The Fall and Rise of Robert Downey Jr. iron man actor
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He may be one of the most influential and inspiring figures in cinema, but that didn’t happen overnight – far from it.
Downey Jr.’s life has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs, with heavy substance abuse and legal troubles plaguing his youth.
Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor and producer. His career has been characterized by critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, before a resurgence of commercial success later in his career.
In 2008, Downey was named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world, and from 2013 to 2015, he was listed by Forbes as Hollywood’s highest-paid actor.
At the age of 5, he made his acting debut in his father’s film Pound in 1970. He subsequently worked with the Brat Pack in the teen films Weird Science (1985) and Less Than Zero (1987).
In 1992, Downey portrayed the title character in the biopic Chaplin, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won a BAFTA Award. Following a stint at the Corcoran Substance Abuse Treatment Facility on drug charges, he joined the TV series Ally McBeal, for which he won a Golden Globe Award.
He was fired from the show in the wake of drug charges in 2000 and 2001. He stayed in a court-ordered drug treatment program and has maintained his sobriety since 2003.
But somehow, he went from forgotten star and prison inmate, to arguably the most integral Avenger in the MCU, one of the most successful franchises of all time! What do YOU think of Robert Downey Jr’s comeback?
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