Robert Downey Jr. is a two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner best known for his performance in the title role of the blockbuster franchise Iron Man. Downey Jr.’s character as Iron Man/Tony Stark contributed in defining what became an unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making. Avengers: Endgame, the film that starred Downey Jr. in his iconic role for its final run, garnered more than $2.79 billion at the worldwide box office. Following his Marvel tenure, Downey Jr. has shifted to writing, producing, and starring in his own projects under his Team Downey banner, the production company he and his wife, Susan, launched in 2010.
Downey Jr. is next starring in Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated, star-studded feature Oppenheimer for Universal, based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Marking his first return to television in over two decades, Downey Jr. is also costarring in HBO’s The Sympathizer, the series adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize–winning debut novel. Under the direction of Park Chan Wook and produced by Team Downey, Downey Jr. will play an impressive five supporting roles including the four main antagonists.
Team Downey has a first-look deal with HBO. Under the pact, Downey Jr. and Team Downey executive produced the Emmy-nominated Perry Mason, which premiered in 2020 becoming HBO’s most-watched series debut in nearly two years. Most recently, Team Downey produced Sweet Tooth for Warner Brothers Television/Netflix. The series premiered to critical acclaim and currently has a 98% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Both series have been renewed for second seasons.
Downey Jr. made his acting debut under the direction of Robert Downey Sr. in Pound. Since then, he has amassed over ninety acting credits over his illustrious career. Previously, Downey Jr. earned a Golden Globe Award for his performance as the lead role in the action-adventure Sherlock Holmes. The film brought in more than $524 million at the global box office and was followed by the equally prosperous sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which earned more than $545 million worldwide.
Downey Jr. was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in Ben Stiller’s 2008 comedy hit Tropic Thunder. His performance as Kirk Lazarus also received Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations. In 1992, Downey Jr. was honored with his first Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s acclaimed biopic Chaplin, for which he also received a Golden Globe Award nomination. His role as Chaplin earned him a BAFTA Award and a London Film Critics’ Circle Award.
In addition to his film and television work, Downey Jr. is the founder of FootPrint Coalition (FPC), which launched in 2019. FootPrint Coalition is a business and nonprofit solely focused on the adoption and scaling of sustainable technologies.