The Comeback of Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has probably the most inspiring comeback story in the history of Hollywood. The actor had a life-threatening drug problem and went through multiple stints in rehab for years and years. Now he has fought his additions and moved on to become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
Robert had early standout roles in movies such as “Less Than Zero” and “Chaplin” during the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, after his Oscar nomination for “Chaplin,” the actor would go on to battle drug and alcohol problems for six years. Starting in 1996 and lasting through 2001, the actor would spend time in jail for numerous charges related to drug abuse.
The Problems Start
In 1996, the actor was stopped on Sunset Boulevard and arrested for possession of both cocaine and marijuana. He was also found to be in possession of an unloaded .357 Magnum. In violation of his three year probation charge, Robert had to spend four months in jail for missing a court appointed drug test the next year. In 1999, he missed another drug test and was sentenced to three years. However, he was released early for time served.
In 2001, he avoided jail time for valium and cocaine possession by agreeing to court-appointed drug rehabilitation. This time rehab was successful and the actor has not used drugs in almost ten years.
His comeback role is considered to be his daring role in the 2008 comedy “Tropic Thunder.” The actor was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar and started getting offered more roles. He first landed the gig as Tony Stark in “Iron Man” and went on to reprise the role in the sequel and the blockbuster superhero movie “The Avengers.” In 2010, he starred as the title character in Sherlock Holmes and is now at the helm of another successful franchise.
Recovery is the Only Way
Robert admits that getting clean wasn’t easy, but you have to find a new passion in your life to get through it. Sobriety didn’t happen overnight and he had to take one step at a time to find his way back. Just like with anything in life, if you get so wrapped up into one thing, in this case addiction, you can have your life pass you by before you know it.