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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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     Cinefamily tribute to Robert Downey Sr. to have father and son visit
    As its annual fundraiser this year, the Cinefamily has organized a series of events under the banner "Truth and Soul, Inc.: The films of Robert Downey, Sr. (A Prince)" as a tribute to the irreverent counterculture filmmaker. The program begins Friday...
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    'The Judge' stars, director and producer reexamine the evidence
    Playing a slick attorney in "The Judge," Robert Downey Jr. traded Iron Man's armor for more tailored threads. The movie, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in September, is a crowd-pleaser — funny, suspenseful and sometimes quite...
  • Don Bachardy puts honest face on fame in 'Hollywood'

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    Speculation is ramping up about the role Daniel Brühl will play in “Captain America: Civil War” after Marvel announced his […]...
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       Award Season Contenders Including Jennifer Aniston, Emily Blunt, Steve Carell, Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Stone, Christoph Waltz and Shailene Woodley in Conversation with Times...