Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most successful actors who is known for his roles in Iron Man, The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes, and other top movies at the box office. If you think you know this actor well, check out ten little known facts about Robert Downey Jr.
1. Dad's bad influence
Robert first tried drugs at the age of 8. That was his father, who showed him the world of drugs and impacted the actor's future alcohol and drug addiction.
2. Iron ballet dancer
Downey Jr.'s childhood was full of things. When Robert was 10, he attended ballet classes.
3. A big catch
Not many could brag about earning so much money as Downey Jr. did. The actor earned about $75 million for a year (2014).
4. Start of a career
To save the family budget, Downey Sr. regularly filmed his wife and children. So Robert made his debut on the screen at the age of five, playing a puppy in the absurd comedy Pound. Human actors depicted the animals on the screen. At the beginning of his career, the actor also worked part-time by moving tables in a restaurant, selling shoes, and posing as a "living sculpture" in a nightclub.
5. Favorite actor
The actor has a million fan-army, but he is also a fan. Robert's favorite actor is Peter O'Toole.
6. A star with a simple nickname
What would you think Robert's nickname is? Must it be somehow connected with iron? The actor’s nickname is Bob.
7. Health problems
In addition to alcohol and drug addiction, the actor had mental health problems. The psychiatrist diagnosed Downey Jr. with bipolar disorder.
8. Proved himself
Robert's future wife hardly believed their relationships would be perspective. To show his serious intentions, Downey Jr. invited Susan to the oceanfront, where he ceremonially threw all his supplies of drugs off the cliff. The fish must have been very happy.
9. The great talent
Besides acting, Robert is also good at singing. In 2004, Robert released a jazz album called “The Futurist.”
10. Robert Elias Jr.
That's how the name of the popular actor would sound if his father hadn't changed the family name to Downey. Initially, the family name was Elias.