Robert Downey Jr. buried the clothes that he wore in 1987’s Less Than Zero in the backyard of his house in a symbolic attempt to bury his decadent 1980s Brat Pack image and begin a new phase of his life and career after filming Chaplin.
“Born in Manhattan, New York, on April 4, 1965, Robert Downey Jr. made his debut as an actor at the age of five in the film Pound (1970), written and directed by his father, Robert Downey Sr., and since that early role, Robert Downey Jr. has amassed an enviable list of credits and honors throughout a four-decades-plus career that shows no signs of slowing. Downey Jr.’s laurels include two Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globe wins, numerous other award nominations and wins, and tremendous popular and commercial success, particularly in his roles as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and as Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012) and the in-production Iron Man 3 (2013). Downey Jr. is married to Susan Downey and has two sons (one from a previous marriage).
Born to writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey, Downey Jr. and his sister Allyson were immersed in film and the performing arts from a very young age, leading Downey Jr. to study at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York before moving to California with his father following his parents’ 1978 divorce. In 1982, he dropped out of Santa Monica High School to pursue acting full time. Downey Sr., himself a drug addict, exposed his son to drugs at a very early age, and Downey Jr. would go on to struggle with abuse for decades.
Downey Jr. built his film repertoire throughout the 1980s and 1990s with roles in Tuff Turf (1985), Weird Science (1985), True Believer (1989), Chaplin (1992), Natural Born Killers (1994) and Wonder Boys (2000) among many others, but the actor’s drug-related problems escalated from 1996 to 2001, leading to numerous arrests, rehab visits and incarcerations, and he was eventually fired from the hit TV series “”Ally McBeal”” (1997).
Emerging clean and sober in 2003, Downey Jr. began to rebuild his career with roles in Gothika (2003), Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) and A Scanner Darkly (2006), and then in 2008 he began a period of remarkable productivity, with starring roles in a string of very successful blockbusters including Tropic Thunder (2008) and the films of the Iron Man, Avengers and Sherlock Holmes franchises.
In 2005, Downey Jr. married Susan Downey (I), who gave birth to their son, Exton Elias Downey, on February 7, 2012. Downey also has another son, Indio Falconer Downey, born September 7, 1993, from his first marriage to Deborah Falconer, from whom he was officially divorced in 2004.
In addition to acting, Downey Jr. has also pursued a singing career, releasing a 2004 album called “”The Futurist””, and in 2010, he and his wife established their own production company, Team Downey.”