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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2006 Robert Downey Jr. – Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ (YouTube link)
Robert Downey Jr. through the years (ew.com)
Robert Downey Jr.’s Kids: Meet His 3 Children (hollywoodlife.com)
Downey’s Wife Seeks Divorce (people.com)