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Robert Downey Jr.'s notable film roles

Robert Downey Jr. has had a successful film career despite his struggle with drug addiction. See some of his most notable roles from his break-out in "Chaplin" to his reigning title as "Iron Man."

'Chaplin' (1992)

Robert Downey Jr. earned himself a nomination for
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Robert Downey Jr. earned himself a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Chaplin," a biopic of British comedian Charlie Chaplin.

'Two Girls and a Guy' (1997)

Robert Downey Jr. leads a double life in
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Robert Downey Jr. leads a double life in "Two Girls and a Guy" by cheating two women into thinking he loves them exclusively. He stars alongside Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wager.

'The Gingerbread Man' (1998)

Robert Downey Jr. plays Clyde Pell in
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Robert Downey Jr. plays Clyde Pell in "The Gingerbread Man," a legal thriller directed by Robert Altman. Kenneth Branagh and Embeth Davidtz also star,

'Black and White' (1999)

In James Toback's
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In James Toback's "Black and White," Robert Downey Jr. is a member of an ensemble cast of white high school students who get entangled with the hip-hop scene in Harlem.

'In Dreams' (1999)

Rober Downey Jr. stars as a serial killer
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Rober Downey Jr. stars as a serial killer in the psychological thriller "In Dreams," directed by Neil Jordan.

'Ally McBeal' (1997-2002)

David E. Kelly's legal drama series
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David E. Kelly's legal drama series "Ally McBeal" also starred Robert Downey Jr. as Larry Paul, the attorney that moves into Ally McBeal's former therapist's office.

'Gothika' (2003)

Robert Downey Jr. stars opposite Halle Berry in
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Robert Downey Jr. stars opposite Halle Berry in "Gothika," a supernatural thriller about a female psychiatrist who wakes up in the mental institute where she worked, convicted of killing her husband.

'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' (2005)

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"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is a crime-comedy written and directed by Shane Black based off the novel "Bodies Are Where You Find Them," starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan.

"The Singing Detective" (2003)

Director Keith Gordon's musical comedy crime film,
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Director Keith Gordon's musical comedy crime film, "The Singing Detective," is based on a BBC series. Robert Downey Jr. stars as a detective novelist who hallucinates musical numbers in the hospital.

'The Shaggy Dog' (2006)

Robert Downey Jr. plays a supporting role as
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Robert Downey Jr. plays a supporting role as Dr. Kozak in Disney's "The Shaggy Dog" starring Tim Allen as normal man who sometimes turns into a sheepdog.

'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' (2006)

The coming-pf-age film, 'A Guide to Recognizing Your
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The coming-pf-age film, 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,' written and directed by Dito Montiel, stars Robert Downey Jr. growing up in 1980s Astoria with Shia LaBeouf playing his younger self.

'A Scanner Darkly' (2006)

Robert Downey Jr. is among stars including, Keanu
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Robert Downey Jr. is among stars including, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in the science fiction thriller "A Scanner Darkly," a dystopian film centered around a drug epidemic.

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Robert Downey Jr. stars as alcoholic principal Nathan
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Robert Downey Jr. stars as alcoholic principal Nathan Gardner in "Charlie Bartlett," a comedy-drama about a rich kid who appoints himself as his school's psychiatrist in order to gain popularity.

Zodiac (2007)

Robery Downey Jr. plays crime reporter Paul Avery
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Robery Downey Jr. plays crime reporter Paul Avery in "Zodiac," a mystery thriller directed by David Fincher about a cartoonist (Jake Gyllenhaal) who becomes obsessed with hunting down the Zodiac killer.

'Iron Man' (2008)

Robert Downey Jr. is industrialist and engineer Tony
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Robert Downey Jr. is industrialist and engineer Tony Stark who builds a protective suit and becomes superhero "Iron Man" in Marvel Comic's "Iron Man."

Tropic Thunder (2008)

Ben Stiller co-wrote, produced, directed and co-starred with
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Ben Stiller co-wrote, produced, directed and co-starred with Robert Downey Jr. in "Tropic Thunder," an action comedy about actors shooting a fictional Vietnam war movie who ultimately embody their characters in order to survive in the jungle.

'The Soloist' (2009)

Robert Downey Jr. stars opposite Jamie Foxx in
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Robert Downey Jr. stars opposite Jamie Foxx in "The Soloist," a drama about a journalist who befriends a homeless Julliard-trained musician.

"Sherlock Holmes" (2009)

Robert Downey Jr. played the title role in
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Robert Downey Jr. played the title role in "Sherlock Holmes," British–American action mystery based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation of the character. Jude Law and Rachel McAdams also star.

'Iron Man 2' (2010)

Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark
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Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark contending with his declining health and the pressure to hand over his technology to the U.S. government in "Iron Man 2," Marvel Comic's sequel to "Iron Man" released in 2008.

'Due Date' (2010)

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"Due Date," a comedy directed by Todd Phillips, stars Robert Downey Jr. as an anxious expectant father who has to hitch a ride in order to make it to his child's birth on time.

'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' (2011)

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"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" stars Robert Downey Jr. and sidekick Jude Law working to defeat their nemesis, Professor Moriarty, in the sequel to "Sherlock Holmes" (2009).

'The Avengers' (2012)

Superhero film
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Superhero film "The Avengers," based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man among fellow superheroes Captain America, Thor, The Hulk and more.

'Iron Man 3' (2013)

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark in superhero
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Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark in superhero film "Iron Man 3" featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man. It is the sequel to 2008's Iron Man and 2010's Iron Man 2.

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