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  • Anirban Sengupta
    Anirban Senguptawrote on Oct 21 2011 1:29PM

    Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after three decades in the business. In 1992, Downey received an Academy Award nomination and won the BAFTA (British Academy Award) for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of Chaplin (1992).

    In August of 2008, Downey starred with Ben Stiller and Jack Black in the comedy Tropic Thunder (2008), and went on to receive an Academy Award®-nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Kirk Lazarus".

    Downey was honored by Time Magazine's "Time 100" in 2008, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    In December 2009, Downey starred in the action-adventure Sherlock Holmes (2009). The film, directed by Guy Ritchie, co-starred Jude Law and Rachel McAdams and earned Downey a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical in January of 2010. Downey and director Guy Ritchie are preparing to reproduce the success of Sherlock Holmes (2009) as they are working together again on the production of the sequel. In the summer of 2009, Downey achieved critical acclaim and worldwide box office success for his starring role in Iron Man (2008), Jon Favreau's big-screen rendering of the Marvel comic book superhero. The film co-starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard.

    In early Summer 2010, Downey re-teamed with director Jon Favreau and reprised his role as "Tony Stark/Iron Man" in the hugely successful sequel to the original film, Iron Man 2 (2010), starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Mickey Rourke.

    Downey has since recently filmed Due Date (2010), a sensational comedy, directed by Todd Phillips, in which he plays the role of an expectant father on a road trip racing to get back in time for the birth of his first child. Due Date (2010), starring The Hangover (2009)'s Zach Galifianakis, was released in November 2010.

    In addition, Robert Downey Jr. has jump-started the Team Downey Production Company with wife Susan Downey, whose first much-awaited production will be a heist film titled Yucatan (2013), an original development by Steve McQueen intended to propel him to stardom.

    Another upcoming Team Downey project is Emergency! (2013): This Book Will Save Your Life" - a tale by Neil Strauss that ventures to tell of one man's survival in a dangerous world - which Team Downey will develop into a feature film with producing partner Michael De Luca.

    But prior to this distinguished global success, Downey starred in powerful yet humbling roles inspired by real-life accounts of some of history's most precious kept secrets, including Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly (2006) in 2006 co-starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Woody Harrelson, and Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) co-starring Nicole Kidman, a film inspired by the life of Diane Arbus, the revered photographer whose images captured attention in the early 1960s. These roles exhibited Downey's unwavering momentum from the previous year of 2005, in which he starred in the Academy Award®-nominated feature film Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), directed by George Clooney, in Shane Black's action comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) co-starring Val Kilmer, and in David Fincher's suspenseful _Zodiac (2007/I)' alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Gary Oldman, about the notorious serial killer who haunted San Francisco during the 1970's.

    Marking his debut into music, Debuting Robert Downey Jr. released his debut album titled "The Futurist" on the Sony Classics Label on November 23rd, 2004. The album's eight original songs, that Downey wrote, and his two musical numbers debuting as cover songs revealed his sultry singing voice and his musical talents. Downey continued to display his versatility in two very different films in October 2003: the musical/drama The Singing Detective (2003), a remake of the BBC hit of the same name, and the thriller Gothika (2003) starring Halle Berry and Penélope Cruz.

    In 2001, Downey made his prime-time television debut when he joined the cast of the Fox-TV series "Ally McBeal" (1997) as attorney "Larry Paul". For this role, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Comedy Series. In addition, Downey was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

    In 2000, Downey co-starred with Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire in Wonder Boys (2000), directed by Curtis Hanson. In this dramatic comedy, Downey played the role of a bi-sexual literary agent. Also in 2000, he starred alongside Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy in the hit comedy, Bowfinger (1999).

    In September of 1999, Downey appeared in _Black and White (1999/I)', written and directed by James Toback, along with Ben Stiller, Elijah Wood, Gaby Hoffmann, Brooke Shields and Claudia Schiffer. In January of 1999, he starred with Annette Bening and Aidan Quinn in In Dreams (1999), directed by Neil Jordan. In 1998, Downey co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes in U.S. Marshals (1998), directed by Stuart Baird and he starred with Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner in the critically acclaimed Two Girls and a Guy (1997), directed by James Toback.

    In 1997, Downey was seen in Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man (1998), alongside Kenneth Branagh, Daryl Hannah and Embeth Davidtz; in One Night Stand (1997), directed by Mike Figgis and starring Wesley Snipes and Nastassja Kinski; and in Hugo Pool (1997), directed by his father, Robert Downey Sr. and starring Sean Penn and Patrick Dempsey.

    In 1995, Downey starred in Restoration (1995), with Hugh Grant, Meg Ryan and Ian McKellen, directed by Michael Hoffman. Also that year, he starred in Richard III (1995), in which he appears opposite his Restoration (1995) co-star McKellen. In Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (1994), with Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, Downey starred as a tabloid TV journalist who exploits a murderous couple's killing spree to boost his ratings. In Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), he appeared as an aspiring film make-up artist whose best friend commits murder. For the comedy Heart and Souls (1993), Downey starred as a young man with a special relationship with four ghosts. Downey's other film credits include The Soloist (2009), The Last Party (1993), Soapdish (1991), Air America (1990), Chances Are (1989), True Believer (1989), Johnny Be Good (1988), 1969 (1988), Less Than Zero (1987), The Pick-up Artist (1987), Back to School (1986), Tuff Turf (1985), Weird Science (1985), Firstborn (1984) and Pound (1970), marked as Robert Downey Jr.'s feature film debut, dire


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