Date of Birth: April 4th 1965
Robert John Downey Jr. was born in Greenwich Village, New York City at 1.10 pm. He's the son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. His first part in a movie was in his father's "Pound", where 5-year-old Downey played a puppy.
When he was 20 years old he joined Saturday Night Live for one season. After that he went to Hollywood. In 1987 he got the leading role in director James Toback's film "The Pick-Up Artist", where he was up againt Molly Ringwald. The same year he played drug addict Julian Wells in the movie "Less Than Zero". In 1992 he played Charlie Chaplin in Sir Richard Attenborough's film "Chaplin". For that astonishing performance he received an Oscar nomination for "best actor" which he unfortunately did not win.
Year 2000 he got to guest star in comedy series Ally McBeal, where he portrayed the attorney Larry Paul who became Ally's love interest. For that performance he won the Golden Globe for "best supporting actor in a comedy series". On "Ally" Downey got to show he can sing as well as act when he sang Joni Mitchell's "River", "Chances Are" as a duet with Vonda Shepard, and also "Every Breath You Take" together with Sting. Until present he has only released one song of his own, "Snakes", on the latest Ally McBeal album "For Once In My Life".