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Robert John Downey Jr.

(1965-04-04) April 4, 1965 (age 57)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–present
Deborah Falconer
(m. 1992; div. 2004)

(m. 2005)
Children 4
Parent(s) Robert Downey Sr.
Elsie Ann Ford

Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor and producer. In 2008, Downey was named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world, and from 2013 to 2015, he was listed by Forbes as Hollywood's highest-paid actor. His films have grossed over $14.4 billion worldwide, making Downey the sixth-highest-grossing box office star of all-time.

At the age of five, he made his acting debut in Robert Downey Sr.'s film Pound in 1970. He subsequently worked with the Brat Pack in the teen films Weird Science (1985) and Less Than Zero (1987). In 1992, Downey portrayed the title character in the biopic Chaplin, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won a BAFTA Award. He joined the TV series Ally McBeal, for which he won a Golden Globe Award.

Downey gained global recognition for starring as Tony Stark / Iron Man in ten films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Iron Man (2008). He has also played the title character in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes (2009), which earned him his second Golden Globe, and its sequel (2011).

Personal life

Downey was born in Manhattan, New York City, the younger of two children. His father, Robert Downey Sr., is an actor, writer, producer, cinematographer, and director of underground films, and his mother, Elsie (nee Ford), is also an actress and appeared in Downey, Sr.'s movies. His paternal grandfather was of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry and his paternal grandmother was of Irish Canadian and Hungarian Jewish ancestry. His mother is of Scottish, English, German, and Swiss German ancestry. His father was born "Robert Elias", and changed his last name to "Downey" (after his stepfather James Downey), when he was a minor and wanted to enlist in the Army. He and his older sister, Allyson, grew up in Greenwich Village.

Downey started dating actress Sarah Jessica Parker after meeting her on the set of a film. The couple later separated.

He married actress and singer Deborah Falconer on May 29, 1992, after a 42-day courtship. Their son, Indio Falconer Downey, was born in September 1993. Downey and divorced on April 26, 2004.

Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey @ 2010 Academy Awards
Downey and his wife Susan at the 2010 Academy Awards

In 2003, Downey met producer Susan Levin, an Executive Vice President of Production at Joel Silver's film company, Silver Pictures on the set of Gothika. In August 2005, the couple were married, in a Jewish ceremony, at Amagansett, New York.

Their first child, a son named Exton Elias, was born in February 2012, and their second, a daughter named Avri Roel, was born in November 2014.

Downey has been a close friend of Mel Gibson since they starred in Air America.


Soundtrack appearances

Year Song Soundtrack Notes
1992 "Smile" Chaplin OST On The Futurist
1993 "Star-Spangled Banner, TheThe Star-Spangled Banner" Heart and Souls OST With B.B. King
2000 "White Christmas" Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas With Vonda Shepard
2000 "River" Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas
2001 "Every Breath You Take" Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life Featuring Vonda Shepard With Sting
2001 "Chances Are" Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life Featuring Vonda Shepard With Vonda Shepard
2001 "Snakes" Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life Featuring Vonda Shepard
2003 "In My Dreams" The Singing Detective OST
2004 "In My Dreams" The Futurist
2005 "Broken" Kiss Kiss Bang Bang OST On The Futurist



Year Title Role Notes
1970 Pound Puppy
1972 Greaser's Palace Unnamed Quasimodo-like child
1975 Moment to Moment Himself Uncredited; also co-producer
Aka Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight
1980 Up the Academy Boy on Soccer Team Uncredited
1983 Baby It's You Stewart
1984 Firstborn Lee
1985 Tuff Turf Jimmy Parker
1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun Punk Party Crasher Uncredited
1985 Weird Science Ian
1985 Deadwait Short
1986 Back to School Derek Lutz
1987 Pick-up Artist, TheThe Pick-up Artist Jack Jericho
1987 Less Than Zero Julian Wells
1988 Johnny Be Good Leo Wiggins
1988 Rented Lips Wolf Dangler
1988 1969 Ralph Karr
1989 That's Adequate Albert Einstein
1989 True Believer Roger Baron
1989 Chances Are Alex Finch
1990 Air America Billy Covington
1991 Too Much Sun Reed Richmond
1991 Soapdish David Seton Barnes
1992 Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
1993 Heart and Souls Thomas Reilly
1993 Last Party, TheThe Last Party Himself Also writer
1993 Short Cuts Bill Bush
1994 Hail Caesar Jerry
1994 Natural Born Killers Wayne Gale
1994 Only You Peter Wright / Damon Bradley
1995 Richard III Earl Rivers
1995 Home for the Holidays Tommy Larson
1995 Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Mr. Willowby
1995 Restoration Robert Merivel
1997 Danger Zone Jim Scott
1997 One Night Stand Charlie
1997 Two Girls and a Guy Blake Allen
1997 Hugo Pool Franz Mazur
1998 Gingerbread Man, TheThe Gingerbread Man Clyde Pell
1998 U.S. Marshals Special Agent John Royce
1999 In Dreams Vivian Thompson
1999 Friends & Lovers Hans
1999 Bowfinger Jerry Renfro
1999 Black and White Terry Donager
2000 Wonder Boys Terry Crabtree
2002 Lethargy Animal therapist Short
2003 Whatever We Do Bobby Short
2003 Singing Detective, TheThe Singing Detective Dan Dark
2003 Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Charles Chaplin
2003 Gothika Pete Graham
2004 Eros Nick Penrose Segment: "Equilibrium"
2005 Game 6 Steven Schwimmer
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harry Lockhart
2005 Outsider, TheThe Outsider Himself Documentary
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Joseph Wershba
2005 Hubert Selby Jr Narrator Documentary
2006 Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, AA Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Dito Montiel Also co-producer
2006 Shaggy Dog, TheThe Shaggy Dog Dr. Kozak
2006 Scanner Darkly, AA Scanner Darkly James Barris
2006 Fur Lionel Sweeney
2007 Zodiac Paul Avery
2007 Lucky You Telephone Jack Cameo
2008 Charlie Bartlett Principal Nathan Gardner
2008 Iron Man Tony Stark / Iron Man
2008 Incredible Hulk, TheThe Incredible Hulk Post-credits scene
2008 Tropic Thunder Kirk Lazarus / Sgt. Lincoln Osiris
2009 Soloist, TheThe Soloist Steve Lopez
2009 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes
2010 Iron Man 2 Tony Stark / Iron Man
2010 Love & Distrust Rob Segment: "Auto Motives"
2010 Due Date Peter Highman
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Sherlock Holmes
2012 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Tony Stark / Iron Man
2013 Iron Man 3
2014 Chef Marvin
2014 Judge, TheThe Judge Hank Palmer Also executive producer
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Tony Stark / Iron Man
2016 Captain America: Civil War
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming
2018 Avengers: Infinity War
2019 Avengers: Endgame
2020 Black Widow


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1985 Saturday Night Live Cast member 18 episodes
1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story Bruno Mussolini Mini-series
1996 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Robert Downey Jr./Fiona Apple"
2000–02 Ally McBeal Larry Paul 25 episodes
2005 Family Guy Patrick Pewterschmidt (voice) Episode: "The Fat Guy Strangler"

Video game

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Iron Man Tony Stark Iron Man's dialogue filled in by Stephen Stanton
2014 Iron Man 3: The Official Game

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