Robert Downey Jr. has had one hell of a career, from your classic high school bully in Weird Science, to everybody’s favorite detective in Sherlock Holmes. This has all culminated in him becoming the de facto face of the Marvel Universe.
Today, Robert Downey Jr. will turn 54 years young, and we are here to celebrate him with some of our favorite RDJ performances.
This list would be remiss if it didn’t include the one role that made Downey Hollywood royalty. Tony Stark probably resembles Downey’s actual personality more than any other role he’s played. And that only makes him all the more fun to watch.
In this 1992 biopic, Robert Downey Jr. channeled the late great Charlie Chaplin, and earned critical accolades for his performance. If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing this film, you undoubtedly will agree that this is one of Downey’s finest roles to date.
In this 2014 drama, Downey had the honor of acting alongside Hollywood legend Robert Duvall, and the two were both absolutely convincing and compelling as a father-son duo at odds with one another.
In this unforgettable crime caper, Downey portrays a thief who mistakenly wanders into an audition and lands himself smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation.
While not exactly a critical darling, Due Date (starring Robert Downey Jr. and the hilarious Zach Galifianakis) is still a heck of a lot of fun. When a father-to-be and an actor find themselves on an unexpected cross-country road trip, the two waylaid travelers are in for a comical and terrifying journey.
Based on the novel of the same name, Wonder Boys is the story of two writers who find themselves spending a misadventurous weekend together. While Downey only plays the supporting role here, it is certainly a memorable one.
While this small film has been largely forgotten, it really gave Robert, and his younger counterpart Shia LaBeouf, a lot to chew on. Downey stars as a grown-up Dito Montiel, who returns home to Queens to care for his ailing father, bringing up memories long-forgotten.