Robert Downey Jr. Was an SNL Regular Before He Was Iron Man

Few may recall some cast members of Saturday Night Live during the 1985-1986 season,

but how many can remember Robert Downey Jr. being amongst that lineup?

Joan Cusack, Nora Dunn, Anthony Michael Hall, Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller, Randy Quaid, Al Franken,

Damon Wayans and yes, Robert Downey Jr. are some names that were a part of that season’s roster.

Though many of the cast moved on to greater success, including Downey, that particular

season was an utter flop with ratings so bad that the long-running sketch comedy series was

briefly canceled. Fortunately, Lorne Michaels convinced the network for another season and

fortunately for Robert Downey, he was ultimately destined for MCU stardom.

When Downey joined SNL, it was part of a revamping campaign with a bunch of new hires.