Bruce MacLeish Dern (born June 4, 1936) is an American actor. He is the father of actress Laura Dern and was formerly married to actress Diane Ladd.
He is generally regarded as a talented actor who has suffered from typecasting due to having had a series of roles as "psycho" characters early in his film career. Nevertheless, in his 60s, he continues to be a sought after performer.
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Nevertheless, in his 60s, he continues to be a sought after performer. On April 24, 2001, he was arrested in Los Angeles for being under the influence of a controlled substance after he was found wandering in an alley. He is generally regarded as a talented actor who has suffered from typecasting due to having had a series of roles as "psycho" characters early in his film career. After being released for good behaviour, Downey was arrested again in a Palm Springs, California hotel for cocaine and Valium possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance on November 25, 2000. He is the father of actress Laura Dern and was formerly married to actress Diane Ladd. Eighteen months later, Downey returned to Corcoran State Prison to serve a three-year sentence for a parole violation again on July 16, 1999. (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/rdowneymug1.html). Bruce MacLeish Dern (born June 4, 1936) is an American actor. However, just over one month later on December 8, 1997, Judge Mira sentenced Downey to six months in jail for violating parole.
On November 6, Malibu Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira sentenced Downey to three years probation for weapons and drugs charges. When he was arrested for trespassing, Downey claimed his limo driver dropped him off at the wrong address. A few weeks later, on July 20, Downey broke into a Malibu, California home and fell asleep in a child's bed. was arrested for driving drunk and being in possession of Mexican Black Tar heroin, crack, cocaine and a .357 Magnum revolver.
On June 23, 1996, Robert Downey, Jr. On November 23, 2004, he released his debut musical album "The Futurist" on Sony Classical. He has been in and out of prison and rehab centers several times. Downey has had a public battle with drug addiction throughout his adult life.
In 2000, he became an acclaimed regular on the television series Ally McBeal, but was fired after a drug-related arrest in April 2001. His other films include Only You, Natural Born Killers and lead role as a seventeenth-century doctor in Restoration, a film adaptation of Rose Tremain's novel of the same name. In 1992 Downey starred as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin, a role which garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The same year, he portrayed the drug-addicted rich boy in Less Than Zero, a role which came close to his later public life.
He went on to star in The Pick-up Artist in 1987. Having appeared in several small film roles from an early age, at 20 he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, but only appeared there for one season. Born in New York City, he is the son of director Robert Downey Sr. Robert Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor.