Irrefutable Evidence That Robert Downey Jr Is The Best

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Robert Downey Jr. turns 48 today…and he is simply the best. I could end the article right there because I think we are all in agreeance of his awesomeness. However, for the sake of nostalgia and for the sake of a potential learning experience for all the kids hanging around here, I will list some of my favorite reasons that Robert Downey Jr's my favorite. I will not, however, include any Iron Man or Sherlock Holmes. So, just accept that. Because, although he was the absolute highlight and really the only reason to see those films, they were not classic RDJr style and they were just borderline awful. And yes, they made money and they were entertaining to the masses, but it pained me to see him in such a commerical role. Tear in my eye. But let's move on to remembering the better times…

Robert Downey Jr. was a Saturday Night Live cast member in 1985

Robert Downey SNL cast photo April 4, 2013


Even though his uncle was a writer on the show, I'm pretty sure RDJr displayed his comedic chops and gained entry into the prestigious SNL actors club almost entirely on his own spectacular merit. I mean, the man is hilarious. He's also the only former SNL cast member to be nominated for an Academy Award (Best Actor).

Robert Downey Jr. was robbed of his Best Actor Academy Award in 1992

Robert Downey Jr sniffing rose as Charlie Chaplin


And he didn't freak out. Because, although Unforgiven and Clint Eastwood cleaned up that year, pretty much everyone agreed that Robbie D Jr deserved acclaim for his protrayal of Charlie Chaplin. No dice. But let's head back to the 80's real quick…

Robert Downey Jr. tried drugs at age 6 and is still a successful and functioning actor/human being.

Robert Downey Jr Mugshot


Well, let's be honest, he also continued to do drugs until the late 90's, buuuuut he's a former child actor who isn't Lindsay Lohan. Or Danny Bonaduce. Or Amanda Bynes. I could go on, but let's just sum it up by saying Robert Downey Jr. made it over the Former Child Actor Crazy Hump. And he's amazing.

Robert Downey Jr. is a quasi-brat pack member…but mostly, he was in Less Than Zero

Robert Downey Jr. smoking ciragette in Less Than Zero


In his most profound “life imitating art” role, RDJr launched into popularity as Julian Wells, the drug addict hooker. It doesn't get more 80's than Less Than Zero and Robert Downey Jr. and drug use. So there's that. Also, Anthony Michael Hall is totally Indio Downey's godfather (RDJr's son). If that isn't awesome…well, you're lame.

Robert Downey Jr. was on Ally McBeal when he made his first comeback.

Robert Downey Jr. in Ally McBeal


Then, I'm pretty sure the reality of him being on a show like Ally McBeal made him go all drug crazy again and he was spotted and arrested several times during and after. Despite his legal team being the same who represented OJ Simpson, the judge still wasn't standing for his shenanigans so RDJr checked himself back into rehab. Which brings me to his second comeback…

Robert Downey Jr. was in Elton John's “I Want Love” music video.

Robert Downey Jr. in Elton John I Want Love music video


Remember that? remember music videos?? When he came back onto the scene, that's the best Robert Downey Jr. way to do it. And also, he rocked as the hilarious gay brother in Home For The Holidays. Seriously one of my favorite RDJr-ers of all time.

Robert Downey Jr. sorta did Blackface in Tropic Thunder and got away with it.

Robert Downey Jr holding gun in Tropic Thunder


Hilariously. I mean, everyone loved it because they knew it was Robert Downey Jr. playing a White method actor who is supposed to be playing a Black man. Doesn't sound OK? Have you seen Tropic Thunder? Even Tom Cruise was into it. But really, I'm not sure who else could have done a better job and not caused waves. He's the best.

Robert Downey Jr. can always be quoted.

Robert Downey Jr. 1989 quote


“Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That's hard enough.” AND “I know very little about acting. I'm just an incredibly gifted faker.” AND (my favorite) “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the f*ck you were gonna do anyway.” Well said, Robbie, well said.

Robert Downey Jr's self-proclaimed religious beliefs are Jewish-Buddhist.

Robert Downey Jr. with polaroid camera


And that's it. Enough said. Pretty much, all-around cool.



There are many other Robert Downey Jr-isms that we know and love…his anonymous blogging antics, his performance in Zodiac, his numerous awards, his affinity to look superb in a tuxedo/suit and tie with messy hair, his adorable children with his adorable wife and his power to reinvent himself over and over. And I'm sure I've left out some of your favorites. But please, feel free to remind everyone…and to share and spread the Robert Downey Jr. love. Happy Birthday, you ol' devil you!