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ROBERT DOWNEY JR. (Peter Highman), a two-time Academy Award® nominee, earned his most recent Oscar® nomination, for Best Supporting Actor, for his work in Ben Stiller's comedy hit "Tropic Thunder.” His performance as Kirk Lazarus, a white Australian actor playing a black American character, also brought him Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations. Downey was honored with his first Oscar® nomination, in the category of Best Actor, for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's acclaimed 1992 biopic "Chaplin,” for which he also won BAFTA Award and London Film Critics Awards and received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Earlier this year, Downey received another Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the title role of the 2009 hit "Sherlock Holmes,” under the direction of Guy Ritchie. Downey returns to the role of the legendary detective in a new Sherlock Holmes adventure, currently slated for release in December 2011.

In summer 2008, Downey received praise from critics and audiences for his performance in the title role of the blockbuster hit "Iron Man,” under the direction of Jon Favreau. Bringing the Marvel Comics superhero to the big screen, "Iron Man” earned more than $585 million worldwide, making it one of the year's biggest hits. Downey reprised his role in the successful sequel, which was released this past spring. He returns to the role in Josh Whedon's upcoming actioner "The Avengers,” which teams Iron Man with other Marvel Comics superheroes.

Downey's other recent films include "The Soloist,” opposite Jamie Foxx; "Charlie Bartlett”; David Fincher's "Zodiac,” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo; Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly,” with Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Woody Harrelson; "Fur,” opposite Nicole Kidman in a film inspired by the life of revered photographer Diane Arbus; and "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.” He also shared in a SAG Award® nomination as a member of the ensemble cast of George Clooney's true-life drama "Good Night, and Good Luck,” and in a Special Jury Prize won by the ensemble cast of "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” presented at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Downey's long list of film credits also includes "Gothika”; "The Singing Detective”; Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys”; "U.S. Marshals”; Mike Figgis' "One Night Stand”; Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays”; "Richard III”; Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers”; Robert Altman's "The Gingerbread Man” and "Short Cuts,” sharing in a Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble for the latter; "Heart and Souls,” "Soapdish,” "Air America,” "Chances Are,” "True Believer,” "Less Than Zero,” "Weird Science,” "Firstborn,” and "Pound,” in which he made his debut under the direction of Robert Downey Sr. On the small screen, Downey made his primetime debut in 2001 when he joined the cast of the series "Ally McBeal.” For his work on the show, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television and a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. In addition, Downey was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. On November 23, 2004, Robert Downey Jr. released his debut album, "The Futurist,” on the Sony Classics label. The album, containing eight original songs, showcased his singing talents.

Downey and his wife, Susan, just formed Team Downey, a production company based at Warner Bros.

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