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Robert Downey, Jr.

Genre:Jazz, Ethnic/Folk

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1Chances Are lyrics
Vonda Shepard feat. Robert Downey, Jr.
2Snakes lyrics
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3In My Dreams lyrics
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4River lyrics
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55:30 lyrics
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6Details lyrics
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7Smile lyrics
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8The Futurist lyrics
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9Your Move lyrics
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10White Christmas lyrics
Vonda Shepard feat. Robert Downey, Jr.

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1The Futurist
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2The Singing Detective
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3Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life
Robert Downey, Jr.


Actor Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in New York City to underground filmmaker Robert Downey and Elsie Ford. Downey Jr. first acted at the age of five as a puppy in his father's film Pound and would go on to act in five of his father's features. He attended Santa Monica High School, but never graduated. Before he was a member of the Saturday Night live cast for the 1985-1986 season, Robert Downey Jr. worked as a waiter in New York City and claims to have once served peppermint tea to Sting. His early film work also included a role in 1972's Greaser's Palace. Downey rose to prominence in such 1980s films as Weird Science, Back to School, and Less Than Zero. It was on the set of his 1982 film Firstborn that he met Sarah Jessica Parker with whom he has a long-term relationship. Robert Downey Jr.'s breakthrough performance was his Oscar-nominated turn as Charles Chaplin in Sir Richard Attenborough's 1992 film Chaplin. His acting work has included an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning guest-starring role on Fox's Ally McBeal and the films Wonder Boys, Bowfinger, and U.S. Marshalls.

Robert Downey Jr.'s career as an actor is well-documented, as are his run-ins with the legal authorities and the judicial system. What is not well-known by those not among his die-hard fans, is that he has significant musical talent. Robert Downey Jr. has performed a large number of songs in his films, including "Star-Spangled Banner" from the Heart and Souls soundtrack, "You Don't Know Me" from Two Girls and a Guy, "Carla" from Friends and Lovers, "I'm Just a Lonely Boy" and "Blues Suede Shoes" from The Pick-up Artist, and "The Perfect Tree" from Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree. His musical performances on Ally McBeal are among his best known: Bob Seger's "Chances Are" with Vonda Shepard, "White Christmas" with Calista Flockhart, and "Sherry Darling." Robert Downey Jr. has also written some original songs, including "Too Much Sun" from the film of the same name and "Snake" from Two Girls and a Guy. His first properly released musical material, aside from film and TV soundtracks, was a 1993 EP of "Smile" from the Chaplin soundtrack. The song "Smile" is an original composition by the legendary early filmmaker with lyrics written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. "Smile" had previously been a hit for Nat King Cole and can be found on Capitol's Nat King Cole retrospective box set. Robert Downey Jr.'s version is more of a reinterpretation than was Cole's, with more of a modern ambient, techno sound to it. A Very Ally Christmas includes his versions of "The River" and "White Christmas." Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life features Robert Downey Jr. on its cover and "Chances Are," a surprising cover of Downey's own "Snakes," and a fun duet of "Every Breath You Take" with former restaurant customer Sting (which appeared in an episode of the show). Downey Jr. performed with Sting at a benefit in Los Angeles shortly before his legal troubles. His work has shown more potential than accomplishment, in part because it has not received his full attention.
On November 23, 2004, Downey released his debut musical album, The Futurist, on Sony Classical, for which he designed the cover art and designed the track listing label on the CD with his son Indio. The album received mixed reviews, but Downey stated in 2006 that he probably will not do another album, as he felt that the energy he put into doing the album was not compensated. However, in 2012 interview he said that he might do another album in future, but added nothing more.

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