10 Interesting Robert Downey Jr. Facts, You Should Never Miss.

1. Robert Downey Jr. is an American actor and producer.

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2. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

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3. For three consecutive years from 2012 to 2015, Downey topped the Forbes list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, making an estimated $80 million in earnings between June 2014 and June 2015.

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4. Making his acting debut at the age of five, appearing in his father Robert Downey Sr.’s film Pound, Downey Jr. appeared in roles associated with the Brat Pack, such as the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science and the drama Less Than Zero.

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5. He starred as the title character in the 1992 film Chaplin, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won him the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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6. After being released from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in 2000, Downey joined the cast of the television series Ally McBeal playing Calista Flockhart’s love interest, before once again being cast in the title role of the film Charlie’s Angels.

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7. Downey was born in Manhattan, New York, the younger of two children. His father, Robert Downey Sr., is an actor and filmmaker, while his mother, Elsie Ann (née Ford), was an actress who appeared in Downey Sr.’s films.

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8. Downey’s father is of half Lithuanian Jewish, one-quarter Hungarian Jewish, and one-quarter Irish descent, while Downey’s mother had Scottish, German, and Swiss ancestry.

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9. Robert’s older Allyson sister, Elizabeth, is also an actress.

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10. Downey and producer Joel Silver, who made his start on Weird Science, have been friends since Downey was 17.

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