Who is Avri Roel Downey?
Avri Roel Downey is the second child of Robert Downey Jr. and his second wife Susan Downey (nee Levin). Avri was born on 4 November 2014 under the Scorpio zodiac sign in Los Angeles, California USA. She has an older brother Exton Elias, who was born in 2012, and also an older half-brother Indio from Robert’s previous marriage. Avri is of very mixed ancestry, having Lithuanian-Jewish, Hungarian-Jewish, and Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry from her father’s side and Jewish on her mother’s side. Avri has already introduced herself to the wider public, since she is often seen next to her parents at red carpet events.
Avri Roel’s Father, Robert Downey Jr. Bio
Robert Downey Jr. was born on 4 April 1965 under the Aries zodiac sign, in New York City, USA. He’s the son of Robert Downey Sr., an actor and filmmaker, and his wife Elsie Ann. Robert had a tough childhood, as his father, a drug addict, would give drugs to Robert and he would struggle with his temperament from the age of nine until his late 30s. He has an older sister Allyson, with whom he spent his childhood in Greenwich Village. Surrounded by actors and filmmakers, Robert became interested in acting at an early age, and appeared in his first film – “Pound” – at the age of five in 1970.
Robert appeared in his next film – the western “Greaser’s Palace” – in 1972, but then the rollercoaster started moving from one place to another as, spending some time in London, England and Los Angeles, California. However, he returned to acting in 1983 as Stewart in the film “Baby It’s You”, and in 1984 he was Lee in the film “Firstborn”. He continued to improve throughout the ‘80s, making appearances in such films as “The Pick-up Artist” (1987), and the same year starred as drug-addicted rich boy Julian Wells in the film “Less Than Zero”. His performance was highly praised, which then led to roles in bigger budget films, such as “Chances Are” (1989), then “Air America” in 1990, and “Soapdish” in 1991.
He received an Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Actor for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in the film “Chaplin” in 1992, but lost out Al Pacino (“Scent of a Woman”). Still, Robert enjoyed huge success through the ‘90s, starring in numerous blockbuster films; he was Jerry in the film “Hail Caesar” in 1994, and the same year also appeared in the film “Natural Born Killers”, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis. The following year, Robert featured in the sci-fi war drama film “Richard III”, with Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, and Christopher Bowen in the lead roles, and continued with prominent roles in “One Night Stand” (1997), and “Two Girls and a Guy”, also in 1997, while he finished the decade with the lead role in the fantasy thriller-drama film “In Dreams” (1999), co-starring Annette Bening and Katie Sagona.
He began the new millennium with the role of Larry Paul in the TV series “Ally McBeal” (2000-2002), of which he later said that during this time he was constantly using drugs, and didn’t even care whether he acted again or not.
However, he managed to overcome his drug-addiction and continue his career. In 2003 Robert starred in the comedy-crime film “The Strange Detective”, next to Robin Wright and his good friend Mel Gibson, and the same year he starred alongside Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz in the horror mystery thriller film “Gothika”. Two years later, he had the lead role in the comedy crime-mystery film “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, while in 2006, he teamed up with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder to complete the main cast of the motion-capture crime-drama “A Scanner Darkly”.
In 2008, Robert was selected for the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Universe film “Iron Man”, which he reprised in several other projects, including the sequel “Iron Man 2” in 2010, then “The Avengers” in 2012, after which he portrayed Tony Stark in the third installment of Iron Man” in 2013, and in 2015 featured in the new “Avengers” film entitled “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, while in 2016 he appeared in “Captain America: Civil War”. He was Tony Stark in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in 2017 and in “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018, then ended his stint as Iron Man in “Avengers: Endgame”, released in 2019.
Although he was pretty much focused on the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man, Downey Jr. still secured some other notable roles from 2009 onwards.
He was selected for the part of Sherlock Holmes in the film of the same name, and reprised the role in the sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” in 2011, and is set to portray the popular sleuth in the third film “Sherlock Holmes 3”, which is currently in pre-production. Furthermore, in 2010 Robert starred in the comedy-drama film “Due Date”, alongside Zach Galifianakis and Michelle Monaghan, while in 2014 he starred next to Jon Favreau in Favreau’s written and directed adventure comedy-drama film “Chef”. The same year Robert was Hank Palmer in the Academy Award-nominated crime-drama film “The Judge”, which he produced through his and his wife’s production company Team Downey. Most recently, he starred as Dr. Dolittle in the adventure comedy film “Dolittle” (2020) and is set to star in the TV mini-series “The Sympathizer”, which is currently in post-production.
Relationships and Net Worth
Avri’s father had several failed relationships before he met her mother Susan. Back in 1984, he started a romance with Sarah Jessica Parker after they met on the set of “Firstborn”. However, by 1991 the two had separated due to Robert’s drug addiction.
In 1992, he married actress and singer Deborah Falconer after they were together for just 42 days; they have a son, Indio Falconer Downey born in September 1993. Unfortunately, his drug-related problems continued and this put a strain on their marriage, which eventually resulted in separation in 2001, while their marriage was officially over in 2004.
He met Susan a year prior, through their work together on “Gothika”, and though she denied his advances a few times, they ultimately started a romance, of which the public was unaware; the two married in August 2005. Susan is a film producer and before starting their own production company, she worked for Silver Pictures. Some of the most popular films on which she worked include “House of Wax” (2005), “Orphan” (2009), “Sherlock Holmes” (2009), “The Judge” (2014), and “Perry Mason” (2020), among others.
Robert has stated that Susan was the one to help him overcome his drug and alcohol addiction, and that he has been sober since July 2003.
According to sources, Robert Downey Jr’s net worth has been estimated to be around $300 million, as of mid- 2021, earned through his successful career as an actor, during which he has appeared in more than 90 film and TV titles, all of which have added to his wealth.