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Robert Downey Jr.'s 3 Children: Get to Know Indio, Exton, and Avri

by Tasha Mayberry


The Avengers star, Robert Downey Jr., is a father of three: his first son, Indio Falconer Downey, was born in 1993 with his then-wife Deborah Falconer, and with his wife Susan Downey, he has two younger children, son Exton Elias Downey and daughter Avri Roel Downey. Exton was born in 2012 and Avri in 2014, shortly before Robert turned 50. In a 2014 interview with Extra, Robert was asked if he enjoyed fatherhood more now that he was older. “I mean, it’s always great to be a dad no matter where you’re at or what else is going on,” he responded. “But it’s nice to really be able to show up because life now is I’m either working or I’m with him. You know, I’m not like 20 something and trying to party or hang out with my buddies.

Indio Falconer Downey, 30

Robert welcomed his first child, son Indio, with his then-wife Deborah on September 7, 1993. Following an eight-year separation, the couple finalized their divorce in 2004. Though Indio largely grew up away from the media spotlight, he has occasionally appeared with his father. Indio played a younger version of Robert’s character Harry Lockhart in 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Robert and Indio have been seen together at several premieres, including The Shaggy Dog, Zodiac, and the Netflix documentary Sr., which celebrated the life of Indio’s grandfather, Robert Downey Sr. For Indio’s 30th birthday in 2023, Robert posted a touching tribute on Instagram, calling him “a magical person” and “a legend to his siblings. From day one, a joy, a deep thinker, an empath, and an artist. Absolutely the least materialistic human I know, and positively one of the most dedicated singer/songwriter/musicians in LA!!!!” In January 2024, Robert promoted one of Indio’s songs by sharing a link to the new release on his Instagram bio and captioning a post of the song’s cover image with, “My glorious firstborn continues to impress. Strong recommend!!!”

Exton Elias Downey, 12

Robert and Susan welcomed their first child together, Exton Elias, on February 7, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Age of Ultron star debuted a photo of his then-3-month-old son on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he also shared the backstory of his newborn’s name. After showing the photo and commenting, “He’s so darn cute, isn’t he?” he explained, “My wife’s great-uncle Joe was kind of eccentric — when he was in fourth grade, he realized he didn’t have a middle name, so he changed his name to J. Exton.” Exton was also featured in Netflix’s 2022 documentary Sr.. “Exton said, ‘Yeah, you can film me or not, I just want to go and see grandpa. I think I need to do this,’ ” Robert recalled in an interview with Esquire. “It was organic. I wasn’t there when he talked to the camera. The Iron Man star reflected, “It was this amazing moment of a much healthier, sustainable version of what I had. The great triumph of the whole project is the next generation’s opportunity to get the upside without the dark.

Avri Roel Downey, 9

Robert and Susan’s daughter, Avri Roel, was born on November 4, 2014. The Sherlock Holmes star announced her arrival with a post on Facebook. “After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project,” he wrote, humorously referring to his and Susan’s production company. “Yep…Avri Roel Downey joined the party and is accompanied by a variety of Susan’s traits that have seemingly overwritten my ‘junk DNA.’ Avri’s middle name, Roel, honors her grandparents, combining the first two letters of Robert Sr., his wife Rosemary, and Susan’s mom Rosie, with the “el” from the Infinity War star’s mother, Elsie Ford, and Susan’s father, Eliot Levin. In November 2021, Robert shared videos from Avri’s 7th birthday celebration. Alongside a clip of himself dressed up like a piñata and being hit by children with sticks, he jokingly wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “For my dearest daughter AVRI’s 7th bday I gave the kids what they want. Which is clearly mob violence.” Like her big brother Exton, Avri appeared in the Netflix documentary about her paternal grandfather. She also appeared alongside both Exton and Indio in Downey’s Dream Cars in 2023.

Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey's Relationship Chronology

Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey have been a dynamic duo since 2003 — both personally and professionally. They first crossed paths during the filming of Gothika, where Robert starred opposite Halle Berry, and Susan (then Susan Levin) was working as a producer for Silver Pictures. Initially, Susan was hesitant about dating Robert, partly due to her reluctance to date a star from one of her projects, but also because, as she mentioned to The Hollywood Reporter in 2014, she found him “interesting but weird.” However, she eventually agreed to go on a date with the actor, and their relationship quickly escalated. Within a few months, they were engaged, and two years later, they exchanged vows. Today, Robert and Susan not only share two children but also co-run their own production company, Team Downey. This timeline explores Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s journey from their first encounter to their achievements as parents and business partners.