Susan Downey is an accomplished Hollywood producer. 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 actor credits her as the miracle that revitalized his career and saved him from a life of substance abuse. Get to know more about this incredible lady here including her bio and age, net worth as well as her husband and son.
Susan Downey’s Bio (Age)
Susan Nicole Downey (nee Levine) was born on the 6th of November 1975. She hails from a Jewish family; her father’s name is Elliot Levine while her mother’s name is Rosie. Downey spent her formative years in various parts of Illinois including Schaumburg where she attended Schaumburg High School. As a high schooler, she was an outstanding multifaceted student and was named class valedictorian when she graduated in 1991.
Unlike many people who spend years trying to figure out what to do with their life, Downey aspired to be in the movie business when she was just a teenager. 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 honors possible, Summa Cum Laude, in 1995.
Life of Robert Downey Jr’s Wife
Since joining Hollywood in the mid-90s, Downey has built 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).
In the course of her career, the Chicago native has overseen the development and production of big budget movies such as Mortal Kombat, Swordfish and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Susan Downey is also an executive producer and earned her first production credit as co-producer of the 2002 horror film – Ghostship. Since then, she has produced other movies such as Gothika, The Invasion, The Brave One, RocknRolla, Iron Man 2, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Reaping and Cradle 2 the Grave.
Husband and Son
Susan Downey is married to award-winning actor, Robert Downey Jr. She first met her future husband on the set of the 2003 thriller, Gothika. She was one of the producers while he was one of the stars in the movies. Downey Jr. was immediately taken with her but she wasn’t so impressed with him. She thought him strange and was not keen to date an actor. He, however, persisted in his efforts and she eventually warmed up to his affections. They commenced a romantic relationship and enjoyed a blissful time together. The couple’s new found love was however threatened by the actor’s continued abuse of various substances. She, therefore, gave him an ultimatum to either quit or lose her.
Downey Jr. 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.
The couple now has two kids together; son, Exton Elias (b. February 2012) and daughter, Avri Roel (b. November 2014). It must be noted that this is the first marriage for Downey. Her husband, on the other hand, was previously married to actress/singer – Deborah Falconer. The union lasted for 12 years and produced a son named Indio Falconer Downey.
Susan Downey’s Net Worth
Susan Downey has a net worth of $12 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. Additionally, his enormous paycheck is well-deserved as he is the highest grossing movie star worldwide. While most couples keep their professional lives apart in order to avoid conflict, Downey and her husband have no misgivings about collaborating professionally. In 2010, they co-founded a production company known as Team Downey.
The company has released several projects including the 2014 movie – The Judge, a legal drama about a hotshot lawyer who is forced to return to his small hometown after his mother’s death. During the funeral, he endures a strained relationship with his brothers as well as his dad who is the local judge. He is however forced to reconcile with his family after defending his dad in a murder trial. The movie was highly successful and featured A-listers such as Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Downey Jr himself.