2009

Robert Downey Jr.

December 25

Detective Duty

Downey teams up with director Guy Ritchie and Jude Law for another epic blockbuster: Sherlock Holmes. "[It's] pretty miraculous," he says of his career resurgence. "It's mind-blowing to me." In January 2010, the film earns Downey Jr. a Golden Globe for best comedic actor.

2010

Robert Downey Jr.

May 07

Back on Top!

Downey reprises his superhero role for Iron Man 2, which tops the box office opening weekend with $128 million. "The last time around, Tony Stark was a significantly cooler version of me," he tells EW of the blockbuster sequel. "In a way, my calling in this one was to bring more of myself into it and more of my character defects."

2012

Robert Downey Jr.

February 07

A Baby Boy!

February 7, 2012 Downey and his wife of nearly seven years, Susan, welcome their first child together, a son named Exton Elias. The baby boy joins big brother, 18-year-old Indio, Downey's son from his first marriage.

Robert Downey Jr.

May 04

On the Record

Downey reprises his Iron Man role in The Avengers, which reunites the actor with Scarlett Johansson. The film, co-starring Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth, smashes the domestic box office record with a $200.3 million debut.

2013

Robert Downey Jr.

May 03

Third Time's the Charm

Downey Jr. slips back into the iron suit one more time for Iron Man 3, in which Tony Stark takes on the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Following the success of The Avengers, the three-quel proves to be the biggest hit of the Iron Man franchise, opening at No. 1 and raking in over $170 million, while the actor himself takes home a $50 million payday for the flick.

Photo Credits

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Warner Bros.; Courtesy Entertainment Weekly; Lionel Hahn/Abaca; Marvel; Zade Rosenthal/Disney

Edited by Julia Wang

Robert Downey Jr.

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