Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in Manhattan, New York, to Robert Downey Sr. and his wife Elsie. Downey appeared in several of his father’s movies as a child. His acting debut occurred at the age of five, when he appeared in “Pound.” Downey also studied classical ballet and later attended a performing arts training center. Following his parents’ divorce, Downey moved to California to live with his father. He later moved back to New York to pursue a full-time acting career.Following his move to New York, Downey appeared in several off-Broadway productions. By 1985, he had landed a role on “Saturday Night Live.” His breakthrough came one year later when he appeared in “Tuff Turf” and “Weird Science.” Downey’s career continued to expand when he landed a leading role opposite Molly Ringwald in “The Pick-up Artist.” Due to the many coming-of-age films in which Downey appeared in the 1980s, he is frequently included as a member of the Brat Pack.Downey’s portrayal of a wealthy young drug addict in “Less Than Zero” received critical praise and was followed by numerous roles in larger budget films, including “Chances Are,” “Air America,” and “Soapdish.”In 1992, Downey prepared extensively for the leading role in “Chaplin.” His preparation included learning to play tennis and the violin left-handed. As a result of this preparation and research, Downey garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Although he ultimately lost the award to Al Pacino, Downey continued to star in a number of films throughout the 1990s, including “Only You,” “Heart and Souls,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Richard III,” and “Two Girls and a Guy.” He also appeared in a documentary that he wrote, “The Last Party.”Beginning in 1996, Downey was arrested multiple times for drug-related charges that involved marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. After being sentenced to three years of probation and compulsory drug testing, Downey spent several months in the Los Angeles County jail for missing one of his court-ordered drug tests. After missing yet another mandatory drug test, he was sentenced to a three-year prison term at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison.Ultimately, Downey only spent one year in prison and qualified for early release in 2000. One week later, he joined the cast of “Ally McBeal.” Following critical praise, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his performance and garnered a Golden Globe for his role. Despite his success, Downey was once again arrested on drug-related charges. Several months later, he was arrested again and was dismissed from “Ally McBeal.” He had previously been slated to appear in the leading role in a stage production of “Hamlet” produced by Mel Gibson. Unfortunately, Gibson was forced to shut down the production following Downey’s arrest.Facing the possibility of more prison time, Downey reached out for help and was ready to return to work in the summer of 2001, when he landed a job lip-syncing in a video for an Elton John single. Two years later, he appeared in “The Singing Detective,” a film that paved the way for Downey’s return to mainstream films. He also appeared in “Gothika,” a film produced by Joel Silver. Due to Downey’s past addictive behavior, Silver opted to withhold a percentage of Downey’s salary until production had been wrapped. Since that time, such clauses have become a standard part of Downey’s contracts.Following his role in “Gothika,” Downey landed several supporting as well as leading roles in films such as “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “The Shaggy Dog,” and “Zodiac.” Up to this point, Downey had yet to appear in a blockbuster film. That changed when he landed roles in both “Tropic Thunder” and “Iron Man” in 2008. Following his highly praised performance in “Iron Man,” Downey agreed to appear in two sequels. Downey was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Tropic Thunder.”In 2009, Downey accepted the title role in “Sherlock Holmes.” The film went on to set several box office records, while Downey brought home a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role as Holmes. His newfound success was followed by a role in “Due Date” in 2010 and a reprisal of his earlier role as Tony Stark in “The Avengers” in 2012. Downey is also scheduled to reprise the role of Stark in “Iron Man 3” in 2013.Downey was romantically linked to Sarah Jessica Parker, but the couple ended their relationship in 1991 due to his drug addiction. He later married Deborah Falconer, and the couple had a son a year later. Following his repeated rehab stints, Downey and Falconer divorced in 2004. In 2003, Downey began quietly dating Susan Levin, a production executive he met on the set of “Gothika.” The couple married two years later and welcomed a son in 2012.