Incredibly Downey Jr.

Welcome to Incredibly Downey Jr., your latest and up-to-date source for all about Robert Downey Jr. Best known for his performance as Tony Stark in Iron Man, he's also Sherlock Holmes and Harry Lockhart in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Pete Graham in Gothika and Charles Spencer Chaplin in Chaplin. Robert also played Larry Paul for Ally McBeal. Pluri-award winner of the Golden Globe and many other awards, Robert Downey Jr. continues to surprise and shock with his great and fantastic acting ability in any role. Here we aim to bring you all the latest news and pictures and videos of this amazing actor. If you wish to contribute don't hesitate to contact us. Enjoy your stay!
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  • Names Peter O’Toole as his favorite actor.
  • Lived with Sarah Jessica Parker for 7 years during the 1980s.
  • Son of Robert Downey Sr..
  • Son Indio Falconer Downey, with his first wife Deborah Falconer, was born on September 7, 1993.
  • Attended Stagedoor Manor.
  • Claims that his father is the one who introduced him to drugs, by offering him a marijuana joint when he was 8.
  • Once worked as a piece of living art in a SoHo nightclub in New York City.
  • Parents divorced when he was 11.
  • Kept a lot of the authentic vintage clothing he wore in the movie Chaplin (1992).
  • In a symbolic attempt to bury his decadent 1980s Brat Pack image and begin a new phase of his life and career after filming Chaplin (1992) in 1991, he (literally) buried the clothes that he wore in 1987’s Less Than Zero (1987) in the backyard of his house.
  • As a result of his father’s work (Robert Downey Sr. was (and is) an independent filmmaker), Downey the younger spent a great deal of his childhood on the move. He lived at various points in Connecticut, New York, California, London, Paris, and Woodstock.
  • At the age of 10, while living in London, Robert attended the Perry House School in Chelsea and studied classical ballet.
  • Married his first wife after dating her for only 42 days.
  • Dropped out of Santa Monica High School at age 17 and moved to New York to become an actor. First jobs in the city included bussing tables at Central Falls restaurant, working in a shoe store, and performing as “living art” at SohHo’s notorious underground club Area.
  • Downey enjoyed working with the director of the Elton John music video–contemporary artist Sam Taylor-Wood–so much that he suggested that they work together again on an art piece. The result was an art video called “Pietà,” made in the manner of Michelangelo’s famous Pietà sculpture in Rome. It was included in Sam Taylor-Wood’s exhibition “Mute” at the White Cube 2 art gallery in London, November 23 to January 12, 2002.
  • Starred in Elton John’s music video for the song “I Want Love.” Downey was let out of rehab for one day in late July specifically to shoot the video (which was filmed in one long continuous take at Greystone Manor in Beverley Hills.) It was Downey’s first work since being fired from the TV show “Ally McBeal” (1997) in April 2001.
  • Starred briefly with his first wife Deborah Falconer in the 1992 Robert Altman movie Short Cuts (1993).
  • Childhood friend of Richard Hall aka Moby.
  • He married his second wife, Gothika (2003) producer Susan Downey, at Amagansett, New York, on 27 August 2005.
  • Was approached to do the part as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
  • He’s the first regular cast member of “Saturday Night Live” (1975) to be nominated for an Academy Award in the category “Best Actor in a Leading Role.” Joan Cusack and Dan Aykroyd were also nominated for Academy Awards some years before Downey, but both were nominated for supporting roles.
  • Was in attendance at Chris Penn’s funeral
  • Met wife Susan Downey on the set of Gothika (2003).
  • He proposed to Susan Downey on her 30th birthday.
  • Sting (“Every Breath You Take”) and Billy Idol performed at his wedding to Susan Downey.
  • Before he starred as Iron Man (2008), Downey had done films with three of the actors who played Batman: with George Clooney in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005); with Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005); and with Michael Keaton in Game 6 (2005).
  • On the set of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) he took co-star Adam Scarimbolo under his wing.
  • Ranked #60 in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world (2008).
  • He is of Irish and Russian-Jewish ancestry from his father’s side and German-Jewish and Scottish descent from his mother’s side.
  • Close friends with Anthony Michael Hall and Ramon Estevez.
  • Gave life to the same character (Tony Stark) in two movies in the same year (Iron Man (2008) and The Incredible Hulk (2008)) produced by the same studio (Marvel Studios).
  • Has worn lifts at his directors’ requests in his recent leading man roles, namely Iron Man (2008) and its sequel and in Sherlock Holmes (2009), in order to enhance his height.
  • Signed on to voice “The Devil” in the animated television series “God, the Devil and Bob” (2000). Shortly thereafter, Downey was jailed, so he was replaced by Alan Cumming.
  • In order to get over his drug addiction, he began studying Wing Chun in 2003 under Sifu Eric Oram, who served as a fight and martial arts consultant on Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009).
  • According to an interview he gave to Newsweek in February 2009, when Downey went to Japan for their opening of Iron Man (2008), he was detained on entry because Japanese authorities ran his passport and found it linked to “some incredible criminal activity” (namely Downey’s multiple arrests and incarcerations on drug-related charges in the 1990s and 2000s). For failing to disclose these convictions, Downey was interrogated for six hours and was almost barred from entry into Japan. It was finally decided that he could enter Japan for the Iron Man premiere but he is never to be allowed into Japan again.
  • Godfather of his son Indio Falconer Downey is close friend Anthony Michael Hall.
  • Was roommates with Kiefer Sutherland in the early ’80s.
  • Attended Junior High School 104 in Manhattan with fellow actors Jon Cryer, Erica Gimpel and Kadeem Hardison.
  • Filmed his role in Hail Caesar (1994) in one day.
  • Lives in Venice and Malibu, California.
  • Is the first, and thus far only, actor to win a Golden Globe for portraying Sherlock Holmes.

source: IMDB