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Robert Downey Jr. Biography

Birth Name:
Robert John Downey Jr.
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of high school to pursue an acting career
  • Won the title role of Chaplin over Dustin Hoffman, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams
  • Received "Man of the Year" honors from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals in February 2004
  • Released debut album, The Futurist, in 2004
  • Its highlight: a duet with Yes lead singer Jon Anderson on the classic Yes track "Your Move
  • " Son Indio appears in the opening scene of Downey's 2005 film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang as a younger version of Downey's character
  • Launched the production company Team Downey in 2010, along with his producer wife, Susan

Awards

  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Action Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Actor: winner
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor in an Action Movie: nominated
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor in an Action Movie: nominated
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor in an Action Movie: nominated
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2008Southeastern Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2008Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2006Sundance Film Festival-Dramatic Special Jury Award: Best Ensemble Performance: winner
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1993BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1992Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated

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