Why Famous: Best known for his role as the Marvel superhero Iron Man in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, including three Iron Man films opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and the ensemble Avengers films opposite fellow Marvel actors such as Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.
From 2012 to 2015 Downey was listed as the world's highest paid actor by Forbes Magazine.
Downey has been critically acclaimed for many of his roles, including for "Chaplin" (1992) a film portraying the life of silent star Charlie Chaplin. Downey earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for the role and also won the BAFTA for Best Actor.
Downey struggled with a drug addiction earlier in his career and was arrested on drug charges on a number of occasions until 2001. Downey became sober after completing a court-ordered sobriety program and his career then recovered
- 1992-05-29 Actor Robert Downey Jr (27) weds actress and singer Deborah Falconer (26)
- 2004-04-26 Model-actress Deborah Falconer (38) divorces actor Robert Downey Jr (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 12 years of marriage
- 2005-08-27 Actor Robert Downey Jr (40) weds producer Susan Levin (31) at the Windy Dune Estat in Amagansett, New York
- 2008-05-02 First film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released "Iron Man" directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark
- 2010-04-26 "Iron Man 2", directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in Los Angeles
- 2012-04-11 "The Avengers", directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles
- 2013-04-18 "Iron Man 3", directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London
- 2015-04-13 "Avengers: Age of Ultron", directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles
- 2015-08-04 Robert Downey Jr. named the world's highest paid actor by Forbes Magazine (earning $80 mil). 4 non-Hollywood actors make the top 10.
- 2017-06-28 "Spider-man: Homecoming" directed by Jon Watts starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. premieres in Los Angeles
- 2018-04-23 Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and large ensemble cast premieres in Los Angeles