ROBERT DOWNEY JR. (Principal Gardner) has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after three decades in the business. Downey received an Academy Award nomination and won the BAFTA (British Academy Award) for best actor for his performance in the title role of "Chaplin."
Downey recently finished shooting "Tropic Thunder" directed by Ben Stiller and will next be seen in "Ironman," Jon Favreau's big-screen rendering of the comic book superhero that co-stars Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges. "Ironman" will be released in May 2008. He was most recently seen in David Fincher's "Zodiac" alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Gary Oldman, about the notorious serial killer who haunted San Francisco during the 1970's; in Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly" co-starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Woody Harrelson; and "Fur" with Nicole Kidman in a film inspired by the life of Diane Arbus, the revered photographer whose images captured attention in the early 1960s. In 2005, Downey appeared in the Academy Award® nominated film "Good Night, And Good Luck," directed by George Clooney. He was also seen in the action comedy "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" directed by Shane Black and co-starring Val Kilmer.
On November 23rd, 2004, Robert Downey Jr. released his debut album called "The Futurist" on the Sony Classics Label. The album, which contains eight original songs that Downey wrote, and two cover songs, shows off his sultry singing voice, and his musical talents.
In October 2003 Downey was seen in two very different films: the musical/drama "The Singing Detective" and remake of the BBC hit of the same name; and the thriller "Gothika" starring Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz.
Downey made his primetime television debut in 2001 joining the cast of the Fox-TV series "Ally McBeal," playing the role of attorney Larry Paul. For this role, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Comedy Series. In addition, Downey was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Downey co-starred with Michael Douglas and Toby Maguire in "Wonder Boys," directed by Curtis Hanson. In this dramatic comedy, Downey played the role of a bi-sexual literary agent. In 2000 he starred alongside Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy in the hit comedy, "Bowfinger."
In September of 1999 he starred in "Black and White," written and directed by James Toback, along with Ben Stiller, Elijah Wood, Gaby Hoffman, Brooke Shields and Claudia Schiffer. In January of 1999, he starred with Annette Bening and Aidan Quinn in "In Dreams," directed by Neil Jordan. In 1998, Downey co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes in "U.S. Marshals," directed by Stuart Baird and he starred with Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner in the critically acclaimed "Two Girls and a Guy," directed by James Toback.
In 1997, Downey was seen in Robert Altman's "The Gingerbread Man," starring with Kenneth Branagh, Daryl Hannah and Embeth Davitz; "Hugo Pool," directed by his father Robert Downey Sr., starring Sean Penn and Patrick Dempsey; and in "One Night Stand," directed by Mike Figgis and starring Wesley Snipes and Nastassja Kinski.
In 1995, Downey starred in "Restoration," with Hugh Grant, Meg Ryan and Ian McKellen, directed by Michael Hoffman. Also that year, he starred in "Richard III," in which he appears opposite his "Restoration" co-star McKellen. In Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers, "with Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, Downey starred as a tabloid TV journalis
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