Robert Downey Jr – A journey from a drug addict to the highest paid actor in the world

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Robert Downey Jr, the Iron Man actor started his career at a tender age of five. Downey has topped the list of the highest paid actors in the world, for three years in a row. But, journey to the top was never been easy for Robert Downey! He battled through odds to re-establish himself and became one of the greatest actors of all time.

Robert Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York. He is the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey. Downey has always been an exceptional actor, who himself was ruining his own career for his drug addiction. Downey was introduced to drugs at the age of six by his own father, Robert Downey Sr. Downey Jr, who began his acting debut in his father’s film Pound, had a great time from 1983-95, when he was working with big names. His acting skill was getting finer with each character he played and so does his earnings. With both money and fame on his kart, Robert’s drug addiction level double folded.

Between the years 1996 and 2001, Robert Downey was arrested numerous times on multiple drug charges. Crazy drug addiction got him a bipolar disorder. Robert Downey finally decided to get a hold of his career, after spending almost 5 long years battling drug addiction, serving in and out of prison. Since then, Downey never back out from taking up roles, even though most directors still fear his addiction and kept as much as 40 per cent of his pay as insurance against addictive behavior.


Robert Downey has done a number of movies since 2004. He was critically acclaimed for his acting skill. While he still struggled to get major movies, he was completely off the drugs. His movie Iron Man was an international hit in the year 2008. In the same year, Downey signed a deal with Marvel Studios to star in Iron Man trilogy and appear in other Marvel movies that had Iron Man’s role. He became a part of another mega hit Sherlock Holmes, in 2009.

Robert Downey Jr, once drug addict is now famous among all of us as Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes,  two of the most beloved movie characters of our time. The journey of this one of the greatest actors of our time is full of roller coaster rides. But what makes Robert Downey Jr a great man and a great actor is the fact that he never gave up. He battles through his chronic drug addiction, loss several amount of money and even scrubbed pizza pans in LA County prison’s kitchen. But he continued doing what he does best – acting, and it’s no doubt, his amazing life story has become an inspiration for everyone.


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