Robert Downey Jr
Actor & Investor
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is a two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner best known for his performance in the title role of the blockbuster franchise “Iron Man.” In the summer of 2008, under the direction of Jon Favreau, Downey received praise from critics and audiences for his performance of the now iconic Marvel Comics’ superhero. He went on to reprise his role in the record-breaking films “Iron Man 2,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Avengers,” “The Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and most recently, “Avengers: Endgame.” The film, which saw Downey Jr. star in his iconic role as Tony Stark/Iron Man for the final run, was an unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making that spanned the entire all-star cast of the MCU. It currently holds the record of the highest grossing film of all time, garnering more than $2.79 billion at the worldwide box office.
Downey Jr. recently starred in Universal’s family adventure film “Dolittle,” which released on January 17, 2020. The film is a reinvention of the world author Hugo Lofting first imagined in his series of children’s books almost 100 years ago. Team Downey, the production company Downey Jr. started with his wife, Susan, produced the film, which featured an impressive cast of Antonio Banderas, Craig Robinson, Emma Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Marion Cotillard, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Selena Gomez and Tom Holland, among others. On the television side, Team Downey has a first-look deal with HBO. Under the pact, he and Team Downey recently executive produced “Perry Mason,” which premiered to great success on June 21 becoming HBO’s most-watched series debut in nearly two years and was recently renewed for a second season.
Earlier last year, he hosted and executive produced the eight-episode docuseries "The Age of A.I.” for YouTube Originals. Since its premiere, “The Age of A.I.” has become one of YouTube’s most successful original series with an extraordinary viewership across more than 100 countries and every continent. Downey Jr. is in various stages of development on several other anticipated projects under his Team Downey banner. He is executive producing the upcoming “Sweet Tooth” series for Warner Bros. Television/Netflix, the HBO drama “Sphere” based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name, an untitled drama series based on Michael Lista’s Toronto Life article “The Sting,” which recently received a straight-to-series order from Apple, and the four-part wildlife series “The Bond” for Discovery. On the film side, Downey Jr. is also executive producing the psychological thriller “A Head Full of Ghosts,” with Scott Cooper directing. The film is an adaptation of the popular Paul Tremblay horror novel. Previously, Downey Jr. earned a Golden Globe Award for his performance as the lead role in the action adventure “Sherlock Holmes.” The film brought in more than $524 million at the global box office and was followed by the equally prosperous sequel, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which earned more than $545 million worldwide. He was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in Ben Stiller’s 2008 comedy hit “Tropic Thunder.” His performance as Kirk Lazarus also brought him Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations.
In 1992, Downey Jr. was honored with his first Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s acclaimed biopic “Chaplin,” for which he also received a Golden Globe Award nomination, in addition to garnering him a BAFTA Award and a London Film Critics’ Award. In 2014, Downey Jr. was seen in the culinary inspired film “Chef” directed by Jon Favreau, which won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. That year, Downey Jr. also starred in and executive produced “The Judge,” featuring Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton, under the Team Downey banner. Downey Jr.’s other recent films include “Due Date,” alongside Zach Galifianakis for director Todd Phillips; Joe Wright’s “The Soloist,” opposite Jamie Foxx; David Fincher’s “Zodiac,” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal; “A Scanner Darkly,” with Keanu Reeves directed by Richard Linklater; “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus,” opposite Nicole Kidman for director Steven Shainberg; and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” alongside Val Kilmer for director Shane Black. He also shared a SAG Award nomination as a member of the ensemble cast of George Clooney’s true-life drama “Good Night, And Good Luck” and a Special Jury Prize won by the ensemble cast of “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” which was presented at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
Downey Jr.’s long list of film credits also include: “Gothika,” “The Singing Detective,” “Wonder Boys,” “U.S. Marshals,” “One Night Stand,” “Home For The Holidays,” “Richard III,” “Natural Born Killers,” “The Gingerbread Man,” “Short Cuts,” “Heart And Souls,” “Soapdish,” “Air America,” “Chances Are,” “True Believer,” “Less Than Zero,” “Weird Science,” “Firstborn,” “Only You” and “Pound,” which he made his acting debut under the direction of Robert Downey Sr. On the small screen, Downey Jr. made his primetime debut in 2001 when he joined the cast of the series “Ally McBeal.” For his work on the show, he won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television” and a Screen Actors Guild Award® for “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.” In addition, Downey was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.”
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