anything I think I'm sacrificing I'm just giving up because it makes me feel better.
13[2010, on landing Iron Man (2008)] I prepared for the screen test so feverishly that I literally made it impossible for anybody to do a better job. I had never worked on something that way before; I was so familiar with six or nine pages of dialogue, I had thought of every possible scenario. At a certain point during the screen test, I was so overwhelmed with anxiety about the opportunity that I almost passed out. I watched it later, and that moment came, fluttered and wasn't even noticeable. But to me, it was this stretched-out moment of what keeps people from doing theater for 30 years - just an unadulterated fear of failure.
14[2010, on his past problems] Sometimes it's necessary to compartmentalize the different stages of your evolution, both personally and objectively, for the people you have to love and tolerate. And one of those people, for me, is me. I have a very strong sense of that messed-up kid, that devoted theater actor, that ne'er-do-well 20-something nihilistic androgyne and that late-20s married guy with a little kid, lost, lost in narcotics-all as aspects of things I don't regret and am happy to keep a door open on. More than anything I have this sense that I'm a veteran of a war that is difficult to discuss with people who haven't been there. I feel for the kind of zeitgeist diagnoses that are being applied to certain of my peers lately, and I think it's unconscionable.
15[on Mel Gibson] He's a stand-up guy - he's always has been for me - and certainly when I was not hire-able, he put his ass on the line and said, "I'll take that chance." He will always have my friendship, and that's just talking about business and Hollywood stuff, which to me is nowhere as important as friendship.
16[on winning an Oscar] As long as I stick around I'm going to end up with a bunch of them anyway as they're going to run out of people to give them to. And I'm probably going to win it one year when someone else deserves to win it. Why? Because it's my time, goddammit. And that's the way shit works around here. I'm just an uptight mutt at the top of his game. Welcome to Hollywood, bitch! I'll see you at the Vanity Fair party and I'll be holding that golden statue you deserve 'cause guess what? It happened to me too!
17[on producer Joel Silver] Joel just kept telling me. We've got to get your gun in your hand. Joel is one of the few relationships I care to have with a producer. Look he's vast and voracious, and he definitely has the ability to break into a scream about a point he would like to make. But he can also be incredibly warm and generous.
18[on why some of his political opinions now lean more conservative then they used to] I have a really interesting political point of view, and it's not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can't go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can't. I wouldn't wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics every since. ["The New York Times", 2008]
19[on his role as an Australian actor playing a black man in Tropic Thunder (2008)] I thought it was a completely incendiary idea and I blame it all on Ben Stiller and DreamWorks.
20[his Golden Globe acceptance speech for Best Actor-Comedy or Musical] If you start playing violins, I will tear this joint apart. First of all, I want to thank my wife Susan Downey for telling me Matt Damon was going to win so don't bother to prepare a speech. That was at about 10 a.m. I don't have anybody to thank. I'm sorry. Everyone's been so gratuitous, it was a collaboration, we all did this together. Certainly not going to thank Warner Brothers, Alan Horn, and my god, robbing off these guys. They needed me. Avatar (2009) was going to take us to the cleaners. If they didn't have me, we didn't have a shot buddy. What am I going to do? I'm not going to be able to thank Joel Silver. I mean the guy has only restarted my career twelve times since I began twenty-five years ago. I really don't want to thank my wife because I could be busing tables at the daily groom right now if not for her. Jesus, what a gig that would be. Guy Ritchie had a great vision for this film and a lot of great people came together and we worked our asses off. It's just a privilege. The Hollywood Foreign Press has a quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was a genius by the way, and he said "Art is the blood, Is libel to take to the strongest forms." That is also why I would like to thank, or not thank, the Hollywood Foreign Press because they are a strange bunch of people and now I'm one of them. Thank you.
21What do you say, though -- if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan.
22Mel Gibson cast me in The Singing Detective (2003), even though an insurance company wouldn't cover it because it was my first film after my release from behind bars. The best part was when Mel gave me a motorcycle while we still had two weeks left to shoot. I go,"'Are you trying to ruin this movie? What if I have an accident?" He goes, "No, no. I figure if you made it two-thirds of the way through, you can't do anything wrong."
23[on Iron Man 2 (2010)] I've never been in a sequel and it's very daunting because I feel the expectation of the millions of people who watched it and enjoyed it and told me that it was a little different than your usual genre picture and that they expected us to not screw it up. So I actually have taken Iron Man 2 (2010) probably more seriously than any movie I've ever done, which is appropriately ridiculous for Hollywood.
24[on Mickey Rourke] He's so good. And he's formidable and he's very much reminding me of that kind of charming, confident guy that we know.
25I have a sense of destiny that you are led to the things you are supposed to do.
26I don't want to go all Michael Jackson on you, but I never really had a childhood.
27[on U.S. Marshals (1998)] I thought maybe there was something I was missing, and what I really needed to do was to be in one of those films that I love taking my kid to. It would end up being really depressing. I'd rather wake up in jail for a TB test than have to wake up another morning knowing I'm going to the set of U.S. Marshals.
28[on U.S. Marshals (1998)] Possibly the worst action movie of all time, and that's just not good for the maintenance of a good spiritual condition. You've had a traumatic year, you've been practically suicidal - what do you think would be really healing for you? How about like twelve weeks of running around as Johnny Handgun? I think that if you talk to a spirit guide, they would say, "That'll kill you."
29[on Chaplin (1992)] Chaplin was the culmination of an opportunity, and the biggest humiliation I've ever experienced. It was like winning the lottery, then going to prison. I realized that nothing that had worked for me before was going to work here. I'd watch one of Charlie's films, but by the end of it I was wildly depressed, because I realized that what he'd done in this twenty-minute short was more expressive and funnier than everything I've thought about doing my whole life.
30[on Chaplin (1992)] When I accepted the part, they didn't tell me that I also had to do the acrobatic stuff of Charlie. That has cost me a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Though I now can say, 'I did all my stunts myself.' Working on Chaplin was really intensive and cost me years of my life, but if I could do it all over again, no doubt I would do it the same way.
31As soon as I started smoking heroin instead of smoking coke, everything was different, and I knew it was. And it happened around the time I was doing Home for the Holidays (1995). Home for the Holidays is, for me, one of the most relaxed performances in the history of cinema. I can't attribute that to the fact that I was at a serene place in my life, or that there was a real warm feeling on the set. This is a problem for me because I glamorize this stuff. I can't say that it wasn't real dark, real evil and real hurtful to those around me. And yet, practically every take of that film was a print. God bless Jodie Foster. When does she have time to do a handwritten letter telling someone how she genuinely cares about them? She said, "Listen, I'm not worried about you on this film. You're not losing it or nodding out, and you're giving a great performance. I'm worried about your thinking you can get away with doing this on another film."
32[on Sean Penn] In a relatively short time he was a better friend than some people I'd known for ages. I remember him saying three or four years ago, "You have two reputations. I think you know what both of them are, and I think you'd do well to get rid of one of those reputations. If you don't, it will get rid of the other one." And I was like, "Two reputations, I'll be right back." Just hearing him say that reminded me that I should go score. After that, he was like, forget it. It sucks, too, because someone as honorable as he is, I really should have responded. Jesus, I grew up idolizing this guy. Not only does he consider me a friend, but he's taking time. He's got a family. He's got a career that's going well. He's living his dreams and making time for me, and I'm like, "I can't, I just can't - sorry, busy."
33[on his childhood] I didn't want to talk about what my dad did because it wasn't like he was directing All in the Family (1971) or anything. He was doing these crazy films. Mom would pick me up at school wearing this big quilted cape. I felt like I was in a J.D. Salinger story. Dad's Jewish and Irish, Mom's German and Scotch. I couldn't say I was anything. My last name isn't even Downey. My dad changed his name when he wanted to get into the Army and was underage. My real name is Robert Elias. I feel like I'm still looking for a home in some way.
34[on Weird Science (1985)] I defecated in [Renee Props's] trailer, much to the chagrin of Bill Paxton and Robert Rusler. It was a real bad scene. Joel Silver freaked. I never admitted it. Joel said, "Downey, did you do it?" and I said I wish I had. Because I'd been threatening everyone that if they didn't treat me right, I was going to take a dump in their trailer, or that I'd go take a shit in Joel's office, on his desk or something.
35[on Restoration (1995)] I just thought [Hugh Grant] was a dick, that's all. And I still do. You know, and that could be something that has to do with me, or it could just be that not everyone in this industry is someone I'd care to hang out with.
36[on why he did Danger Zone (1996)] Five hundred grand for two weeks.
37I did Air America (1990) for two reasons: to be in a movie with Mel Gibson and to make a bunch of money. And then underneath there was the hope that in doing this formulaic thing I would be launched into a whole new realm of opportunity to do A-list movies. By the time we were done, the only positive thing was meeting Mel Gibson.
38Tofu is the root of all evil, and there's only one thing that can change a man's mind, and that's a modified Uzi with an extra-long clip.
39I had four weeks' work in Baby It's You (1983), and I told all my friends I was now, officially, a major talent and film star. And then they cut my scenes out. You don't even see me except in one scene - you see me in the background until this self-indulgent actress leans forward to try and get more camera time. They cut all my scenes out and my friends go, "Hey, Robert - maybe it's you!" Now I don't tell people that I'm in a film until I see it on videocassette.
40The great thing about Saturday Night Live (1975) was being at 30 Rockefeller Center. And having Belushi and Aykroyd's old office. And me and Michael [Anthony Michael Hall] saying, "We want bunk beds. With NFL Sheets. And we want them now." And Michael was like "Man, it's gonna be great, we're gonna be buddies, we're gonna do a show together, we're gonna ..." Then, "I'm gonna do Out of Bounds (1986)" and he left. As for me, I was doing Back to School (1986) and Saturday Night Live at the same time. So I'd fly back to Los Angeles for a couple of days during the week to shoot the movie and then fly back and, "Live from New York, it's a tired young man!"
41[on Black & White (1999)] A stage slap from Mike Tyson is like a shovel whack from a normally fortified male.
42What I usually hate about these movies when suddenly the guy that you were digging turns into Dudley Do-Right, and then you're supposed to buy into all his "Let's go do some good! That Eliot Ness-in-a-cape-type thing. What was really important to me was to not have him change so much that he's unrecognizable. When someone used to be a schmuck and they're not anymore, hopefully they still have a sense of humor. [on superhero movies]
43It was so nice to go into this fake courtroom [on Ally McBeal (1997)]. I immediately went up into the judge's chair. Nice view. A preferable perspective.
44I know very little about acting. I'm just an incredibly gifted faker.
45[on his music] I am putting together some ideas for two or three more things I want to do. Maybe a CD of just my kind of standards, which would be Supertramp and Steely Dan covers with an orchestra. I'm deep into old Genesis. I'm sorry, but these are songs that mean something to me. "Follow You Follow Me" is a song that's about something to me.
46It's a blanket statement to say, "That guy's really sharp and amicable and nice," because there's a little bit of asshole in every nice guy, and there's a little bit of genius in every moron.
47[on his addiction to drugs] It's like I have a loaded gun in my mouth, and I like the taste of metal.
48I've become a picky little bitch. I've never bothered to plan projects before. I just used to throw the script across the room and say, "Why do they keep sending me this horseshit?" And then I'd start rehearsals two weeks later.
49A lot of my peer group think I'm an eccentric bisexual, like I may even have an ammonia-filled tentacle or something somewhere on my body. That's okay.
50I'm not used to feeling like I belong where I am.
51The higher the stakes, the happier I am, the better I will be.
52I've always felt like such an outsider in this industry. Because I'm so insane, I guess.

#Trademark
1Frequently plays intelligent but eccentric characters
2Frequently plays egotistical but likable scoundrels
3Distinctive drawling voice
4Sarcastic humorous deliveries while remaining completely stonefaced
5Known for not being especially humble

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