Happy Birthday! Robert Downey Jr. Turns 51 Today

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Today is Robert Downey, Jr.'s birthday.

One of the biggest, highest-grossing actors in Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr. is known worldwide for his transformative role as Iron Man/Tony Stark. Since 2008, Downey Jr. has portrayed the Marvel Comics character in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron (along with a cameo in The Incredible Hulk). He finds himself at war with his friend and fellow Avenger Captain America this May in the much-anticipated Captain America: Civil War.

But Downey Jr. doesn't just anchor the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He's also the star in the rebooted Sherlock Holmes franchise, starring in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. He also held memorable roles in Tropic Thunder—where he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor—The Soloist, and Zodiac. He also starred in the cult classic Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, where he worked alongside former Batman actor Val Kilmer.

Born in New York City, New York, Downey Jr. turns 51 today. Happy Birthday, Robert Downey, Jr.

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