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Robert Downey Jr.'s incredible journey to financial success

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Robert Downey Jr. is known for his role as Iron Man, but did you know that this role catapulted him to become one of the highest-paid actors in history?

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He's a brilliant actor with talent that has led him to a $300 million net worth, but his lifestyle derailed his career at one point.  

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In his early years of acting, Robert went to rehab and jail numerous times as a result of his drinking and drug addiction. 

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After finally getting better and beating his addiction, he shot to the top of the A-List in Hollywood.  

Born in New York City, Robert tried marijuana for the first time when his father gave it to him at six years old. 

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His father was also an actor and unfortunately, a drug addict who moved Robert to California in 1987 after a divorce from Robert's mother. 

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After the move, Downey attended high school in California but dropped out in 1982 to move back to New York City and pursue acting. 

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He was hired for "Saturday Night Live" and eventually won a Golden Globe for his role in "Ally McBeal," but, that would be his last role for a few years, as his drug addiction grew stronger. 

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After years of struggling to secure acting roles, Downey finally landed the role of "Iron Man," which marked the beginning of a streak of critically acclaimed performances.

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Downey has maintained sobriety since July 2003 and is now one of the world's highest-paid actors. He made around $50 million between June 2016 and June 2017.

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