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WDKX.com » Blog » Robert Downey Jr. Tops Forbes' List Of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors
Jul 17th 2013 6:38 am
Robert Downey Jr. Tops Forbes' List Of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors

Robert Downey Jr. is a hit machine. He's starred in six movies that have each grossed over $500 million at the box office worldwide. Two of those films, The Avengers and Iron Man 3, each earned over $1 billion. Every studio in town would love to cast him, and now they'll pay big buck for the privilege. Downey tops our list of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors with an estimated $75 million in earnings between June 2012 and June 2013.

It's hard to remember that just a few years ago, Downey was box office poison, and regarded by the studios as damaged goods. The promising young actor burst onto the scene in the late '80s with movies like The Pick-Up Artist and Less Than Zero. But drugs quickly dragged him down until he became all but un-insurable. Directors like Robert Altman and Oliver Stone gave him work but for the most part' his career seemed to be a lost cause.

Downey turned that around with Iron Man. The first film in the franchise earned $585 million at the global box office. Overall the franchise has brought in $2.4 billion.

And then there's The Avengers. The 2012 movie is the third highest-grossing of all time with $1.5 billion at the box office. While the film was nominally an ensemble piece, there was no doubt about who was the real star of the show. As Tony Stark, Downey mixes arrogance, humor and a hint of vulnerability to create a modern-day superhero everyone loves. While it's probably possible to replace Chris Evans as Captain America, no one else could possibly play Tony Stark.

Source:forbes