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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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  • 'The Judge' rules with a rubber gavel

    'The Judge' rules with a rubber gavel
    *1/2 (out of four) At the risk of siding with formula, legal dramas are supposed to have twists. And big closing arguments. “The Judge” doesn’t even have closing arguments, and it’s about as twisty as a flagpole. It’s...
  • Review: 'The Judge' ★★ 1/2

    Review: 'The Judge' ★★ 1/2
    Of the 141 minutes in "The Judge," roughly 70 work well, hold the screen and allow a ripe ensemble cast the chance to do its thing, i.e., act. The other 71 are dominated by narrative machinery going ka-THUNKITA-thunkita-thunkita. This is the same sound...
  • Duvall v. Downey in 'The Judge' argues for acting excellence

    Duvall v. Downey in 'The Judge' argues for acting excellence
    Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. are not only the boldface names attached to "The Judge," but their powerful symbiotic acting is the key reason to see this film. Playing an unapologetically estranged father and son whose two-way contempt runs so deep...
  • Mary Poppins in spandex? It's only a matter of time

    Ebenezer Scrooge looked up from his bowl of gruel as the bells rang, the chains clanged, and Jacob Marley's ghost came wafting through the door. Scrooge was not especially surprised; not any more, since Marley had been showing up every single holiday...
  • Computer generated movies need to have a little fun

    Computer generated imagery, or CGI, seems to be what movies are all about these days. It allows you to see weird distant planets, mythological creatures, and Robert Downey Jr. zipping around in an iron suit. (If they put me in that suit, all I could do is...
  • 'Side By Side' review: An informative lesson about how they make the donuts--er, the movies

    'Side By Side' review: An informative lesson about how they make the donuts--er, the movies
    *** (out of four) Tasking Keanu Reeves with narrating and conducting interviews for a documentary almost seems like a challenge to audiences predisposed to questioning the actor's intelligence. As if “Side by Side” director Christopher...
  • Summer celebrity spotting about to heat up

    Summer celebrity spotting about to heat up
    Now is when Chicago’s celebrity scene gets interesting. Some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports will soon visit our city on vacation (NBA stars especially like to do this) or because they live here part-time (you can count on plenty...
  • 'Identity Thief' steals fun away from Bateman, McCarthy ★ 1/2

    'Identity Thief' steals fun away from Bateman, McCarthy ★ 1/2
    Debilitatingly witless, "Identity Thief" strands Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman on the shoulder of its own road-trip premise, an artificial construct reminiscent of "Due Date." Remember "Due Date," that sour thing with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach...
  • Interview: 'Iron Man' vs. 'Man of Steel'? Gwyneth Paltrow shows mettle

    Interview: 'Iron Man' vs. 'Man of Steel'? Gwyneth Paltrow shows mettle
    If there was any sort of competition between the year’s most anticipated superhero films, “Iron Man 3” and “Man of Steel” — which opened at the U.S. box office six weeks apart — “Iron Man” actress...
  • 'Iron Man 3' review: A clanging approximation of fun

    'Iron Man 3' review: A clanging approximation of fun
    **1/2 (out of four) For the record: The “Iron Man 3” action sequence in which Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) plucks people out of the sky as they plummet to the ground kicks all kinds of ass. It feels like director/co-writer Shane...
  • 'Iron Man 3': High anxiety for Tony Stark ★★ 1/2

    'Iron Man 3': High anxiety for Tony Stark ★★ 1/2
    A little too much and a little not enough, director and co-writer Shane Black's "Iron Man 3" nonetheless has everything Disney and Marvel need to keep the "Avengers" superhero constellation shining and regenerating well into the 23rd century. It's what...