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Robert Downey Jr., wife Susan expecting baby

08/31/2011 by Corinne Heller

Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan are expecting their first child together.

The couple's baby is due in early 2012, the actor's spokesperson confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Wednesday, August 31. The child's gender was not revealed.

Downey Jr., the 46-year-old star of the "Iron Man" films, has a 17-year-old son, Indio, with his ex-wife of 11 years, Deborah Falconer. The two divorced in 2004. He and his current wife, formerly known as Susan Levin, wed a year later.

Susan Downey, 37, co-produced the 2010 film "Iron Man 2" as well as several more of her husband's films, including "Due Date" and "Sherlock Holmes" and its upcoming sequel, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," due on December 16.

"She's running things," Downey Jr. joked about his relationship with Susan Downey in an interview with OnTheRedCarpet.com at the 2011 Academy Awards in February (see above video).

"I remember growing up that there was always certain couples, whether they worked together in front of or behind of and in front of the screen," he added. "I'm happy it's real. It'd be weird if we were faking it."

Downey Jr. is the seventh-highest paid actor in the world, according to Forbes, which said last month that the star earned $31 million between May 2010 and May 2011. The two "Iron Man" films

He reprises his role as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in "The Avengers," which is directed and written by "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon and features Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Scarlett Johansson reprises her "Iron Man 2" role of Natasha Romanoff, aka the Black Widow, while Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Stark's assistant Pepper Potts and Samuel L. Jackson plays his previous character, Nick Fury.

Downey Jr., Hemsworth, Johansson and more "Avengers" stars appeared at Disney's D23 convention in southern California earlier this month to promote the film, which is set for release on May 4, 2012.

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