Updated May 31, 2023
About Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr., known as “Iron Man” worldwide, is among the highest-paying actors today. He has been through several ups and downs, but his career scale shows that he lives life as he wants! The actor was already well-known in the Hollywood industry, but his role as Iron Man in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has turned him into a global celebrity.
Details about Robert Downey Jr
Robert John Downey Jr. was born on 4th April 1965 and has been active since he was five years old! The American producer and actor made his acting debut in Pound, Robert Downey Sr.’s movie. After that, he took up theatrical roles in 1983 – American Passion. Soon enough, he became a part of Saturday Night Live (an extremely famous show for decades). Although the show was a commercial success, Robert Downey Jr.’s acting received poor reviews, and thus he was dropped out of the show. The magazine Rolling Stone named Robert the worst cast member ever.
He took up roles in several movies, including Tuff Tuff, Weird Science, and Pretty in Pink. When Robert Downey Jr. acted in Less Than Zero, he played the character of a wealthy drug addict. Although everyone appreciated his acting, Robert didn’t like himself because it exaggerated his drug problem. In 1992, Robert also played Charlie Chaplin in the movie and was greatly praised.
Robert Downey Jr. is the son of Elsie Ann, a former actress, and Robert Downey Sr., a filmmaker, and actor. According to Robert, his father was a drug user, so he fell into the same habit. Since childhood, his father had been doing drugs with him. He is currently married to Susan Downey and is living a happy life.
Drug Abuse Problems
Robert Downey Jr. did exceptionally well for himself before his life spiraled out of control. From the period of 1996 to 2001, Downey indulged in drugs. So much so that he was arrested multiple times for marijuana, heroin, and cocaine consumption. He tried several drug treatment programs but failed every time. He even told a judge in 1999 that he feels like a shotgun is inside his mouth and he is holding the trigger. He likes that gun metal taste, so he cannot stop.
Explaining his abusive relationship with drugs, Robert said that his father was a drug addict and used to give him the same thing. That’s why he has been consuming drugs since he was 8. There have been several occasions where Robert has abused drugs, done something unethical, and called for a hearing. All that time, he wasn’t getting anywhere with his career and even got fired from places where he got the opportunity.
Bounce Back with Recovery
Robert Downey Jr. had a relationship with drugs for five years, but he was ready to return to work. After his last arrest in 2001, the actor thought he could not keep repeating this pattern and needed to get out of the mess. He got an opportunity in “I Want Love,” a video of Elton John and The Singing Detective. After that, the actor was cast in several roles and continued to do so till 2008. Robert preferred to be the face of the Sherlock Holmes film series.
Robert Downey Jr. played Iron Man in the first installment, released in 2008. Everyone appreciated his acting skills, and there was no going back after that. He didn’t start with much money, selected for awards. At that time, Marvel paid $2.5 million to Robert Downey Jr. for the main lead. As the franchise grew, Robert was born handsomely for his role. He received $50 million for “The Avengers.” For “Avengers: Endgame.” Robert Downey Jr. paid $75 million. Although his stint in the series has ended, Robert is ready for Sherlock Homes 3 and The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.
Today, he earns through commercially-hit movies. He has also received a massive amount through OnePlus endorsements.