Robert Downey Jr.

Lowest Rated: 0% Johnny Be Good (1988)
Birthday: Apr 4, 1965
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Doctor Doolittle 2020
96% Avengers: Endgame Tony Stark/Iron Man 2019
85% Avengers: Infinity War Tony Stark/Iron Man $665M 2018
No Score Yet Tráiler de Vengadores: Infinity War Actor 2018
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming Tony Stark/ Iron Man $334.2M 2017
91% Captain America: Civil War Tony Stark/Iron Man $408.1M 2016
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron Tony Stark/Iron Man $429.2M 2015
48% The Judge Executive Producer Hank Palmer $35.7M 2014
87% 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
73% Iron Man 2 Tony Stark $312.1M 2010
70% Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes $208.8M 2009
57% The Soloist Steve Lopez $31.7M 2009
81% 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
93% Iron Man Tony Stark $318.3M 2008
29% Lucky You Telephone Jack $5.8M 2007
57% Charlie Bartlett Principal Gardner $3.8M 2007
90% Zodiac Paul Avery $33.1M 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
67% A Scanner Darkly James Barris $5.3M 2006
No Score Yet Hubert Selby Jr.: It'll Be Better Tomorrow Narrator 2006
65% The Outsider Actor 2006
26% The Shaggy Dog Dr. Kozak $61.1M 2006
85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Harry Lockhart $4.3M 2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck Joe Wershba $31.6M 2005
60% 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
82% 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
51% Two Girls and a Guy Blake Allen 1998
31% Hugo Pool Franz Mazur Director 1997
32% One Night Stand Charlie 1997
26% U.S. Marshals John Royce 1997
58% The Gingerbread Man Clyde Pell 1997
No Score Yet Danger Zone Jim Scott 1996
70% Restoration Robert Merivel 1996
94% Richard III Earl Rivers 1995
63% Home for the Holidays Tommy Larson 1995
No Score Yet Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Mr. Willowby 1995
52% Only You Peter Wright 1994
47% 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
60% 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
52% Less Than Zero Julian 1987
57% The Pick-Up Artist Jack Jericho 1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Actor 1987
85% Back to School Derek 1986
No Score Yet America Actor 1986
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story Bruno Mussolini 1985
54% Weird Science Ian 1985
17% Tuff Turf Jimmy Parker 1985
No Score Yet Deadwait Actor 1985
36% Firstborn Lee 1984
94% Baby It's You Stewart $2M 1983
0% Up the Academy Actor 1980
No Score Yet Two Tons Of Turqoise To Taos Tonight Himself 1975
50% Greaser's Palace Actor 1972
No Score Yet Pound Puppy 1970

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
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
Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2010
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 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2004
  • 2003
72% American Idol
2002-2016
Appearing
  • 2008
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2005
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Larry Larry Paul
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest Performer
  • 1996
  • 1986
  • 1985

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