If killer charisma, sophisticated style, stunning talent, and devilishly good looks could sum up one person, that person would be Robert Downey Jr. This critically acclaimed actor is one of the most beloved by fans, and has been included among the highest paid actors in the industry today. His top performances and awesome personality make him a favorite among viewers and fans all over the world.
From Humble Beginnings
Robert John Downey, Jr. was born on April 4, 1965 in New York. He is the youngest of Robert Downey, Sr. and Elsie Ann Ford Downey’s two children. When he was still a young boy, Downey was constantly exposed to drugs. His father was an addict and even encouraged Downey to partake in the use of marijuana at the age of 6. Because of this, drug use became Downey’s way of bonding with his father. Regretfully, the emotional interaction soon turned sour when Downey began abusing drugs, constantly being high and drunk numerous times throughout the day.
Downey moved to California with his dad after his parents divorced in 1978. He ultimately decided that he would drop out of college and pursue an acting career instead. He started out with theatre roles and moved his way towards film acting. Up until 1996, he was able to obtain significant success, until his drug addiction and alcoholism resurfaced. Downey found himself arrested on countless occasions for drug-related incidents. The actor was constantly high on cocaine, heroin, and marijuana which necessitated the process of a rehabilitation treatment. Sadly, they were never truly successful and he found himself falling into addiction over and over again. He spent years battling his drug addiction and this took a toll on his acting career. No one wanted to cast him for any roles. It was sheer luck that the casting team from Ally McBeal decided to have him on board for their show. However, towards the end of his first season on the show, he was arrested by police after having received a 911 call. Numerous arrest and drug-related charges later, Downey was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and received appropriate treatment for his condition. He came back better than ever before in 2001, with stunning performances that have skyrocketed him back into the good graces of fans and professionals in the industry.
Assets and Net Worth
According to a recent publication by Forbes, Robert Downey, Jr. was named one of the highest paid actors in the industry. The actor’s net worth is estimated to be $190 million USD and makes an average of $75 million USD in a year! Downey has numerous estates all over the country and boasts a wide array of luxury cars and vehicles.