7 Facts About Robert Downey Jr

1. In 2016, Robert Downey Jr appeared in an anti-Trump commercial with other celebrities encouraging people to register to vote in the 2016 election.

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2. In December 2015, Robert Downey Jr received a full and unconditional pardon from Governor of California Jerry Brown for his prior drug convictions.

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3. In 2007, Robert Downey Jr was cast as the title character in the film Iron Man, with director Jon Favreau explaining the choice by stating: "Downey wasn't the most obvious choice, but he understood what makes the character tick.

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4. In 2007, Robert Downey Jr appeared in David Fincher's mystery thriller Zodiac, which was based on a true story.

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5. On November 23, 2004, Robert Downey Jr released his debut musical album, The Futurist, on Sony Classical, for which he designed the cover art and designed the track listing label on the CD with his son Indio.

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6. From 1996 through 2001, Robert Downey Jr was arrested numerous times on charges related to drugs including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana and went through drug treatment programs unsuccessfully, explaining in 1999 to a judge: "It's like I have a shotgun in my mouth, and I've got my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal.

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7. In 1987, Robert Downey Jr played Julian Wells, a drug-addicted rich boy whose life rapidly spirals out of his control, in the film version of the Bret Easton Ellis novel Less Than Zero.

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