Fictional Characters The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters  

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Robert Downey Jr. may be best known as Iron Man, but this A-list actor has portrayed all kinds of different characters in his career. In fact, he appeared in his first role when he was only five years old. From fighting supervillains as Tony Stark to solving crimes as Sherlock Holmes, RDJ has one of the most impressive - and versatile - resumes in Hollywood. Which of his characters is your favorite?

In the 1980s, Robert Downey Jr. appeared in a string of teen comedies. In Back to School, he played Derek Lutz, a young and outspoken college student who ends up befriending Rodney Dangerfield, and in The Pick-up Artist, he played Jack Jericho, a serial womanizer who falls for Molly Ringwald. In 1992, Robert Downey Jr. captivated audiences with his role as Charlie Chaplin. The film was nominated for a handful of awards - earning RDJ his first BAFTA for Best Actor. 

Vote up Robert Downey Jr.’s best characters, and if you think someone’s missing, add them to the list.

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movies
Iron Man
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
The Avengers
Iron Man 3
Avengers: Age of Ultron​​​​​​​
Captain America: Civil War​​​​​​​
Spider-Man: Homecoming​​​​​​​
Avengers: Infinity War​​​​​​​
Avengers: Endgame​​​​​​​
Years: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movies
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Years: 2009, 2011

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Kirk Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movie: Tropic Thunder
Year: 2008

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Ian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Ian

Movie: Weird Science
Year: 1985

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Derek Lutz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Derek Lutz

Movie: Back to School
Year: 1986

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movie: Chaplin
Year: 1992

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David Seton Barnes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
David Seton Barnes

Movie: Soapdish
Year: 1991

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Puppy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Puppy

Movie: Pound
Year: 1970

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Julian Wells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Julian Wells

Movie: Less Than Zero
Year: 1987

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Wayne Gale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movie: Natural Born Killers
Year: 1994

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Earl Rivers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Earl Rivers

Movie: Richard III
Year: 1995

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Jerry Renfro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Jerry Renfro

Movie: Bowfinger
Year: 1999

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Harry Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Harry Lockhart

Movie: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Year: 2005

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Steve Lopez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Steve Lopez

Movie: The Soloist
Year: 2009

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Terry Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Terry Crabtree

Movie: Wonder Boys
Year: 2000

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Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Lee

Movie: Firstborn
Year: 1984

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Alex Finch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Alex Finch

Movie: Chances Are
Year: 1989

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Ralph Karr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Ralph Karr

Movie: 1969
Year: 1988

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Peter Highman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Peter Highman

Movie: Due Date
Year: 2010

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Joe Wershba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Joe Wershba

Movie: Good Night, and Good Luck
Year: 2005

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Dan Dark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Dan Dark

Movie: The Singing Detective
Year: 2003

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Paul Avery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movie: Zodiac
Year: 2007

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James Barris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
James Barris

Movie: A Scanner Darkly
Year: 2006

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Billy Covington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Billy Covington

Movie: Air America
Year: 1990

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Jack Jericho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Jack Jericho

Movie: The Pick-up Artist
Year: 1987