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!
When The British Royal Family’s Net Worth Is Ranked, The Queen Isn’t Number One
The members of the British Royal Family live in a magical world of their own, and it certainly reflects on their bank accounts. But who among the residents of Buckingham Palace and their extended relatives is worth the most? Here’s a ranking of the top earners of the Royal Family, all based on their financial net worth — and the winner is far from being who you might expect.
The Massive Weight Loss Journey of Chrissy Metz From This Is Us: How She Lost 100 Pounds
Chrissy Metz from NBC’s hit show This Is Us is no stranger to emotional turmoil. Perhaps it’s one of the reasons she identifies so strongly with Kate Pearson, the character she plays on the tearjerker series. But don’t just take our word for it. Chrissy herself has bravely opened up about the struggles that have plagued her throughout her entire life — and a transformation that no one saw coming.
So What Are The Cast Of The Beloved Family Show The Waltons Up To Today?
It’s been nearly 40 years after The Waltons ended, and many still consider this television series about a family living in Depression and World War II-era America to be one of the most heartwarming shows of all time. It’s high time to take a gander at what became of the cast members of one of America’s most beloved shows.