Before he saved the world and earned millions on millions as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. did a boatload of drugs, and the crazy Robert Downy Jr. scandals that came as a result of this do not disappoint. There are many wild RDJ stories to testify to this fact. Growing up with hippie parents and becoming a part of the '80s Hollywood brat pack, it was only expected that RDJ would like to party. He managed to become one of Hollywood's most promising young actors, while recreationally using drugs.
His drug use began to spiral, however, in the 1990s, and Downey Jr. went through a dark phase of drug addiction, jail time, and rehab. He hit rock bottom so hard that nobody ever expected him to make the comeback that he did. Now one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, RDJ has been sober since 2003 and has become a role model and fan favorite of the film industry (just see our list of RDJ movies for proof). Some would even say he's become America's cool uncle. Read on to see just how far he's come.