Find out about his film debut at age five playing a puppy in one of his father's cult underground films, his attempt at becoming a comedian during his ill-fated stint on comedy show Saturday Night Live, how he burst onto the scene with his moving performance in Less than Zero and how he charmed Hollywood with his Oscar nominated turn as troubled funny man Charlie Chaplin.
With a life that has had more twists and turns than the plots of some of his acclaimed movies - Robert Downey Jr's journey from hell-raiser to Hollywood royalty - is a shocking, moving, funny, and inspirational one.
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For a biography/non fiction, it is one of the better books that I have listened to. I would listen to it again.
The most interesting is the fact that you got to hear about RDJ from his friends and family.
I liked the part where the author wrote about RDJ's interest in Charlie Chaplin and all that he went through to get the part and bring Chaplin to life.
When RDJ finally saw the truth of his addiction and made the steps to stay clean.
Martin Howden's book "Robert Downey, Jr a Biography" is a story that seems to have been cobbled together by gathering information from other magazine articles. I didn't find any scenes that could have been considered actual author interviews. (Please note that no whee in the description of this book does it say that there are personal interviews given by the subject, friends and/or family to Mr. Howden.)
Mr. Ormond breathed life into this book. I felt that he gave RDJ a voice and made him even larger than life. As this was non fiction, there was no need for the vocal highs and lows that a romance or thriller would require, but Mr. Ormond kept me interested in the story and I was wanting more. I would like to listen to more of his work.
Inspiring to learn Downey's story. Even the challenging times in our lives have purpose and his life proves that. Met Robert twice and now actually understand why there is a glow when you are around him. If you like him as an actor, after listening to the book, you will admire Robert even more as a person. The book is entertaining and motivational.
A well read book and an engaging story will keep me happy and coming back for more.
I was amazed of RDJ's, one of my favorite actors to date; roller coaster ride through life. There are "highs", lows, and a lot of loops. He is a great example of how anyone can hit rock bottom more than once, claw their way out, reform their life, and really prosper in a way that you can see their light; RDJ's light is bright.
I've seen and grown up with most of the films he's been in and was blown away to learn about his personal life and all the crap he's been through.
The narrator is perfect for this bio and really helped to keep me engaged in the story. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who's a fan and not a fan of RDJ.
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Definitely a top 3 of celebrity memoirs
Of course him. Honesty, humor, interesting life. What's not to love?
The life between Jessica Sarah Parker and Downey is so special.
Yes, I practically did, save for a few interruptions from my own life's obligations.
I was never a fan of RD Jr but after seeing him on Ellen I thought I'd give his book a try. I have a totally different perspective of him now.
PS I wish his son the best.
A life long East Tennessean, lover of the Volunteers, daily at war with The Creature and helping others learn to fight it as well.
What I find the most uplifting about Downey's story is his ability to find humility and sobriety for today. It is a theme he repeats over and over, and regardless of talent or life circumstance, one any addict must cling to in order to remain clean and sober. At least that's what my sponsor tells me. I'm so glad his talent is one we can continue to enjoy and be inspired by. This telling of his story, as well as it's performance on the audiobook, was very enjoyable!
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