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Robert Downey Jr.

Lowest Rated:   0% Johnny Be Good (1988)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York
Hailed by many critics as one of the most brilliant and versatile actors of his generation, Robert Downey Jr. chalked up a formidable onscreen track record that quickly launched the young thesp into the stratosphere. Although, for a time, Downey's stormy offscreen life and personal problems threatened to challenge his public image, 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.The son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey, Downey Jr. was born in New York City on April 4, 1965. He made his first onscreen appearance at the age of five, as a puppy in his father's film Pound (1970). Between 1972 and 1990, he made cameo appearances in five more of his father's films. The actor's first significant role, in 1983's 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.Through it all, Downey cultivated an enviable instinct for role (and script) selection. His turns in Emile Ardolino's classy reincarnation fantasy Chances Are (1989), Michael Hoffman's Soapdish (1992), Robert Altman's Short Cuts (as the Iago-like Hollywood makeup artist Bill Bush), and Richard Loncraine's Richard III (1995) wowed viewers around the world, and often, on those rare occasions when Downey did choose substandard material, such as the lead in Richard Attenborough's deeply flawed Chaplin (1992), or an Australian media parasite in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (1994), his performance redeemed it. In fact, critics deemed Downey's portrayal as one of the only worthwhile elements in the Chaplin biopic, and it earned the thesp a Best Actor Oscar nomination, as well as Golden Globe and British Academy Award noms.Around this time, Downey's personal life took a turn for the worse. In June 1996, the LAPD arrested the actor (who had already spent time in three rehabilitation facilities between 1987 and 1996) on counts including drug use, driving under the influence, possession of a concealed weapon, and possession of illegal substances, a development which struck many as ironic, given his star-making performance years prior in Less than Zero. A month after this arrest, police found Downey Jr. unconscious on a neighbor's lawn, under the influence of a controlled substance, and authorities again incarcerated him, taking him -- this time -- to a rehab center. A third arrest soon followed, as did another stint in rehab. His stay in rehab didn't last long, as he walked out, thereby violating the conditions of his bail. More arrests and complications followed -- in fact, the actor had to be released from rehab to make James Toback's Two Girls and a Guy -- but he still landed a few screen appearances and won praise for his work in Mike Figgis' One Night Stand (1997) and Altman's otherwise-disappointing Gingerbread Man (1998). In addition, he starred in one of his father's films, the offbeat Hugo Pool (1997). In 1999, he had three films out in theaters: Friends and Lovers, Bowfinger, and In Dreams. He delivered a particularly chilling performance in the latter, as longhaired psychopathic child murderer Vivian Thompson, that arguably ranked with his finest work. But Downey's problems caught up with him again that same year, when he was re-arrested and sentenced to 12 months in a state penitentiary. These complications led to the actor's removal from the cast of the summer 2001 Julia Roberts/Billy Crystal comedy America's Sweethearts and his removal from a stage production of longtime friend Mel Gibson's Hamlet, although a memorably manic

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
93% Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Tony Stark/ Iron Man
$208.3M 2017
90% Captain America: Civil War
  • Tony Stark/Iron Man
$408.1M 2016
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Tony Stark/Iron Man
$429.2M 2015
47% The Judge
  • Executive Producer
  • Hank Palmer
$35.7M 2014
86% Chef
  • Marvin
$23.7M 2014
No Score Yet I Am Steve McQueen
  • Narrator
2014
79% Iron Man 3
  • Tony Stark
$409M 2013
No Score Yet Harkins Iron Man Marathon
  • Actor
2013
92% Marvel's The Avengers
  • Tony Stark/Iron Man
$623.3M 2012
60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Sherlock Holmes
$186.9M 2011
40% Due Date
  • Peter Highman
$100.5M 2010
No Score Yet Love & Distrust
  • Rob
2010
72% Iron Man 2
  • Tony Stark
$312.1M 2010
70% Sherlock Holmes
  • Sherlock Holmes
$208.8M 2009
56% The Soloist
  • Steve Lopez
$31.7M 2009
82% Tropic Thunder
  • Kirk Lazarus
$110.5M 2008
No Score Yet Rain of Madness
  • Kirk Lazarus
2008
67% The Incredible Hulk
  • Tony Stark
$134.6M 2008
94% Iron Man
  • Tony Stark
$318.3M 2008
29% Lucky You
  • Telephone Jack
$5.8M 2007
56% Charlie Bartlett
  • Principal Gardner
$3.8M 2007
89% Zodiac
  • Paul Avery
$33M 2007
32% Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  • Lionel Sweeney
$0.2M 2006
76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
  • Producer
  • Dito
$0.5M 2006
69% A Scanner Darkly
  • James Barris
$5.3M 2006
No Score Yet Hubert Selby Jr.: It'll Be Better Tomorrow
  • Narrator
2006
69% The Outsider
  • Actor
2006
26% The Shaggy Dog
  • Dr. Kozak
$61.1M 2006
85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
  • Harry Lockhart
$4.2M 2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck
  • Joe Wershba
$31.6M 2005
63% Game 6
  • Steven Schwimmer
2005
34% Eros
  • Nick Penrose
$54.2k 2004
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
  • Actor
2004
14% Gothika
  • Dr. Pete Graham
$59.6M 2003
39% The Singing Detective
  • Dan Dark
$0.3M 2003
No Score Yet Whatever We Do
  • Actor
2003
39% Black and White
  • Terry
2002
No Score Yet Lethargy
  • Actor
2002
56% The Party's Over
  • Actor
2001
81% Wonder Boys
  • Terry
2000
No Score Yet Auto Motives
  • Actor
2000
81% Bowfinger
  • Jerry Renfro
1999
7% Friends & Lovers
  • Hans
1999
25% In Dreams
  • Vivian Thompson
1999
No Score Yet Love and Testosterone
  • Actor
1999
52% Two Girls and a Guy
  • Blake Allen
1998
31% Hugo Pool
  • Franz Mazur
  • Director
1997
28% One Night Stand
  • Charlie
1997
27% U.S. Marshals
  • John Royce
1997
60% The Gingerbread Man
  • Clyde Pell
1997
No Score Yet Danger Zone
  • Jim Scott
1996
69% Restoration
  • Robert Merivel
1996
94% Richard III
  • Earl Rivers
1995
63% Home for the Holidays
  • Tommy Larson
1995
48% Only You
  • Peter Wright
1994
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Wayne Gale
1994
No Score Yet Hail Caesar
  • Jerry
1994
95% Short Cuts
  • Bill Bush
1993
55% Heart and Souls
  • Thomas Reilly
1993
No Score Yet The Last Party
  • Actor
1993
57% Chaplin
  • Charles Spencer Chaplin
1992
20% Too Much Sun
  • Reed Richmond
1991
69% Soapdish
  • Barnes
1991
13% Air America
  • Billy Covington
1990
No Score Yet That's Adequate
  • Einstein
1989
64% Chances Are
  • Alex Finch
1989
95% True Believer
  • Roger Baron
1989
No Score Yet Rented Lips
  • Wolf Dangler
1988
0% Johnny Be Good
  • Leo Wiggins
1988
55% 1969
  • Ralph Carr
1988
54% Less Than Zero
  • Julian
1987
55% The Pick-Up Artist
  • Jack Jericho
1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
  • Actor
1987
84% Back to School
  • Derek
1986
No Score Yet America
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story
  • Bruno Mussolini
1985
56% Weird Science
  • Ian
1985
20% Tuff Turf
  • Jimmy Parker
1985
No Score Yet Deadwait
  • Actor
1985
33% Firstborn
  • Lee
1984
94% Baby It's You
  • Stewart
$1.9M 1983
No Score Yet Up the Academy
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Two Tons Of Turqoise To Taos Tonight
  • Himself
1975
40% Greaser's Palace
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Pound
  • Puppy
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Larry Larry Paul
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 1996
  • 1986
  • 1985

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