The man who brought Tony Stark and Iron Man to life turns 57 today—can you believe it? And boy oh boy has he packed a lot of highs and lows into those 57 years: from being a part of the Saturday Night Live cast and a member of the ‘80s “Brat Pack,” to a decade-long struggle with addiction (which included time in prison), to a triumphant Hollywood comeback that led to two Oscar nominations (for Tropic Thunder and Chaplin), to leading the most successful movie franchise of all time—grossing $22.5 BILLION and counting in box-office sales worldwide—thanks to his role as Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now that he’s hung up the red suit, you’d think he might take a little break. But you’d be wrong. In 2020 he starred in the family-friendly Dolittle, while also executive-producing HBO’s reboot of Perry Mason. Last year he executive-produced the adaptation of the Sweet Tooth comic for Netflix, and the series has been renewed for a second season.
Coming up, he’ll be playing businessman and nuclear weapons developer Lewis Strauss in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, a star-studded (seriously, the cast is insane) biopic about the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), aka “the father of the atomic bomb.”
He’ll also be appearing in All-Star Weekend, which is Jamie Foxx’s directorial debut and sounds absolutely bonkers—Foxx co-wrote it and plays the lead as well. It’s about two friends who get wrapped up in some crazy drama while heading to an all-star basketball game. Downey’s character is simply called “a Mexican.” Huh?
But that’s not all! In addition to his upcoming film roles, Downey’s also going to be executive-producing and co-starring in the HBO adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer.
If you want to celebrate RDJr’s 57th today with one of his films, the star-packed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is actually streaming for free at Redbox.com right now! Aside from Downey, it has Channing Tatum, Shia LaBeouf, Rosario Dawson, Chazz Palminteri and Dianne Wiest reenacting director Dito Montiel’s life growing up in Astoria, New York.
Redbox has nearly 40 more of Downey’s movies , too, so there’s no shortage of ways to honor his latest trip around the sun. Happy birthday, Robert, and thanks for so many amazing movie memories over the years!