First Bossy has a confession. She’s never been that crazy about Robert Downey, Jr., and Bossy knows what you’re thinking, “But Bossy, what about the talented and the talented?” To which Bossy answers:
Robert Downey Jr. always seemed so Hollywood child star and ungrounded to Bossy. What with the drugs and the drunk driving and the drugs:
And even after Robert Downey Jr. got clean and was once again embraced by movie studios who were securing million-dollar insurance policies against his potential behavior, Bossy couldn’t stop looking at his eyes and his pallor to make sure he wasn’t sliding back downhill:
But then suddenly, ooooh, there he was and he had matured and there was grey in charming facial hair that partially obscured spoiled expressions and, well, hello Robert Downey Jr.
And, you know, there’s also this:
Bossy’s recent reevaluation of Robert Downey Jr. got Bossy thinking about something. Namely, the junior part of Robert Downey Jr. Namely, who is the original Robert Downey? Namely, why does Bossy keep saying namely?
Pictured above, Robert Downey Sr. is an actor, screenwriter, film director, producer, and father to Robert Downey Jr. This got Bossy thinking about other famous actors who are juniors. Like him:
It turns out Cuba Gooding Jr.’s father’s name is coincidentally Cuba Gooding Sr., and he’s a singer who fronted the soul group The Main Ingredient — and Bossy knows what you are thinking again, you’re all Who are The Main Ingredient? Or Maybe you’re all, Who is The Main Ingredient? Or maybe it’s, Who Be The Main Ingredients, but in whatever case Bossy will answer you with just one word: Everybody Plays The Fool.
Next there’s him:
Ed Begley, Jr. was on some doctor show before hurling off the ecological deep end, but it may interest you to know Ed Begley Sr. was also an actor. His career began in radio and carried him through many notable films, such as the television show Bonanza:
Finally we come to Frank Coghlan, Jr.
Frank Coghlan Jr. was a popular freckle-faced child star during the silent movie era. And this is Frank Coghlan Sr.
If you enjoyed this stalker post, you might like this one where Bossy stalks John Cusack.
Or maybe this one when Bossy and Cusack had a baby.
And this is what Bossy was up to one year ago today.
corrie saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm
I too saw Robert Downey Jr. with new appreciation ~ he starting to look like Johnny Depp’s older brother now that his face has thinned down & matured.
pkzcass saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Very funny post. RDJr. looks a bit like an older, former-drug addicted Hugh Jackman these days. Only, HJ is and always will be WAY cuter.
The Cheap Chick saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm
As someone who has loved RD,J her whole life, all I can say is BACK OFF, HE’S MINE. Every drug-taking, booze-swilling, self-entitled, famous-brat inch of him. He’s so pretty, it makes my head hurt.
BH saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Love him, hate him, think he’s weird, wired, think he’s cute…
The man can ACT.
Maria saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm
OH, what BH said. Totally. But with more caps on the CUTE part. Because oooo, I like that whole scruffy/older/colostomy bag thing going on. What does that say about me? That I like geriatric men or that I’m over forty?
When RDJr. came along my mother SO knew who he was because she was familiar with RDSr. And someday we’ll be going “Oh, RDIII, whatever, I remember his dad….”
mia saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm
thank you, and God bless you for sharing that.. hehehe. I think I need to go buy a color printer 🙂
ZDub saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm
I agree regarding RD Jr.
I can’t trust him.
I want to like him, but I can’t.
See Charlie Sheen as well.
E.J.O'Shea saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Ditto to BH, bless you for seeing past the gossip. And a little something to add to your name analogy.
Their real last name (Sr. and Jr.) is Elias. Sr. changed it long ago — Jr. wanted it back for a long time, but now knows it doesn’t matter.
dgm saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm
I’ve always, always loved RDJr.
Oh sure, he fell on hard times, but then he picked himself up, then fall back down–waaaaaay down–again. And it was after that fall that I broke up with him because he appeared to be a relentless bad boy and I was ready to settle down at that point. But I never stopped loving him! Now that he’s back again, I love him eeeeeeven more with his mature, showered, healthy-eater looks.
Jen O. saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm
I am in 100% agreement with the entire evolution of Mr. Downey Jr.’s appeal, especially with the HELLO! portion. He has grown and matured into a very, very handsome man who can, but always has, act his ass off.
Oh, and one Junior that many find appealling and I find not-so-much? Harry Connick. He scares me a bit, but that’s a whole different therapy session there.
David saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Please stop catering to Josh’s fantasies.
David saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm
That’s my job.
josh saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm
Chut uh David! If Bossy just happens to want to blog about the MOST GORGEOUS MAN IN THE HISTORY OF MAH VIDA, then who are we to have qualms wiff it?!
And Egg Benedict Jr. was on “St. Elsewhere” aka a show that I watched with my parents every night when I was a tot! It’s the quintessential hospital drama!
Shelley saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Like dgm, I have always loved RDJ. When he was a bit player in Weird Science, when he was in Tuff Turf with James Spader, and when he was a drug addict in Less Than Zero (that was a stretch, right?) I loved him in Good NIght and Good Luck (with George Clooney), and in countless other movies that I can’t remember. There were several times when I thought he was going to kill himself with the drinking and the drugs. But he is the ultimate comeback story. I even went to see Ironman (not my favorite genre, the superhero thing) because he was in it. I just, not 15 minutes ago, got back from seeing Sherlock Holmes, and it was a lot of fun. Also with the Sherlock Holmes was a preview for Ironman II, which will be required viewing this summer. But my all time favorite movie of his is Chaplin. If you haven’t seen it, go rent it. Then come to my blog and thank me. 🙂
Shelley saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Dang, I forgot… @Maria, his son’s name is actually Indio, and I think he’s about the age of my oldest daughter, 16-17 ish? I haven’t seen any pictures of him since he was about 12, but I’ll bet he’s a hottie. Ahem…I mean, I’ll bet he’ll be a hottie when he’s 18, and not one minute before. I wonder if he acts?
linlah saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 4:25 pm
Thank you EBj for going off the deep end your acting made my head hurt.
The Domestic Goddess saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Love, love, love RDJr. Love him. Drugs are bad, but he’s BAD.
AnnP saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm
I’m sitting here at work and it’s quiet and I get to the part about Ed Begley and the part “…before hurling off the ecological deep end…” and this huge hiccup of a laugh came bursting out. Hilarious! And yeah, Robert Downey, Jr. is definitely maturing well.
Sissy in Texas saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm
Your new fair-weather-husband, RDJ?
Meg at the Members Lounge saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm
I used to feel the same way about Leonardo DiCaprio, and then he did the Departed. Hello, Leo.
Ris saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm
I fell in love/back in love with RDJ when I saw “When the Levees Broke” and it showed him in a boat, in New Orleans, helping people escape their flooded houses. That’s heart. Hollywood, take note.
Ris saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm
Damn, that was Sean Penn. Nevermind. Hmm ok I like RDJ because hello, silver fox in the making.
Stacey Ball saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm
Yes, RDJ has come a long way and I find myself thinking he is dreamy. Not so much in the younger years, but I was also younger too and well…RDJ just seemed so old!
josh saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm
Pepaw Love Apocalypse!
Mama Kat saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm
If Robert Downey Jr. knocked on my door today with millions of dollars and a private jet plane to take me anywhere I want to go…I MIGHT consider leaving my husband for him. Otherwise? Suck it Bobby.
ashtonsmom saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm
Why is it that men get more attractive as they get older and we women just get older? NO FAIR! Seriously, young RDJ=buffoon who can act; mature RDJ=hottie who happens to be one hell of an actor.
BossysMom saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm
I’m not informed about the ecological deep end, but I need to be…made me laugh anyway…is that like Nick Noltes staying (young) deep end?
And Egg Benedict Jr…..laugh laugh
Judy saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm
RDJ. Lifelong crush on the ultimate bad boy. Agree, he certainly can act.
scout's Honor saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm
Oh, yummy, yummy Robert. Hawt!
Shayera saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Mom uses my library. Like, multiple times a week. And she very often just casually drops the fact that she’s his mom. We know!!! ::eyeroll::
Tam saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm
Thanks for that educational post Bossy. I learned something new, like Robert Downey has a father. He looks particularly hot in that picture above his Dad. Wow.
Liz in Virginia saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm
Mmmm! Robert Downey, Jr.! And as it turns out — mmmmm! Cuba Gooding Sr.!
Lizzy saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm
I heart RDJr for several reasons. Firstly, because he made a movie with my husband Jude Law. Secondly, his acting is the same in EVERY movie… goofy, sarcastic, cool; I know what to expect, and thirdly… because he overcame his urges of walking into neighbors’ homes and sleeping in their beds. Or was that Margot KIdder? I get them confused.
Manic Mommy saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm
How could Harry Connick Jr. *not* come to mind? Also RDJr is super-hot!
AmberStar saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm
I was surprised at how much Cuba Gooding, Jr. looks like his dad. Robert Downey,Jr. has come a long way and grown up a bunch…or at least he looks like he has anyway.
He was in “In Bruges” last year, I think. That was a good movie…funny as all get out.
AmberStar saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm
Oops…that was Collin Farrell not Robert Downey, Jr. They both have dark hair and eyes. I got so confused with all the initials in this post.
Kate@And Then I Was a Mom saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm
I get where you’re coming from. How do I reconcile the yumminess that is the scruffy-haired RDJ with those many, many National Enquirer covers of my youth, all of which showed him in some state of overdose-addled undress, usually outside a Best Western or Quality Inn? And then he was in “Iron Man” and I suppose his acting was all fine and good but GOOD GOD THAT DOPE GWYNETH PALTOW was in it and no one can concentrate on the other actors when GOOD GOD THAT DOPE GWYNETH PALTROW is around. She’s like a stinky cheese. Yes, just like that.
Cupcake Murphy saysJanuary 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm
I once saw Ed Begley Jr CHEWING OUT his girlfriend in their car when I looked in my rearview mirror sitting at a stop light. I assumed she had misused the compost heap.
APeetsMom saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 1:06 am
I LOVE Robert Downey Jr!!! in spite of all his problems, he is so yummy!!!!! funny funny Bossy – I love you too!
Bush Babe saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 3:59 am
You know, the whole JUNIOR thing is something I don’t get. Not at all. With ALL of the names in the world why do people feel the need to give their kid a copy of their parent’s moniker?? I don’t know anyone in the country who has ever named their kid ‘junior’… well, anyone that is not American.
All that aside, I am with Bossy and BH on this one. Love him onscreen, and the goatee works an’ all… but if he was sharing physical space with me, I would be suspiciously checking his pupil dilation… Just sayin’…
Dawn in Austin saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 9:09 am
Oh, the only movie star I heart is Robert Downey, Jr. He can check me for clues any time!
patois saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 10:50 am
Can’t explain my years-long attraction to the guy. Can’t defend it, either. But, ahhhhhhh.
meleah rebeccah saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 10:58 am
Meleah *hearts* Robert Downey Jr. – now that he’s all growed-up.
Laurie saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 11:04 am
This was a very informative post BOSS–who knew that Cuba Gooding Sr. was so hot??
And I know …..RD Jr. is getting red-hotter by the second.
I hate men. They get better …..(looking, at least). We get better, yeah ……just not in the looks department (usually, at least)
Note to self: must reinvent-self as hot old woman
KP saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 11:49 am
Never gave him a second thought til my son begged me to take him to see Iron Man… now he and I are both counting down the days til Iron Man 2.
Always thought he was a spoiled brat… but, oooh… Tony Stark has seved him well!
janny226 saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm
Sorry Cheap Chick, josh, and whoever else blah blah carries on about Robert Downey Jr… Oh sure, I dropped him like a hot potato during the mug-shot era, but WHO DIDN’T?! He’s MY Husband #2. Or maybe he’s #3 or 4, depending on how well he can cook; I’ve got a couple other hotties from cooking shows in the queue also. Ever since Bossy claimed John Cusack I’ve had to expand my list…
Z. Mulls saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm
Robert Downy, Jr. was the diffference between IRON MAN being a run-of-the-mill superhero movie and “Wow that was fun to watch on the airplane to Paris” sort of thing.
He makes even the worst dre(c?)k watchable. Remember that movie with two girls and a guy where he gets it on hot and superheavy with Heather Graham in her Rollergirl days? It was called…hang on…..the film did have a name….um……
Sandi saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Did you see him in Sherlock Holmes? OMG! Incredible. My only questions is what deal with the devil did he make that he looks so fantastic after years and years of heroin abuse.
zidia saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Downey,Sr. had two film masterpieces in the distant past:
Putney Swope in 1969;and Greaser’s Palace in ’72
Lorrine saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm
Wow – so much information at one time – and I can’t concentrate on any of it…I didn’t even know who he was until Allie McBeal and look at him now. Thank you, Bossy.
Amy saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm
RDJr: I know, right? Even if he is a tiny little elf of a man…
madtexter saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm
What a fun post. I’ve sometimes been told I look like a cleaned up RD, J. I’m not bragging here…it’s just weird. But you’re right, he did get better looking with age. Thank Gawwd I’m a guy; people are more forgiving of aging men.
Thanks for stopping by my blog pad. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and we share the same kind of snarky humor.
Sweatshop Seamstress Susan saysJanuary 9, 2010 at 1:50 am
Putney Swope, right on.
JoolzMac saysJanuary 9, 2010 at 9:31 am
Robert Downy Jnr has always been yummy. I’m glad he’s grown into himself.
When he was messed up on drugs, I remember him saying…
“It’s like I’ve got a shotgun in my mouth, with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of gun metal.”
Sparx saysJanuary 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… thanks for that. I know there were more pictures AFTER Mr. Jr of other Mr. Jrs but I have to say… who cares?
Bridget saysJanuary 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm
Gotta say – I love a BAD boy! Always liked RDJ – think he’s a decent actor – but I can understand why people don’t care for him too…………fantasy is a powerful thing!
The New Girl saysJanuary 14, 2010 at 12:09 am
This is an IMPRESSIVE PIECE of investigative journalism, Bossy.
What about Harry Conick Jr.? I NEED TO KNOW.
foolery saysJanuary 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm
An important Jr. overlooked: Nick Jr. I wonder if he can act?
Kate@And Then I Was a Mom, your Gwyneth comment — TWICE — made me make donkey noises. Thank you. : )
monica saysJanuary 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm
picture # 5…hello, lover