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Downey Jr. gives baby Hebrew(?) name

Actor takes to Facebook to announce his ‘2014 Fall/Winter project’ — the birth of daughter Avri Roel Downey

Robert Downey, Jr. and his wife Susan Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com
Robert Downey, Jr. and his wife Susan Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

Hot off the heels of the reveal that he will be co-starring as the popular Iron Man in 2016’s comic-book spectacular Captain America: Civil War, Robert Downey, Jr. has announced his newest contribution to the world, and the one he’s probably most excited about: a baby girl.

The high profile actor took to Facebook Wednesday night to announce his “2014 Fall/Winter project” with wife Susan Levin, the birth of daughter Avri Roel Downey.

While Jewish sites such as Tablet Magazine and The Forward have concluded that Downey, Jr., who is part-Jewish, and his wife — completely Jewish — have chosen a Hebrew-ish name for their girl similar to a common nickname for Avraham, People Magazine has noted that the name is pronounced Ay-Vree and not Ah-Vree.

We’ll leave it for you to decide.

After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project.Principal…

Posted by Robert Downey Jr on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The couple were married in what was described as a Jewish ceremony in August 2005 and have a son, Exton Elias Downey, who was born in February 2012. Downey, Jr. also has a 21-year-old son from his first marriage to musician Deborah Falconer — Indio Falconer Downey.

Downey, Jr.’s father was half-Jewish, and the actor has in the past described himself as “Jewish-Buddhist.”

Last Thursday, he paid homage to his pregnant wife while accepting the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

“How is she still so darn pretty and functional and mood-stable?” Downey asked the audience, joking that the pregnancy was “extraordinarily tough for him.”

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