Robert Downey Jr.

59, from New York City, New York, USA

Artwork for Avengers: EndgameImage of Robert Downey Jr.

Biography

Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1966) is an American actor and producer. His career has been characterized by critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, before a resurgence of commercial success later in his career. 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.

At the age of five, he made his acting debut in his father 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. Following a stint at the Corcoran Substance Abuse Treatment Facility on drug charges, he joined the TV series Ally McBeal, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He was fired from the show in the wake of drug charges in 2000 and 2001. He stayed in a court-ordered drug treatment program and has maintained his sobriety since 2003.

Initially, completion bond companies would not insure Downey, until Mel Gibson paid the insurance bond for the 2003 film The Singing Detective. He went on to star in the black comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), the thriller Zodiac (2007), and the action comedy Tropic Thunder (2008); for the latter, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Downey gained global recognition for starring as Tony Stark / Iron Man in ten films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Iron Man (2008), and leading up to Avengers: Endgame (2019). He has also played the title character in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes (2009), which earned him his second Golden Globe, and its sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).

In 2024 he won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor thanks to his work in "Oppenheimer."

Timeline

2024Aged 59

  • Poster for Arnold & Sly: Rivals, Friends, Icons

    Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

2023Aged 58

  • Poster for Inside Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer

    Self - Lewis Strauss

  • Poster for Oppenheimer

    Lewis Strauss

2022Aged 57

  • Poster for Downey's Dream Cars

    Robert Downey Jr.

  • Poster for

    Self

  • Poster for 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Self - Presenter

2020Aged 55

  • Poster for Dolittle

    Dr. John Dolittle

  • Poster for Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King

    Self

  • Poster for MoPOP Founders Award 2020 Honoring Alice in Chains

    Self

2019Aged 54

  • Poster for Avengers: Endgame

    Tony Stark / Iron Man

  • Poster for The Age of A.I

    Executive Producer

  • Poster for Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee

    Tony Stark / Iron Man (archive footge)

2018Aged 53

  • Poster for Avengers: Infinity War

    Tony Stark / Iron Man

2017Aged 52

  • Poster for A Fan's Guide to Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Self

  • Poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Tony Stark / Iron Man

2016Aged 51

  • Poster for Captain America: Civil War

    Tony Stark / Iron Man

  • Poster for The Nice Guys

    Sid Shattuck (uncredited)

2014Aged 49

  • Poster for Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe

    Self / Tony Stark / Iron Man

  • Poster for Chef

    Marvin

  • Poster for I Am Steve McQueen

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for The Judge

    Hank Palmer

  • Poster for Marvel: 75 Years, from Pulp to Pop!

    Self

2013Aged 48

  • Poster for Iron Man 3

    Tony Stark

2012Aged 47

2011Aged 46

  • Poster for Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant

    Tony Stark (archive footage)

  • Poster for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Sherlock Holmes

2010Aged 45

  • Poster for Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented

    Self

  • Poster for Iron Man 2

    Tony Stark

  • Poster for Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for Mad Mel: The Rise and Fall of a Hollywood Icon

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for Love and Distrust

    Rob (segment "Auto Motives")

  • Poster for Due Date

    Peter Highman

2009Aged 44

  • Poster for The Soloist

    Steve Lopez

  • Poster for Kambakkht Ishq

    Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

  • Poster for Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes

2008Aged 43

  • Poster for Charlie Bartlett

    Nathan Gardner

  • Poster for Iron Man

    Tony Stark

  • Poster for Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound

    Self - Tony Stark / Iron Man

  • Poster for The Incredible Hulk

    Tony Stark (uncredited)

  • Poster for Tropic Thunder

    Kirk Lazarus

  • Poster for Animal House: The Inside Story

    Self

  • Poster for Tropic Thunder: Rain of Madness

    Kirk Lazarus

  • Poster for I Am Iron Man

    Self

2007Aged 42

  • Poster for Zodiac

    Paul Avery

  • Poster for Lucky You

    Telephone Jack

  • Poster for Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

    Self

  • Poster for Voom Portraits

    Self

2006Aged 41

  • Poster for The Shaggy Dog

    Dr. Kozak

  • Poster for Game 6

    Steven Schwimmer

  • Poster for Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow

    Narrator

  • Poster for A Scanner Darkly

    James Barris

  • Poster for Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

    Lionel Sweeney

  • Poster for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

    Dito

  • Poster for One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming 'A Scanner Darkly'

    Self / Barris

2005Aged 40

  • Poster for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Harry Lockhart

  • Poster for Good Night, and Good Luck.

    Joe Wershba

  • Poster for The Outsider

    Self

2004Aged 39

  • Poster for The Route V50

    Traveller

  • Poster for Equilibrium

    Nick Penrose

  • Poster for Eros

    Nick Penrose

2003Aged 38

  • Poster for Whatever We Do

    Bobby

  • Poster for Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for The Singing Detective

    Dan Dark

  • Poster for Gothika

    Pete Graham

2002Aged 37

2001Aged 36

  • Poster for Pieta

    Self

2000Aged 35

  • Poster for Wonder Boys

    Terry Crabtree

1999Aged 34

  • Poster for In Dreams

    Vivian Thompson

  • Poster for Friends & Lovers

    Hans

  • Poster for Bowfinger

    Jerry Renfro

  • Poster for Black and White

    Terry Donager

1998Aged 33

  • Poster for The Gingerbread Man

    Clyde Pell

  • Poster for U.S. Marshals

    John Royce

  • Poster for Two Girls and a Guy

    Blake

1997Aged 32

  • Poster for One Night Stand

    Charlie

  • Poster for Hugo Pool

    Franz Mazur

1996Aged 31

  • Poster for Danger Zone

    Jim Scott

1995Aged 30

  • Poster for Home for the Holidays

    Tommy Larson

  • Poster for Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

    Mr. Willowby

  • Poster for Richard III

    Earl Rivers

  • Poster for Restoration

    Robert Merivel

1994Aged 29

  • Poster for Fertile La Toyah Video Magazine #2: The Kinky Issue!

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Only You

    Peter Wright / Damon Bradley

  • Poster for Hail Caesar

    Jerry

  • Poster for Natural Born Killers

    Wayne Gale

1993Aged 28

  • Poster for Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country

    Self

  • Poster for Heart and Souls

    Thomas Reilly

  • Poster for The Last Party

    Self

  • Poster for Short Cuts

    Bill Bush

1992Aged 27

  • Poster for Chaplin

    Charles Spencer Chaplin

1991Aged 26

  • Poster for Soapdish

    David Seton Barnes

1990Aged 25

  • Poster for Air America

    Billy Covington

  • Poster for Too Much Sun

    Reed Richmond

1989Aged 24

  • Poster for That's Adequate

    Albert Einstein

  • Poster for True Believer

    Roger Baron

  • Poster for Chances Are

    Alex Finch

1988Aged 23

  • Poster for Johnny Be Good

    Leo Wiggins

  • Poster for 1969

    Ralph Carr

1987Aged 22

  • Poster for The Pick-up Artist

    Jack Jericho

  • Poster for Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

    (voice)

  • Poster for Rented Lips

    Wolf Dangler

  • Poster for Less Than Zero

    Julian

1986Aged 21

1985Aged 20

  • Poster for Tuff Turf

    Jimmy Parker

  • Poster for Girls Just Want to Have Fun

    Punk Party Crasher (uncredited)

  • Poster for Weird Science

    Ian

1984Aged 19

  • Poster for Firstborn

    Lee

1983Aged 18

  • Poster for Baby It's You

    Stewart

1980Aged 15

  • Poster for Up the Academy

    Boy on Soccer Team (uncredited)

1975Aged 10

  • Poster for Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight

    Himself

1972Aged 7

  • Poster for Greaser's Palace

    Boy in Covered Wagon (uncredited)

1970Aged 5

  • Poster for Pound

    Puppy

Year unknown

  • Poster for All-Star Weekend

    Mexican Stranger

  • Poster for Sherlock Holmes 3

    Sherlock Holmes

  • Vertigo

    John 'Scottie' Ferguson

  • Poster for A Head Full of Ghosts

    Producer

  • Play Dirty

    Producer