Robert Downey Jr. chalked up a formidable onscreen track record that quickly launched the young thesp into the stratosphere. Downey’s stormy offscreen life and personal problems threatened to challenge his public image for a time then he quickly bounced back and overcame these setbacks, with a continued array of impressive roles on the big and small screens that never sacrificed his audience appeal or affability. 


Robert Downey Jr. is the son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey. He was born in New York City on April 4, 1965. His first onscreen appearance at the age of five, as a puppy in his father’s film Pound (1970). From 1972 to 1990, he made cameo appearances in five more of his father’s films. In 1983, he made his first significant role, in Baby, It’s You, largely ended up on the cutting-room floor; it wasn’t until two years later that he began landing more substantial parts, first as a one-season cast member on Saturday Night Live and then in the comedy Weird Science. In 1987, he landed plum roles in two films that capitalized on the Brat Pack phenomenon, James Toback’s The Pick-Up Artist, (opposite Molly Ringwald), and Less Than Zero, for which he won acclaim playing cocaine addict Julian Wells.

2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Tony Stark/ Iron Man
2016 Captain America: Civil War Tony Stark/Iron Man
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Tony Stark/Iron Man
2014 The Judge (2014) Hank Palmer
2014 Chef Marvin
2013 Iron Man 3 Tony Stark
2012 Marvel’s The Avengers Tony Stark/Iron Man
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Sherlock Holmes
2010 Due Date Peter Highman
2010 Iron Man 2 Tony Stark
2009 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes
2008 The Soloist Steve Lopez
2008 Tropic Thunder Kirk Lazarus
2008 Iron Man (2008) Tony Stark
2007 Charlie Bartlett Principal Gardner
2007 Lucky You Telephone Jack
2007 Zodiac Paul Avery
2006 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Lionel Sweeney
2006 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Dito Montiel
2005 Game 6 Steven Schwimmer
2005 Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Harry Lockhart
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Joe Wershba
2004 Eros Nick Penrose
2003 Gothika Dr. Pete Graham
2000 Wonder Boys Terry Crabtree
1999 Bowfinger Jerry Renfro
1999 In Dreams Vivian Thompson
1997 Two Girls and a Guy Blake Allen
1997 One Night Stand Charlie
1995 Richard III Earl Rivers
1995 Home for the Holidays Tommy Larson
1994 Restoration (1994) Robert Merivel
1994 Natural Born Killers Wayne Gale
1993 Short Cuts Bill Bush
1992 Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
1991 Soapdish David Barnes
1990 Air America Billy Covington
1989 True Believer Roger Baron
1989 1969 Ralph
1987 Less Than Zero Julian Wells
1987 The Pick-Up Artist Jack Jericho
1986 Back to School Derek
1985 Weird Science Ian
1983 Baby, It’s You Stewart
1970 Pound Puppy

After Iron Man premiered, Marvel studios decided to move forward with a film empire, and Downey’s Tony Stark became the anchor of the series Iron Man, starring in his own Iron Man trilogy and appearing in many other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) like the Avengers (2012) and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron (2014). Downey still found time to appear in side projects, like The Judge (2014), which he also produced.

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