Who Is Robert Downey, Jr.?
Robert Downey, Jr. is a prominent American singer, producer, and actor who has a net worth of $350 million. He did not always have a successful career, let alone a smooth and clear path. He got into trouble with the law numerous times and has been tied with substance abuse. However, he made a huge comeback and in 2008, he was included in Time’s Most Influential People in the World. From 2013 to 2015, he was included in Forbes’ highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
He became even more famous after he played the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in ten movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Another famous movie he starred in is Sherlock Holmes, which earned him a second Golden Globe Award. He has an upcoming movie titled Dolittle along with stars John Cena, Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Selena Gomez, Michael Sheen, Ralph Fiennes, and more.
Celebrity Name: Robert Downey, Jr.
Full Name: Robert John Downey, Jr.
Birth Date: April 4, 1965
Birth Place: Manhattan, New York, US
Weight: 78 kilos
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Wife: Deborah Falconer, married 1992 to 2004; Susan Downey, married since 2005
Children: Exton Elias Downey, Avri Roel Downey, Indio Falconer Downey
Profession: American producer, actor, and singer
Net Worth: $350 million
Robert John Downey, Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in Manhattan, New York City. His parents are Robert Downey, Sr. and Elsie Ann, both of which also work in the movie industry. His father was also a famous filmmaker and actor, while his mother was an actress who often starred in Robert, Sr.’s films. The original family name of his father was Elias but was changed when he enlisted in the army. Robert has one older sister named Allyson and both of them grew up together in Greenwich Village.
When he was young, his father was a drug addict and he mostly grew up being surrounded by drugs. Even when he was only six, his father permitted him to use marijuana, an event his father strongly regretted doing. Later on, Robert will admit that using drugs became an emotional bond with his father. As a result, Robert started to spend his nights pursuing drugs and abusing alcohol.
Downey led a complicated life before he became a successful man that he is now. He first dated Sarah Jessica Parker after they met on the set of Firstborn. Their relationship did not last long due to his addiction to drugs.
Then, it was believed that he courted Deborah Falconer for 42 days and the two got married on May 29, 1992. In September 1993, his first son named Indio Falconer Downey was born. Their marriage collapsed as a result of Downey’s repeated trips to jail and rehab. In 2001, Falconer reached a breaking point and left Downey, taking their son with her. Their divorce was finalized on April 26, 2004.
In 2003, he met Susan Levin during the set of Gothika. She is the Executive Vice President of Silver Pictures. At first, Susan was not interested in Robert after he showed her his interests. However, they eventually started dating each other during the production of the film. They continued to date each other even after the filming of Gothika and he proposed to her before her 30th birthday. In August 2005, the two were married at Amagansett, New York. They have two children together, Exton Elias and Avri Roel.
According to him, he has remained sober since 2003 and that his wife greatly helped him in overcoming his drug addiction.
He started his acting career in 1983 by playing minor roles in TV shows like Saturday Night Live and movies like American Passion. His breakthrough happened two years after when he starred in Weird Science and Turf Turf. Since then, he has appeared in various films including Restoration, The Last Party, Short Cuts, Chaplin, The Pick Up Artist, Pretty in Pink, and many more.
From 1996 to 2001, his career went south due to his multiple arrests, most of which are related to drugs. In 2006, he went back to acting and was one of the casts of The Family Guy and in 2007, Zodiac.
In 2008, things got better for him and he has starred in hit movies such as Tropic Thunder, Iron Man, The Avengers movies, Incredible Hulk, Sherlock Holmes, and many more. He is also the lead cast of the upcoming movie, Dolittle.
Awards and Achievements
During his entire career, Robert Downey, Jr. has received so many nominations and various awards. Here are lists of some of his nominations and wins from major awards:
- Academy Awards
- 1992 Best Actor for Chaplin
- 2009 Best Supporting Actor for Tropic Thunder
- BAFTA Awards
- Best Acor in a supporting Role for Tropic Thunder
- Critics Choice Movie Awards
- 2008 Best Supporting Actor for Tropic Thunder
- 2012 Best Actor in an Action Movie for The Avengers
- 2014 Best Actor in an Action Movie for Iron Man 3
- Empire Awards
- 2009 Best Ator for Iron Man
- 2010 Best Actor for Sherlock Holmes
- 2013 Best Actor for The Avengers
- Golden Globe Awards
- 1993 Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for Chaplin
- 2009 Best Actor in a Motion Picture for Tropic Thunder
- BAFTA Awards
- 1992 Best Actor in a Leading Role for Chaplin
- Golden Globe Awards
- 1992 Special Award Ensemble for Short Cuts
- 2010 Best Actor for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Sherlock Holmes
- Kids’ Choice Awards
- 2014 Favorite Male Butt Kicker for Iron Man 3
- 2019 Favorite Superhero for The Avengers: Infinity War
Robert Downey, Jr. Total Net Worth 2020
To date, Robert Downey, Jr. has a net worth of $350 million. Most of his wealth is from the numerous movies he has starred in over the years. He is one of the highest-paid actors in the film industry so there is no surprise that his net worth is this high.