He’s Always Been This Handsome: 10 Charming Throwback Photos of a Young Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. turns 59 years old on April 4, 2024, but he’ll always have this youthful energy

Happy Birthday, Robert Downey Jr.!

The Oscar-winning actor turns 59 on April 4, 2024, and has filled his years with all sorts of twists and turns that have led him to cinematic success and happiness at home with wife Susan and their family.

“I got a couple other tricks up my sleeve,” he recently told PEOPLE of his next act. “We’re just getting started,” added his wife, also his producing partner. “There’s so many more things we want to do together and achieve together and play together, create together.”

As Downey Jr. continues that ride, look back on some of his most iconic moments from the late 1980s and early 1990s in honor of his birthday.

Robert Downey Jr. joined (from left) Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Rusler and Ilan Mitchell-Smith for 1985’s Weird Science.

Live from New York

For one season from 1985 to 1986, Robert Downey Jr. joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Here, he visits “Weekend Update” with Dennis Miller and Anthony Michael Hall.

Total Natural

Robert Downey Jr. earned critical acclaim for his work in 1994’s Natural Born Killers.

What’s the Dish?

He charmed again in 1991’s ensemble piece, Soapdish.

Quiet Time

The 1992 film Chaplin earned Robert Downey Jr. his first Oscar nomination; he had another nod in 2008 for Tropic Thunder before winning in 2023 for Oppenheimer.

Take Your Pick

Alongside Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr. had his ’80s teenage dream moment in the 1987 movie The Pick-Up Artist.

Period Piece

In 1998, Robert Downey Jr. joined Kiefer Sutherland for the war drama 1969.

Good Chance

In a rom-com about reincarnation, Robert Downey Jr. starred alongside Cybill Shepherd.

Swing Town

The actor jumped into the thrills for the 1990 action film Air America.

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