You know him from Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes and many more. He is currently 47 years old and one of the popular actors in Hollywood and has a bright future. But not everything was as it seemed. Between 1996 and 2001 he was frequently arrested on drug-related charges. After being released from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in 2000, Downey joined the cast of the hit television series Ally McBeal playing the new love interest of Calista Flockhart's title character. His performance was praised and received accolades, but his character was written out when Downey was fired after two drug arrests in late 2000 and early 2001.
Till 2008 he had some minor roles, in movies like Zodiac, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and even released his debut studio album The Futurist.
In 2008 he was cast as Iron Man/Tony Stark. The film was a huge succes and he reprised the role in the sequel Iron Man 2 and again in The Avengers and a third film of the planned trilogy, Iron Man 3, due to be released in 2013. A yeah later, in 2009 he starred in the titular lead character in Guy Ritchie's adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, released Christmas 2009. Soon after, Downey won a Golden Globe for that portrayal of the famous detective. He reprised his role as Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, in 2011.
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