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Robert Downey Jr. has been granted an official pardon for a drug conviction that sent him to prison nearly 20 years ago.

California Governor Jerry Brown announced pardons for 91 people who had been out of custody for 10 years and proved they had turned their lives around.

Robert Downey Jr.’s conviction will remain on his record but he will have his voting rights restored.

In 1996, police found cocaine, heroin and a pistol in the actor’s car when they stopped him for speeding.Robert Downey Jr given pardon

Robert Downey Jr., who is best known today for his role as Iron Man in a series of Marvel movies, was sent to prison in 1999 after violating his probation.

The actor had achieved early success in Hollywood after making his screen debut at the age of five, but went on to fall victim to drink and drugs, before spending time in rehab and rekindling his commercial success.

A proclamation from Jerry Brown’s office says Robert Downey Jr. has “lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character, and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen”.

It went on to say the actor “has paid his debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon”.

Gov. Jerry Brown has issued hundreds of pardons in each of his four terms in office, usually doing it around Christian holidays.

Most people pardoned along with Robert Downey Jr. had been found guilty of nonviolent drug and property crimes.

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The Toronto International Film Festival is due to begin later in Canada.

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall legal drama The Judge will officially kick off the 10-day event.

The 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival is currently being held from September 4 to 14.

Both stars are expected to grace the red carpet for the gala at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall.

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall legal drama The Judge will officially kick off the Toronto International Film Festival

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall legal drama The Judge will officially kick off the Toronto International Film Festival

Some 300 films will be screened at the festival, including Alan Turing movie The Imitation Game and Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

Al Pacino film The Humbling – based on Philip Roth’s final novel – will also premiere on September 4.

The Oscar-winner was honored at the festival’s charity gala , with a Q&A looking back over his career.

King Street, on which the festival’s main headquarters is situated, has been closed to traffic and streetcars to enable the public to get closer to the red carpet action.

Other films set to premiere include a big screen version of the 1980s TV series The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, Michael Douglas thriller The Reach and Ethan Hawke drone drama Good Kill.

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Forbes magazine has named Robert Downey Jr. as Hollywood’s highest-paid actor for the second year in a row.

The Forbes annual list put Robert Downey Jr., 49, on top with earnings totaling around $75 million.

The majority of Robert Downey Jr. ‘s pay between June 2013 to June 2014 came from his role in the latest film in the franchise, Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3, which was released in May last year, made $1.2 billion at the box office.

“As Iron Man, he’s the driving force behind four of Marvel’s biggest hits, including The Avengers,” Forbes.com said.

Forbes magazine has named Robert Downey Jr. as Hollywood's highest-paid actor for the second year in a row

Forbes magazine has named Robert Downey Jr. as Hollywood’s highest-paid actor for the second year in a row (photo Getty Images)

Former pro-wrestler Dwayne Johnson, or The Rock, has jumped from fifth to second place.

Dwayne Johnson, 42, is estimated to have made $52 million after starring in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the Fast and Furious films.

Hangover star Bradley Cooper placed third, bringing in $46 million over the last year.

Leonardo DiCaprio was ranked fourth after starring in two major films.

It’s thought The Wolf of Wall Street, which made $395 million worldwide, and The Great Gatsby earned the 39-year-old an estimated $39 million.

Thor actor Chris Hemsworth completed the top five with $37 million.

Forbes magazine produces its rankings and estimated earnings by talking to managers, producers and agents.

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Indio Downey, Robert Downey Jr.’s son, was arrested in West Hollywood, California, on Sunday afternoon for drug possession, ET reported.

Indio Downey, 20, was arrest occurred after a traffic stop and investigation near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega. He was a passenger in the car.

Robert Downey Jr.’s son, Indio, was arrested in West Hollywood for drug possession

Robert Downey Jr.’s son, Indio, was arrested in West Hollywood for drug possession (photo Getty Images)

The actor’s son posted bail, which amounted to $10,000, and was released just after 12:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

Indio Downey’s famous 49-year-old father has struggled with drug addiction in the past and has even ended up in prison for his substance abuse.

On Monday, Robert Downey Jr. released the following statement to TMZ: “Unfortunately, there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being. We’re grateful to the Sheriff’s department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale.”

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Robert Downey Jr. has topped Forbes‘ list of highest-paid actors, with estimated earnings of $75 million.

The Avengers and Iron Man 3 featuring 48-year-old Robert Downey Jr. took more than $1 billion at the box office.

In second place is Channing Tatum, who financed and starred in Magic Mike.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, it made $167 million, contributing to Channing Tatum’s $60 million pay.

Robert Downey Jr. has topped Forbes' list of highest-paid actors, with estimated earnings of $75 million

Robert Downey Jr. has topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors, with estimated earnings of $75 million

Completing the top three is Australian actor Hugh Jackman, whose new film The Wolverine is about to open in the UK.

Hugh Jackman is thought to have earned $55 million in the same period – June 2012 to June 2013.

Other stars in the top 10 include Mark Wahlberg, star of comedy film Ted, who earned $52 million and Adam Sandler with $37 million.

Denzel Washington, who is in ninth place, earned approximately $33 million.

He took a cut in pay for the film Flight in exchange for a share of the profits. The film ended up making $162 million.

Last year, Tom Cruise, 51, topped the list with earnings of $75 million.

This year Tom Cruise dropped to eighth place with $35 million, gained largely from his international audience, Forbes said.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Liam Neeson complete the top 10 with earnings of $39 million and $32 million respectively.

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Iron Man 3 has triumphed at the US box office, with the second biggest ever opening weekend in the US.

Comic book sequel Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr., took an estimated $175.3 million across the weekend.

Only 2012’s The Avengers, which united Iron Man with fellow Marvel characters, had a bigger opening, taking $207.4 million when it opened last May.

Iron Man 3 is the final episode in the trilogy, and follows Tony Stark’s battle with terrorist “the Mandarin”.

Iron Man 3 has triumphed at the US box office, with the second biggest ever opening weekend

Iron Man 3 has triumphed at the US box office, with the second biggest ever opening weekend

Directed by Shane Black, who previously worked with Robert Downey Jr. on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the film co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, as Pepper Potts, and Sir Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin.

Iron Man 3, which has enjoyed largely positive reviews, has easily outstripped the opening weekends of the first two films, which took $98.6 million and $128.1 million respectively.

The film opened a week earlier overseas, taking $504.8 million at the international box office – meaning it has already grossed $680.1 million in total.

Robert Downey Jr. is expected to reunite with fellow comic book characters Captain America, Thor and the Hulk in the forthcoming Avengers sequel, which is scheduled to be released in 2015.

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