Robert Downey, Jr.

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Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey Jr 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Downey at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron
Born Robert John Downey Jr.
April 4, 1965 (1965-04-04) (age 52)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Deborah Falconer
(m. 1992; div. 2004)

Susan Downey (m. 2005)
Children 3
Parent(s) Robert Downey Sr.
Elsie Ann Ford

Robert Downey, Jr. (born April 4, 1965[1]) is an American actor. One of his most famous roles is Tony Stark in the movie Iron Man.

Early life[change | change source]

Downey was born in Manhattan, New York City, the younger of two children. His father, Robert Downey, Sr., is an actor, writer, producer, cinematographer, and director of underground films, and his mother, Elsie (nee Ford), is also an actress and appeared in Downey, Sr.'s movies. His paternal grandfather was of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry and his paternal grandmother was of Irish Canadian and Hungarian ancestry. His mother is of Scottish, German, and Swiss German ancestry.[2][3][4] His father was born "Robert Elias", and changed his last name to "Downey" (after his stepfather James Downey), when he was a minor and wanted to enlist in the Army.[3][5] He and his older sister, Allyson, grew up in Greenwich Village.[6]

Discography[change | change source]

Soundtrack appearances[change | change source]

Year Song Soundtrack Notes
1992 "Smile" Chaplin OST On The Futurist
1993 "Star-Spangled Banner, TheThe Star-Spangled Banner" Heart and Souls OST With B.B. King
2000 "White Christmas" Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas With Vonda Shepard
2000 "River" Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas
2001 "Every Breath You Take" Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life Featuring Vonda Shepard With Sting
2001 "Chances Are" Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life Featuring Vonda Shepard With Vonda Shepard
2001 "Snakes" Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life Featuring Vonda Shepard
2003 "In My Dreams" The Singing Detective OST
2005 "Broken" Kiss Kiss Bang Bang OST On The Futurist

Filmography[change | change source]

Movie[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1970 Pound Puppy [7]
1972 Greaser's Palace Unnamed Quasimodo-like child [8]
1975 Moment to Moment Himself Uncredited; also co-producer
Aka Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight
[9]
1980 Up the Academy Boy on Soccer Team Uncredited [10]
1983 Baby It's You Stewart [7]
1984 Firstborn Lee [11]
1985 Tuff Turf Jimmy Parker [12]
1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun Punk Party Crasher Uncredited [13]
1985 Weird Science Ian [14]
1985 Deadwait Short [15]
1986 Back to School Derek Lutz [14]
1987 Pick-up Artist, TheThe Pick-up Artist Jack Jericho [14]
1987 Less Than Zero Julian Wells [11]
1988 Johnny Be Good Leo Wiggins [14]
1988 Rented Lips Wolf Dangler [14]
1988 1969 Ralph Karr [14]
1989 That's Adequate Albert Einstein [16]
1989 True Believer Roger Baron [14]
1989 Chances Are Alex Finch [17]
1990 Air America Billy Covington [18]
1991 Too Much Sun Reed Richmond [19]
1991 Soapdish David Seton Barnes [20]
1992 Chaplin Charlie Chaplin [21]
1993 Heart and Souls Thomas Reilly [22]
1993 Last Party, TheThe Last Party Himself Also writer [23]
1993 Short Cuts Bill Bush [24]
1994 Hail Caesar Jerry [25]
1994 Natural Born Killers Wayne Gale [26]
1994 Only You Peter Wright / Damon Bradley [27]
1995 Richard III Earl Rivers [28]
1995 Home for the Holidays Tommy Larson [29]
1995 Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Mr. Willowby [30]
1995 Restoration Robert Merivel [31]
1997 Danger Zone Jim Scott [32]
1997 One Night Stand Charlie [33]
1997 Two Girls and a Guy Blake Allen [34]
1997 Hugo Pool Franz Mazur [35]
1998 Gingerbread Man, TheThe Gingerbread Man Clyde Pell [36]
1998 U.S. Marshals Special Agent John Royce [18]
1999 In Dreams Vivian Thompson [37]
1999 Friends & Lovers Hans [38]
1999 Bowfinger Jerry Renfro [39]
1999 Black and White Terry Donager [40]
2000 Wonder Boys Terry Crabtree [41]
2002 Lethargy Animal therapist Short [42]
2003 Whatever We Do Bobby Short [43]
2003 Singing Detective, TheThe Singing Detective Dan Dark [11]
2003 Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Charles Chaplin [44]
2003 Gothika Pete Graham [45]
2004 Eros Nick Penrose Segment: "Equilibrium" [46]
2005 Game 6 Steven Schwimmer [47]
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harry Lockhart [18]
2005 Outsider, TheThe Outsider Himself Documentary [48]
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Joseph Wershba [49]
2005 Hubert Selby Jr Narrator Documentary [50]
2006 Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, AA Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Dito Montiel Also co-producer [51]
2006 Shaggy Dog, TheThe Shaggy Dog Dr. Kozak [52]
2006 Scanner Darkly, AA Scanner Darkly James Barris [53]
2006 Fur Lionel Sweeney [54]
2007 Zodiac Paul Avery [55]
2007 Lucky You Telephone Jack Cameo [36]
2008 Charlie Bartlett Principal Nathan Gardner [56]
2008 Iron Man Tony Stark / Iron Man [57]
2008 Incredible Hulk, TheThe Incredible Hulk Post-credits scene [58]
2008 Tropic Thunder Kirk Lazarus / Sgt. Lincoln Osiris [18]
2009 Soloist, TheThe Soloist Steve Lopez [59]
2009 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes [18]
2010 Iron Man 2 Tony Stark / Iron Man [60]
2010 Love & Distrust Rob Segment: "Auto Motives" [61]
2010 Due Date Peter Highman [62]
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Sherlock Holmes [63]
2012 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Tony Stark / Iron Man [64]
2013 Iron Man 3 [65]
2014 Chef Marvin [66]
2014 Judge, TheThe Judge Hank Palmer Also executive producer [18]
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Tony Stark / Iron Man [65]
2016 Captain America: Civil War [65]
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming In post-production [67]

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1985 Saturday Night Live Cast member 18 episodes [14]
1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story Bruno Mussolini Mini-series [68]
1996 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Robert Downey Jr./Fiona Apple" [69]
2000–02 Ally McBeal Larry Paul 25 episodes [70]
2005 Family Guy Patrick Pewterschmidt (voice) Episode: "The Fat Guy Strangler" [69]

Video game[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Iron Man Tony Stark Iron Man's dialogue filled in by Stephen Stanton [71]
2014 Iron Man 3: The Official Game

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