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Robert Downey Jr : Bio and Best Movies

Updated on June 26, 2015
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. Quick Facts

- Downey Jr. is 5'8


- Downey is married to Susan Levin. The two married on August 27, 2005


- Downey has three children. Two sons and a daughter on the way. Boys names are Indio and Exton.


-Downey has his son Indio's name tattooed on his body as well as the name "Susie-Q" which is his nickname for his wife.


-His parents divorced when he was only 11


-Robert began using drugs at the age of six


-Downey was a cast member on SNL from 1985-1986

The Early Life of Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. was born as Robert John Downey Jr. on April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York. Downey Jr's father was an actor, writer, and producer. His mother was an actress who often appeared in Downey Jr's father's movies.

Downey Jr. was the youngest of two children and grew up surrounded by drugs. His father was a drug addict and it is has been reported that Downey Jr.'s father let him smoke marijuana at the age of six years old. Downey Jr. and his father would create a bond through the use of drugs.

At the age of five, a young Robert Downey Jr. debuted in one of his father's films, "Pound", which Downey Jr. played the role of a sick puppy.

Downey Jr. would move to California with his father when his parents divorced and 1982 and he would soon drop out of high school. After dropping out of high school, Robert would move back to New York City to pursue his film career full time. He would go onto to live with Kiefer Sutherland for three years, while the two pursued their acting career.

The Beginning of a Career

Robert Downey Jr. would begin his career in the theater. He performed in many plays on the stage and was casted in his breakthrough role as James Spader's sidekick in "Tuff Turf." Downey went on to star in "Weird Science", "The Pick Up Artist", "Less Than Zero", "Chances Are", "Soapdish", and finally in 1992 Downey starred in "Chaplin."

For his role in Chaplin, Robert learned how to play the violin and tennis left handed. Downey was given an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin. However, Downey lost to Al Pacino.

Downey's Career Stalls and Restarts

In the late nineties and early 2000s Downey spent a lot of time in the media for his struggles with drug addiction. Downey was arrested various times for drug related crimes and for the use of drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. Downey was so affected by drugs that at one point while he was under the influence he wandered into his neighbor's house and fell asleep in their bed. Downey would be arrested and charged with three years probation and future drug tests. However, Downey would miss one court date in 1997 and he end up spending 6 months in jail in Los Angeles. In 1999 Downey would miss another court date and ended up spending yet another year in jail.

When Downey was released from jail in 2000 he was soon hired to star on the television show "Ally McBeal." It was the come-back chance Downey had been waiting for and he quickly received critical appraise for his portrayal and acting on "Ally McBeal". Downey was even nominated for an Emmy award during his time on the show. However, the come-back was short lived and before Downey could star on the television show for an entire year he was again arrested for drug use.

In April of 2001, Downey would be found wandering barefoot in Culver City, which is just outside of Los Angeles. He was found to have cocaine in his system and was written off of the show "Ally McBeal" and sent to rehab.


After his stint in rehab in 2001, Downey decided he was ready to turn things around and returned to acting with a passion. He starred in "The Singing Detective" and "Gothica." After "Gothica" Downey starred in various leading roles until he was cast in the movie "Tropic Thunder" and of course "Iron Man." The rest is history after "Iron Man" and now Downey has become an A-list actor once more starring in the "Sherlock Holmes" movies, "The Avengers", and the follow up "Iron Man" movies.

Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Levin
Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Levin

Personal Relationships

Downey's first major relationship in the spotlight was with Sarah Jessica Parker. The two dated until 1991 when Downey's drugs became more of an issue. Soon Downey would marry Deborah Falconer in 1992 and they would have one son together named Indio. However, Falconer's and Downey's relationship could not withstand his multiple trips to rehab and the two divorced in 2001.

Downey would go onto star in "Gothika" and to meet Susan Levin in 2003. Levin was a producer and the two soon began a relationship together. Levin and Downey would marry in 2005. The couple have one son together and are expecting a daughter in the fall of 2014.

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Robert Downey Jr. with ex love Sarah Jessica Parker
Robert Downey Jr. with ex love Sarah Jessica Parker

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    • Imogen French profile image

      Imogen French 2 years ago from Southwest England

      I did enjoy his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin, but am not so keen on the later Hollywood blockbusters. This was a good account of his career, with some interesting info thanks.