A truly passionate and talented woman, Susan Downey is an accomplished Hollywood producer who has been involved in the creation of some fan-favourite motion pictures. Over the years, she has produced several highly-acclaimed movies, including Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Book of Eli, and Sherlock Holmes. Additionally, she is the wife of Hollywood superstar and Iron-man himself – Robert Downey Jr.
The story of how she started from the bottom before driving herself to the very top of the film production ladder and her love story with Robert Downey Jr. contains exhilarating details that are truly worthy of being read.
Susan Downey’s Illustrious Production Career
Susan Downey, whose full name is actually Susan Nicole Downey, was born on the 6th of November 1975. Downey was very bright as a child and, unlike many people who spend years trying to figure out what to do with their life, she realized she wanted to be in the movie business before she even became a teenager.
In fact, when she was just 12 years old, she made up her mind to become a producer. As such, after high school, she attended the University of Southern California where she studied filmmaking. She performed excellently in her studies and graduated with the highest honours possible, Summa Cum Laude, in 1995.
Downey has gone on to build an accomplished career as a producer. She has worked at different production companies, including Threshold Entertainment, Silver Pictures (where she held the position of vice president of production), and Dark Castle Entertainment (where she rose to the position of co-president).
Downey’s Big Moves As A Producer
Susan Downy has overseen the production of some highly acclaimed movies, making her one of the highly respected people in the business. After making her debut as a producer in 2002 by co-producing the horror film, Ghost Ship, Downey went on to co-produce the 2003 action film Cradle 2 the Grave, starring Jet Li and DMX.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
After producing Gothika, a 2003 American supernatural psychological horror thriller and House of Wax, a 2005 slasher film, Downey went on to executive-produce Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a 2005 American black comedy crime film is one of Downey’s early films that was released to high acclaim. The movie grossed $15.8 million, got an approval rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and became a fan-favourite upon its release.
In 2009, Susan Downey, who was already a respected producer at this point, worked on one of her most successful movies to date; Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes, a 2009 period mystery action film was released to very critical acclaim and grossed an amazing $524 million. It also opened to good reviews and won several awards, including a Golden Globe Award.
Susan Downey has also worked on other works that were well-received by the public. In 2012, she produced the critically acclaimed The Book of Eli, an American post-apocalyptic neo-Western action film starring Denzel Washington.
Other projects she has worked on include Iron Man 2 and Due Date in 2010, The Judge in 2014. Today, she and her husband are owners of the production company called Team Downey.
Susan Downey’s Intriguing Love Story With Robert Downey Jr
Like we have mentioned earlier, Susan Downey is married to award-winning actor, Robert Downey Jr. The couple has been together for quite a while and is often considered to be one of Hollywood’s most enviable pair. Apparently, their love story is truly worth telling.
The couple first met on the set of the 2003 film Gothika, the movie which happens to be Susan’s first solo gig as a producer. Interestingly, even though Downey Jr. was immediately attracted to her, she was not attracted to him at first. In fact, she thought of him as strange at the time.
However, after working with the actor for s few weeks, she realized he was quite interesting and warmed up to him. While still on the set of Gothika, he asked her out on a date and she accepted. Things picked up from there.
How She Saved Him From Substance Abuse
Susan and Robert fell in love and began dating after Gothika was filmed but the lovebird’s newfound love was however threatened by the actor’s continued abuse of various substances. Robert Downey Jr. had actually been battling substance abuse for years before that time.
Susan was in love with the actor and realized that she had to do something to help him stop his substance abuse so she came up with an idea. She confronted him and gave him an ultimatum to either quit drugs or lose her.
Downey Jr. was so in love that he took the first option and literarily threw his drugs into the ocean. He thereafter made great efforts to stay away from drugs and the couple has been happy together ever since.
Downey and her beau got engaged on the 5th of November 2003 and tied the knot two years later, on the 27th of August 2005. The wedding ceremony was a glamorous affair and took place at the Hamptons in New York.
It must be noted that this is not the first marriage for Robert Downey Jr. The man was previously married to actress/singer – Deborah Falconer. The union lasted for 12 years and produced a son named Indio Falconer Downey.
The Children They Share Together
Susan and Robert Downey are now parents to two children they have together; a boy and a girl. The couple welcomed their first child, a boy named Exton Elias Downey, on February 7, 2012. He was born in Los Angeles, California.
Their second child, this time, a girl called Avri Roel, was born on November 4, 2014. As expected, the couple is very proud of their children. It is noteworthy that Susan is also the stepmother of Robert’s first son from his first marriage, Indio Falconer Downey.
A Wealthy Couple
Susan and Robert Downey are a very wealthy couple. Susan has a net worth of $20 million. Her wealth stems from her career earnings over the years. Meanwhile, her movie-star husband has a net worth of $300 million. His significant wealth is not surprising, given the fact that he is one of the highest-paid actors in the world.
Together, they own Team Downey, the production company they co-founded. The company has released several projects.