Robert Downey Jr. has crafted his legacy through Iron Man as an actor and also a singer. Today Robert Downey Jr. is perhaps the second-highest-paid actor in Hollywood behind Dwayne Johnson and has gained a lot of fame from films such as Iron Man, The Avengers, and Captain America. So how did Robert Downey ascend to the highest point in the Hollywood A-list, making him earn $80 million annually and amass such a fortune as noted in his net worth value?
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Robert John Downey Jr. is the son of Robert Downey Sr. and Elsie Ann, who gave birth to him in 1965 in the state of New York. His father was a filmmaker and an actor while the mother was an actress. Downey had a sister who both grew up in Greenwich Village.
Downey’s father was addicted to drugs and, in the process, introduced his son to it, and eventually, Downey became alcoholic. his education does not have much to tell since he dropped out of Santa Monica High School to pursue a career in acting full time.
Downey, like many other actors, has dated several women, and among them is Sarah Jessica Parker, whom they separated due to his drug addiction. Then married Deborah Falconer, whom they had a son with but divorced still due to addiction—and finally settled with Susan Levin, whom they have a daughter and a son with.
Downey kicked off his career as an actor in 1983, playing minor roles in films such as American Passion and Saturday Night Live. He went ahead to feature in Turf Turf and Weird Science in 1985, which provided his acting breakthrough. From there till 1995 he starred in several films, among them Pretty in Pink 1986, The Pick-up Artist 1987, Chaplin 1992, Short Cuts 1993, The last party 1993, Restoration 1995 and several others.
Between 1996 and 2001, Downey’s career wasn’t so smooth since he was arrested on several occasions, mostly drug-related charges. Some of the drugs he got caught with are cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. During this period, he used to appear in Ally McBeal, which he was later dropped. He was sent to rehabilitation for three years.
After rehab, he got back to acting and took a leading role in films such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and even released his debut music album The Futurist. In 2006 he starred in the Family guy (The Fat Guy Stranger) and Zodiac in 2007.
From 2008 things changed for the better, for he appeared in blockbuster films. These films have been one of the most commercially successful films in the world that’s Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War 2016 and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
Awards & Achievements
Throughout Robert Downey Jr acting career, he has won 1 BAFTA Award, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 1 Screen Actors Guild Award, 1 Kids’ Choice Award,1 MTV Movie Award, 5 People’s Choice Awards, and 3 Saturn Awards.
Net Worth & Salary of Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. Net Worth has been estimated to be in the range of $350 million. He has topped more than once the list of Hollywood best-paid actors with an average of $80 million in earnings, although this position he relinquished it to The Rock. His net worth figures have been calculated through the films he has played a role in since they have grossed more than $9.6 billion, which places him as the fifth highest box office grossing star of all time.
Robert Downey Jr.’s net worth proves that with determination, you can see successes in your talent. Though Downey was a drug addict and had a drug abuse problem, he overcame it to be the highest-paid actor in the world.