Robert Downey Jr Net Worth, Career and Awards

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Updated 2020/01/05 at 5:38 PM
Robert Downey Jr Net Worth
Robert Downey Jr Net Worth

This is an exclusive article about Robert Downey Jr Net Worth, Biography, Movies, Awards, Marriage, Family, Children, and More. Everything you need to know about the American actor and singer will be fully featured in this article.

Who is Robert Downey Jr?

  • Robert Downey Jr is an American actor, singer, and film producer.
  • He was born in New York City, New York, United States on April 4, 1965.
  • He is best known for starring as Tony Stark (Iron Man) in 10 films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Iron Man in 2008 to Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
  • He was Hollywood’s highest-paid actor between 2013-2015 as listed by Forbes. 
  • He is the second highest-grossing box-offíce star of all time, behind Samuel L Jackson

Robert Downey Jr Early Life

Robert Downey Jr is probably most recognized as Iron Man, a fictional character he has portrayed in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

He was born to an actor and filmmaker father, Robert Downey Sr., and an actress mother, Elsie Ann in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. Robert and his other sibling, a sister Allyson Downey grew up in Greenwich Village.

As a child, Robert Downey Jr. was “surrounded by drugs.” His father was a drug addict and equally allowed him to use marijuana at age six. Eventually, he began to spend every night abusing drugs and alcohol.

During his childhood, the talented star had minor roles in the films of his father. He made his acting debut at the age of five in 1970, playing a sick puppy in the comedy film Pound, and then had a role in the 1972 film Greaser’s Palace when he was seven.

He was 13 years when his parents divorced and four years later, he dropped out of High School in 1982. Robert Downey Jr moved to New York to pursue an acting career afterward.

Robert Downey Jr Career

Robert Downey Jr is an actor, singer, and film producer. His acting career kicked off properly in 1983 when he moved to New York after dropping out of school a year earlier to pursue a career in acting.

In 1985, he was part of a young cast hired for Saturday Night Live, but criticism and poor ratings that followed made sure he and some other crew members were dropped and replaced. In 1985 he played a sidekick in Tuff Turf and then a bully in Weird Science. He had his first lead role in The 1987 film  The Pick-up Artist

In 1987, he starred as Julian Wells in the film version of Less Than Zero, a film which drove him into bigger budget films such as Chances Are,  Air America, and Soapdish. In 1992, he played Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin. 

The following year he appeared in films like Heart and Souls and Short Cuts along with a documentary titled The Last Party. Between 1994 to 1999 he starred in Only You, Natural Born Killers, RestorationRichard IIITwo Girls and a Guy, U.S. Marshals, and Black and White.

His career troubles came between 1996 to 2001 when he was arrested severally on charges related to drug use including marijuana, cocaine and heroin, and marijuana, and unsuccessfully went through drug treatment programs.
In 1996 he was arrested for possession of cocaine, heroin, and an unloaded handgun while speeding down Sunset Boulevard. While on parole, he trespassed into the home of a neighbor while under a controlled substance influence and fell asleep on one of the beds.
In 1997, he missed a court-ordered drug test and was made to spend six months in jail, and was arrested once more in 1999 when he missed another required drug test in 1999. He was sentenced to a prison term of three years in Corcoran, California. After almost one year in prison, he was unexpectedly freed on the condition of posting a bail of $5,000.

In April 2001, while on parole, he was spotted wandering barefooted in Culver City by a police officer and was arrested on suspicion of being under drug influence, but was freed a few hours after despite having traces of cocaine in his system as revealed by tests.

Two months later he pleaded no contest to charges, avoiding jail time. He was sent into drug rehab instead and received probation for three years.

After half a decade of substance abuse, arrests, rehab, and relapse, Robert Downey Jr was set to work toward complete recovery from substance addiction and return to his career. He made a return to the big screen when his close friend Mel Gibson paid his insurance bond in The Singing Detective. 

This paved the way for his comeback and he returned to mainstream films with Gothika, for which the film’s producer withheld 40% of his salary until the wrap-up of production as insurance against his behavior as an addict. His contracts since have had similar clauses attached.

After featuring in Gothika, he was cast in a number of films including Good Night and Good Luck, Rotoscoped A Scanner Darkly, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fur, The Shaggy Dog, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and a host of others. 

On November 23, 2004, Robert Downey Jr released his first-ever musical album, The Futurist which received mixed reviews.

He returned to television in 2006 when he voiced acting on Family Guy. The following year he appeared in the mystery thriller film, Zodiac, and real success came for the man in 2008 when he starred in Tropic thunder and Iron Man, two critically successful films.

Iron Man was released globally released April 30 and May 3, 2008. The film grossed over $585 million worldwide and received rave reviews. By October of the same year, Robert Downey Jr had agreed to appear again as Iron Man in two sequels of Iron Man as part of the Iron Man franchise, as well as appearing in The Avengers.

Robert Downey Jr’s other commercial film releases include Due Date, Sherlock HolmesThe Avengers, The JudgeIron Man 3, Avengers: Age of UltronCaptain America: Civil WarSpider-Man: HomecomingAvengers: Infinity WarAvengers: Endgame among others. He also owns a production company, Team Downey, which he opened with Susan his wife in 2010.

Robert Downey Jr Movies

Robert Downey Jr has been active as an actor since 1970 and running. The following are films he has featured in as a professional actor.

  • 2019 Avengers: Endgame
  • 2018 Avengers: Infinity War
  • 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • 2016 Captain America: Civil War
  • 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 2014 The Judge (2014) Hank Palmer
  • 2014 Chef
  • 2013 Iron Man 3
  • 2012 Marvel’s The Avengers
  • 2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • 2010 Due Date
  • 2010 Iron Man 2
  • 2009 Sherlock Holmes
  • 2009 The Soloist
  • 2008 Tropic Thunder
  • 2008 Iron Man
  • 2007 Charlie Bartlett
  • 2007 Lucky You
  • 2007 Zodiac
  • 2006 Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  • 2006 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
  • 2005 Game 6
  • 2005 Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
  • 2005 Good Night, and Good Luck
  • 2004 Eros
  • 2003 Gothika
  • 2000 Wonder Boys
  • 1999 Bowfinger
  • 1999 In Dreams
  • 1997 Two Girls and a Guy
  • 1997 One Night Stand
  • 1995 Richard III
  • 1995 Home for the Holidays
  • 1994 Restoration
  • 1994 Natural Born Killers
  • 1993 Short Cuts
  • 1992 Chaplin
  • 1991 Soapdish
  • 1990 Air America
  • 1989 True Believer
  • 1989 1969
  • 1987 Less Than Zero
  • 1987 The Pick-Up Artist
  • 1986 Back to School
  • 1985 Weird Science
  • 1983 Baby, It’s You
  • 1970 Pound

Robert Downey Jr Awards

The following is a list of Awards received by the actor.

  • BAFTA Awards – 1
  • Golden Globe Awards – 3
  • MTV Movie Awards – 2
  • People’s Choice Awards – 5
  • Saturn Awards – 4
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards – 1

Robert Downey Jr has won 16 Awards out of a total of 49 nominations he has earned throughout his career.

Robert Downey Jr Marriage and Children

The actor has been married two times. In 1992 he got married to Deborah Falconer but their divorce came in 2004. A year later, he married Susan Levin and they have been together since then.

He has three children – Indio Falconer Downey, Avri Roel Downey, and Exton Elias Downey.

Robert Downey Jr Net Worth

As the one-time highest-paid Hollywood actor, Robert Downey Jr Net Worth shows him to still be on the rich side. His incredible career saw him earn $ 20 million to $ 50 million in top-grossing films including Iron Man, Spider-Man: Far from Home, The Avengers, and a lot of others. He is also a singer and has released a musical album while also doing soundtracks for several films.

A bulk of his wealth comes in through his film production company, Team Downey, as well as from endorsement deals from the likes of HTC, from whom he earned over $12,000,000 dollars in 2013 alone.

The “Iron Man” has an estimated net worth of $300,000,000 (Three Hundred US Dollars). His windmill-designed home costs $3.8million, and he has often been spotted with exotic cars including an Audi R8, a Bentley Continental GT, a Mercedes-Benz G-Class, a Nissan GT-R, a Ferrari California T, an Audi A8 L, a 1967 Corvette Stingray Convertible, a 2014 Audi R8 Convertible and a Cadillac Escalade

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