Robert Downey Jr. turns 59 today

Robert Downey Jr. began acting as a child with his avant-garde filmmaker father Robert Downey Sr.

Robert Downey Jr. turns 59 today

Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in New York City, the son of the avant-garde filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., who is best known for the film “Putney Swope” (1969). Downey began acting as a young child. His mother, Elsie, was an actress who instilled in her son a love of performing. He made his first film appearances and was a cast member on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the 1980s, but his growing success was marred by years of struggles with drug abuse. Eventually turning his life around, he earned a resurgence of critical and popular acclaim and is considered one of Hollywood’s A-list actors. The actor is known for roles in a wide variety of films, including ‘Iron Man,’ (2008) ‘The Avengers,’ (2012) ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ (2009) and ‘Chaplin’ (1992). In 2003, Downey met producer Susan Levin, an Executive Vice President of Production at Joel Silver’s film company, Silver Pictures on the set of ‘Gothika.’ They would marry in 2005, and the couple welcomed their first child together on February 7, 2012. They named their son Exton Elias. On November 4, 2014, Downey and Levin welcomed their second child, a daughter named Avri. In December 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned Downey for the 1996 drug conviction that sent him to prison for a year.

By Ken Warren, 2018

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