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Birth information

28 October 1974 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Given Name

Joaquin Rafael Bottom

Nickname

Kitten
Joaq
Leaf

How tall is Joaquin Phoenix?

1.73 m

Life Story of Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family from New York, while his father, from California, is of mostly British Isles descent. As a youngster, Joaquin took his cues from older siblings River Phoenix and Rain Phoenix, changing his name to Leaf to match their earthier monikers. When the children were encouraged to develop their creative instincts, he followed their lead into acting. Younger sisters Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix rounded out the talented troupe.

The family moved often, traveling through Central and South America (and adopting the surname "Phoenix" to celebrate their new beginnings) but, by the time Joaquin was age 6, they had more or less settled in the Los Angeles area. Arlyn found work as a secretary at NBC, and John turned his talents to landscaping. They eventually found an agent who was willing to represent all five children, and the younger generation dove into television work. Commercials for meat,...

Significant features of Joaquin Phoenix

Darkened circles under his eyes
Scar on upper lip
Deep husky voice
Often plays emotionally and mentally troubled characters
Usually plays dark, brooding, sinister types

How much money has Joaquin Phoenix earned?

Quills (2000) $375,000
Buffalo Soldiers (2001) $700,000
Signs (2002) $1,000,000
The Village (2004) $5,000,000
Ladder 49 (2004) $850,000
Walk the Line (2005) $3,500,000 ...

Biographical movies about Joaquin Phoenix

I'm Still Here 2010

What movies did Joaquin Phoenix play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Animal People (2019) , Across My Land (2017) , What the Health (2017) , CAMP: The Documentary (2016) , I Am Dying (2015) , I'm Still Here (2010) , 4Real (2007) , We Own the Night (2007) ,
Actors Filmography
Far Bright Star Napoleon Childs, Joker (2019) Arthur Fleck / Joker, Lou (2018) Karl, The Sisters Brothers (2018) Charlie Sisters, Mary Magdalene (2018) Jesus, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) John Callahan, You Were Never Really Here (2017) Joe, Irrational Man (2015) Abe Lucas, Inherent...

Birth information

28 October 1974 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Given Name

Joaquin Rafael Bottom

Nickname

Kitten
Joaq
Leaf

How tall is Joaquin Phoenix?

1.73 m

Life Story of Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family from New York, while his father, from California, is of mostly British Isles descent. As a youngster, Joaquin took his cues from older siblings River Phoenix and Rain Phoenix, changing his name to Leaf to match their earthier monikers. When the children were encouraged to develop their creative instincts, he followed their lead into acting. Younger sisters Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix rounded out the talented troupe.

The family moved often, traveling through Central and South America (and adopting the surname "Phoenix" to celebrate their new beginnings) but, by the time Joaquin was age 6, they had more or less settled in the Los Angeles area. Arlyn found work as a secretary at NBC, and John turned his talents to landscaping. They eventually found an agent who was willing to represent all five children, and the younger generation dove into television work. Commercials for meat,...

Significant features of Joaquin Phoenix

Darkened circles under his eyes
Scar on upper lip
Deep husky voice
Often plays emotionally and mentally troubled characters
Usually plays dark, brooding, sinister types

How much money has Joaquin Phoenix earned?

Quills (2000) $375,000
Buffalo Soldiers (2001) $700,000
Signs (2002) $1,000,000
The Village (2004) $5,000,000
Ladder 49 (2004) $850,000
Walk the Line (2005) $3,500,000 ...

Biographical movies about Joaquin Phoenix

I'm Still Here 2010

What movies did Joaquin Phoenix play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Animal People (2019) , Across My Land (2017) , What the Health (2017) , CAMP: The Documentary (2016) , I Am Dying (2015) , I'm Still Here (2010) , 4Real (2007) , We Own the Night (2007) ,
Actors Filmography
Far Bright Star Napoleon Childs, Joker (2019) Arthur Fleck / Joker, Lou (2018) Karl, The Sisters Brothers (2018) Charlie Sisters, Mary Magdalene (2018) Jesus, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) John Callahan, You Were Never Really Here (2017) Joe, Irrational Man (2015) Abe Lucas, Inherent...

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Joaquin Phoenix in The Immigrant (2013)

Took his mother to the premiere of Gladiator (2000).

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Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard in The Immigrant (2013)

Was born Joaquin Rafael, but at the age of four, he decided that he wanted a more earthy name, like his elder siblings River and Rain, so while he was raking leaves with his father he decided on Leaf. In early roles, he was credited as Leaf Phoenix. In the early 1990s, he took back his birth name.

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Joaquin Phoenix in The Immigrant (2013)

Brother of River Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, & Summer Phoenix.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

His first name is pronounced "Wha-keen".

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Once refused to wear shoes during a photo shoot for Prada because they were made out of leather.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

He is a strict vegan. He refuses to wear any costumes made out of animal skin. For the movie Gladiator (2000), Quills (2000) and Walk the Line (2005), among others, he requested that his "leather" costumes be made from synthetic materials.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Was born on same day, year and city as Dayanara Torres.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Resides in New York City in the same apartment building as best friend Casey Affleck and sister Summer Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Took his mother to the Academy Awards (2001).

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Joaquin's father, John Bottom, was born in California, to Beulah Ernestine (Ingram) and Robert Merrill Bottom. On his father's side, Joaquin has English, and distant German and French, ancestry. Joaquin's mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), was born in New York, to Margaret (Lefkowitz) and Meyer Dunetz, who were both the children of Jewish emigrants to the U.S. (from Russia on her father's side and Hungary on her mother's).

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Joaquin Phoenix and Frances Conroy in Joker (2019)

Is a celebrity spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz in Joker (2019)

Uncle of Liberty Phoenix's children Rio Everest, Indigo Orion, & Scarlette Jasmine, and Summer Phoenix's son Indiana Affleck.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Contrary to popular belief, the scar on his lip is not the result of a repaired cleft lip or palate. It is simply a birth mark. Phoenix has stated in interviews that, while pregnant with him, his mother felt a sharp pain one day, and he was born with a mark on his lip.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Spoke Spanish as a small child but forgot most of this as he got older.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Reportedly never reads his own press or reviews.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Checked himself into rehab to be treated for alcoholism. [April 2005]

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Phoenix is half a foot shorter than the real Johnny Cash was, although he plays him in Walk the Line (2005).

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Phoenix has done his own vocals on the soundtrack for Walk the Line (2005).

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

On January 26, 2006, Phoenix was in a car accident on a winding canyon road that overturned his car. Shaken and confused, Phoenix heard a tapping on his window and a voice say, "Just relax". Unable to see the man, Phoenix replied, "I'm fine. I am relaxed". Then managed to see that the man was famed, eccentric German auteur Werner Herzog, and Herzog replied, "No, you're not". After helping Phoenix out of the wreckage, Herzog phoned in an ambulance and vanished. The crash reportedly was caused by brake failure.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

He and his brother have both appeared in film series that involved Harrison Ford. River Phoenix played the young Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Ford's son in The Mosquito Coast (1986). Joaquin is among those being considered to play John Clarke in the Jack Ryan spin-off Without Remorse (2020), a character that Willem Dafoe played opposite Ford in Clear and Present Danger (1994).

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Robert De Niro, Joaquin Phoenix, and Marc Maron in Joker (2019)

Often brings his mother or any of his three sisters as his date to movie premieres or award shows.

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Joaquin Phoenix and Mandela Bellamy in Joker (2019)

He and River Phoenix are the first brothers to be nominated for acting Academy Awards.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Favorite authors include Tennessee Williams, Rainer Maria Rilke and Hubert Selby Jr..

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Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Rides a Ducati motorcycle and a yellow 1972 Le Mans.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Joaquin has been nominated for three categories in the Music Video Production Association Awards (2006), Directorial Debut, Direction of a New Artist, and Adult Contemporary.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (2012)

Invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2006.

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Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (2012)

In his diner scene with Sean Penn in U-Turn - Kein Weg zurück (1997) the song "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash starts playing. Years later, Joaquin played Cash in Walk the Line (2005).

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Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (2012)

Close friends with Matt Damon and Vince Vaughn. Friends with Keanu Reeves and the late Heath Ledger.

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Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (2012)

Kate Winslet who worked with him on Quills (2000) calls him one of the best actors of his generation.

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John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix in The Sisters Brothers (2018)

Announced his retirement from acting in October 2008 and claimed he wanted to pursue a career as a rapper. This announcement was followed by several bizarre appearances and musical performances by Phoenix, which made the shocked public wonder whether it was all just an act or if his behavior was for real. His retirement from acting and his "career" as a rapper turned out to be a hoax, which was part of his movie I'm Still Here (2010).

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Donated $2,000 to Dennis Kucinich's (DSA) campaign for president - along with such other famous contributors as Willie Nelson, Danny Glover and Edward Asner (2003).

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Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

The longest he has gone without an Oscar nomination is seven years, between Walk the Line (2005) and The Master (2012).

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Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)

Phoenix's looks provided the inspiration for the design of the character Bill the Cat in The Freak Next Door (2012), most noticeably the darkened circles under his eyes.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)

Two days after his 19th birthday, he was in the company of his brother River Phoenix, his sister Rain Phoenix and River's girlfriend Samantha Mathis at The Viper Room in Hollywood, California when River Phoenix suffered an overdose of heroin and cocaine in the early hours of October 31, 1993. Phoenix called 911 from a call box located across the street from the club (co-owned by Johnny Depp who was performing on stage with his band at the time). A distraught Phoenix informed the 911 operator that his brother was "laying on the cement" had "taken a Valium" and was "having seizures", adding "Please, [get here] because he's dying". River Phoenix was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre at 1:51am, he was 23. Phoenix immediately returned to his home in Florida with his sister and mother (who had flown out to collect him). The incident was a high-profile celebrity death, with Phoenix's recorded 911 call released to the media and played repeatedly on news reports covering the story over the following weeks.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)

Has worked with three directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Ron Howard, Oliver Stone and Woody Allen.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)

He was considered for the role of Norman Bates in the remake Psycho (1998), before Vince Vaughn was cast.

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Derek Jacobi, Joaquin Phoenix, and John Shrapnel in Gladiator (2000)

Began dating Rooney Mara when shooting Mary Magdalene (2018) together.

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Derek Jacobi and Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)

He was personally chose by Johnny Cash to play him in Walk The Line (2005) after being impressed by his performance in Gladiator (2000).

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Derek Jacobi, Joaquin Phoenix, and John Shrapnel in Gladiator (2000)

Although he has been nominated three times, he is, so far, the only actor to play The Joker in a live-action film who has not won an Academy Award.

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Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)

He supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

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Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Sven-Ole Thorsen in Gladiator (2000)

He turned down the role of Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights (1997) which went to Mark Wahlberg. He later went on to work with the film's director Paul Thomas Anderson twice, playing lead roles in The Master (2012) and Inherent Vice (2014).

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Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)

Son of John Lee Bottom & Heart Phoenix.

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