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ROBERT DOWNEY JR. (Vivian Thompson) received an Academy Award® nomination and the British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his personification of the great silent screen comedian Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin." In addition, he shared in a special Golden Globe Award which was presented to the ensemble cast of Robert Altman's feature "Short Cuts."

He more recently garnered critical acclaim for his work in James Toback's "Two Girls and a Guy," Robert Altman's "The Gingerbread Man," with Kenneth Branagh, and in Mike Figgis' "One Night Stand," with co-star Wesley Snipes. Downey has also essayed a variety of roles in such films as "Less Than Zero," Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays," Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers," "Richard III," with Ian McKellen and Annette Bening, "Restoration," "The Last Party," "Heart and Souls," "Only You," "Soapdish," "Air America," "Chances Are," "True Believer," "1969," "The Pick-Up Artist," "Back To School," "Weird Science," "First Born" and "Baby, It's You."

He made his film debut playing a canine in the 1970 satire "Pound" followed by a turn in the 1972 film "Greaser's Palace," both directed by his father, filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. He again collaborated with his father in "Too Much Sun" and "Hugo Pool."


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