Robert Downey Jr.’s father is of one half Lithuanian Jewish, one quarter Irish, and one quarter Hungarian Jewish, ancestry. Robert’s mother had Scottish, English, German, and Swiss-German ancestry.
Robert Downey Jr. was born on April 4, 1965, in New York City, New York, the United States. His father is the avant-garde filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., who is best known for the 1969 film Putney Swope. His mother, Elsie, was an actress who instilled in her son a love of performing. Downey was raised in an artistic household in New York City’s Greenwich Village and began acting as a young child.
Downey's parents divorced when he was 13, and the young actor ended up living in Los Angeles with his father.