• ROBERT DOWNEY JR. photo | Robert Downey Jr.

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Published: Thursday September 19, 2013 13:00 PM EDT



Though pals like Larry Hagman and Sean Penn tried to get RDJ into rehab around the time of his late-1990s arrests on drug charges, he only went when he was sentenced, first to California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in 1999 and again in 2001. Upon his release in 2002, the actor said in court, "It's going to be a long time before I can ever say, 'I'm well on the road to recovery.' But this past year ... there has been progress."