10 quotes from Robert Downey, Jr. on life

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Robert John Downey, Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor. Downey made his screen debut in 1970, at the age of five, when he appeared in his father’s film Pound and has worked consistently in film and television ever since. During the 1980s he had roles in a series of coming of age films associated with the Brat Pack. Less Than Zero (1987) is particularly notable, not only because it was the first time Downey’s acting would be acknowledged by critics, but also because the role pushed Downey’s already existing drug habit one step further. After Zero, Downey started landing roles in bigger films such as Air America (1990), Soapdish (1991) and Natural Born Killers (1994). He played Charlie Chaplin in the 1992 film Chaplin, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Between 1996 and 2001, Downey was frequently arrested on drug-related charges and went through several drug treatment programs, but had difficulty staying clean. After being released from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in 2000, Downey joined the cast of the hit television series Ally McBeal, playing the new love interest of Calista Flockhart’s title character. His performance was praised and received accolades, but his character was written out when Downey was fired after two drug arrests in late 2000 and early 2001. After one last stay in a court-ordered drug treatment program, Downey finally achieved lasting sobriety and his career began to take off again. He appeared in semi-independent films such as The Singing Detective (2003), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), and A Scanner Darkly (2006). He also had supporting roles in the mainstream films Gothika (2003) and Zodiac (2007). In 2004, Downey released his debut studio album The Futurist. In 2007, Downey was cast as the title character in the comic book adaptation Iron Man. The film was a huge success; the opening weekend for Iron Man is still in the top 20 openings of all time. He reprised the role of Tony Stark in the 2010 sequel, Iron Man 2, and will again in 2012 in The Avengers and in the third movie of the planned trilogy, Iron Man 3, due to open in 2013. In addition to receiving commercial success, Downey’s performance in the first Iron Man film received rave reviews. Downey was nominated for—and won—a number of end-of-year awards from critics and film associations around the world. Downey’s other 2008 films included Charlie Bartlett and the Ben Stiller-directed Tropic Thunder, in which he portrayed an Australian method actor overly engrossed in his role as an African-American soldier. He received his second Oscar nomination for the film, in the category of Best Supporting Actor. In 2009, Downey starred as the titular lead character in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, released Christmas 2009. Soon after, Downey won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for that portrayal of the famous detective

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.

• A 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

• 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner

• 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

• 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Nominee

• 1992, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

• 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

• 2008, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee

• 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Winner

• 2006, Sundance Film Festival — Dramatic Special Jury Award: Best Ensemble Performance: Winner

• 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Winner

• 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee

• 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

• 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

• 2014, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Action Movie Star: Winner

• 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner

• 2015, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Movie Actor: Winner

• 2013, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Movie Actor: Winner

• 2013, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Movie Superhero: Winner

• 2014, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor in an Action Movie: Nominee

• 2013, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor in an Action Movie: Nominee

• 2015, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Winner

• 2006, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee

• 2017, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Action Movie Actor: Winner

• 2009, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee

• 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee

Relationships

• Indio Falconer Downey — Son

• Deborah Falconer — Ex-wife

• Susan Downey — Wife

• Allyson Downey — Sister

• Robert Downey Sr. — Father

• Laura Downey — Stepmother

• Exton Elias Downey — Son

• Avri Roel Downey — Daughter

• Elsie Downey — Mother

• Sarah Jessica Parker — Ex-significant Other

Quotes

1 “Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there.”


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2 “Listen, smile, agree, then do whatever you were going to do anyway.”


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3 “I don’t need an Iron Man suit. I’m already a weapon of mass seduction.”


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4 “People rise out of the ashes because, at some point, they are invested with a belief in the possibility of triumph over seemingly impossible odds.”


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5 “To me, friendship means loving tolerance.”


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6 “I know who I am. I’m a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude.”


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7 “I don’t drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.”


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8 “I think life changes every year. This is just a little more comfortable.”


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9 “Worrying is like praying for something you don’t want to happen.”


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10 “Nothing’s a break for me. Not even the breaks are breaks.”


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