March 7, 2024 – He is one of the most popular and acclaimed actors around, and his tumultuous journey through Hollywood has led to an inspiring story of redemption. Young Robert was exposed to the moviemaking world from childhood. His father, Robert Downey Sr., was a director known for his provocative low-budget films. 1985 was a busy year for Downey. His profile rose as he appeared in Tuff Turf, playing James Spader’s friend, and Weird Science, playing a bully. He also joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, for a single infamous season in which the show underwent an ill-fated revamp.

He also starred in Less Than Zero, a very ‘80s literary adaptation in which he played a drug addict. The role was a case of art imitating life, as Downey was struggling with addiction off-camera and would battle it for many years. In an interview with The Guardian, he said, “the role was like the ghost of Christmas future. The character was an exaggeration of myself.