Robert Downey Jr.

Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor and producer. His career has been characterized by critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, before a resurgence of commercial success later in his career. In 2008, Downey was named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world,[ and from 2013 to 2015, he was listed by Forbes as Hollywood's highest-paid actor. At the age of 5, he made his acting debut in his father Robert Downey Sr.'s film Pound in 1970. He subsequently worked with the Brat Pack in the teen films Weird Science (1985) and Less than Zero (1987). In 1992, Downey portrayed the title character in the biopic Chaplin, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won a BAFTA Award. Following a stint at the Corcoran Substance Abuse Treatment Facility on drug charges, he joined the TV series Ally McBeal, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He was fired from the show in the wake of drug charges in 2000 and 2001. He stayed in a court-ordered drug treatment program and has maintained his sobriety since 2003. Initially, completion bond companies would not insure Downey, until Mel Gibson paid the insurance bond for the 2003 film The Singing Detective. He went on to star in the black comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), the thriller Zodiac (2007), and the action comedy Tropic Thunder (2008); for the latter, he was nominated for an Academy Award for ...

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

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There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Ritchie
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Jude Law  •  Jared Harris  •  Noomi Rapace

There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Ritchie
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Jude Law  •  Jared Harris  •  Noomi Rapace

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Eccentric consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Ritchie
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Jude Law  •  Rachel McAdams  •  Mark Strong

Eccentric consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Ritchie
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Jude Law  •  Rachel McAdams  •  Mark Strong

Iron Man (2008)

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After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Terrence Howard  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Gwyneth Paltrow

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Terrence Howard  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Gwyneth Paltrow

Natural Born Killers (1994)

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Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Robert Downey Jr.

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Robert Downey Jr.

Weird Science (1985)

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary and Wyatt, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Anthony Michael Hall  •  Kelly LeBrock  •  Ilan Mitchell-Smith  •  Bill Paxton

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary and Wyatt, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Anthony Michael Hall  •  Kelly LeBrock  •  Ilan Mitchell-Smith  •  Bill Paxton

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

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An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Winona Ryder  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Mitch Baker

An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Winona Ryder  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Mitch Baker

Iron Man 2 (2010)

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With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Don Cheadle  •  Scarlett Johansson

With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Don Cheadle  •  Scarlett Johansson

Zodiac (2007)

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A cartoonist teams up with an ace reporter and a law enforcement officer to track down an elusive serial killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Anthony Edwards

A cartoonist teams up with an ace reporter and a law enforcement officer to track down an elusive serial killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Anthony Edwards

The Singing Detective (2003)

From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keith Gordon
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Robin Wright  •  Mel Gibson  •  Jeremy Northam

From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keith Gordon
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Robin Wright  •  Mel Gibson  •  Jeremy Northam

1969 (1988)

Two rebellious youths, Ralph and Scott, find themselves struggling with adulthood as the Vietnam War rages. Feeling trapped in their small town, Scott battles with his conservative veteran father, Cliff, and Ralph deals with his desperately sexual mother, Ev. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest Thompson
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Bruce Dern  •  Mariette Hartley

Two rebellious youths, Ralph and Scott, find themselves struggling with adulthood as the Vietnam War rages. Feeling trapped in their small town, Scott battles with his conservative veteran father, Cliff, and Ralph deals with his desperately sexual mother, Ev. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest Thompson
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Bruce Dern  •  Mariette Hartley

Air America (1990)

Air America was the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War, running anything and everything from soldiers to foodstuffs for local villagers. After losing his pilot's license, Billy Covington is recruited into it, and ends up in the middle of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Spottiswoode
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Nancy Travis  •  Ken Jenkins

Air America was the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War, running anything and everything from soldiers to foodstuffs for local villagers. After losing his pilot's license, Billy Covington is recruited into it, and ends up in the middle of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Spottiswoode
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Nancy Travis  •  Ken Jenkins

Baby It's You (1983)

In a 1966 New Jersey high school, Jill and new student Sheik from the other side of the tracks make their way in a first love romance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Rosanna Arquette  •  Vincent Spano  •  Joanna Merlin  •  Matthew Modine

In a 1966 New Jersey high school, Jill and new student Sheik from the other side of the tracks make their way in a first love romance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Rosanna Arquette  •  Vincent Spano  •  Joanna Merlin  •  Matthew Modine

Back to School (1986)

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Self-made millionaire Thornton Melon decides to get a better education and enrolls at his son Jason's college. While Jason tries to fit in with his fellow students, Thornton struggles to gain his son's respect, giving way to hilarious antics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Metter
CAST:  Rodney Dangerfield  •  Keith Gordon  •  Burt Young  •  Robert Downey Jr.

Self-made millionaire Thornton Melon decides to get a better education and enrolls at his son Jason's college. While Jason tries to fit in with his fellow students, Thornton struggles to gain his son's respect, giving way to hilarious antics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Metter
CAST:  Rodney Dangerfield  •  Keith Gordon  •  Burt Young  •  Robert Downey Jr.

Bowfinger (1999)

On the verge of bankruptcy and desperate for his big break, aspiring filmmaker Bobby Bowfinger concocts a crazy plan to make his ultimate dream movie. Rallying a ragtag team that includes a starry-eyed ingenue, a has-been diva and a film studio gofer, he sets out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Eddie Murphy  •  Heather Graham  •  Christine Baranski

On the verge of bankruptcy and desperate for his big break, aspiring filmmaker Bobby Bowfinger concocts a crazy plan to make his ultimate dream movie. Rallying a ragtag team that includes a starry-eyed ingenue, a has-been diva and a film studio gofer, he sets out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Eddie Murphy  •  Heather Graham  •  Christine Baranski

Chaplin (1992)

An aged Charlie Chaplin narrates his life to his autobiography's editor, including his rise to wealth and comedic fame from poverty, his turbulent personal life and his run-ins with the FBI.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Paul Rhys

An aged Charlie Chaplin narrates his life to his autobiography's editor, including his rise to wealth and comedic fame from poverty, his turbulent personal life and his run-ins with the FBI.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Paul Rhys

Eros (2004)

A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Michelangelo Antonioni
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Gong Li  •  Alan Arkin  •  Chang Chen

A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Michelangelo Antonioni
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Gong Li  •  Alan Arkin  •  Chang Chen

Firstborn (1984)

Because he's the oldest, Jake has been the man of the house, since his parents divorce. When Mom starts seeing Sam, who always seems to be trying some new way to get rich quick, and declares he's the man of the house now, Jake puts up with it. Until he discovers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Teri Garr  •  Peter Weller  •  Christopher Collet  •  Corey Haim

Because he's the oldest, Jake has been the man of the house, since his parents divorce. When Mom starts seeing Sam, who always seems to be trying some new way to get rich quick, and declares he's the man of the house now, Jake puts up with it. Until he discovers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Teri Garr  •  Peter Weller  •  Christopher Collet  •  Corey Haim

Game 6 (2006)

Combining real and fictional events, this movie centers around the historic 1986 World Series, and a day in the life of a playwright who skips opening night to watch the momentous game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Ari Graynor  •  Bebe Neuwirth

Combining real and fictional events, this movie centers around the historic 1986 World Series, and a day in the life of a playwright who skips opening night to watch the momentous game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Ari Graynor  •  Bebe Neuwirth

Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

The story of journalist Edward R. Murrow's stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Clooney
CAST:  Jeff Daniels  •  David Strathairn  •  Alex Borstein  •  Rose Abdoo

The story of journalist Edward R. Murrow's stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Clooney
CAST:  Jeff Daniels  •  David Strathairn  •  Alex Borstein  •  Rose Abdoo

Gothika (2003)

After a car crash, a criminal psychologist regains consciousness only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband—but she has no memory of committing the crime. As she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mathieu Kassovitz
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Penélope Cruz

After a car crash, a criminal psychologist regains consciousness only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband—but she has no memory of committing the crime. As she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mathieu Kassovitz
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Penélope Cruz
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