Today (April 4th) marks the 55th birthday of the Hollywood legend that is Mr. Robert Downey Jr. The actor’s been a major name in the business for decades, earning himself an Oscar nomination back in 1992 for Chaplin, but as we all know, his portrayal of Tony Stark in the MCU is what lifted him to a phenomenal level of fame and acclaim.
He officially vacated the role of Iron Man, at least on a regular basis, in last year’s Avengers: Endgame, but all the birthday messages that Marvel fans have been sharing on social media today make clear that his contribution to the franchise will never be forgotten.
To begin with, fan artist Boss Logic shared this awesome piece to commemorate Downey’s big day.
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) April 4, 2020
The one and only.
Happy 55th birthday to the one and only, Robert Downey Jr.
Thank you for being the hero that started the entirety of the MCU and making it a wonderful experience.
Even at the end of it, you are still truly Iron Man. #HappyBirthdayRobertDowneyJr pic.twitter.com/2fztNeoktx
— Super (@Superayyy) April 4, 2020
As much as we all love Tony, let’s not forget about his other iconic parts – like his performances as the aforementioned Charlie Chaplin, Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder (which earned him his second Academy Award nom) and Sherlock Holmes.
Happy 55th Birthday to Robert Downey Jr. ? pic.twitter.com/Ur7ETsWJAc
— Culture Crave ? (@CultureCrave) April 4, 2020
A lot of fans decided to reflect on the incredible turns his career has taken, from his well-documented substance abuse problems to his triumphant comeback and beyond.
Today, this great actor turns 55. Perhaps no other actor has had such a life-changing comeback as him. He leadered the most successful franchise in film history. Charismatic & with a unique personality. A 2-time Oscar nominee. The detective. Iron Man himself. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. pic.twitter.com/9yFWosKacA
— The Epilogue (@Epiloguers) April 4, 2020
On the flipside, fellow Marvel man Taika Waititi decided to have some fun with Downey’s birthday, apparently getting his buddy confused with British TV personality Graham Norton!
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) April 4, 2020
Some statistics to be proud of.
in 2020 Robert Downey Jr is 55 Years old.
• 17 years of sobriety.
• 11 years of being iron man.
• Proud father of 3 kids.
• happily married.
• world changing projects ahead.
— Robert Downey Jr. UK (@downeysduckling) April 4, 2020
Now’s the perfect time to share this GIF from back when his MCU journey began, with 2008’s Iron Man.
— 9GAG (@9GAG) April 4, 2020
Someone had to say it.
Happy Birthday @RobertDowneyJr.
We Love You 3000 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/IEExa757Fd
— ⎊۞ La Buhardilla Marvel ✵⍟ (@BuhardiMarvel) April 4, 2020
Downey’s first post-Endgame project, Doolittle, arrived in theaters earlier this year and he’s next set to appear in Sherlock Holmes 3, reprising the Great Detective, and Jamie Foxx’s sports drama All-Star Weekend. Also, don’t miss his cameo in Black Widow, which may prove to be his last time playing Iron Man.
Happy birthday, Robert Downey Jr. We love you 3000.