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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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  • 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...
  • Box Office: 'Dracula Untold' Comes Alive with $1.3 Million at Latenight Shows

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Universal-Legendary's vampire thriller "Dracula Untold" opened respectably with $1.3 million at late shows Thursday in 2,133 U.S. theaters. The $70 million film, which expands to 2,885 sites, is an origins story that stars...
  • Robert Downey Jr. drops superhero mask, has new mission in 'The Judge'

    Robert Downey Jr. drops superhero mask, has new mission in 'The Judge'
    There are worse descriptions, as actor typecasting goes, than "wisecracking superhero." Then again, if you're Robert Downey Jr. and colorful descriptions are what you trade in, it could start to feel a little bit limiting. The wheel turns quickly in...
  • 'The Judge': Well-acted but guilty of sentimentality, reviews say

    Movie critics have reached their verdicts on "The Judge," the new courtroom drama starring Robert Downey Jr. as a hotshot lawyer who comes to the defense of his estranged father, a prominent small-town jurist charged with murder (played by Robert Duvall)....
  • '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...
  • 5 take-aways from Fincher's Q&A at 'Gone Girl' screening

    5 take-aways from Fincher's Q&A at 'Gone Girl' screening
    It's been a good few weeks for director David Fincher. His new film, "Gone Girl," based on the blockbuster bestseller by Gillian Flynn, opened Oct. 3 to strong reviews and even stronger box office. It's expected to be the No. 1 film again this weekend,...
  • 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...
  • 'The Judge' has too much disorder in the court

    "The Judge" dawdles, lingers, takes sidebars and recesses much like a celebrity trial in which TV cameras have been allowed into the courtroom. A bloated all-star melodrama with none of the lean, mean legalese of a John Grisham adaptation, it's a...
  • For 'Judge' director Dobkin, directing is a choreography

    LOS ANGELES David Dobkin looks at film directing as a type of dance: It's his job to lead his actors while still giving them room to express themselves. In the case of his latest film "The Judge," that meant leading two veteran actors " Robert Downey Jr....
  • Duvall, Downey Jr. bring 'The Judge' to life

    Director David Dobkin is lucky to have Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. starring in his new trial drama "The Judge." Their Oscar-caliber performances including Downey's first outstanding performance since his Oscar-nominated effort in "Chaplin" more...
  • 'Gone Girl' likely to top box office for second weekend

    'Gone Girl' likely to top box office for second weekend
    Looks like David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” won’t disappear from the box office just yet. Despite four new releases this weekend, the R-rated thriller will likely add $25 million to its domestic gross, according to people who have...