We are definitely going to get to the topic of Robert Downey Jr.’s height, weight, and other statistics sooner or later, but first, how cool is it that we are talking about him today? On a scale of 1- 10, with 10 being the highest level of awesome, he definitely ranks 20. Yes, that is how much we love Robert Downey Jr.
Before we get to the topic at hand, here are a few facts that we think you might find interesting about the star.
Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in New York City and he started acting at the age of five when he played the part of a puppy in the 1970’s film Pound. The movie was directed by his father, Robert Downey Sr.
His parents divorced when he was only 11-years-old, so he ended up growing up in a ton of different places scattered across the U.S and Europe.
When he was 17 years old, he dropped out of high school to pursue an acting career, during the time, he did everything from bussing tables at a restaurant to working in a shoe store, he even performed as ‘living art’ at the notorious underground club Area.
He had first big break was in 1984 when he joined the acclaimed Saturday Night Live sketch comedy team, he went on to star in other productions, but his role as cocaine-addicted Julian Wells in the film, Less Than Zero, is quite significant because it triggered his drug addiction.
The actor has come a long way since his coke snorting days, he has been in a number of blockbusters and is currently rocking his role as Tony Stark in the Marvel movie Iron Man. Before we get too carried away, let’s check out Robert Downey Jr.’s height.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Height
If the elevated boots or sneakers aren’t a sure sign that the actor is a bit on the short side, then we do no not what is. Robert Downey Jr.’s height places him slightly below the average American male height, which is 5 feet 9 inches. The actor stands not so tall at 5 feet 8 inches and believe us when we say he still hasn’t heard the last of it.
According to Express, he recently fell victim to a practical joke on the set of The Avengers sequel when crew members mocked his short stature by replacing his full-size production chair with a miniature version. It was all fun and games though.
Downey was not offended at all he even tweeted the picture to his cast mates Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo with the caption, ‘Lights, camera, assemble!’ The fact that he does not mind the occasional jab at his height does not mean the actor does not use whatever means he can to stand a couple inches taller.
Here is what he had to say on the topic in an interview with JapanTimes, ‘There’s nothing to talk about there – lots of actors do that, both now and in the past. Tom Cruise. Or read up on John Wayne, who even had lifts in his car so he’d look taller driving. Height is one of the rules and practices of this male-enhancing business.‘
Here’s are the names of some other celebrities who stand as tall as the actor. Eminem, Kanye West and Sean Penn all share Robert Downey Jr.’s height.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Weight
Prior to his appearance in Marvel’s Iron Man, Downey was not built like and action star at all, he was skinny and weighed 68 kg, nevertheless, he was in very good shape. Since 2008, when he first donned the red, metallic suit, the star has come a long way, He now has the muscle mass and the body fit for an action star.
How does he achieve this? The actor trained at least four days every week, with sessions lasting anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes. The timing varied for every session so the actor never knew what to expect. He also followed a very regimented diet according to Brad Bose, Ph.D., his personal trainer.
Here is Bose had to say, ‘Our goal was to get him as big as we could, but we also wanted to make sure he had some kind of six-pack, we really focused on the old-school heavy lifting. Military presses, dips, and bench presses. Keep him ripped but maintain the muscle mass.’
The star currently weighs 78 kg, so there you have it.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Body Measurements
Robert Downey Jr.’s height and weight is not all we have got here for you today, check out this summary of all his body measurements.
Weight: 78 Kg (172 pounds)
Chest size: 45 inches
Waist size:35 inches
Biceps: 15 inches
Shoe size: US size 9, Euro size 42, UK size 8.5