In the most recent list put out by Forbes of the 100 most powerful celebrities, actor Robert Downey Jr. has made the rank as the most powerful actor. Downey who came in at tenth place on the list is the top actor, following under singers, talk show hosts, and even a sports player and a boxer. As his stardom has been vastly rising since his premier as Iron Man, it is no surprise why Robert Downey Jr. made the list.
The list, which was released recently in Forbes’ magazine, includes 100 celebrities whose claim to fame comes from many types of careers. Starting from the top, these celebrities include stars like Beyoncé Knowles, LeBron James, Dr. Dre, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay-Z, Floyd Mayweather, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and at spot number ten Robert Downey Jr.
Robert’s career was not always this solid, however, as Forbes’ recalls in their article about his number ten spot that a little over ten years ago Downey was a struggling actor. He battled with drugs and alcohol and had a difficult time scoring a part. Though Robert started his career at age five under the direction of his father Robert Downey Sr., his struggle slowed his career almost to a halt. Now in the most recent celebrity news it seems that Robert Downey Jr.’s twenty-year-old son, Indio, is following in his father’s footsteps. Indio was recently caught in possession of cocaine.
But after Robert’s debut in the movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005 Downey got back onto the path to success, staring in some of the top movies to hit the box office. The best movies, which Forbes mentions as the possible reason for his top spot in the list of the 100 most powerful celebrities, was Robert Down Jr.’s role in playing the legendary character Iron Man. In his role as Iron Man, Robert has supposedly brought in millions, including $75 million just in the last year. Marvel, the makers of the movies, have brought in $4 billion from movies like Iron Man and The Avengers.
Robert’s career is expected to continue growing as he continues to work hard at his acting career. According to Forbes, Downey is using his impact on Hollywood to help promote smaller and independent films, such as the recently released movie Chef, an Indie movie in which Downey plays the character Marvin. He is also expected to return to any future Iron Man roles including the supposed release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Other movies that Downey has starred in recently that could attribute to his success have been the two Sherlock Holmes movies in which Downey actually plays the infamous Sherlock Holmes. Downey also starred in two comedies: Love & Distrust and Due Date.
Downey has received many nominations and awards for all of his recent movies. With his career of playing the most notable characters from super heroes to smart detectives, it is no wonder why Downey made the list. Making the rank as Forbes’ most powerful actor in 2014 is quite an achievement for Robert Downey Jr. but certainly no surprise.
By: Crystal Boulware