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ROBERT DOWNEY JR. (Sherlock Holmes), 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 and London Film Critics Awards and received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Downey earned another Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the title role of Guy Ritchie's 2009 hit "Sherlock Holmes.”

In summer 2008, Downey enjoyed blockbuster success with "Iron Man,” in which he starred as the Marvel Comics superhero under the direction of Jon Favreau. The film earned more than $585 million worldwide, making it one of the year's biggest hits. Downey returned to the role in the successful 2010 sequel, which reunited him with Favreau. He again stars as Iron Man in Josh Whedon's upcoming actioner "The Avengers,” which teams the character with other Marvel Comics heroes and opens in May 2012. In addition, Downey will star in "Iron Man 3,” to be directed by Shane Black.

Downey's other recent films include Todd Phillips' "Due Date,” alongside Zach Galifianakis; "The Soloist,” opposite Jamie Foxx; David Fincher's "Zodiac,” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo; Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly,” with Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Woody Harrelson; "Fur,” opposite Nicole Kidman as 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 special 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.

In 2004, Robert Downey Jr. showcased his singing talents in his debut album, The Futurist, released on the Sony Classics label and featuring eight original songs.

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


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