Robert Downey Jr.
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Robert Downey, Jr. blasted off into super-stardom at the helm of Marvel’s “Iron Man” franchise, using his unique charisma to become a linchpin of the comic-book company’s expanding universe. A swaggering star who found the perfect vehicle for his outsized personality in the billionaire playboy-cum-superhero, Downey has brought iron-clad consistency to the box office with each blockbuster spinoff and sequel.

Just a decade ago, Downey was a boldface tabloid fixture, thanks to his well-documented struggles with addiction and a stint behind bars. But the actor, who’d already turned in a string of acclaimed performances, raised the curtain on a remarkable second act in his career with his superhero reboot. The “Iron Man” franchise has cemented Downey’s A-list status, making him the world’s highest-paid actor from 2012-2015.

Born in Los Angeles, the son of the iconic underground filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr., rose to prominence as part of Hollywood’s Brat Pack in the 1980s, earning an Academy Award nomination in 1992 as the lead in “Chaplin.” After a public breakdown landed him in rehab, Downey rebounded with a second Oscar nomination for the action-comedy “Tropic Thunder.” The following year he made his Marvel debut in “Iron Man,” helping the franchise to gross more than $2.4 billion worldwide.



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  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Robert Downey Jr.'s 'Sherlock Holmes 3' Moved Back to 2021

Robert Downey Jr.'s 'Sherlock Holmes 3' Moved Back to 2021

Warner Bros. has moved "Sherlock Holmes 3" back a year, with the studio announcing a Dec. 21, 2021 release date.The studio had originally announced last May that "Sherlock Holmes 3" would open on Christmas Day of 2020 with Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as the titular British detective while Jude Law portrays his sidekick, Dr. Watson.No director is yet attached. Chris Brancato has written the script. Susan Downey, Joel Silver and Lionel Wigram are producing "Sherlock Holmes 3.""Sherlock Holmes...


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