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“I could be bussing tables at the Daily Grill”: Robert Downey Jr Feels His Wife Saved His Life With $489 Million Movie Role

"I could be bussing tables at the Daily Grill": Robert Downey Jr Feels His Wife Saved His Life With $489 Million Movie Role

Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s love story is one for the ages, full of adventure, success, and dedication.

Their relationship began in 2003, during the filming of Gothika(2003), where Susan Downey was producing the film. Despite initial hesitation, the two soon realized they were meant to be together, and within months, they were engaged.

Now, nearly 20 years later, they have built a beautiful life together, complete with two children and their own production company, Team Downey. It’s inspiring to see how this power couple has made it work in both their personal and professional lives, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.

Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr

How many kids does Robert Downey Jr have with Susan Downey?

Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey welcomed their son, Exton Elias, into the world in February 2012, and the proud father was happy to share the news during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Robert revealed that his wife’s great-uncle inspired the unique and meaningful name they chose for their new addition.

My wife’s great-uncle Joe was kind of eccentric — when he was in fourth grade, he realized he didn’t have a middle name, so he changed his name to J. Exton,” he said, via People.

Robert Downey Jr his wife Susan Downey
Robert Downey Jr his wife Susan Downey

Robert Downey Jr. and his wife welcomed their first and only daughter, Avri Roel, into the world in November 2014, and the actor couldn’t contain his excitement.

He took to social media to share the happy news with his fans, tweeting and posting a Facebook status that playfully announced his daughter’s birth like it was a new film project:

“After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project,” he wrote at the time. “Principal photography commenced 11-14 and will continue until she says, ‘Dad! You are embarrassing me…I’m 30, this has gotta stop.’”

Robert Downey Jr & Susan Downey with their kids
Robert Downey Jr & Susan Downey with their kids

Avri Roel, Robert Downey Jr., and Susan’s daughter born a middle name that serves as a touching tribute to her grandparents.

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How much did Robert Downey Jr make from Sherlock Holmes movies?

Robert Downey Jr. is a true icon of the film industry, with a career spanning decades and a string of box office hits to his name.

Although he will forever be synonymous with his role as Iron Man(2008) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has also shown his versatility as an actor in other notable films, such as the Sherlock Holmes series.

In 2009, RDJ portrayed the iconic detective in the film adaptation of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels, directed by Guy Ritchie. The movie was a massive success, grossing over $500 million worldwide and earning Robert a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

A shot from Sherlock Holmes
A shot from Sherlock Holmes

He reprised the role in the 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which was also a commercial and critical success.

Celebrity Net Worth reports that RDJ was paid a staggering $15 million for his role in the 2011 Holmes sequel. Downey’s impressive achievements in Hollywood continue to leave us in awe, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the future.

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Susan Downey has had a huge impact on Robert Downey Jr.’s life

In a recent interview, the actor revealed that he could have been bussing tables at a local diner, had it not been for his wife’s relentless efforts to help him get his career back on track saying:

“I could be bussing tables at the Daily Grill”

Downey Jr. was facing a difficult period in his life when he met Susan Downey. He was struggling with drug addiction and had just come out of a stint in rehab. During this time, his wife, who was working as a producer at the time, saw something in Downey Jr. that she knew she could help bring to the big screen. She pitched him to Guy Ritchie and was the producer of two Sherlock Holmes films.

Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man as Tony Stark
Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man as Tony Stark

It was a role that would change his life forever, not just financially but also in terms of his career trajectory.

Robert Downey Jr.’s upcoming projects are eagerly awaited by fans who are excited to see him expand his acting abilities beyond Iron Man. His portrayal of Tony Stark was impressive, but his previous roles lacked the depth and challenge to showcase his full range of talent.

However, his upcoming projects will change that, as he takes on vastly different roles that will demonstrate his versatility as an actor.

Robert Downey Jr at the set of The Sympathizer
Robert Downey Jr at the set of The Sympathizer

The highly anticipated biopic Oppenheimer(July 21, 2023), directed by Christopher Nolan, will be a refreshing departure from his previous work, and he will star in the TV series The Sympathizer.

Robert Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer
Robert Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer

These diverse roles are sure to remind fans of Downey’s exceptional acting skills and cement his reputation as one of the industry’s most talented performers.

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Written by Ankush Mallick

My name's Ankush and I'm from Kolkata. I'm currently rockin' my early 20s while studying B.Com Hons.
Now, when it comes to my interests, I'm all about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I mean, who wouldn't want to see a group of misfits save the world while dressed in spandex?
But let me tell you, I'm not just a couch potato. Nope, I also like to get my sweat on through sports and other physical shenanigans. And when I'm not being a superhero myself, I make sure to kick it with my fam, 'cause family time is priceless, my friends.