Who isn’t familiar with the name of the actor Robert Downey Jr.? After his iconic performances as Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man, this celebrity has soared past his previous notoriety and is one of the top A-lister of Hollywood. Robert Downey Jr. is not only an actor but also a singer and a producer who has a net worth of around 300 million dollars. he is not only renowned for his legendary acting skills but also for battling his severe substance abuse and his later struggles to reinvent his career.
Robert Downey Jr.: early Life:-
Robert Downey Jr. is the son of Robert Downey Sr. to whom he was born back on 4th April 1965 in the New York City. His father was also an actor, director, and a writer. As for his mother named Elsie Ann Downey, she was an actress that made appearance alongside her husband in many films. As for siblings, Robert Downey Jr. has an elder sister named Allyson; all of them lived in the New York’s Greenwich Village area.
His father had drug addiction problem and also forced his son to take marijuana when he was mere 6 years old. Following his parents’ divorce, Robert Downey Jr. was attending the Monica High school alongside other celebrities like Charlie Sheen, Ramon Estevez, Dean Cain, Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez. However, he dropped out of the school to pursue a career in acting back in 1982.
- Robert Downey Jr. had to struggle a lot before he got his first real acting gig for the sow “Saturday Night Live” alongside some of the best actors of the time. The season of SNL in 1985 was the one with the poorest ratings and as a result all the fresh cast was fired.
- Following that, Robert Downey Jr. acted in his first movie Weird Science” as a high school bully. His later project was to act as a drug addict spoiled brat for th movie “less Than Zero” and later in “Chances Are”.
- His 90s acting career includes movie titles like “Air America, “Soapdish”, and Chaplin”.
- He got nominated for the Best Actor category at Oscar for is role in the movie “Chaplin”.
A rough patch to Downey’s career happened when he was at his all time high of drug abuse. He was arrested multiple times from 1996 to 2001 and was often found to be in possession of substances like marijuana, heroin, and cocaine.
the start for Downey ‘s career was not a smooth one as no filmmaker was ready to invest in him as the insurance companies issued too high a price if Downey was in a film. It was Mel Gibson; a friend of Downey since Air America who paid the insurance bond for film “The Singing Detective”. The shooting wet without a hitch and others soon followed and hired him.
The role that skyrocketed his career once more was once in a lifetime role for the iconic superhero “Iron Man” in 2007. After this, he has been part of the MCU and appeared in many films.
Robert Downey Jr.: Salary & net Worth:-
From June of 2016 to June of 2017, Robert Downey Jr. earned around 50 million dollars. For the net financial period his earned around 80 million dollars and following that he earned 95 million dollars.
As per official records, the Robert Downey Jr. net worth for the year is around 300 million dollars.