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Wed. Jun 19th, 2024
Actor Robert Downey Jr.'s path to success was never certain, and a long bout with addiction doomed his first marriage and nearly his career.

Robert Downey Jr. by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

S20E18: Robert Downey Jr.

Some stories contain great seeds of trash that bloom instead into a resilient forest, and that’s our story today. Actor Robert Downey Jr., Marvel’s Iron Man, famously had a rough start to his career. For years, he was in and out of rehab, in and out of jail, and keeping the Los Angeles Police Department plenty busy with various drug-fueled bad decisions. Talented though he obviously was, he was all but written off by Hollywood in the early 2000s, when he finally found the strength to sit with his demons and chose not to let them control him any longer. There was also a long relationship with Sarah Jessica Parker and a doomed – for obvious reasons – first marriage along the way.

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Stacie’s Receipts

2006 Robert Downey Jr. – Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ (YouTube link)

Sarah Jessica Parker Recalls Being “Angry and Embarrassed” While Dating Robert Downey, Jr. | Vanity Fair

Sarah Jessica Parker Reflects on Relationship With Robert Downey Jr. Amid His Substance Abuse | Entertainment Tonight

Robert Downey Jr. through the years (ew.com)

Robert Downey Jr.’s Kids: Meet His 3 Children (hollywoodlife.com)

Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man Will Not Return, Says Kevin Feige: We Would Never ‘Magically Undo’ His Death (variety.com)

Robert Downey Jr.: Going to prison was ‘the worst thing that happened to me’ | CNN

Robert Downey Jr. Pays Tribute to His Late Mother, Elsie – ABC News

Downey’s Wife Asks for Divorce – ABC News

Downey’s Wife Seeks Divorce (people.com)

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