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Robert Downey Jr. trivia: 55 amazing facts about the famous actor!

Robert Downey Jr. is one of the biggest stars in the world right now. His career went through the stratosphere when he was cast as Iron Man!

So let’s dive into some trivia and facts about his life and career!

  1. His full name is Robert John Downey Jr.
  2. He was born on April 4, 1965
  3. He is an American actor and singer
  4. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth
  5. Followed by a period of substance abuse and legal difficulties
  6. And a resurgence of commercial success in middle age
  7. For three consecutive years from 2012 to 2015, Downey topped the Forbes list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors
  8. Making an estimated $80 million in earnings between June 2014 and June 2015
  9. Making his acting debut at the age of five
  10. He appeared in his father’s film Pound (1970)
  11. Downey appeared in roles associated with the Brat Pack
  12. Such as the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985) and the drama Less Than Zero (1987)
  13. He starred as the title character in the 1992 film Chaplin
  14. For which he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor
  15. And he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
  16. He was in the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison since 2000
  17. There he was incarcerated on drug charges
  18. After, his release Downey joined the cast of the TV series Ally McBeal playing Calista Flockhart’s love interest
  19. For that he earned a Golden Globe Award
  20. His character was terminated when Downey was fired after two drug arrests in late 2000 and early 2001
  21. After his last stay in a court-ordered drug treatment program
  22. Downey achieved sobriety
  23. Downey’s career prospects improved when he featured in the black comedy crime Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), the mystery thriller Zodiac (2007), and the satirical action comedy Tropic Thunder (2008)
  24. For the latter he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
  25. Beginning in 2008, Downey began portraying the role of Marvel Comics superhero Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  26. Appearing in several films as either the lead role, member of an ensemble cast, or in a cameo
  27. Each of these films, with the exception of The Incredible Hulk, has grossed over $500 million at the box office worldwide
  28. Four of these, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War earned over $1 billion
  29. While Avengers: Infinity War earned over $2 billion
  30. Downey has also played the title character in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  31. Which earned him his second Golden Globe win
  32. And its sequel (2011)
  33. Both of which have earned over $500 million at the box office worldwide
  34. As of 2018, the U.S. domestic box-office grosses of Downey’s films total over US $4.9 billion
  35. With worldwide grosses surpassing $11.6 billion
  36. Making Downey the third highest-grossing U.S. domestic box-office star of all time
  37. Downey started dating actress Sarah Jessica Parker after meeting her on the set of Firstborn
  38. The couple later separated due to his drug addiction
  39. He married actress/singer Deborah Falconer on May 29, 1992
  40. After a 42-day courtship
  41. Their son, Indio Falconer Downey, was born in September 1993
  42. The strain on their marriage from Downey’s repeated trips to rehab and jail finally reached a breaking point
  43. In 2001, in the midst of Downey’s last arrest and sentencing to an extended stay in rehab, Falconer left Downey and took their son with her
  44. Downey and Falconer finalized their divorce on April 26, 2004
  45. In 2003, Downey met producer Susan Levin
  46. An Executive Vice President of Production at Joel Silver’s film company, Silver Pictures on the set of Gothika
  47. Downey and Susan quietly struck up a romance during production
  48. Though Susan turned down his romantic advances twice
  49. Despite Susan’s worries that the romance would not last after the completion of shooting because “he’s an actor; I have a real job”, the couple’s relationship continued after production wrapped on Gothika
  50. And Downey proposed to Susan on the night before her thirtieth birthday
  51. The couple were married in August 2005
  52. In a Jewish ceremony at Amagansett, New York
  53. A tattoo on one of his biceps reads “Suzie Q” in tribute to her
  54. Their first child, a son, was born in February 2012
  55. Their second child, a daughter, was born in November 2014


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