A Brief Biography of Robert Downey, Jr., Plus his Horoscope

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We explore the life and times of one of Hollywood's supremely talented actors, Robert Downey, Jr., and we glance at his horoscope as well.

His early life

Robert Downey, Jr. was born April 4, 1965, in New York City, the younger of two children. His father is Robert Downey, Sr., an actor, writer, cinematographer and producer and director of underground films. his mother is Elsie Ford Downey, an actress who has acted roles in her husband's films.

The senior Downey, during the period of Robert Jr.'s childhood, was a serious drug addict who introduced his son to marijuana when he was only six years old. His father now says he greatly regrets having done that to his son. According to wikipedia..."Downey stated that drug use became an emotional bond between him and his father. 'When my dad and I would do drugs together, it was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how.' Eventually, Downey began spending every night abusing alcohol and 'making a thousand phone calls in pursuit of drugs.'"

Early career

Robert's first try at acting came at age five, when he played a sick puppy in the absurdist comedy Pound (1970), and at age seven he appeared in a forgettable surrealist film Greaser's Palace. By age ten he was living in \England and studying classical ballet, and as a teenager he was back in upstate New York attending Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center. After his parents' divorce in 1978 he moved to California with his father and dropped out of Santa Monica High School in 1982 to pursue acting full time.

At age twenty Robert joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, but he was fired the following year because the show was suffering low ratings and its producers decided on a cast overhaul.

His breakthrough role came as James Spader's sidekick in Tuff Turf, and then as a bully in John Hughes' Weird Science. In 1987, playing drug-addicted Julian Wells in Less Than Zero, he was widely praised for his performance. Downey was to say later that due to his own drug habit, he became "an exaggeration of the character" in real life.

Rorbert Downey, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1992 role as CharlieChaplin, for which he prepared assiduously, even learning to play tennis and the violin left-handed. His other starring roles in the 1990's included Heart and Souls, Only You, Natural Born Killers, Restoration, Two Girls and a Guy, Black and White, Short Cuts and Richard III.

Deep in addiction

Between 1996 and 2001, Downey was arrested countless times for drug possession andusage, including for marijuana, cocaine and heroin. He was constantly in and out of drug rehabilitation programs, always unsuccessfully coming to terms with his addictions. He told a judge during that time"Your honor, it's like I've got a shotgun in my mouth with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal." He also explained that jhe had been a drug addict since he was eight years old.

In 1997, after missing a court-ordered drug test as a result of being arrested speeding on Sunset Boulevard in possession of an unloaded .357 Magnum, as well as heroin and cocaine, Downey spent four months in the Los Angeles County Jail.

After missing another court-appointed drug test in 1999, he was sent to Corcoran State Prison four a four-year sentence, but a judge released him the next year, and then asked him for his autograph.

His Comeback

Finally, in 2001, Downey was ready to confront the demons of his addictions and strive to heal. From wikipedia..."I finally said," he told Oprah Winfrey, "You know what? I don't think I can continue doing this. And I reached out for help, and I ran with it...You can reach out for help in kind of a half-assed way and you'll get it and you won't take advantage of it. It's not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems...what's hard is to actually decide to do it."

Since that time Downey has acted in over a score of critically acclaimed movies, most notably Sherlock Holmes and the Iron Man movies, and he has even recorded a musical album, The Futurist, on Sony Classical, with his son Indio.

Robert Downey, Jr. is, in this observer's opinion, one of Hollywood's truly gifted actors.

His horoscope

Robert Downey Jr. has always been known to his peers, even when he was caught in the throes of his drug addictions, as one of the nicest guys in the world, and this is readily seen by the conjunction of his Sun and Venus. Inevitably this conjunction reveals a charming and delightful person.

With Leo, the sign of creative self-expression and performance, on his ascendant, his first house of self, acting comes most naturally to him. Moreover, the presence of the Moon in his tenth house of career shows a deep psychological need (Moon) to live life in the public eye (tenth house). Jupiter's pairing with his Moon expands this need and reveals that he is very comfortable (Jupiter) in front of a camera or on stage.

The condition of his Saturn speaks a great deal about his father's treatment of him, since Saturn embodies in astrology the archetype of the father. Mars in close opposition suggests the father acts (Mars) against (opposition) his interests or welfare. Uranus in opposition to Saturn shows his actions to be unconventional (Uranus) toward his son, and Pluto's inclusion in the configuration takes it all to an extreme.

Downey's Moon in opposition to his Neptune, along with his Sun bi-quintile to it (144 degrees) speaks volumes about his talent. The bi-quintile is par excellence in astrology the aspect of talent, and Neptune not only rules film, it is the very imaginative energy that allows actors to "become" the characters they play. But these Neptune aspects to his Sun and Moon are a double edged sword, for they often will pull an individual into escapist behavior. Neptune rules drugs, after all.

Finally, it is most interesting to note that the biggest, most blockbuster hit of Robert Downey Jr.'s career is Iron Man. This role embodies the all-conquering hero, an Aries archetype if ever there was one. And iron, of course, is ruled by the sign.

I think we can look forward to many more years of being entertained by this fabulous actor.

Video: "Chaplin"

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The Life and Times of Charlie Chaplin, plus his Horoscope

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Denise Larkin
5th Apr 2012 (#)

I love watching this actor in movies. Great article.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Denise. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Buzz
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Excellent as ever in your bios and horoscope, dear friend. Thank you.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you so much buzz.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Great post as usual Steve. this is routine for you. Great !

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan. I appreciate that.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Apr 2012 (#)

this is another of your fabulous star (in many which ways!) Steve...thank you and it does not surprise me that Robert is an Aries!!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2012 (#)

He's very Aries, isn't he?

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Apr 2012 (#)

thanks Steve always a wonderful read...:0)!!!...great video also

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar Hugo La Rosa
5th Apr 2012 (#)

I'm a Leo even though I had none of the above I see the signs have a lot to say. Thanks.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Apr 2012 (#)

And thank you, Hugo.

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author avatar Melissa D. Ing
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Excellent as always steve!
*Clears throat* When I'm famous will you do mine :-)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Of course, and I expect that to happen any day now.

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author avatar Teila
6th Apr 2012 (#)

586 pages wow!!!! You are gifted my friend!!!!

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author avatar Val Mills
6th Apr 2012 (#)

I have to confess I'd not heard of this actor before. Isn't it sad that so may actors and celebrities get caught up in the drug world.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Apr 2012 (#)

He's a really great actor, Val, and fortunately he was finally able to get sobriety and has been so now for 7 or 8 years. Thanks for commenting. I appreciate it.

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author avatar jennyreeve
7th Apr 2012 (#)

One of my favourite actors, very talented.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks for commenting jennyreeve. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Apr 2012 (#)

I love me some Robert Downey Jr., I mean as an actor and he is hot!LOL
A really good bio and astrological reading on one of my favorite actors. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. You and yours have a blessed weekend. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Denise. Great to hear from you and happy Easter. Hugs to Bugg and Sweet Tee.

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author avatar rama devi nina
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Another excellent star page on a star. Thanks Steve. Always interesting.

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