We all know and love Robert Downey Jr. from Iron Man, but how well do we really know him? From his public substance abuse problems to his many Oscar nods, Downey Jr. always keeps his fans on their toes. Here are the five of the most bizarre facts that you probably didn’t know about RDJ.
His Parents Were Hippies
Growing up in the ’70s was a crazy time, and Robert Downey Jr.’s childhood was no exception. His parents, a writer-actress and a filmmaker, dealt with major substance abuse issues at that time. They even let young Downey Jr. party with them and allowed him to try marijuana when he was just six years old.
He Dropped Out Of High School
Since both of his parents were in the biz, his family spent a lot of time moving around to support their careers. He spent time in London studying ballet, in New York City learning acting, and in California studying drama. When his own career took off, he made the difficult choice to drop out of his studies at Santa Monica High School in 1982.
He Was On ‘SNL’ For One Season
Widely remembered as Saturday Night Live’s worst season, the doomed cast of its 11th season included Robert Downey Jr. Unfortunately, this brief comedy stint placed Downey Jr. at the bottom of the list of SNL cast members. Rolling Stone quipped that “making him unfunny stands as SNL’s most towering achievement.”
His Ex-Girlfriend Was Sarah Jessica Parker
One of the most obscure facts about the Avengers star is that he used to date SJP in the ’80s. Apparently, the two met on the set of the 1984 film Firstborn. Alas, the pair was already broken up by 1991 due to Downey Jr.’s addiction problems. So sad!
He’s A Buddhist
Once he rehabilitated from his substance abuse issues, Downey Jr. found peace by practicing Eastern religion. He’s a huge fan of meditation and Wing Chun Kung Fu. The practices have allegedly given him a new lease on life and has helped him to remain focused. We’re excited to see what this talented actor does next!
From Designer Clothes And Handbags to…What? Here’s A Look Inside The Biggest Celebrity Closets
When it comes to fashion, celebrities are truly in a league of their own. Being a movie star or supermodel certainly makes it easier to get the latest designer threads — and lots of them. But while most entertainment columns are quick to point out what everyone is wearing, it’s far more rare to get a glimpse into celebrity closets. Some of these wardrobes are the size of an apartment, and here’s an opportunity to ogle everything that’s inside.
Unscripted Television and Movie Kisses That Were Never Supposed To Happen
Sure, they captured your heart and imagination in the moment. But many of the most famous — not to mention steamy — television and movie kisses weren’t even supposed to happen in the first place. We’ve got the dirt from behind the cameras, and now we’re ready to kiss and tell. Here are some of the backstories to the unscripted kisses that left fans totally head over heels.
‘Silent Bob’ Actor and Creator Kevin Smith Has Transformed And Looks Unrecognizable Now
If you were an avid fan of geeky comedy flicks back in the ’90s, there’s no way you won’t know Kevin Smith. Behind the laughs, throughout his life, Smith was dealing with painful struggles behind the scenes — including health issues related to his weight. From being shamed on a plane to nearly dying from a heart attack, Smith was forced to completely turn his life around. These days, he’s literally unrecognizable.