“The higher the stakes, the happier I am, the better I will be.” Best known for playing eccentric likable scoundrels and his hilarious stone-faced sarcasm, Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most charismatic actors of his era. He rose to stardom at a young age, which led to a period of substance abuse and legal troubles. But, in one of the greatest real-life redemption stories, pushed through rehabilitation and made his comeback in Iron Man (2008). From helming the first ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to winning an Oscar for his performance in Oppenheimer (2023), he managed to set himself as a household name for the best part of the 21st century.