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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.
Following reports of fraudsters impersonating him on social media to operate scams, Downey Jr. told his fans to guard against any targetted messaging.
Robert Downey Jr. has warned his fans to be extra vigilant in their online dealing, following a spate of incidents of scam artists extracting money from people while impersonating him on social media.
The Iron Man actor, 52, reached out on Facebook on Thursday (August 24th) to tell his followers to be careful. “One or more scam artists have taken to impersonating me online and asking some of you via private message or chat for 'donations' for various 'causes'.”
The actor promised that he never contacts people directly through social media, saying straightforwardly: “If you encounter someone on a chat platform claiming to be me, they are lying.”
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This may be the third reboot of this franchise in 15 years, risking audience exhaustion, but there are plenty of reasons not to miss this one. Most notably, this is the first Spider-Man movie that's part of Marvel's Avengers franchise, which places it in a larger story with lots of cameo possibilities. But more importantly, young British actor Tom Holland seems to have been born to play the role, infusing the entire film with cheeky teenage energy. And it's also one of the funniest, most complex blockbusters of the year.
The film opens with overexcited home videos Peter Parker (Holland) made of his adventure with the Avengers in Civil War. Now he's plunged back to the dull reality of being a high school student living with his sparky Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). He has a crush on classmate Liz (Laura Harrier), but faces rivalry from the school's alpha male Flash (Tony Revolori). And after a night out playing superhero in his Spider-Man costume, his nerdy best pal Ned (Jacob Batalon) is a bit too thrilled to discover his secret alter-ego. Meanwhile, Peter is annoyed that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his assistant Happy (Jon Favreau) are ignoring his calls, especially after he warns them that he has seen winged bad guy Toomes (Michael Keaton) dealing illegal alien weapons around New York while plotting something nefarious.
Director Jon Watts (Cop Car) cleverly maintains a nimble teen perspective throughout the film, which makes it feel more like a comedy than an action movie. And instead of snarky one-liners, the laughs come from character-based humour, most notably Holland's brilliant reactions to everything that comes along. One memorable sequence, which kicks off the final onslaught of action, is both hilarious and terrifying at the same time, perfectly balanced thanks to a knowing revelation, Watts' subtle direction and Holland's hugely engaging performance. And each breathtaking action set-piece pushes the character forward in positive ways.
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He stars alongside Tom Holland in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'.
'Spider-Man: Homecoming' is set to hit theatres this weekend, rebooting the teen hero franchise with a little help from the Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. teams up with Tom Holland, as Iron Man schools Spider-Man in the art of protecting the city from supervillains.
Robert Downey Jr. at 'Captain America: Civil War' premiere
Having first appeared in last year's 'Captain America: Civil War', Spider-Man is coming with an all new storyline which includes his fellow Marvel superhero Tony Stark. The latter might be a more experienced Avenger than Peter Parker, but Robert Downey Jr. is certainly surprised to find himself in such a paternal role.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr. Never Thought He'd Be A 'Father Figure' Avenger
In a new interview, the 52 year old star revealed that he's considering hanging up his Iron Man armour suit before he becomes "embarrassing".
It’s a role that has consistently made him the highest-paid actor in the world, but Robert Downey Jr. has admitted that he’s considering quitting his part as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – before it becomes “embarrassing”.
The 52 year old star, who has portrayed Tony Stark / Iron Man in seven Marvel movies going back to 2008’s Iron Man, which kick-started the MCU franchise and is slated to appear in two more before the decade is up, told News.com.au in a new interview that, though he’s been playing the part for nine years, he’s keen on not overstaying his welcome.
Robert Downey Jr. has held down the Iron Man / Tony Stark role since 2008
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Olivia Wilde addresses the possibility of playing Captain Marvel in the upcoming film and discusses female superheroes.
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 Wilde at the premiere of Meadowland at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October 2015.
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'
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