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ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is one of today's most versatile and critically acclaimed actors. He is the recipient of a 1992 Academy Award nomination and won the British Academy Award for Best Actor for his complex performance in the title role of "Chaplin," directed by Richard Attenborough.

His film roles range from a 17th Century physician in the Oscar-winning period epic "Restoration" to a tabloid TV journalist in Oliver Stone's hyper-modern crime story "Natural Born Killers"; from Jodie Foster's family comedy "Home for the Holidays" to the Generation X exploration "Less Than Zero"; from an aspiring make-up artist whose friend has just committed murder in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" to a young man negotiating his relationship with four ghosts in "Heart and Soul."

Downey previously worked with director James Toback in the comedy "The Pick-Up Artist," and his other film roles include "Richard III," "Air America," "Only You," "Chances Are," "Soapdish," "The Last Party," "True Believer," "Johnny Be Good," "1969," "Weird Science," "Back to School" and "Pound," in which he made his feature film debut under the direction of his father.

Downey's most recent films include "One Night Stand," directed by Mike Figgis and starring Wesley Snipes and Nastassja Kinski and "Hugo Pool," directed by his father Robert Downey Sr., opposite Sean Penn and Patrick Dempsey.

He will next be seen in Robert Altman's adaptation of John Grisham's legal thriller "The Gingerbread Man" opposite Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Daryl Hannah, Robert Duvall and Tom Berenger.


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