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Robert Downey Jr

  • Son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.
  • Brat Pack
  • Noteworthy performances: Natural Born Killers (1994), Short Cuts (1993), Oscar win for Chaplin (1992)
  • Underwent daily drug testing while filming Two Girls and a Guy (1997).


4 Apr 1965 Robert Downey Jr. born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NY.
29 Mar 1993 Downey wins an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the 1992 film Chaplin.
23 Jun 1996 Arrested for driving drunk and being in possession of Mexican Black Tar heroin, crack, cocaine and a .357 Magnum revolver.
16 Jul 1996 Downey enters a Malibu, California home at random and crashes in a child's bed. The police arrest him for trespassing. Downey maintains his limo driver dropped him off at the wrong address.
20 Jul 1996 Downey is arrested, for the third time in a month, after walking away from his court-ordered drug treatment program.
6 Nov 1996 Malibu Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira sentences Downey to three years probation for weapons and drugs charges: "If you've ever had a chance here to deal with this problem and maintain your sobriety, this is the chance to do it. I wish you good luck. You've made a good start."
16 Nov 1996 Downey hosts Saturday Night Live.
8 Dec 1997 Malibu Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira sentences Downey to six months in jail for violating parole.
14 Feb 1998 While serving a six-month sentence in jail, Downey gets into a fight and ends up with a scratched nose.
16 Jul 1999 Downey returns to Corcoran State Prison to serve a three-year sentence for a parole violation.
3 Apr 2000 The New York Daily News reports that Downey is a target for abuse by other inmates at Corcoran State Prison in California.
25 Nov 2000 Downey arrested in a Palm Springs, California hotel for cocaine and Valium possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
21 Jan 2001 Wins a Golden Globe, and a standing ovation, for work on Ally McBeal.
24 Jan 2001 Downey's wife, Deborah Falconer, files for divorce.
22 Apr 2001 Nominated for an American Comedy Award, Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series, for his brief stint on Ally McBeal.
8 Sep 2001 Wins an Emmy for work on Ally McBeal.

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