Robert Downey, Jr is an American actor and a producer. He has also tried his luck as a singer. Robert Downey, Jr. is well recognized in Hollywood and is best known for playing the character of Iron Man in the Marvel franchise of the same name. He also gained a lot of attention for overcoming severe abuse issues.
Robert Downey, Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in New York City. He is the son of Robert Downey Sr., who is a popular writer, actor, and director. His mother is also a well-known actress. His mother Elsie Ann Downey, has appeared in many popular films. Downey Jr. lived in Greenwich Village during his childhood days. Downey’s father was a drug addict and allowed his son to try marijuana when he was just six years old.
Downey’s parents got a divorce in 1987 and Robert shifted to California along with his father. Downey went to Santa Monica High School and his schoolmates were popular actors Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Holly Robinson-Peete, Ramon Estevez, Renee Estevez, and Dean Cain. Downey dropped out of school and went to New York City to try his luck in his acting career.
Downey performed as an actor in the theatre. He was cast as a younger cast on the show “Saturday Night Live”. The “SNL” season got bad ratings and the cast members were fired. Downey Jr. was a part of “Weird Science where he played a school bully. He played the character of Julian Wells, in “Less Than Zero.” He acted opposite many popular actors that include actors like Mel Gibson, Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kevin Kline. He also starred as Charlie Chaplin in “Chaplin.”
It wasn’t easy for Downey to pick up his career again because he was being treated for drugs for a long time. Mel Gibson helped him get back on his feet again as he had been Downey’s friend since “Air America. He helped Downey to make a comeback in the second half of his career. He paid Downey’s insurance bond and after that other filmmakers started to hire him again. The character of Tony Stark in “Iron Man changed was a real boost to his career. Tony Stark appeared in two “Iron Man” sequels in 2010 and 2013, and was also a part of the movies that include:
- “The Incredible Hulk,”
- “Avengers: Age of Ultron,”
- “Captain America: Civil War
- ” 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming
- “Avengers: Infinity War
- Avengers: Endgame
- “Black Widow.”
Downey got married to actress and singer Deborah Falconer. They got married on May 29, 1992. Downey was addicted to drugs and this made his marriage with the actress suffer a lot. They broke up in 2001. Falconer separated from Downey and they divorced in 2004.
Downey met Susan Levin, on the sets of “Gothika.” She rejected his offer for dating twice. Downey proposed to Levin in 2003 and she couldn’t say no. They got married in 2005. They have a son together. Downey has left drugs and alcohol since 2003. His wife Susan has helped him overcome his addictions.
Net Worth and Salary Highlights
Robert Jr has an estimated net worth of $300 million. Robert has earned $50 million for his projects which makes him the highest-paid actor in the world.
|Robert Downey, Jr’s Total Earnings From Marvel|
|Iron Man I||$500 thousand|
|Iron Man II||$10 million|
|Iron Man III||$75 million|
|The Avengers||$50 million ($10 million base + $40 million backend bonus)|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||$40 million|
|Captain America: Civil War||$40 million|
|Spider-Man Homecoming||$15 million|
|Avengers: Infinity War||$40 million|
|Avengers: End Game||$75 million|