Robert John Downey, Jr. (born April 4,
1965) is an American actor who made his screen debut at the age
of five, appearing in his father Robert Downey, Sr.'s film
Pound. He has appeared in roles associated with the Brat Pack,
such as Less Than Zero and Weird Science. Other films he has
starred in include Air America, Soapdish, and Natural Born
Killers. He starred as Charlie Chaplin, the title character in
the 1992 film Chaplin, earning him a nomination for the Academy
Award for Best Actor.
His more recent films include The
Singing Detective, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, A Scanner Darkly,
Gothika, Zodiac and Tropic Thunder. In 2008, Downey played the
role of Marvel superhero Tony Stark / Iron Man in the live
action film Iron Man, a role he reprised in Iron Man 2, Marvel's
The Avengers, and Iron Man 3. He reprised his role in a cameo
appearance in The Incredible Hulk. He will again reprise his
role in the upcoming films, Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron
and another Avengers sequel. In 2009, he played the title
character in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and again in 2011's
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. He's starred in six movies
that have each grossed over $500 million at the box office
worldwide. Two of those films, The Avengers and Iron Man 3, each
earned over $1 billion. Downey tops the Forbes list of
Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors with an estimated $75 million in
earnings between June 2012 and June 2013.
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