Apr. 4th, 1965
New York City, New York, USA
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Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) in Greenwich Village, New York City. He's the son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.
His first part in a movie was in his father's Pound (1970), in which 5-year-old Downey played a puppy. When he was 20 years old, he joined Saturday Night Live (1985) for one season. After that, he went to Hollywood. In 1987, he got the leading role in director James Toback film The Pick-up Artist (1987), co-starring with Molly Ringwald. The same year, he played drug addict Julian Wells in the movie Less Than Zero (1987).
In 1992, he played Charles Chaplin in Sir 'Richard Attenborough's film Chaplin (1992). For his astonishing performance, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In the year 2000, he guest-starred in the comedy series Ally McBeal (1997), where he portrayed the attorney Larry Paul, who became Ally's love interest. For that performance, he won the Golden Globe for "best supporting actor in a comedy series". On Ally McBeal (1997), Downey got to show that he can sing as well as act, when he sang Joni Mitchell's "River," Chances Are as a duet with Vonda Shepard, and "Every Breath You Take" together with Sting. He released one song of his own, "Snakes," on the Ally McBeal (1997) album "For Once in My Life," and a full album of his own work entitled "The Futurist" in 2005.
- (25 November 2000) Downey re-arrested on drugs and weapons charges in Palm Springs, California, at the luxurious 'Merv Griffin' (qv) resort, after an anonymous tip to police. Downey was found alone, with cocaine and methamphetamines. He cooperated with police, spent the night in jail, and was released the next morning on $15,000.00 bail. Downey had been on a career upswing with his successful stint on _"Ally McBeal" (1997)_ (qv), and his upcoming stage performance as Hamlet, set for January, 2001 in Los Angeles, to be directed by his friend 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv).
- During his days of drug addiction, Robert once wandered into a stranger's house and passed out on a child's bed.
- Downey's lawyers petitioned the State Court of Appeals in Los Angeles, stating that Downey had already served enough time because the Malibu judge had made errors in calculating his sentence. He hadn't given credit for the several times Downey spent in lockdown rehab units and in pre-sentencing confinement. Downey's lawyers claimed that he should have been released in February 2000.
- (August 1996) Remanded to a secure drug rehabilitation center.
- 'Sting (I)' (qv) ("Every Breath You Take") and 'Billy Idol' (qv) performed at his wedding to 'Susan Downey' (qv).
- (16 July 2001) Downey pleaded no contest to drug charges. The judge sentenced him to remain in rehabilitation for one year and to three years' probation.
- Began studying Wing Chun Kung Fu under Sifu Eric Oram, who is serving as fight and martial arts consultant on 'Guy Ritchie' (qv)'s _Sherlock Holmes (2009)_ (qv).
- Downey enjoyed working with the director of the 'Elton John' (qv) music video--contemporary artist 'Sam Taylor Wood' (qv)--so much that he suggested that they work together again on an art piece. The result was an art video called "PietÓ," made in the manner of Michelangelo's famous PietÓ sculpture in Rome. It was included in 'Sam Taylor Wood' (qv)'s exhibition "Mute" at the White Cube 2 art gallery in London, November 23 to January 12, 2002.