18 Things You Never Knew About Robert Downey Jr., America's Cool Uncle

Robert Downey Jr.'s life has been many things - but never boring. The son of a filmmaker and an actress, he's remained in the spotlight since a young age. Robert Downey Jr. facts trace how he went from bit parts in '80s Brat Pack films to acclaimed leading roles in the early '90s. 

From there, Robert Downey Jr. stories take a darker turn. The actor has struggled with a dependency on illicit substances throughout his life, and multiple arrests almost derailed his career entirely. Then, in a twist worthy of his outsized life, he made a comeback. Downey Jr. was cast in a little feature called Iron Man, and suddenly he was back on top.

In true Hollywood fashion, Robert Downey Jr. has plenty of tales to tell, and he's played far more great roles than just Iron Man. From weird trivia about a fast food franchise to a career path that included both comedy and ballet, here are a few fascinating things about an undeniably charming leading man. (And if you're a fan, be sure to check out our Robert Downey Jr. movies list.)