Robert Downey Jr. Bio: Age, Wife, Family, Net Worth, Facts

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor and singer who gained fame for his lead role in the 1992 film Chaplin, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Following this, he appeared in several successful films such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Zodiac, Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Judge, and Oppenheimer. He leaped to international stardom for portraying superhero Iron Man in the MCU films, including the Iron Man franchise, and Avengers film series. His films have grossed over $4.9 billion US dollars, making Downey the third highest-grossing U.S. domestic box-office star of all time. As of 2024, Robert Downey Jr. has accumulated a whopping $300 million as his net worth. So, who is Robert Downey Jr.? Here’s everything we know about the actor.

Robert Downey Jr. Biography

Robert Downey was born on the 4th of April 1965, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America. He is currently 59 years old.

Birth NameRobert John Downey Jr.
NicknamesRJD, Bob, Bob Downey
Date of BirthApril 4, 1965
Place of BirthNew York City, New York, U.S.
Age59 years old
Sun SignAries
ProfessionActor, Singer, Songwriter
ResidenceMalibu, California, U.S.
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseSusan Levin
Net Worth$300 Million


  • Father – Robert Downey Sr. (Filmmaker, Actor, Producer)
  • Mother – Elsie Downey (Actress)
  • Siblings – Allyson Downey (Older Sister)
  • Children – Indio Falconer Downey (Son), Exton Elias Downey (Son)


Robert attended Santa Monica High School but left in the interim to focus on acting. At the tender age of 10, he learned classical ballet as a part of the curriculum during his stay in England. As a teenager, he attended the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York.

Robert Downey Jr. Wife and Married Life

Jennifer Jason Leigh – Robert was in a relationship with Jennifer Jason Leigh once.

Sarah Jessica Parker – Robert and actress Sarah Jessica Parker dated for over six years from 1984 to 1991.

Winona Ryder – The Iron Man was rumored to be dating Winona Ryder in the past.

Deborah Falconer – Back in April 1992, Robert and actress, and singer Deborah Falconer started dating each other and entered into married life on May 29, 1992. After living together for almost a decade, the couple parted ways due to his drug addiction. They together have a son named Indio Falconer Downey (b. September 7, 1993). They were given a divorce on April 26, 2004.

Marisa Tomei – Robert and actress Marisa Tomei became closer in 1994 and took their relationship to the next level after they met on the sets of the film, Only You.

Calista Flockhart – Robert was rumored to have a fling with actress Calista Flockhart in 2001.

Susan Levin – Robert Downey began dating producer Susan Levin in August 2003 when they first met on the sets of the film, Gothika. They became engaged on November 6, 2003, and married on August 27, 2005, in a Jewish ceremony. Susan has two children with him, son Exton Elias Downey (b. February 7, 2012) and daughter Avri Roel (b. November 2014).

Physical Statistics

HeightFeet – 5 feet 7¾ inches
Centimeters – 172 cm
Meters – 1.72 m
WeightKilograms – 78 kg
Pounds – 172 lbs
Body BuildAthletic
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorDark Brown
Shoe Size9 (US) / 8.5 (UK)
Distinctive Features Drawling Voice

Professional Statistics

Album Debut

Robert Downey Jr. released his first studio album in November 2004, titled The Futurist which went on to reach #121 on the US Billboard charts. The album is comprised of 10 tracks and sold  16,000 copies in its first week. Not to mention, he is not a hardcore singer.


Jazz, folk


Vocals, Musical Keyboard


Sony Classical

Film Debut

Robert made his acting debut at the age of five in his father’s film Pound (1970).

His title role came with the 1992 film Chaplin, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won him the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Weird Science, Less than Zero, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Zodiac, Tropic Thunder, Iron Man series and Sherlock Homes franchise were some of the films enough to speak about his sarcastic, mind-blogging acting and immeasurable popularity.

Television Debut

Downey made his television debut with the American late-night live TV sketch comedy, Saturday Night Live in 1985.

Brand Endorsements

He has been the face of several brands including the Taiwanese mobile maker HTC and Nissan Motors, to name a few.

Robert Downey Jr. Net Worth

As of 2024, Robert Downey’s net worth is estimated to be about $300 million. RJD earned about $50 million between 2016 and 2017, making him one of the highest-paid actors in the business. He has a lucrative deal with Disney Marvel that would fuel his net worth of $50 million in the next few years.

In 2010, Robert and his wife Susan launched their own production company, Team Downey, which also makes up a considerable portion of his net worth. His annual salary is estimated to be $80 million.

His lifestyle

One of the wealthiest and style icons of America, Robert Downey live a king-like life with his enormous fortune. His luxurious Malibu mansion in California costs him a whopping $14 million dollars which he has his wife bought in 2009. This beach-facing 3,500 square feet ranch-style mansion features six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a gym, and of course, all the amenities that one could imagine.

Robert Downey recently acquired a $2.5 million modest mansion in Pacific Palisades. This house features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage with a beautiful garden. He also owns a couple of real estate properties in Rustic Canyon and Abbott Kinney.

Robert Downey Jr. is a huge fan of supercars as just like his onscreen persona. His love for cars doesn’t end with his friction movies and has quite an impressive collection of luxury cars. Down the line in his career, he has possession of a 1970 Mustang, a Mercedes-Benz Pagoda, a black Audi A7 Sport ($68,300), an Audi R8 ($115,990), an Acura NSX Roadster ($130,000), a VW Golf Sport, and a green Bentley Continental GT ($190,000).

Favorite Things

  • Actor – Peter O’Toole
  • Movies – Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes
  • Color – Green
  • Brands – Adidas, Benedict Aviators, Ray-ban, Lacoste, BlackBerry

Robert Downey Jr. Facts

RJD’s family name was Elias until 1950 when his father changed the family name to Downey after his stepfather James Downey.

He wrote and starred in his first documentary The Last Party in 1993.

RJD has come all the way to get to where he is today, he is now a proud member of Hollywood’s 20 Million Club. And, of course, it isn’t that easy to achieve it, thanks to the Iron Man franchise.

Robert was nominated for Academy Awards twice, but he wasn’t able to get one for him.

The most powerful celebrity in entertainment is a black belt in the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.

Robert is a big fan of sunglasses and is very rare to see him off the glasses.

He has been in jail several times for his excessive use of drugs. His father was an avid drug addict, who supplied him with drugs since childhood.

RJD has been off the drugs since 2003 and has credited his wife for helping him overcome his drug and alcohol habits.

As of 2018, the U.S. domestic box-office grosses of Downey Jr.’s films total over US $4.9 billion, with worldwide grosses surpassing $9 billion, making Downey Jr. the fifth highest-grossing U.S. domestic box-office star of all time.