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Actor Robert Downey, Jr. is known for his roles in a wide variety of films, including Iron Man, Chaplin, Soapdish, and Wonder Boys.
In 2002, Robert Downey Jr. began his return to the world of film with a co-starring role in the film "Gothika."
After being known mostly for his work in various brat pack films, Robert Downey challenged himself and his audiences by taking a starring role in the film "Less Than Zero."
Robert Downey Jr. was born in New York's Greenwich Village on April 4th, 1965 and spent most of his childhood surrounded by artists and filmmakers.
For most of his twenties Robert Downey Jr. was able to keep his drug use out of the public eye. But around 1995 he could no longer keep it hidden.
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Demonstrating he isn't afraid of blockbusters (or English accents), Downey starred in the Guy Ritchie directed Sherlock Holmes in 2009. The film co-starred Jude Law as Dr. John Watson. In addition, 2010 returned Downey to superhero status with the second installment of the Iron Man franchise. The crime fighting picks up again in 2012, when Downey's Iron Man character is slated to appear in The Avengers,
a movie that will feature a bevy of Hollywood talent, including Don Cheadle (Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes), Ed Norton (Hulk), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury) and Scarlett Johansson (the Black Widow), among others.
Proving that he hasn't completely forgotten about his lighter side, Downey is the choice of director Steven Spielberg to star in the remake of the award winning play and 1950 Jimmy Stewart classic, Harvey, which tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, a tall rabbit that nobody else can see.
For his part, Downey isn't taking this resurgence, both professionally or personally, for granted. "I think part of my destiny has to be realizing that I'm not the poster boy for drug abuse," he told reporters in 2005. "I'm just this guy who has a really strong sense of wanting home and wanting foundation and having not had it, I now choose to create it."
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