Robert John Downey, Jr. was born on the 4th of April 1965, an American actor. As a child, Downey was “surrounded by drugs”. His father, a drug addict, allowed Downey to use marijuana at aged six, an incident which his father has said he now regrets. During his childhood Downey had minor roles in his father’s films.
He made his acting debut at the age of five, playing a sick puppy in the absurdist comedy Pound (1970), and then at aged seven appeared in the surrealist Greaser’s Palace (1972).
When his parents divorced in 1978, Downey moved to California with his father, but in 1982 he dropped out of Santa Monica High School and moved back to New York to pursue an acting career full-time.
In 1992, he starred as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin, a role for which he prepared extensively, learning how to play the violin and tennis left-handed. He even had a personal coach in order to imitate Chaplin’s posture and way of carrying himself.
In 2001, Downey made his prime-time television debut when he joined the cast of the Fox-TV series Ally McBeal (1997) as attorney “Larry Paul”. For this role, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Comedy Series.
In December 2009, Downey starred in the action-adventure Sherlock Holmes (2009). The film, directed by Guy Ritchie, co-starred Jude Law and Rachel McAdams and earned Downey a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical in January of 2010.
Downey and director Guy Ritchie are preparing to reproduce the success of Sherlock Holmes (2009) as they are working together again on the production of the sequel.
Downey has since recently filmed Due Date (2010), a sensational comedy, directed by Todd Phillips, in which he plays the role of an expectant father on a road trip racing to get back in time for the birth of his first child. Due Date (2010), starring The Hangover (2009)’s Zach Galifianakis, was released in November 2010.
The story of Downey Jr’s continuing love affair with drugs and the consequences he faced as a result became what most people wanted to know about this interesting and sometimes enigmatic man.
He later claimed it all began when his father offered him a cannabis joint at the tender age of eight. Downey Jr’s somewhat turbulent life and addictive personality had taken its toll on his marriage and on 26th April 2004 he and his wife, Deborah, divorced.
Becoming more introspective, Downey Jr turned his attention to writing music. He had already proved to audiences that he could also sing, by performing Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’; ‘Every Breath You Take’ with Sting; and ‘Chances Are’ in a duet with Vonda Shephard.
His involvement amazingly turned out to be a great contribution to elevate its decreasing rating, even brought him to win a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actor Guild Award in 2001 aside from an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nomination at Emmy Awards.