Joaquin Phoenix

Actor, Model
An unconventional actor with a propensity for intense performances, Joaquin Phoenix broke out on his own following the tragic death of brother River Phoenix with the indie gem "To Die For" (1995). Previously credited as ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1974 in Puerto Rico

Filmography

Actor (46)

Irrational Man 2015 (Movie)

Abe (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Larry "Doc" Sportello (Actor)

The Immigrant 2014 (Movie)

Bruno Weiss (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Her 2013 (Movie)

Theodore (Actor)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

Freddie Quell (Actor)

4Real 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two Lovers 2009 (Movie)

Leonard Kraditor (Actor)

Reservation Road 2007 (Movie)

Ethan Learner (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

We Own the Night 2007 (Movie)

Bobby Green (Actor)

I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual CMA Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Walk the Line 2005 (Movie)

John R Cash (Actor)

Hotel Rwanda 2004 (Movie)

Jack Daglish (Actor)

It's All About Love 2004 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Ladder 49 2004 (Movie)

Jack Morrison (Actor)

The Village 2004 (Movie)

Lucius Hunt (Actor)

Brother Bear 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Kenai-Bear/Kenai-Human (Actor)

Buffalo Soldiers 2003 (Movie)

Ray Elwood (Actor)

Signs 2002 (Movie)

Merrill Hess (Actor)

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

Commodus (Actor)

Gladiator Games: The Roman Blood Sport 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Quills 2000 (Movie)

Abbe Coulmier (Actor)

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

Willie Gutierrez (Actor)

8mm 1999 (Movie)

Max California (Actor)

Clay Pigeons 1998 (Movie)

Clay (Actor)

Return to Paradise 1998 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

Inventing the Abbotts 1997 (Movie)

Doug Holt (Actor)

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

Toby N Tucker (Actor)

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

Jimmy Emmett (Actor)

Walking the Dog 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

Garry (Actor)

Russkies 1987 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Morningstar/Eveningstar 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Camp 1986 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Anything For Love 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids Don't Tell 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Six Pack 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Earthlings (TV Show)

Voice

Secret Witness (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

We Own the Night 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (2)

Her 2013 (Movie)

("The Moon Song") (Song Performer)

Walk the Line 2005 (Movie)

Featured Musician (Performer)
Writer (1)

Biography

An unconventional actor with a propensity for intense performances, Joaquin Phoenix broke out on his own following the tragic death of brother River Phoenix with the indie gem "To Die For" (1995). Previously credited as Leaf Phoenix, the actor had his start in films like "SpaceCamp" (1986) and "Parenthood" (1989) before nearly leaving acting for good after his brother's drug overdose in 1993. Phoenix picked himself up from the loss to star in films like "U Turn" (1997) and "Inventing the Abbotts" (1997) before earning acclaim and an Oscar nomination for playing the Emperor Commodus in Ridley Scott's Roman epic "Gladiator" (2000). That same year, he received further acclaim as the profoundly religious Abbé in "Quills" (2000), while elevating his profile with "Signs" (2003), "Ladder 49" (2004), "The Village" (2004) and "Hotel Rwanda" (2004). Phoenix found himself in Academy Award contention once more for playing bad boy country singer Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line" (2005). After starring in "Reservation Road" (2007), he appeared to go off the deep end by abruptly announcing his retirement from Hollywood in 2008 in order to pursue a rap music career. Phoenix made public appearances in frazzled, unkempt states - most notably on David Letterman - which aroused suspicions that he may have been pulling an Andy Kaufman, which proved to be the case after the release of the mockumentary "I'm Still Here" (2010). With a return to critical favor following "The Master" (2012), Phoenix resumed his career as a gifted performer with eclectic taste.

Relationships

Acacia

Companion
Involved in 1995 No longer together

John Amram

Father
Born 1947 in Fontana, CA Missionary with Children of God; former Children of God's archbishop of Venezuela and the Caribbean Islands Divorced from Phoenix's mother

Arlyn Jochebed

Mother
Born 1944 in the Bronx Former missionary with Children of God; worked as NBC temp in California 1978 Divorced from Phoenix's father; re-married to Jeffrey Weisberg, treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of The Peace Alliance Foundation

River Phoenix Actor

Brother
Born Aug. 23, 1970 Died Oct. 31, 1993 of a drug overdose in Los Angeles, CA

Summer Phoenix Actor

Sister
Born Dec. 10, 1978

Liberty Phoenix Actor

Sister
Born July 5, 1976

Rain Phoenix Actor

Sister
Born Nov. 21, 1972

Liv Tyler Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "Inventing the Abbotts" (1997) Broke up fall 1998

EDUCATION

Dropped out of school in ninth grade; primarily home schooled

Milestones

2012

Co-starred as a war veteran who joins a cult in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master"

2010

Produced and starred in Casey Affleck's music documentary "I'm Still Here" about his attempt to transition from acting to a career as a rapper; Affleck later revealed the film was fake

2009

Appeared in the James Gray directed "Two Lovers"

2008

Announced retirement from acting in order pursue his career in music; it was later revealed to be an act for the fake documentary "I'm Still Here"

2007

Co-starred in the Terry George directed "Reservation Road"

2007

Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall in "We Own the Night"

2005

Starred in James Mangold's "Walk the Line," a biopic of country music legend Johnny Cash opposite Reese Witherspoon as his wife June Carter Cash; earned Oscar and SAG nominations for Best Actor

2004

Starred as curious and headstrong Lucius Hunt in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village"

2004

Featured in "Ladder 49" as a firefighter who reflects on his career and family while awaiting rescue from a burning building

2003

Co-starred with Claire Danes and Sean Penn in "It's All About Love"

2003

Starred in "Buffalo Soldiers," a dark comedy about a clever American soldier stationed in Berlin

2002

Replaced an ill Mark Ruffalo in the M. Night Shyamalan thriller "Signs"

2000

Won rave reviews as the malevolent emperor Commodus in "Gladiator"; garnered a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

2000

Co-starred in period drama "Quills"

2000

Played the shady best friend of Mark Wahlberg in "The Yards"

1999

Appeared with Nicolas Cage in "8mm"

1998

Co-starred in two films with Vince Vaughn, "Clay Pigeons" and "Return to Paradise" (the former was filmed first, but was released in theaters weeks after the latter)

1995

Landed breakthrough role in Gus Van Sant's "To Die For," playing the youth seduced by his teacher (Nicole Kidman) into murdering her husband

1989

Cast as Dianne Wiest's troubled son in Ron Howard's "Parenthood"

1986

Feature acting debut, "SpaceCamp"

1986

Made debut as a TV series regular on CBS drama "Morningstar/Eveningstar"

1986

Starred in an episode of the revival of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" entitled "A Very Happy Ending" as a deaf boy with murderous designs on his wealthy and emotionally distant father

1985

TV-movie debut, "Kids Don't Tell," a CBS drama about child molestation

1983

Featured in the NBC dramatic pilot "Six Pack"

1982

Made acting debut on episode of short-lived CBS musical adventure series "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"; older brother River was a regular; younger sister Summer also appeared

1980

Changed first name to "Leaf" around age six or seven

1978

Relocated with family to Los Angeles, CA after Rainbow and River won local talent contests

1977

Family returned to the U.S. and settled in Florida

1977

Parents left the Children of God; lived in Caracas, Venezuela where older siblings River and Rainbow sang religious songs for money and food in the street

1975

Moved with family to South America

1974

Traveled throughout Puerto Rico and Mexico with parents as missionaries for the evangelical cult Children of God

Took a leave from acting

Changed first name back to Joaquin while living in Mexico

Bonus Trivia

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With his Oscar nomination for "Gladiator" (2000) Phoenix became half of the only pair of brothers to receive acting nods. Older brother River Phoenix was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for 1988's "Running on Empty."

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Phoenix was offered the part in "Gladiator." He instead asked to audition, just to make sure he deserved it.

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On April 12, 2005, Phoenix's publicist announced that he had checked into an undisclosed rehabilitation facility for treatment of alcoholism.

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Phoenix on how he does not draw on personal experiences to tap into roles: "I find it incredibly confusing. It's very difficult for me to be reminded of myself. From the very beginning when I start working on a character it's to create their experience and their history. I get completely enveloped in a character. So when I'm reminded of something of my own, or if the director reminds me of something [personal], I just find it very confusing. I can't contain both things." – from CNN.com, Nov. 17, 2005

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