Is Robert Downey, Jr a millionaire or billionaire?
|Robert Downey, Jr.
|Robert John Downey, Jr.
|April 4, 1965
|Country of Origin:
|United States of America
|Source of Wealth:
Robert Downey Jr’s Net Worth
As of 2020, Robert Downey Jr’s net worth is roughly 300 million dollars, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He is currently one of the world’s highest-paid actors.
Robert Downey Jr’s Overviews
Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor, producer, and singer. He was born in Manhattan, New York City, to actor and filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. and Elsie Ann (née Ford).
Robert Downey Jr is well recognized for his role as Iron Man in the Marvel franchise, Sherlock Holmes, to overcome severe substance abuse issues and restart his career.
As a child, Robert Downey Jr was exposed to a mountain of drugs. His father allowed him to use marijuana at the age of six. While recounting his childhood, he said that drug use became an emotional bond between him and his father: “When my dad and I would do drugs together, it was like him trying to express his love for me is the only way he knew how.” As time went on, though, he got into trouble with drug use and landed himself in jail. From 1996 to 2001, Robert was arrested several times on drug charges.
Robert Downey Jr was found to have cocaine, heroin, and marijuana numerous times. He went through various unsuccessful drug rehab programs, and his ex-wife divorced him due to how bad his drug use had become and took their son with her. He also lost his career for a little while.
It all started in April 1996, when he was arrested for speeding down Sunset Boulevard and in possession of cocaine, heroin, including an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun. A month later, Robert Downey Jr was released on parole, he trespassed into his neighbor’s house while under the influence of a controlled substance and went to sleep in one of his neighbor’s mattresses. He was granted three years of probation and assigned to undergo drug testing.
In 1997, Robert Downey Jr missed one of the court-ordered drug tests and was transferred to the L.A. County prison for six months.
In 1999, Robert Downey Jr avoided another drug test, and he was arrested again. This time he was jailed to three years in an all-male prison in Corcoran, in Kings County, California, specifically designed to house inmates who are drug addicts. While he was in jail, he lost a role he was supposed to play on the NBC animated television series “God, the Devil, and Bob.” After a year of prison, he posted a $5,000 bail and was eligible for early release.
A week after he’s released, he joined the cast of “Ally McBeal.” Robert won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a mini-series or television film for the character.
In 2000, he was arrested again, while intoxicated and in possession of cocaine and Valium. In April 2001, he was found wandering Culver City barefoot by an LAPD officer.
Robert Downey Jr was arrested under suspicion of being under the influence of something. Cocaine was later found in his bloodstream. He was released a few hours later. After his release, he lost his role at “Ally McBeal.” He went to rehab again and was placed on probation for three years. This time, he took advantage of the rehab and got himself together, but by then, he had lost quite a several film roles. No one wanted to work with him anymore.
Robert Downey Jr career went cold for a while. Bond completion companies refused to insure him, until Mel Gibson, his long time friend decided to help him out and paid the insurance bond for the 2003 film “The Singing Detective,” while hoping he won’t screw up this opportunity again.
After rehab, his first work was lip-syncing in the video for Elton John’s single “I Want Love” in 2001. After that, he acted in “The Singing Detective.” In that same year, he appeared in “Gothika.” The producer Joel Silver withheld 40% of his salary until after production is finished as insurance against his addictive behavior. Since then, Similar clauses have become standard in his contracts. He has been sober since 2003.
How did Robert Downey Jr became famous?
Downey Jr acting career started when he was just five years old in his father’s film “Pound” in 1970. Despite his failures and past struggles with substance abuse, Robert Downey Jr is currently one of the world’s highest-paid actors. Forbes listed him as Hollywood’s highest-paid actor from 2013 to 2015. His films have grossed over $14.4 billion worldwide, making him the second highest-grossing box-office star of all time.
Robert Downey Jr upcoming projects are Black Widow (2020), Sherlock Holmes (2021), and “All-Star Weekend” (To be announced).
Downey Jr. and his wife are the founders of the production company “Team Downey.” Their first project was “The Judge.”
As a singer, Robert Downey Jr released his debut studio album “The Futurist” in 2004 and has contributed to 9 soundtracks of several films he has been in.
Currently, he has received at least 24 awards out of 53 nominations.