The Brat Pack Turns 50
Today: Downey has enjoyed one of the most spectacular comebacks in Hollywood history. Granted, he did brilliant work in the '90s, including his Oscar-nominated performance as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin, but as the decade ended, he became better known for his drug woes and legal run-ins than for his acting. By 2001, he was clean and sober but uninsurable and unemployable. Still, he managed to work his way back into the spotlight, finally landing his first blockbuster in 2008's Iron Man. Today, he's carrying two blockbuster franchises (Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes) and is more popular than ever. 50th birthday: April 4, 2015.