Robert Downey Jr Bio, Fun Facts, Wife, Age

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Get to know Robert Downey Jr, the star of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr bio and fun facts

The journey from prison to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List

Robert Downey Jr. is hailed by critics as one of the most eminent and flexible performing artists of his era. In spite of his impressive onscreen track record, Downey’s stormy offscreen life and personal issues have taken a hit to his public image over the years. But he has quickly bounced back and defeated these misfortunes with a continued array of noteworthy parts on the big screen that has brought both critical and widespread acclaim.

In 2008, Downey was named by Time magazine among the 100 most persuasive individuals in the world, and from 2013 to 2015 he was listed by Forbes as Hollywood’s highest-paid on-screen character. His movies have earned over $14.4 billion around the world, making him the second highest-grossing box-office star of all time.

RDJ’s early years

Downey Jr was raised in Greenwich Village in New York City. After his parents divorced, he moved to California in 1978. There he attended Santa Monica High School but dropped out early to pursue his acting career.

RDJ began acting in his childhood, mainly with roles in his father’s films. Some people forget he became a cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL) back in the 1980s.

How old is Robert Downey Jr?

Robert John Downey Jr was born on April 4, 1965, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He is 55 years old.

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What is RDJ’s star sign?

His zodiac sign is Aries and his birthstone is Diamond.

How tall is he?

Robert’s height is 5′ 9″ (1.74 m) and he weighs 172 lbs (78 Kg). His waist size is 32 inches.

What color are his eyes and hair?

His eye color and hair color is dark brown.

What is Downey Jr’s religion?

His religion is Jewish.

What is his ethnicity?

His ethnicity American from Scottish, German, Swiss, Lithuanian Jewish, Hungarian Jewish, and Irish descent.

Where does he live?

RDJ owns several homes, including one in Malibu, California and a fantasy windmill in the Hamptons.

Robert Downey Jr’s Family and Relationships

Who is Robert Downey Jr’s father?

Robert Downey Sr is retired as an actor and avant-garde filmmaker. He is best known for the film Putney Swope (1969).

Who are his parents?

Robert’s father, Robert John Downey Sr., was a retired American actor, director, producer, writer, and cinematographer. His mother is the actress Elsie Ford

Who is his sister?

His siblings include only an older sister, Allyson Downey, who also is an actress.

Relationships

Robert Downey Jr.’s past relationships include the actresses Calista Flockhart in 2000, Marisa Tomei in 1993, and Sarah Jessica Parker from 1984-1991.

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Is Robert Downey Jr married?

Downey Jr is married to Susan Downey since 2005. They met on the set of the film Gothika. Susan worked as a producer and Executive Vice President of Silver Pictures production company at the time.

Robert Downey Jr’s current and past marriages

  • Susan Downey 2005-present
  • Deborah Falconer 1992-2004

He married actress and singer Deborah Falconer on May 29, 1992, after a 42-day romance. Their child, Indio Falconer Downey, was born in September 1993. The pressure on their wedding from Downey’s rehashed trips to rehab for drug abuse and prison finally reached a division point; in 2001, in the middle of Downey’s final arrest and sentencing to an extended visit in rehab, Falconer left Downey and took their child with her. Downey and Falconer settled their divorce on April 26, 2004.

RDJ’s current marriage

In 2003, Downey met producer Susan Levin, an Executive Vice President of Production at Joel Silver’s movie company, Silver Pictures on the set of Gothika. Though Susan twice turned him down, she and Downey did discreetly begin dating during production. In spite of Susan’s doubts—” he’s an actor; I have a real job” she said—the couple’s relationship began after production wrapped on Gothika.

Downey proposed the night before Susan’s thirtieth birthday. In August 2005 the couple was wed in a Jewish ceremony at Amagansett, New York. A tattoo on one of Downey’s biceps reads “Suzie Q” in recognition of his wife. Their first child, a boy, Exton Elias Downey was born in February 2012, and their second, a girl, Avri Roel Downey was born in November 2014.

Children 

RDJ’s kids are Indio Falconer Downey, Avri Roel Downey, and Exton Elias Downey.

Personal facts

Sobriety

Downey maintains that he has been drug-free since July 2003 and has credited his spouse with helping him overcome his addictions, together with his family, treatment, contemplation, twelve-step recuperation programs, yoga, and Wing Chun kung fu, the military craftsmanship he learned from Eric Oram, who is additionally a battle consultant in a few of Downey’s movies. Oram was Downey’s individual battle coordinator in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. In December 2015, Downey received a full and unlimited acquittal from Governor of California, Jerry Brown for his earlier drug convictions. Oram composed a letter in support of Downey’s pardon to Governor Brown.

Religious beliefs

Downey has depicted his devout beliefs as “Jewish Buddhist”, and he is told to have consulted astrologers. In the past, Downey has been fascinated by Christianity and the Hare Krishna movement.

Political views

In a 2008 interview, Downey expressed that his time in jail changed his political viewpoint to some degree, saying, “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics ever since.”

When inquired about the quote in a 2015 interview to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron, he rejected that his past articulation reflected any longstanding beliefs on his part, and expressed, “I wouldn’t say that I’m a Republican or a liberal or a Democrat.”

Downey is a board member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. In 2016, Downey showed up in an anti-Trump advertisement with other celebrities empowering people to register to vote in the 2016 referendum.

Robert Downey Jr’s Workout Schedule

Downey’s warrior-like body is brought about from a meticulous training plan. As he clarifies, it starts with intense and high volume workouts in about 300 times. Not at all like bodybuilding, these workouts result in lean, cut bodies.

Muscle endurance is essential

Finally, muscle perseverance and cardio ranges are doable. His work out forms, reinforce muscles by lifting weights at diverse angles. Moreover, cardiovascular conditioning enforcement happens through treadmill climbing in slanted positions as Downey explains.

Plan’s outline

Serious power and muscle plan that takes 6 weeks comprise of a few exercises in Downey’s educating plan. In each session, warm-ups initiate the exercises of the day. Leg raises follow a while later on a slanted bench. Other exercises incorporate back extensions, chin-ups, plunges, wood-chopper, military press, bent-over rows, front squat, deadlifts, chest presses on a dumbbell seat. The works out are done three days per week. The days, though, ought to not be continuous to avoid extreme burnout.

Cardio sessions

The first two weeks are cardio sessions. Each previously mentioned action ought to be done in 15 reps and 3 sets with a 30-second break following each set.

Power development phase

The third and fourth weeks concentrate on power development and are defined by 10 reps and 4 sets for each activity with a minute’s break after every set.

Muscle development phase

In the last two weeks, the concentration is on expanding muscle size. In this case, each activity is rehashed in 5 reps and 5 sets with a 90-second break, taking after each set. For a viable workout schedule, Downey exhorts that cardio exercises ought to close each session, rest ought to be taken seriously and an overall balance of all exercises is significant for holistic advance.

Robert Downey Jr’s Diet

Nutritional disorders must be avoided

Solely, doing workouts does not grant ideal results in case a proper diet isn’t consolidated. In this case, the adjusted diet ought to be followed to avoid dietary disorders.

Carbohydrates

Downey takes a normal of 3500 calories day by day. Generally, he eats carbohydrates to extend calorie intake.

Proteins

Protein sources usually ought to be from unprocessed natural foods. These ought to be in small bit suppers but in around 6 to 8 times a day, other than the routine three times. Examples of great quality proteins according to Downey are skimmed chocolate milk, broccoli, vegetables, and an enormous steak.

Fluids are also important

Downey, moreover, takes increased water and drink intake especially for coffee and green tea.

Breakfast

Precisely, Downey’s breakfast comprises of two eggs that are scrambled or boiled to decrease fat intake, two bread cuts (fruit seasoned), three tomato pieces and skimmed milk (a quarter glass).

Lunch

Full course suppers comprise of two entire bread cuts, salad from oz chicken with mayonnaise, unsweetened coffee or tea, and green verdant vegetables.

Dinner

Dinner comprises of carrots, broccoli, green beans, and incline pork, fish, beef or chicken. With strict adherence to this nutrition plan, Downey makes simple transitions from the lean noteworthy appearance to the Iron Man’s strength characterized by the warrior’s muscles.

Robert Downey Jr death?

Fellow Marvel actor Tom Holland released an Instagram video in 2018 referencing RDJ’s death. Holland joked, “The new Avengers is gonna be really exciting. Especially since y’ know, it’s RDJ’s last movie before hie dies on November 8 in 2019.”

Fans will be relieved to know Downey Jr survived the year!

Robert Downey Jr movies and TV

Robert’s movies include Pound, Greaser’s Palace, Moment to Moment, Up the Academy, Baby It’s You, Firstborn, Tuff Turf, Deadwait, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Weird Science, Back to School, 1969, The Pick-up Artist, Less Than Zero, Johnny Be Good, Rented Lips, That’s Adequate, True Believer, Chances Are, Air America, Too Much Sun, Soapdish, Heart and Souls, Chaplin, The Last Party, Only You, Short Cuts, Richard III, Hail Caesar, Natural Born Killers, Restorations, Home for the Holidays, One Night Stand, Danger Zone, Two Girls and a Guy, Hugo Pool, The Gingerbread Man, In Dreams, U.S. Marshals, Bowfinger.

More: Friends & Lovers, Black and White, Lethargy, Wonder Boys, Whatever We Do, The Singing Detective, Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Gothika, Eros, The Outsider, Game 6, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Good Night, and Good Luck, Zodiac, Hubert Selby Jr, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Shaggy Dog, Fur, A Scanner Darkly, Charlie Bartlett, Lucky You, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Tropic Thunder, The Soloist, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, Due Date, Love & Distrust, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Chef, The Judge, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

Downey’ TV Shows are as follows:

Saturday Night Live
Mussolini: The Untold Story
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree
Family Guy.

Production company

On June 14, 2010, Downey and his wife Susan opened their production company called Team Downey. Their first task was The Judge.

Discography

Robert’s studio album’s name is The Futurist. His other soundtrack appearances are Chaplin OST for “Smile”, Heart and Souls OST for “The Star-Spangled Banner”, Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas for “White Christmas” and “River”, Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life Featuring Vonda Shepard for “Every Breath You Take”, “Chances Are” and “Snakes”, The Singing Detective OST for “In My Dreams”, and “Broken”.

Iron Man/ Tony Stark

Robert Downey Jr. plays the character Anthony Edward Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film franchise Iron Man.

In the movies, Stark is an industrialist, virtuoso innovator, hero, and past playboy who is CEO of Stark Industries. At the starting of the series, he is a chief weapons producer for the U.S. military, until he has a change of heart and diverts his specialized information into the creation of mechanized suits of armor which he employs to protect from those that would undermine peace worldwide.

As of 2019, the character was one of the center characters of the MCU, having shown up in eleven films from his debut in Iron Man, up to Spider-Man: Far From Home. In 2015, the advancement of the character over the series was depicted as “the defining bend of the Marvel Cinematic Universe”. In 2018, it was contended that “no other character goes on as transformative a journey as Iron Man”. The Iron Man character and Downey’s execution has been credited with assisting to cement the MCU as a multi-billion dollar establishment, with Stark frequently being considered “the godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe” and one of the most prominent movie characters of all time.

How many times has he played Iron Man?

RDJ has played the role of Tony Stark / Iron Man ten times. His character can be seen in the following movies, beginning with the original Iron Man in 2008:

Iron Man
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
The Avengers
Iron Man 3
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America: Civil War
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Endgame

What is Tony Stark’s real name?

Iron Man is known as Tony Stark, but his full name is Anthony Edward Stark.

Awards and Nominations of Robert Downey Jr.

Downey has been nominated for and won dozens of awards. Some of these are as follows.

Academy Awards:

Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

BAFTA Awards:

Best Actor in a Leading Role and Actor in a Supporting Role.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

He won Best Actor in an Action Movie and Best Supporting Actor for “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers”.

Empire Awards:

Best Actor for “Sherlock Holmes”, “Iron Man” and “The Avengers”.

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, Best Cast, Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Kids’ Choice Awards:

Favorite Butt Kicker, Favorite Frenemies (shared with Chris Evans), #1 Squad (shared with cast), and Favorite Male Butt Kicker for “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3”, Favorite Movie Actor for “Iron Man 3”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War”.

MTV Movie Awards:

Best Male Performance, Best Fight (with Mark Strong), Biggest Badass Star, Best Fight (with The Avengers cast), Best On-Screen Duo (with Mark Ruffalo), MTV Generation Award, Best Fight (with Mark Ruffalo), and Best Hero for “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Endgame”.

People’s Choice Awards:

Favorite Male Action Star, Favorite Superhero, Favorite Actor Star, Favorite On-Screen Team (with Don Cheadle), Favorite Movie Duo (with Gwyneth Paltrow), Favorite Movie Duo (with Gwyneth Paltrow) for “Iron Man 2”, “Iron Man 3”, “The Judge”, “The Avengers”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and “Captain America: Civil War”, and Favorite Action Movie Actor for “Iron Man 3”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War”.

Satellite Awards:

Best Original Song (with Mark Hudson), Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “The Singing Detective”.

Saturn Awards:

Best Actor for “Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2”, “Iron Man 3”, “Sherlock Holmes”, “Heart and Souls”, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, and “Avengers: Endgame”.

Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Teen Choice Awards:

Choice Movie Actor: Action for “Choice Movie Actor: Action”, “Sherlock Holmes”, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, “Iron Man 3”, “Avengers: Infinity War”, and “Avengers: Endgame”, Choice Movie: Hissy Fit for “Tropic Thunder”, “Due Date”, Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi for “Iron Man 2”, “The Avengers”, “Iron Man 3”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War”, Choice Movie: Dance, Choice Movie: Fight (with Don Cheadle), Choice Movie Summer Star: Male, Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Don Cheadle), and Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson).

Primetime Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Robert Downey Jr Net Worth

What is RDJ worth?

Downey Jr, one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, is estimated to be worth $300 million.

What is his net worth?

Iron Man gets paid in gold for his role in the Marvel Universe, earning about $75 million for his role in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ While he may not be returning to the universe, he has forthcoming roles in ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes 3.’ Nearly all of his earnings come from acting, though he received millions for a campaign with Chinese phone company OnePlus. He made no. 31 on Forbes’ Celebrity List 2019. His net worth is a total of $300 million dollars!

How much did he make from Iron Man?

Robert Downey Jr made $500,000 for the original Iron Man in 2008.

Here’s a sampling of earnings from some of his other moves:

  • $50 million first Avengers movie
  • $80 million for Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • $10 million for appearances in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Robert Downey Jr quotes

1.) Sometimes you just gotta be drop-kicked out of the nest.

2.) The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.

3.) I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it.

4.) A lot of my peer group think I’m an eccentric bisexual, like I may even have an ammonia-filled tentacle or something somewhere on my body. That’s okay.

5.) If someone really takes a risk, it doesn’t get dismissed. That’s what happened when the Oscar was won posthumously by Heath Ledger, who did one of the definitive villain performances of all time. But it really has to be exceptional in defining everything we previously knew about the actress or the actor.

6.) I’ve always felt that if you’re not on your side, why should anyone else be. So I always encourage people to be confident, and sometimes even a little falsely so, just so you can give yourself an opportunity.

7.) Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever you were gonna do anyway.

8.) Do I want to be a hero to my son?  No. I would like to be a very real human being.  That’s hard enough.

9.) I think it’s miraculous that anybody survives themselves.

10.) Discipline for me is about respect. It’s not even about self-respect; it’s about respect for life and all it offers.

11.) I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.

RDJ sayings and quotes

12.) I just think it’s good to be confident.  If I’m not on my team why should anybody else be?

13.) People rise out of the ashes because, at some point, they are invested with a belief in the possibility of triumph over seemingly impossible odds.

14.) I’ve always felt like an outsider in this industry. Because I’m so insane I guess.

15.) The higher the stakes, the happier I am, the better I will be.

16.) Job one is to get out of that cave.  A lot of people do get out but don’t change.

17.) There’s somewhere you’re supposed to go, and if you get quiet enough, you’ll make it.

18.) To me, friendship means loving tolerance.

19.) I’ve noticed that worrying is like praying for what you don’t want to happen.

20.) Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there

21.) Mediocrity is my biggest fear. I’m not afraid of total failure because I don’t think that will happen. I’m not afraid of success because that beats the hell out of failure. It’s being in the middle that scares me.

22.) I don’t need an Iron Man suit. I’m already a weapon of mass seduction.

23.) Whenever I watch someone doing something, even if it doesn’t turn out so great, I at least admire their intentions and stuff.

More thoughts from Robert Downey Jr.

24.) I think that we all do heroic things, but ‘hero’ is not a noun, it’s a verb.

25.) Look, even bad days are pretty good, I think.

26.) You need to know what to do when the sun is not shining.

27.) I think life changes every year.

28.) I think that power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.

29.) I always think part of success is being able to replicate results, taking what is interesting or viable about yourself as a professional person and seeing if you bring it into different situations with similar results.

30.) With a terrible script, you hustle and try to make it better. But with a good script it can be trouble because you rest on your laurels, so to speak, you think it’s going to translate easily.

What’s next for Robert Downey Jr: Upcoming movies

Robert Downey Jr’s upcoming movies include Sherlock Holmes 3, All-Star Weekend, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Pinocchio, John Brinkley Biopic, and Avengers: The Aftermath [Or so I wish]. Also, watch for him as Tony Stark in the upcoming Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson in 2020.

— J.C. Marshall

J.C. writes about music, TV, and movies.

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