Robert Downey Jr. biography
Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in New York City to filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr., and actress Elsie. Robert’s parents were a big part of his initial acting career seeing that he made his first on-screen appearances in several of his father’s films such as Pound (1970).
After his parents split when he was 13, Robert struggled to find his way, living with his father in Los Angeles for a couple of years, only to return to New York to live with his mother. That was, until, Robert made his big-screen debut in Baby, It’s You (1983).
Robert went on to make appearances in various popular teen comedies such as Weird Science (1985) and become a Saturday Night Live player (1985-86) before landing his first leading role as a womanizer in dramedy The Pick-up Artist (1987). But, as Robert approached his 20s, the aspiring-actor’s drug addiction he had picked up from his father at an early age began overpowering his body. The young actor’s relationship with substance abuse soon became a deadly love affair when he played a junkie in Less Than Zero (1987), which was an exaggerated portrayal of his real life.
Despite leaving rehab early and continuing his drug-infused daily schedule, Robert was somehow able to propel his career forward with a memorable comedic performance in Soapdish (1991) alongside Sally Field and Kevin Kline as well as his breakthrough portrayal in Chaplin (1992) for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination. Robert then returned to his comedic roots in Short Cuts (1993) and Only You (1994) opposite Marisa Tomei prior to displaying his award-winning dramatic chops in Oliver Stone’s controversial hit Natural Born Killers (1994).
By this point, Robert had established himself as an up-and-coming actor, ultimately leading him to a string of roles alongside Hollywood’s most notable talent, including Tommy Lee Jones in U.S. Marshals (1998), Steve Martin in Bowfinger (1999), Michael Douglas in Wonder Boys (2000), Val Kilmer in Kiss Bang Bang (2005), George Clooney in Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and Keanu Reeves in A Scanner Darkly (2006).
Robert finally became a true Hollywood star when he assumed the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010). Also around this time, the award-winning actor shocked the world when he put on a surprisingly accurate performance alongside Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder (2008) using blackface – a form of theatrical makeup that creates a stereotyped caricature of a black individual.
A year later, Robert became another franchise name when he mirrored the likes of a dysfunctional detective in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and again in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).
Robert’s most recent projects include, The Avengers (2012), Pinocchio (unknown release date), the drama The Judge (2014) and The Avengers 2 (2015).
Robert Downey Jr. Wife, Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
1984 – 1991
Robert began dating Sarah Jessica Parker after they met on the set of Firstborn. Robert’s struggle with addiction didn’t keep the two apart for the first few years, but eventually caught up with the couple in 1991.
May 1992 – April 2004
After dating for only 42 days, Robert tied the knot with actress and singer Deborah Falconer on May 29, 1992. The couple went on to welcome their son Indio Falconer Downey on September 7, 1993, but Robert’s constant struggle with drugs gradually began tearing away at the marriage. After the actor was arrested and sent to rehab in 2001, Deborah left the couple’s home along with Indio. The divorce was eventually finalized in April 2004.
1994 – 1994
Robert and Marisa Tomei briefly hooked up after meeting on the set of Only You.
2000 – 2000
When Robert guest starred alongside Calista Flockhart in Ally McBeal, many reports described their bond onset as extremely flirtatious that may have translated in their trailers.
August 2005 – Present
Gothika producer Susan Levin met Robert when he walked onto the film’s set in 2003 and finally gave the star a fighting-dating-chance after many failed attempts on his part. Apparently, Susan was aware of the high possibility that the romance would end after the movie wrapped since “he’s an actor; I have a real job.” But to her surprise, months after the movie was completed, their relationship was still going strong, leading to Robert proposing to Susan on her 30th birthday.
The Hollywood couple went on to get married on August 27, 2005 and welcome their son Exton Elias Downey on February 7, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Did You Know…
- Has the words "Suzie Q" tattooed on his left bicep
- He released his own album
- He is married to producer Susan Levin
- His father offered him marijuana when he was eight
- He dropped out of high school to pursue acting
- He lived with girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker for seven years