Robert Downey Jr. (born 4.4.1965) Robert Downey Jr. is an American actor. He rose to fame in the 1980s as a prominent member of the 'Brat Pack' group of actors. He has, however, been featured in the press as much for his acting as for his off-screen, drug related offences.
Childhood: Robert Downey Jr. was born in New York, to Robert Downey Sr. and Elsie Downey. Both of his parents were actors and his father was also a writer, producer and cinematographer. As a child, Downey Jr. would appear in his father's film projects.
As a teenager, Robert Downey Jr. attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Centre, in New York.
Film Career: Robert Downey Jr. made his acting debut at the age of five, when he appeared in the comedy Pound, in 1970. Two years later, he appeared in Greaser's Palace, which was directed by his father.
In 1985, aged 20, Robert Downey Jr. joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, but was only with the show for a year. However, in 1985, he also appeared in the film Turf Turf, as James Spader's sidekick. He went on to play a bully in Weird Science, the John Hughes film starring Kelly LeBrock.
Robert Downey Jr.'s first lead role came in 1987 when he starred opposite Molly Ringwald in The Pick-up Artist, earning his place in the Brat Pack, which also featured the likes of Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Judd Nelson.
That same year, he played the role of a drug addict in the adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis Less Than Zero. His acclaimed performance led to roles in films such as Chances Are in 1989, with Cybill Shepherd and Ryan O'Neal, then Air America in 1990, alongside Mel Gibson and 1991's Soapdish with Whoopi Goldberg, Sally Field and Kevin Kline.
In 1992, Robert Downey took the lead role in the Charlie Chaplin biopic, Chaplin, earning himself an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in the process. He lost out on the award, which went to Al Pacino for his role in Scent of a Woman. The following year, he starred in Heart and Souls, alongside Elisabeth Shue and Kyra Sedgewick. 1993 was also the year that Downey Jr. starred in Robert Altman's drama Short Cuts, with Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore and Andie MacDowell.
In Oliver Stone's controversial Natural Born Killers, Robert Downey Jr. plays the role of Wayne Gale, alongside Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis.
In Restoration, which won two Oscars, for Best Art Direction - Set Design and Best Costume Design, Robert Downey Jr. starred alongside Sam Neill, Meg Ryan, Sir Ian McKellen and Hugh Grant.
1999 saw Robert Downey Jr. star in Black and White, which starred a number of high profile stars, including Elijah Wood, Brooke Shields, Claudia Schiffer and members of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan (including Raekwon, Method Man and Ghostface Killah).
The Last Party, a documentary made by Downey Jr., details the 1992 US presidential campaigns and features the actor's off-beat, satirical humour. The documentary features appearances from prominent figures such as George W Bush, Bill Clinton, Jerry Falwell, Al Gore, Tipper Gore, Christian Slater and Spike Lee.
Following a period of intense drug addiction, Robert Downey Jr. made a comeback in his acting career in 2003, when his friend Mel Gibson, paid for the insurance that was necessary to make him employable on the big screen once more. He starred alongside Adrien Brody, Katie Holmes and Robin Wright Penn in the Dennis Potter-written The Singing Detective. The actor's good behaviour opened the door for him to appear in other big budget productions, such as Gothika, starring Halle Berry. He also performed in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (with Shia LaBoeuf), Good Night and Good Luck (with George Clooney and Frank Langella) and A Scanner Darkly, with Keanu Reeves.
In 2008, Robert Downey Jr. appeared in two major blockbuster movies. The first, Iron Man, saw him playing the title character in a comic book adaptation that fared very well, both critically and commercially. The film also stared Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges.
The second film of 2008 was Tropic Thunder, in which he starred alongside Jack Black and Ben Stiller.
In 2009, Robert Downey Jr. played the role of Sherlock Holmes, in Guy Richie's film of the same name. Jude Law also featured in the film.
Personal Life: Robert Downey Jr. has been romantically linked with a number of well-known actresses, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Marisa Tomei.
Robert Downey Jr. married Deborah Falconer in 1992 and they had a son named Indo Falconer Downey. They divorced in 2004. He then married the producer Susan Levin in 2005.
Forbes’ lists detailing the earnings of the highest paid male and female actors in the world show how wide the gender pay gap in the film industry is, with the top 10 male actors making 119% more than their female counterparts.
Jennifer Lawrence has been named as the highest paid female actor in the world in Forbes’ 2015 list. Lawrence made $52 million over the past year, pre-tax and fees. Whilst Lawrence’s grand fortune is certainly something to be marvelled at, the list and its counterpart for male actors show the extent of the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
Jennifer Lawrence has been named the world's highest paid female actor.
Continue reading: Top 10 Highest Paid Male Actors Make 119% More Than Top 10 Female Actors
Andrew Garfield, the actor who played Spiderman in two recent movies, is looking forward to seeing Tom Holland step into the role.
Andrew Garfield is pleased he’s no longer portraying Spiderman. The 31-year-old actor finally responded to the news of the casting of Tom Holland as Spiderman in the upcoming reboot of the Sony Spiderman films and in Captain America: Civil War. Garfield says he’s pleased Holland will be taking over the role he played in two Amazing Spiderman films.
Andrew Garfield at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet in Los Angeles in August 2015.
Continue reading: Andrew Garfield “Excited” To See Tom Holland In The Role Of Spiderman
It really pays to be 'Iron Man' for Robert Downey Jr.
The Avengers and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. has topped Forbes list of the world's highest paid actors for the third year in a row, taking home a massive $80million last year. The star’s ranking was said to have be greatly helped by the Chinese box office, where Downey’s latest offering The Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed $240 million.
Robert Downey Jr has been named the world’s highest paid actor by Forbes magazine.
In the number two spot was Hong Kong born action star Jackie Chan, who raked in an impressive $50 million thanks to the release of Dragon Blade. Following Chan at number three was another somewhat surprising entrant, Vin Diesel, whose role in mega-hit Furious 7 saw him take home $47 million.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Tops Forbes Highest Paid Actors List Again
This weekend's box office were predictable, but still disappointing.
This weekend at the box office – things went exactly as predicted, in that Avengers maintained its top spot, making bank with another $77.2 million, making it the film with the second highest sophomore weekend gross of all time. It surpassed the second weekend of Fox’s Avatar ($75.6 million) but fell behind predecessor Marvel’s The Avengers ($103.1 million).
Despite receiving favourable reviews, Hot Pursuit didn't do too well at the box office.
Directed by Joss Whedon, Age of Ultron follows superheroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as they battle the new villain of the franchise, technological ultra baddie Ultron (James Spader). Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson also star in the film as twins Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, aka (this isn’t a spoiler, they were in the trailer) Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
The 'Sherlock' and 'The Hobbit' actor has signed up to join the Marvel universe.
Having already comprehensively nailed the art of portraying literary characters on the small and big screens, British actor Martin Freeman has set his sights on the world of comic books with the announcement that he has been added to the cast of Captain America: Civil War.
The 43 year old actor has gained worldwide recognition for his extremely popular depiction of Dr John Watson in the BBC’s newest adaptation of ‘Sherlock’ alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and for his role as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Now, he’s entering the Marvel universe, according to the part-Disney-owned Marvel studios on Tuesday.
Martin Freeman has joined the cast of 'Captain America: Civil War'
Continue reading: Martin Freeman Joins Cast Of Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War'
Is anyone really surprised?
Surprise, surprise – The Avengers: Age of Ultron has easily topped the box office this weekend. Not only that, but with $187,7 million earned over the Friday-Sunday period, Age of Ultron also became the second biggest movie opening. Ever. In movie history. EVER.
Scarlett Johansson stars as Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Also, guess which movie had the biggest opening. No, really. Guess. I’ll help you out. It was The Avengers, in 2012, with $207 million. That one went on to earn over $1,5 billion worldwide. The moral of the story is that Marvel wins yet again.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has scored strong reviews.
Ok, so the stateside critics are beginning to add their two cents to the slew of fanfare following Avengers: Age of Ultron -giving us a more complete spread of reviews for Joss Whedon's superhero sequel. In Marvel-Disney's latest film - which has already done massive business overseas - Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program to spark Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye back into action.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron has scored pretty solid reviews from critics
"Joss Whedon shows his considerable gifts for multicharacter air traffic control in a massive 3-D spectacle while demonstrating reserves of insouciance," said Liam Lacey of the Globe and Mail.
Continue reading: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Scores Good, If Not Excellent, Reviews
The 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' star stormed out an interview with Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy last week over personal questions, and broke his silence about the incident for the first time on Tuesday.
Robert Downey Jr. has spoken for the first time about the interview walk-out with Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy last week, calling the British presenter a “bottom-feeding muckracker”.
The highest paid actor in Hollywood in 2014 was speaking on American radio host Howard Stern’s show on Tuesday, about the incident in which he stormed out of an interview promoting his new movie Avengers: Age of Ultron when the line of questioning became personal halfway through.
Robert Downey Jr. spoke about THAT interview walk-out
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr. Breaks Silence Over Interview Walk Out
Avengers: Age of Ultron did huge business overseas ahead of its U.S release
Avengers: Age of Ultron is certainly tracking to bother those movies in the Top 5 grossing of all time, taking a massive $201.2 million across 44 territories this past weekend. The Disney-Marvel superhero sequel rolled out in 55% of international marketplaces including France, Italy, Germany and the UK, outperforming its projection by around $35 million.
Scarlett Johansson stars in Avengers: Age of Ultron
"The bar was high, but this is a sign of unbelievable momentum in the marketplace," said Dave Hollis, Disney's distribution chief. "It all goes back to the strength of the brand and the incredible work the Marvel team does in telling stories in such a consistent way and creating these worlds."
Continue reading: Avengers: Age of Ultron Does Massive, MASSIVE, Business Overseas
How will this affect the movie's profits, if at all?
While Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to be an easy success for Marvel, it's not all sunshine and roses for the upcoming release. According to The Hollywood Reporter, theatres in 193 German towns are boycotting the film and will not be screening it on release day.
Many German viewers might not be given access to the new Avengers movie. How bad is this for Disney?
The reason? Deutsche Welle cites Disney's raised rental fees for the movie, with a total of 686 screens - not enough to make a considerable dent in Disney's profits from the film, it is still a bold statement on the part of cinema owners. Cinema owners told DW that they were taken aback when Disney announced it was upping the fee from 47.7 to 53 percent of ticket sales. Additionally, Disney is cutting its advertising spend and will not provide advances for 3D glasses.
Avengers star Scarlett Johansson talks parenthood and marriage in a new interview.
As one of the most famous actresses in the world, Scarlett Johansson is used to an exciting, fast-paced life in the world of celebrity, but in a new interview with Parade Magazine, she reveals her biggest joy is spending time with her baby daughter Rose Dorothy.
Scarlett Johansson attends the UK premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron
She told the magazine, "When I’m just hanging out with her and we’re doing silly stuff and if I make her laugh, the feeling of joy I have is explosive. If I can make her laugh and she gets a big smile on her face, that’s pretty much it. If only you could actually bottle that and carry it around."
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson On The Joy Of Being A Mother
Avengers holds its world premiere in London, as CinemaCon brings out the big names in Vegas. Arnie premieres his new movie in New York, while Jodie Foster films Money Monster on the city's streets. And big new teasers arrive for Star Wars, Fantastic Four and Batman v Superman...
Marvel's Avengers were out in force in London this week for the world premiere of the sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Walking the black carpet were stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany and writer-director Joss Whedon.
More: View the full set of pictures from The Avengers: Age of Ultron - UK film premiere here
Downey also gave a video interview, and later made the news when he walked out of a chat with a Channel 4 journalist who blatantly ignored instructions not to grill the actors about their personal lives. Click here to watch a rather more positive interview with Robert Downey Jr.
Unless you're James Cameron, it's hard to imagine that your movie is going to end up in the top three highest grossing films of all time. The cast of 'The Avengers' certainly didn't.
With 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' set for release in parts of the world this week, Robert Downey Jr. took some time to talk about his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man - the character who started the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008. But, as it turns out, when the cast got together in 2012 to film the first 'Avengers' movie, none of them really knew just how big it would turn out to be.
Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
"I don't think any of us really expected how huge the first one would be, so it can almost intimidate you a bit because you're like, 'Oh, well we were just kinda hoping it would work out', and now there's this expectation to deliver". Presumably they weren't expecting the film to become the third highest grossing movie of all time (behind 'Avatar' and 'Titanic') with 1,518,594,910 USD worldwide in 2012.
Date of birth
4th April, 1965