American actor who made his screen debut at the age of five, appearing in his father’s film Pound. He has appeared in roles associated with the Brat Pack, such as Less Than Zero and Weird Science. Other films he has starred in include Air America, Soapdish, and Natural Born Killers. He starred as the title character in the 1992 film Chaplin, earning him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
His more recent films include The Singing Detective, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, A Scanner Darkly, Gothika, Zodiac and Tropic Thunder. In 2008, Downey played the role of Marvel superhero Tony Stark / Iron Man in the live action film Iron Man. He reprised the role in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, and will do so again in Iron Man 3, set to release in 2013. In 2009, he played the title character in Guy Ritchie’s Sherloc Holmes and again in 2011′s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.