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Robert Downey Jr.

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The arrest of Robert Downey Jr.:

A talented and versatile actor, he's played a wide range of roles on the big screen, earning a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin.

But New York City born and bred Robert Downey Junior, who's also credited as a screenwriter, singer-songwriter and comedian, was arrested several times, driven by substance abuse demons.

He was surrounded by drugs as a child because his Dad was a user and allowed Robert to use marijuana when he was only 6. Junior moved to Hollywood in 1988 to pursue his acting career after appearing in some parts in movies produced by his father.

However, from 1996 through 2001, he was arrested several times on drug possession charges, including marijuana, cocaine and heroin. There were weapons charges mixed in and missed drug tests.

Robert Downey Jr. various mugshots

Downey spent nearly a year in a California Substance Abuse Treatment facility and in a California State prison in Corcoran.

After five years of abuse, arrests, rehabilitation and relapse, he finally cleaned up his act and got his life and career back on track. A notable role was in the "Iron Man" film series.

He also said his prison time changed his political views, saying: "You can't go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal."

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