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Robert Downey Jr. Admits He Was Fired From Shoe Store Job After Two Weeks For ‘Sticky Fingers’

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Robert Downey Jr. tried different career paths before landing roles in Hollywood and admitted he was once fired from his job.

Downey Jr.’s first starring role was “The Pick-up Artist” in 1987, but before that he worked several jobs.

“Well, I worked at a sandwich shop. I worked at a shoe store, but I had sticky fingers and I got fired after two weeks,” he told film critic Leonard Maltin at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, via People magazine. “This was before these closed-circuit cameras that monitor who might be sitting. … I wasn’t very good at it.”

“And I worked in clubs and at Thrifty’s in Santa Monica,” added Downey Jr. “I managed to become a busboy, but I didn’t really have the panache to be a waiter, so I- they say, so I had to resort to theater.”

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Robert Downey Jr. at the premiere of Oppenheimer

Robert Downey Jr. was once fired for “sticky fingers.” (Getty Images)

When asked if he attributes his professional success to “destiny,” Downey Jr. responded, “Yes, I think that’s what I was meant to do. »

The “Oppenheimer” star was no stranger to Hollywood when he found success.

Downey Jr. is the son of director Robert Downey Sr., who died in 2021. The filmmaker was known for films such as “Putney Swope”, “Boogie Nights”, “The Family Man” and “To Live and Die in LA” .

Downey Jr. appeared in his first film, “Pound,” at the age of five. The 1970 film was directed by his father.

Robert Downey Jr and his father

Robert Downey Jr. made his first on-screen appearance at the age of five in his father Robert Downey Sr.’s film “Pound.” (Getty Images)

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Before Downey Jr.’s bigger roles, the actor spent time behind bars.

Downey Jr. was arrested in 1996 and charged with driving under the influence. Police also found heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and a .357 Magnum in his vehicle.

The governor of California pardoned Downey in 2016, which ultimately restored the actor’s voting rights. The pardon did not expunge the actor’s conviction, but was a public proclamation that the person had demonstrated “exemplary behavior,” according to the governor’s office.

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Robert Downey Jr. in a photo taken at the California Department of Corrections on September 25, 1999. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)

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He only served one year of his three-year sentence.

“It was kind of like being in a really bad neighborhood, and there were no opportunities there; there were only threats,” Downey Jr. recalled during an episode of the “Armchair” podcast. Expert”. “So yes, everyone East I’m going to take your wallet, so watch it.”

The Avengers star also shared his first moment in prison.

“Entering the construction site that you will be doing for over a year for the first time, the closest thing I can associate it with is being sent to a distant planet where there is no way to go home until the planets align,” the actor explained.

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