Robert John Downey Jr. was born in Greenwich Village, New York City at 1.10 pm. He’s the son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. His first part in a movie was in his father’s Pound, where 5-year-old Downey played a puppy. When he was 20 years old, he joined Saturday Night Live for one season. After that, he went to Hollywood.
In 1987, he got the leading role in director James Toback’s film The Pick-Up Artist, where he was up against Molly Ringwald. The same year, he played drug addict Julian Wells in the movie Less Than Zero. In 1992 he played Charlie Chaplin in Sir Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin (1992). For that astonishing performance, he received an Oscar nomination for best actor which he unfortunately did not win.
In the year 2000, he got to guest star in comedy series Ally McBeal, where he portrayed the attorney Larry Paul who became Ally’s love interest. For that performance he won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a comedy series.
Robert married Deborah Falconer in April 1992 but they have recently divorced (April 2004). He has had many well documented drug problems but has now been clean for the past few years and is back in some big Hollywood productions after a few years in the wilderness.
2008’s Iron Man was a huge hit with both moviegoers and critics. Downey Jr’s performance was nothing short of remarkable and he is already signed up to star in the sequel. Robert is also starring in the forthcoming Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes project.
It is a fact that drug rehabilitation centers have been instrumental in turning around the lives of countless drug addicts.
Robert Downey Jr Quotes
“I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.”
“With a terrible script you hustle and try to make it better. But with a good script it can be trouble because you rest on your laurels, so to speak, you think it’s going to translate easily.”
Robert Downey Jr Links
Downey Unlimited – Robert Downey Jr fan site.
Robert Downey Jr Music – Robert’s official music site.