Robert Downey, Jr. is an American actor born in 1965 in New York City. Coming from a showbiz family, he started acting on-screen at an early age. He gained attention for his performance in such films as Less than Zero, Natural Born Killers and Chaplin, in which he earned an Oscar nomination. He received a Golden Globe for his role in the hit television series, Ally McBeal. After suffering from substance abuse for years, he managed to redeem his career by starring in several critically-acclaimed and box-office hits including Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Sherlock Holmes, Tropic Thunder, and the Iron Man series.