10 Things You Didn’t Know About Robert Downey Jr.
After years as Hollywood’s favorite black sheep, Robert Downey Jr. is finally back on top where he belongs — but BettyConfidential still managed to uncover some of his wildest and least-known secrets.
Robert Downey Jr. is riding high (so to speak). With a Golden Globe win for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man 2 being the most anticipated sequel of the year, his star is shining brighter than ever. But just a few years ago the former Oscar nominee had been written off by pretty much everyone as he spiraled into drug abuse and wound up in prison. Here, we reveal some of his secrets.
His dad introduced him to drugs
Robert’s father, underground filmmaker Robert Downey, gave his son his first role in the 1970 movie Pound and his first taste of marijuana both before he turned 7. The actor, however, doesn’t blame any his dad for his years of drug abuse.
He messed up his relationship with Sarah Jessica Parker
Robert met Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of Firstborn in 1984. They dated until 1991 when she grew tired of his substance abuse. “She provided me a home and understanding. She tried to help me. She was so miffed when I didn’t get my act together.” he told Parade magazine.
He cleaned up his act in 2003
After many arrests, a year in jail and several relapses, Robert finally gave up partying in 2003 after he had an epiphany at a Burger King on California’s Pacific Coast Highway and threw all his drugs into the ocean.