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Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.
The New York native's acting breakthrough came in 1987 with "Less Than Zero," in which he portrayed Julian Wells, a young cocaine addict in Hollywood.

One of his greatest performances was as Charlie Chapman for which he earned an Oscar nomination.

In the mid to late 1990s Downey was arrested several times on drug-related charges, and he was in and out of rehab.

His guest-star turn on "Ally McBeal" as McBeal's love interest earned him a Golden Globe.

Once clean, Downey's career started to pick up. In recent years, he landed the role of Tony Stark, the lead character in the blockbuster "Iron Man." The sequel is slated for 2010. In 2009, he was nominated as b...
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The New York native's acting breakthrough came in 1987 with "Less Than Zero," in which he portrayed Julian Wells, a young cocaine addict in Hollywood.

One of his greatest performances was as Charlie Chapman for which he earned an Oscar nomination.

In the mid to late 1990s Downey was arrested several times on drug-related charges, and he was in and out of rehab.

His guest-star turn on "Ally McBeal" as McBeal's love interest earned him a Golden Globe.

Once clean, Downey's career started to pick up. In recent years, he landed the role of Tony Stark, the lead character in the blockbuster "Iron Man." The sequel is slated for 2010. In 2009, he was nominated as best supporting actor for his role as a white actor trying to portray a black man in the comedy "Tropic Thunder."

Continuing his 2009 streak, Downey will be starring in "The Soloist" opposite Jamie Foxx and as the great detective in "Sherlock Holmes".
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    If legendary snoozer Rip Van Winkle went to sleep in the spring of 1982 and woke up today, his beard might have stretched a hundred nasty, matted yards, but he'd probably think he had taken only a power nap: "Mad Max" is going post-apocalyptic in movie theaters. "Poltergeist" is poised to scare up business at the box office. And Jerry Brown is governor of California.
  • 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is a messy, Disney-fied compromise

    'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is a messy, Disney-fied compromise
    It’s no secret by now that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon fought the Disney suits over reducing the running time of the second movie in the Avengers franchise and also over adding at least one contentious scene that the...

    Spotlight on moms who rock: Vonda Shepard

    Spotlight on moms who rock: Vonda Shepard
    When I first heard Vonda Shepard’s rich, soulful voice it was in the late ‘90s on “Ally McBeal.” Her voice filled my entire living room and week after week, I found myself hooked on the show just to see what Shepard would sing...

    Joss Whedon: Making latest ‘Avengers’ film ‘a little bit broke me’

     
    “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is dominating the box office, earning more than $312 domestically so far. But when director Joss […]

    Downey Jr.'s Inarritu comments intended as 'complimentary'

    Robert Downey Jr. intended to be complimentary with a statement about Mexican-born director Alejandro Inarritu that some have interpreted as racist, the actor's publicist said Wednesday. Inarritu, while promoting "Birdman" in October, likened superhero...