Robert Downey Jr.`s BiograhpyRobert John Downey Jr. is a Hollywood actor known for his roles such as Tony Stark from Marvel Comics blockbuster films, Sherlock Holmes from Guy Ritchie's movies, Charlie Chaplin from the biographical film by Richard Attenborough, a crime reporter Paul Avery from mystery-thriller film «Zodiac» and many others.
Childhood and familyRobert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965. He is the son of actor and underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. (born Robert Elias Jr.) and actress Elsie Ann Downey. He has an older sister, Alison Downey.
Downey made his screen debut at the age of 5 while appearing in his father's arthouse film «Pound». The plot refers to an impending threat upon 18 dogs from the animal shelter. The animals were played by human actors, Robert Downey Jr. performs the role of a puppy.
Early RolesIn 1984 Robert Downey Jr. performed in «Firstborn» drama film and later appeared in several teen comedy roles: «Weird Science», «Back to School», «Tuff Turf» and his father’s new «America» film.
Drug addictionRobert Downey Jr. became widely known in 1987, after the premiere of «Less Than Zero» criminal drama film. He performed as a young man named Julian who has become cocaine addict and drug dealer, taking up with the wrong guys and getting himself in trouble. As it turned out later, during this period Robert’s personal life came close to Julian’s story: Downey had just switched to heavy drugs.
In 1992 «Chaplin» biographical film directed by Richard Attenborough was released. 27-year-old Downey was approved for the role of Charlie Chaplin. By this time he has earned a reputation as a controversial and hot tempered figure in Hollywood, although his acting abilities were never in question. He could often disrupt the filming process or behave aggressively towards his colleagues. Nonetheless, he prepared extensively for this role and gave his all in every shot, demonstrating both comical talent and drama skill and convincingly portraying Chaplin from ages 19 to 83.