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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.
Michael Keaton is back in talks to play the villain in the new Spider-Man movie.
The Birdman star originally entered into negotiations to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming last month (Apr16), but reportedly dropped out due to salary issues.
According to Variety.com, a disagreement arose after Robert Downey, Jr. joined the cast to reprise his role as Iron Man and bosses at the studio reportedly suggested they would not be able to accommodate both actors' salary requests.
However, editors at the publication report an agreement has since been reached.
Continue reading: Michael Keaton Back In Negotiations For New Spider-man Movie
Shane Black has revealed that the original script contained a female villain instead of Guy Pearce’s Killian.
Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has shed new light on the sexism in the movie industry, by describing how the villain in the 2013 Marvel film had to be changed from female to male, to help toy sales. Speaking to Uproxx, Black said that after the draft of the film’s script was finished, he received a memo saying the villain’s gender had to be changed to male, because a female toy wouldn't sell as well.
Shane Black has revealed how Iron Man 3’s villain was changed from male to female.
“All I’ll say is this, on the record: There was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem,” Black began. “Which is that we had a female character who was the villain in the draft.” The character is thought to be Rebecca Hall’s Maya Hansen, who ended up having a much smaller part.
Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow is his "free pass".
The 51-year-old actor has been married since 2005, but in an interview on The Howard Stern Show on Thursday (05May16), Robert joked that he has been given a "free pass" by his spouse with co-star Gwyneth Paltrow.
The "free pass" concept involves a couple allowing their partner to sleep with someone of their choice. It usually involves non celebrity couples listing a showbiz star on their list, but Susan has chosen someone a bit closer to home.
"My free pass is – because her and Susan are such good friends – is Paltrow," Robert laughed in the interview. "I gotta get her back in these (Marvel) movies so I can make out with her onscreen again."
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr.: 'Gwyneth Paltrow Is My Free Pass'
After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were in danger of getting stuck in a rut, but a smart script for this surprisingly focussed thriller kicks everything into a new direction. What's surprising is that the screenwriters have managed to incorporate a wide range of characters without the film ever feeling overcrowded. Each person has a journey to travel, so the actors get a chance to invest plenty of personality into the action.
After the events of Ultron, there's a political debate about the need to oversee the Avengers' missions. Iron Man Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) thinks a special UN council is a good idea, but Captain America Steve (Chris Evans) thinks that will limit the team's ability to help people. Then Steve's best pal Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is framed for a bombing, and Black Panther T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is drawn into the fray. The Avengers are forced to take sides, with those supporting Bucky becoming outlaws. Tony recruits Spider-Man Peter (Tom Holland) to his team, while Steve drafts in Ant-Man Scott (Paul Rudd). And as they all face off against each other, none of them realise that this entire situation is being manipulated by a vengeful man named Zemo (Daniel Bruhl).
Watching this film requires the audience to suspend disbelief that these super-powered friends could be pushed to try to kill each other. That never quite makes sense, and indeed the script acknowledges this fact when one person goes down and everyone reacts emotionally. But the high-powered cast is so good at creating these intensely driven superheroes that it's not difficult to go with it.
Continue reading: Captain America: Civil War Review
The stars of Captain America: Civil War lived in hope of getting an invite to a fancy lunch at Robert Downey, Jr.'s trailer "village".
The Iron Mar star has five trailers on set that he has formed into a "village" and the cast members, especially Anthony Mackie, would always want to be invited to lunch with Robert because he provides fancier food than what's offered to them at craft services.
The actors would wonder who might score the luxury lunch that day, and Anthony would get jealous of his co-stars if they bagged an invite over him, including German actor Daniel Bruhl, who was given the opportunity on his first day.
"(After) the first scene I had with Robert, after five minutes he asked me if I had allergies," Daniel explained at a London press conference. "I didn’t understand the question and when I had lunch, I was eating my burrito in my humble little trailer and somebody knocked at my door and said… ‘You’re cordially invited to Robert Downey’s village'."
Continue reading: Captain America Stars Compete For Lunch With Robert Downey, Jr.
It's been nearly five years since 'Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows' was released, but Downey Jr. is confident that work will begin by the end of the year on its follow-up.
It’s been trapped in a state of developmental limbo for the best part of half a decade now, but Robert Downey Jr. has intimated that the third Sherlock Holmes movie might finally be getting under way by the end of the year.
The 51 year old actor, who for the last three years has been the highest-earning actor in Hollywood as a result of his ongoing role as Tony Stark / ‘Iron Man’ in the Marvel Universe, has also held down the prestigious role as the iconic detective from 221B Baker Street since 2009.
Robert Downey Jr. has hinted the third 'Sherlock Holmes' movie will begin work by the end of the year
Robert Downey Jr. is officially bringing Iron Man to the upcoming Spider-Man reboot.
The actor, who has played Tony Stark and his superhero alter ego since 2008, will appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, opposite newcomer Tom Holland as the titular web-crawler.
The project will mark the second team-up between Iron Man and Spider-Man, as Holland is making his debut as the character alongside Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War, due out in May (16).
Downey Jr. joins a cast including Zendaya and Marisa Tomei - his co-star in 1994 romantic comedy Only You.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr. Joins Spider-man Reboot
Robert Downey Jr. has been fanboying over Don Cheadle.
The two actors star in the upcoming Marvel flick Captain America: Civil War, with Robert back as his much loved alter ego Tony Stark/Iron Man, and Don returning as Colonel James Rhodes/War MAChine.
The latest movie sees a host of other actors make their franchise debut, alongside the superhero originals.
“Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) is a really big deal,” Robert smiled to Britain’s ShortList magazine. “And that takes nothing away from Mr. (Anthony) MACkie (The Falcon), who knows how to hold court. But Chadwick is softly spoken but extremely dynamic. Now I think about it, I’m discovering my fanboy love for (Don) Cheadle – when you see him (as Miles Davis) in Miles Ahead, which he co-wrote, directed and stars in, it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. It’s astonishing. It’s what a biopic should be.”
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr.: 'Don Cheadle Is The Man'
The Avengers are suffering from an image crisis. As much good that they do and as many lives that they save, the superheroes also cause unlimited amounts of damage to cities and civilisation. The government wish to find an answer to this problem and they decide that all superheroes should be registered and held accountable for their actions.
Tony Stark is brought in to begin talks on behalf of The Avengers, knowing how much damage he's personally done under his superhero disguise, Stark see the government's point and decides that a register wouldn't be entirely unwelcome. Captain America on the other hand has no such wishes; The Cap sees any government intervention as something beyond reasonable requirement. In the middle of all this is Cap's old friend Bucky who could be prosecuted under the new laws. As The Avengers are forced to split into two halves, it looks like there's going to be no way for the old team to form any kind of agreement.
As their opinions deepen and rivalries are deepens, certain members of Hydra begin to tighten their control and their plans for future domination of the world are getting stronger. The Avengers must find a way to put their differences aside in order to beat the real enemy.
Does it capture the magic of 'The Winter Soldier'?
Early reviews for 'Captain America: Civil War' have been more than positive, but there are still doubts as to whether or not it beats the epicness of 2014's 'The Winter Soldier'. Whatever the verdict, it seems it still cements itself as the comic book movie to beat this year.
Chris Evans plays a troubled Captain America
In the wake of 'Batman V Superman', there wasn't much going on in the way of praise for that DC venture. But now it's been proven that it's not exactly the premise that's put people off. Indeed, in Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War', a similar idea of two protagonists fighting against each is used; neither have evil intentions, just very different ideas on how to protect mankind; and critics are LOVING it.
Date of birth
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