Robert John Downey Jr.is an American producer, actor, and singer. His career has been characterized by substance abuse. This was before a resumption of critical repute and resurgence of commercial success in middle age. In 2008 he was named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world. His net worth currently stands at $300 million per 2023 report.
Downey was born on April 4, 1965, in Manhattan, New York. His father Robert Downey Sr.was an actor while his mother Elsie Downey was an actress in her husband’s films. Robert Downey has two siblings.
Downey was introduced to illegal substances early in his life. His father was an addict and he allowed him to use those substances at the age of 6. An incident that his father said he regretted. Downey’s teenage life was filled with many legal troubles and substance abuse. He states he has been completely clean since he met his wife Susan in 2003.
Downey started dating actress Sarah Jessica Parker after meeting her on the set of Firstborn. They later separated due to his addiction. He married actress and singer Deborah Falconer in 1992 and together they have a son. The marriage had its ups and downs and finally ended in a long divorce battle that was eventually finalized in 2004.
He met Susan in 2003, an executive vice president of production at Joel Silver’s film company. They fell in love and later got married in 2005 and have been together ever since. He attributes his life transformation from addiction to the support of his wife.
As a child, Downey began acting minor roles in his father’s films. His debut was at the age of five playing the sick puppy in the absurdist comedy Pound (1970) then he appeared in the Surrealist Greases palace (1972) when he was seven. He studied Classical ballet as part of a larger curriculum when he was ten. His parents divorced in 1978 and Downey moved to California with his father. He dropped out of school in 1982 (Santa Monica High School) and decided to pursue a career in acting full time back in New York.
Downey Jr. is most famous today because of his role in films such as less than zero, soap dish, Ironman and Tropic Thunder
Downey’s biggest breakthrough came about from his association with the Avengers Franchise where he played the role, Iron Man. Downey’s star shone brighter from this film. In a contract clause, Downey can make a staggering $50 million cut off the Avengers big box office receipts. The Sherlock Holmes films have also hung on his unique box office draw. In a span of one year from June 2016 to June 2017, Downey earned $50 million making him one of the highest-paid actors in the world. Between June 2018 and June 2019 he earned $145 million.
Downey sang on many soundtracks for his films including Chaplin, friends and lovers, The Singing Detective and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He appeared in the music video for Elton John’s song I want Love in 2001. His remake of the 1973 Joni Mitchell Christmas song “River” has been Downey’s most commercially successful recording venture to date.
Robert Downey Jr. has won so many awards throughout his life many of which are film awards. They include Academy Awards (1993 best actor and 2009 best supporting actor), BAFTA awards, Empire awards, MTV movie awards (2009 Iron man Best male performance award) among many others.
From Television, he has received the Golden Globe award, primetime Emmy award (outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series-Ally McBeal) and Screen actors Guild Awards.
In October 2011, Downey was honored at the 25th American Cinematheque Awards; Downey chose Gibson to present him with his award.
Not only does Downey Jr eccentric Tony Stark in the Marvel movies, But His cars are also quite a sight to behold. He has a collection of luxury cars. There are a number of them from his collection that comes as a great surprise to behold. They are special cars. One of them is an award-winning car from the 2017 SEMA show. Just to name a few he owns a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette, an Audi E-Tron GT Concept, Audi A8, Audi A7, Mercedez Benz pagoda, among others. A keen look at his collection of cars, it is obvious that he has a great love for the Audi. Fortunately, none is similar to the other. So the Audi varieties are very diverse.
Downey Jr lives like a king. His luxuries mansion in California cost him a staggering $14 million which he and his wife bought in 2009. The beach facing a 3,500 square feet ranch style mansion that has 6 bedrooms, a gym and all the expensive amenities that anyone could think of.
He recently bought a $2,5million worth of modest mansion in pacific palisades. It has four bedrooms two bathrooms and a two-car garage with a beautiful garden. He also owns real estate properties in Rustic canyon and Abbott Kinney.
In 2017, the actor purchased the Edward DeRose Windmill Cottage for $10.5M in spring.
Most Celebrities if not all are known to have great taste for chains, rings watches and the like. Downey is not an exception. His especially is a love for flashy and expensive watches. He has a collection of expensive Jewellery. In one of his interviews, he stated “you can learn a lot about a man if you open up his jewelry box” In his film Avengers: infinity war he wore a $650,000 Tourbillion to premiere. He also owns a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch that he wore in his role as the Iron man. Another expensive item is a Rolex watch he named “the green money Rolex” which is actually a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. Generally, Rolex is such an Iconic brand and the price is also very high. He also owns a Bell & rose, Patek Philip among many others