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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.



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Robert Downey Jr Pardoned In California For 1996 Drug Conviction


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Actor Robert Downey Jr has been given a pardon over his 1996 drug conviction by California governor Jerry Brown. The 50 year-old famously struggled with drug addiction throughout the '90s, but eventually overcame his addictions and is now one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors thanks to the Iron Man franchise.

Robert Downey JrRobert Downey Jr was given a Christmas pardon over his 1996 drug conviction.

Downey was one of 91 people to receive a Christmas eve pardon by Governor Brown. The pardon does not erase Downey’s conviction, but does restore his voting rights and publicly acknowledges his ‘exemplary behaviour’.

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Robert Downey, Jr. Seen Arriving At The ABC Studios For Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Robert Downey , Jr - Robert Downey, Jr. seen arriving at the ABC studios for Jimmy Kimmel Live! - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 24th November 2015

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'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron' UK Premiere

Robert Downey Jr - 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron' UK premiere - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 21st April 2015

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2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards

Robert Downey Jr. - 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America and United Airlines held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 30th October 2014

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Celebrities At The BBC Studios In Portland Place

Robert Downey Jr. - Celebrities at the BBC studios in Portland Place at BBC Portland Place - London, United Kingdom - Friday 17th October 2014

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Late Show With David Letterman

Robert Downey Jr. - Celebrities at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater - New York City, United States - Tuesday 7th October 2014

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Captain America: Civil War - First Look Trailer


As the world of Marvel super heroes become ever more entwined, Captain America: Civil War picks up where Ant-Man ends. As the Avengers take on more and more missions, the damage they cause is ever increasing and the government feel it's time to put an end to their unlimited power.

Captain America gains information so sensitive that he knows even his closest friends aren't going to believe it, Captain America and Falcon are alone. With The Avengers now broken into two sides, Captain America believing the superheroes shouldn't be regulated and Iron Man on the other, believing the government have a valid argument.

Can The Avengers overcome their differences and fight a new force that threatens to destroy the world as we know it. Captain America: Civil War sees many of our favourite Marvel character appear, these include: Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Black Panther & War Machine.

Olivia Wilde Wants Female Superheroes To Be “As Unexpected & Complex” As Their Male Counterparts


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Olivia Wilde, in a recent interview, praised the Marvel Cinematic Universe but also suggested that the female superheroes in their films could be portrayed with a little more complexity. Wilde was responding to a fan’s suggestion on Twitter that she and her Meadowland director, Reed Morano, take up the helm on a Captain Marvel film.

Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde at the premiere of Meadowland at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October 2015.

Read More: Olivia Wilde Talks The Truth About Post-Baby Body: "I'm Softer Than I've Ever Been".

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Top 10 Highest Paid Male Actors Make 119% More Than Top 10 Female Actors


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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 LawrenceJennifer Lawrence has been named the world's highest paid female actor.

Read More: Jennifer Lawrence Pays Surprise Visit To Montreal Children's Hospital.

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Andrew Garfield “Excited” To See Tom Holland In The Role Of Spiderman


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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 GarfieldAndrew Garfield at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet in Los Angeles in August 2015.

Read More: Leaked Sony Emails Reportedly Reveal Spiderman Must Be 'Straight And White'.

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Robert Downey Jr Tops Forbes Highest Paid Actors List Again


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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 JrRobert 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.

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"Hot Pursuit" Lags Behind Box Office Predictions And "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"


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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).

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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.

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Martin Freeman Joins Cast Of Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War'


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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 FreemanMartin Freeman has joined the cast of 'Captain America: Civil War'

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The Only Film To Beat "Age Of Ultron's" Debut... Was The First "Avengers"


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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.

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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.

Continue reading: The Only Film To Beat "Age Of Ultron's" Debut... Was The First "Avengers"

'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Scores Good, If Not Excellent, Reviews


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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.

Age of UltronThe 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.

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Robert Downey Jr

Date of birth

4th April, 1965

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

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