Robert Downey Jr’s Wife Susan Is Not His First – Facts About His Marriages and Kids

Robert Downey Jr. is one of the biggest movie stars in the world. His work has garnered him wide recognition as he has become one of the world’s highest-grossing box office stars of all time. But before becoming the globally recognized star he is today, thanks to his roles as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin (1992), Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and its 2011 sequel, Downing’s life was a huge mess due to his battle with substance abuse. For those familiar with his story; how he did not lose his life and was able to turn things around to become sober is nothing short of a miracle. Downey’s addiction to drugs was not just a problem to him but also his family.

It is said that his repeated trips to rehab and jail were what crashed his first marriage. The actor was previously married to actress cum singer Deborah Falconer. The pair, who share a son named Indio Falconer Downey, remained together until 2001 when Falconer left him following his last arrest. They finalized divorce proceedings in April 2004. In 2003, while estranged from his wife, Downey met producer Susan Levin on the set of the film, Gothika. Things did not get off to a smooth start for the couple as Levin twice turned down the actor’s advances. She later accepted his proposal and they soon began dating. Downey later proposed to Levin and in August 2005, they exchanged marital vows and have been by each other’s side ever since.

Meet Robert Downey Jr.’s Second Wife, Susan Levin

  • Birth Name: Susan Nicole Levin
  • Date of Birth: November 6, 1973
  • Age: 47 Years Old
  • Occupation: Film Producer
  • Duration of Marriage to Downey: 2005 – Present
  • No. of Kids With Downey: 2 (Exton Elias Downey and Avril Roel Downey)

Though most people have come to believe that Susan Downey is only popular for being Robert Downey Jr.’s wife, this is not true. She is an influential figure in the movie industry and had accomplished a lot thereof before Robert came along. Born to a Jewish family in Schaumburg, Illinois, Susan grew up a bright child with an interest in motion pictures. After she graduated as the valedictorian of class 1991 from Schaumburg High School, she was certain she wanted to become a film producer and began to work towards that.

She left Illinois for California after high school and studied at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. It is said that her career took off with Threshold Entertainment where she supervised the production of popular projects like the 1995 fantasy martial arts action film, Mortal Kombat. Over the years that followed, Susan would work with several production companies and oversee the production of multiple small and big-screen projects.

Her endeavors in the industry date back to the late ’80s when she served as the production coordination of the TV series, Santa Barbara. But it was in the early 2000s that Susan began gaining more authority in the field. She co-produced Ghost Ship in 2002 and Cradle 2 the Grave the following year before she pulled off her first full-credit as a producer, this was in the 2003 supernatural psychological horror thriller film, Gothika. Since then, Susan Downey has served as the producer and executive producer of many projects. Her most popular works include Sherlock Holmes, The Book of Eli, RocknRolla, Iron Man 2, Perry Mason, The Age of A.I., and much more.

The Couple Met On The Set of Gothika and Got Engaged In 2003

After a long struggle with drug abuse which cost Robert Downey Jr his first marriage, the actor was working towards getting his life back on track when he met Susan Levin. Susan was also in an important phase of her career: for the first time, she was completely in charge of producing a project – Gothika. The 2003 horror thriller film had Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr. portray the major characters. Working together, a romance developed between Robert and Susan. The producer turned down the actor’s advances twice, but he was persistent and she eventually decided to give him a chance.

Things happened pretty fast between the two as they were engaged before the movie was released on the 21st of November 2003. It is known that the actor proposed to the producer the night before her 30th birth anniversary, on the 5th of November 2003. He reportedly asked her to become his wife with a ring made of rare African sapphire and diamonds.

Thereafter, they went public with their relationship: while the producer revealed that Downey came across as a weird person and that she was reluctant about dating him because she didn’t want to compromise a project she believed was going to be her career breakthrough; the actor asserted that meeting and falling in love with the producer was the most memorable thing about working on the horror thriller.

They Wedded In August 2005 After Susan Helped Robert Overcome Addiction

They didn’t get married until the 27th of August 2005. This is partly so because Susan insisted that Robert completely get over his addiction problems before marriage and even threatened to break up with him. With her help, the actor overcame addiction and they got married in August 2005. It was a Jewish wedding held in Amagansett, New York. The couple has been living together ever since with no reports of marital problems.

Despite their busy schedules, they have been able to keep the flame burning by creating the time to spend time together and also working together. The couple co-founded a production company called Team Downey in 2010. Through it, they get to work together and the firm has produced a few notable projects over the years. They include The Judge, Dolittle, Perry Mason, and Sweet Tooth. Projects they have in the pipeline include Sphere, a television production, and Sherlock Holmes 3, a big-screen project.

Before they formed the production company, the couple had worked together on several projects apart from Gothika. After the horror-thriller, Susan Levin served as the executive producer of the 2005 black comedy crime film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, and others. After that, the next time they worked together was in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and then in Due Date (2010), Iron Man 2 (2010), and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).

Robert and Susan are Still Married and Have a Son and a Daughter

Together, Susan Levin and Robert Downey Jr. have welcomed two kids; a son named Exton Elias Downey who was born on February 7, 2012, and a daughter named Avri Roel Downey who was born on November 4, 2014.

Exton Elias Downey

  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
  • Date of Birth: February 7, 2012
  • Age: 9 Years Old
  • Occupation: Undetermined

Exton is the second child and son of the Iron Man actor, and the first child he had with his second wife Susan Downey. The couple has been very protective of Exton and a lot of things are yet to be learned about him. Exton would soon approach his teenage years and hopefully, more of him would be seen in the public.

Avri Roel Downey

  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
  • Date of Birth: November 4, 2014
  • Age: 6 Years Old
  • Occupation: Undetermined

Roughly nine years into their marriage and over two years after they had their first child together, Robert and Susan welcomed their second child, a daughter named Avri Roel Downey. Avri is the only daughter of the actor and his third child. Like her older brother, much isn’t know about Avri. She has a lot of growing up to do and it is still early to tell what career path she would settle for.

Susan Is Also Stepmom to Robert’s First Son, Indio Falconer Downey

  • Biological Mother: Deborah Falconer
  • Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
  • Date of Birth: September 7, 1993
  • Age: 28 Years Old
  • Occupation: Actor

Indio is the first child and son of the famous actor, he had him with his first wife Deborah Falconer in 1993. He is the most popular child of the actor as he is also an actor and once made news headlines for the wrong reasons: Indio was arrested sometime in June 2014 for cocaine possession.

If he must equal his father’s accomplishments as an actor, Indio has a long way to go.
So far, he is only known for his role in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and his work in the music department of the 2013 comedy-drama film, Jackie. To the best of our knowledge, he has a good relationship with his father, his stepmom Susan Downey, and his biological mother, Deborah Falconer.

Meet Deborah Falconer, The First Wife of Robert Downey Jr.

  • Birth Name: Deborah Lynn Falconer
  • Date of Birth: August 13, 1965
  • Age: 56 Years Old
  • Occupation: Singer-Songwriter, Actress, and Model
  • Duration of Marriage to Downey: 1992 – 2004
  • No. of Kids With Downey: One Son (Indio Falconer Downey)

Before Robert Downey Jr. met and got married to his current wife Susan Downey, he was married to Deborah Falconer. She is an American actress who was once an Elite model and also a singer-songwriter. Born in Sacramento, California, on the 13th of August 1965, Falconer kicked off her acting career in 1988 when she played Wendy in The Wrong Guys. Her next roles were in 1991, she respectively played Rivkah, John Densmore’s Girlfriend, and Allison McBride in Pyrates, The Doors, and Brotherhood of the Gun.

Even though she never announced she was quitting acting, much hasn’t been heard from her in recent years. As far as we can tell, her last roles were in 1993 when she played Chloe in Mr. Bluesman and Barbara in Short Cuts. Like her acting career, Deborah Falconer’s modeling days seem to be over as she has not done any work in that capacity for years. Nonetheless, it seems she is still active as a singer. Reports have it that she released her third album titled Lift Your Gaze in October 2014. Before this, she dropped Brave Like Me in July 2003 and Untangle which was her first album.

Robert and Deborah Got Married After Dating for Only Six Weeks In 1992

Deborah Falconer
Deborah Falconer with her ex-husband Robert Downey Jr.; image source

Details of how the actor met his first wife are quite sketchy, hardly can anyone tell how they fell in love. Nonetheless, it was reported on several platforms that they dated for only six weeks before they got married on the 29th of May 1992.

At this point, Robert was already a popular figure in the entertainment industry and was battling drug addiction which led to his breakup with Sarah Jessica Parker, his Firstborn co-star whom he dated before Deborah came into the picture.

Over a year into their marriage, in September 1993, the former couple welcomed their only child together, Indio Falconer Downey. But even the birth of the child couldn’t get Robert to get his acts together. He continued doing drugs and getting in trouble with the law and it eventually led to the end of his marriage to Deborah.

The Former Couple Separated In 1996 and Officially Ended The Marriage In 2004

Robert Downey Jr. and Deborah Falconer were married for only three years before they parted ways. It is widely believed that the actor’s addiction problem and run-ins with the law were what drove him and Deborah apart. While they parted ways in 1996, it took four years before Falconer filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

Prior to the official move to end their union, it was clear that the two had moved on: Deborah was said to be living with a drummer named Victor Indrizzo whereas Robert was in a very public relationship with Calista Flockhart, his Ally McBeal co-star. When she filed divorce papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court, she demanded spousal support and custody of their son, stipulating that Robert be granted only supervised visits with the child.

They officially ended their marriage in April 2004 and had been separated for eight years when this happened. While the financial terms of the divorce were not disclosed, it was said that they agreed to have their son live with Deborah. It has been over a decade and a half since Downey and Falconer ended their marriage. If they had any bitter feelings towards each other, it’s presumably now a thing of the past as it is believed that they get along.

Chinedu Ndubueze
Chinedu holds a B.SC in Mass Communications with several years of writing and editing experience. He is an advocate of closed-back headphones, horror movies, and dark humor; He believes that Peter Griffin and Stan Smith should be real people. Outside of having to write, edit, and work on other forms of content, Chinedu may keep up with the EPL or listen to everything Eminem and Jon Bellion.
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