Robert Downey Jr. has a net worth of $220 million. He is an actor, father, husband and movie superhero. Downey Jr. is the highest paid actor in Hollywood several years now, and it’s because of his role as Iron Man in the movies – a few of them, to be precise. The actor’s life has been a series of up and downs and there was once a time when the world thought he might not make it long enough to increase his fame and do anything with his career, but he’s beat the odds. He overcame addiction to become the highest paid actor in Tinsel Town, and now he is reaping in the benefits of his good fortune.
Robert Downey Jr.’s life was not an easy one. He was the younger of two kids born to a well-to-do family in New York’s Greenwich Village. His father, Robert Downey Sr. was a producer and actor and his mother made appearances in many of his films. His father was a drug addict and used alcohol, and that’s when Downey Jr. began doing the same. He was only 6-years-old when he first used marijuana, and it all went downhill from there. His early life, aside from his drug abuse, included acting in his first role at age 5 and then being cast in several different series as he went through adolescence and his teenage years.
At just 50, he’s managed to turn his life around. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “Chaplin” in 1992, and then he was cast in many major series and films. In 2000, he was cast in the hit series Ally McBeal, a role that earned him a Golden Globe Nomination. However, he was fired later that year after he was arrested several times and caught using drugs on more than one occasion. He went to rehab, but it did not help. He went to rehab several times over the next few years, and he was never able to get help. Finally, in 2003 he was able to get clean and he has been ever since. That’s when his career began to take a turn for the better and his life improved tremendously.
After completing his rehab stint, he met his second wife, Susan, and began to court her. She turned down his advances several times thinking that it would never last, and eventually gave in. The couple was married in 2005 and has two children together. Robert Downey Jr. also has a son with his first wife.
His blockbuster hit films have earned billions worldwide, and that has led him to become very wealthy. Much of his net worth was accumulated throughout his life, but it wasn’t until he began starring in blockbuster hits that it went through the roof. In the past year alone, he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood with a grand total of more than $80 million in income brought on by his famous roles and his amazing talent. Talk about a true Cinderella story.