Robert Downey Jr.
United States

Team Downey


Principal / Actor / Producer

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. to Host A.I. Docu-Series for YouTube Red

Robert Downey Jr. to Host A.I. Docu-Series for YouTube Red

YouTube Red has ordered a documentary series on artificial intelligence that will be executive produced by Team Downey's Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.Downey Jr. will also host and narrate the untitled series, which will feature experts in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment, and the arts telling the story of A.I. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way we live and work, both now and in the future. The 8-episode, hour-long series...


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