The first years of life. Born in New York City on April 4, 1965, Robert began acting as a child. He had his first acting role in Pound (1970) at the age of 5, directed by his biological father, Robert downey Sr. The first films starring Robert downey jr were Baby it’s you (1983), Firstborn (1984), Weird Science (1985), Back to school (1986). From 1985 to 1986 he was a regular member of Saturday Night Light, the popular ABC comedy show. Young Robert downey Jr really had a good-looking face and attracted women. Therefore, he quickly received the main roles for romantic films at that time. Downey’s first major role on the big screen was as girl killer Jack Jericho in 1987’s The Pick-up Artist, a small film starring Molly Ringwald written and directed by James Toback. In 1987, he had another breakthrough performance in the film Less Than Zero opposite Andrew McCarthy. Robert Downey jr plays Julian, a party geek and cocaine addict who is a version of Downey Jr in real life. After that, he continued to participate in a number of not-so-famous films such as Johnny Be Good in 1988, Chances Are in 1989, Air America in 1990. Downey’s reputation is not so popular as many names of the same age like Tom Cruice or Brad Pitt, but he is also a person who makes the audience know his name, face and is also quite famous. The peak of Robert Downey Jr’s career really came in 1993, when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Charlie Chaplin in the 1992 film Chaplin, directed by Richard Attenborough.