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Robert Downey Jr

Actor Date of birth 4th April 1965
Place of birth New York City, New York, USA
Year of debut 1970
First feature film Pound

Awards

  • Academy Awards nominated2
  • BAFTA Awards won1
  • BAFTA Awards nominated2
  • Golden Globe Awards won1
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated3
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Biography

As a child, Robert Downey Jr got his first taste of acting starring in his father Robert Downey Snr’s movies such as Pound. As a teenager, he attended performing arts summer camps. He spent the eighties starring in teen movies like Weird Science. He moved into adult roles in movies such as Chaplin. After battling his addictions, he made a comeback in movies including The Singing Detective and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He has found mainstream appeal starring in Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes.

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Robert Downey Jr's films

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Packshot for the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
120 Mins
Released
2011

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and Dr Watson (Jude Law) take on a criminal mastermind. With Noomi Rapace. Violence throughout & a suicide scene.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film Sherlock Holmes
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
123 Mins
Released
2009

Directed by Guy Ritchie. Robert Downey Jr stars as Sherlock Holmes. With Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong. Contains moderate violence.

Rent for £2.75
Packshot for the film Iron Man 2
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
119 Mins
Released
2010

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) faces powerful villain Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke). With Gwyneth Paltrow. Contains moderate violence and bleeped strong language.

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Packshot for the film Iron Man
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
120 Mins
Released
2008

Robert Downey Jr invents a high-tech suit of armour to save the world as Iron Man. Contains moderate violence.

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Packshot for the film Due Date
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
95 Mins
Released
2010

An expectant father (Robert Downey Jr) is forced to share a ride with an irritating aspiring actor (Zach Galifianakis). Strong language, drug and sex references. Flashing images.

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Packshot for the film Zodiac
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
151 Mins
Released
2007

Directed by David Fincher. A San Francisco cop (Mark Ruffalo) hunts the notorious Zodiac killer. With Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. Contains strong language and violence.

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Packshot for the film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
99 Mins
Released
2005

An actor (Robert Downey Jr) and the detective (Val Kilmer) he is shadowing for a role investigate a murder together. Contains strong language.

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Did you know?

  • In 1985, Robert Downey Jr spent a year as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.
  • He is also a singer. He released an album called The Futurist in 2005.
  • He took ballet classes when he was ten.
  • To prepare for his lead role in Chaplin, he took mime classes and practiced speaking in two English dialects. He also learned to play the violin and tennis.
  • In 2001, he starred in the Elton John music video for the song I Want Love.

Awards

  • 2 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2008 Actor in a Supporting Role - Tropic Thunder
    • 1992 Actor in a Leading Role - Chaplin
  • 1 BAFTA Awards won

    • 1992 Actor in a Leading Role - Chaplin
  • 2 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2008 Supporting Actor - Tropic Thunder
    • 1992 Actor in a Leading Role - Chaplin
  • 1 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 2010 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Sherlock Holmes
  • 3 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2010 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Sherlock Holmes
    • 2009 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Tropic Thunder
    • 1993 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Chaplin