Name: Joaquin Raphael Phoenix
Date of Birth: 10/28/1974.
Birthplace: Puerto Rico.
Real surname: Bottom.
Children: River Phoenix (Born September 2020)
Parents: John Lee (RIP) and Arlyn (Heart)
Siblings: River (RIP), Rain, Liberty, Summer and Jodean (half sister by father).
River: Joaquin grew up in the shadow of his older brother, actor River Phoenix, who died of an overdose in 1993, in front of the Johnny Depp’s club ‘Viper Room’. River, Joaquin and Rain were together and it was Joaquin who called for help over the phone.
Scar: he once said of the scar: “While pregnant with me, my mother felt a sharp pain one day, and I was born with a mark on my lip.”
Food: He’s been vegan since he was 3 years old.
Love Life: Liv Tyler (1995-1998), Topaz Page-Green (2002-2005), Teuta Memedi (2006-2008), Aria Crescendo (2010), Heather Christie (2012), Allie Teilz (2013-2014), Rooney Mara (2016-present).
Cigarette: Smokes American Spirit.
Alcoholism: In April 2005, Joaquin voluntarily admitted to a rehabilitation clinic.
Dogs: Soda and Oskar (Rooney’s dog).
Tattoos: There’s a circle on his right biceps (in an interview for Playboy Magazine in 2007, Joaquin said that he and Casey Affleck got the same tattoo together in Italy, and that they wanted something that literally meant “nothing”. / Joaquin also has the Baltimore Fire Academy mascot “Busy Bee” tattooed. In honor of his time working in the barracks, as part of the preparation for the film “Ladder 49”.
Awards: He has already received four Academy nominations. As best supporting actor for ‘Gladiator’ in 2001, best actor for ‘Walk The Line’ in 2006 and best actor for ‘The Master’ in 2013. Joaquin received his first Academy award in 2020 for his role in “Joker”. In 2006 he won the Golden Globe for best actor in comedy / musical for ‘Walk The Line’ and in 2020 he won a Golden Globe for his role in “Joker”. In 2008 he won the People’s Choice Awards in the ‘Favorite Leading Man’ category. And he has also won others; BAFTA, SAG, Critics’ Choice Awards, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, National Board of Review Awards, The Internet Movie Awards, Blockbuster Awards, Annual Hollywood Movie Awards, among others. Click here to read more.
Activism: Joaquin Phoenix supports causes from several organizations, some of which are Amnesty International, The Art of Elysium, The Peace Alliance, The Lunchbox Fund, PETA, among others. Click here to read more.

Staying true to his last name, Joaquin Phoenix has made a career out of making a couple of films, disappearing, and then reappearing from the ashes to rise upward toward greater glory. The actor, who began his career under the name of “Leaf,” lived for a long time in the shadow of his older brother, River. After River’s tragic death at the age of 23, Leaf abandoned his career for two years, making a comeback in 1995 with his performance in To Die For, directed by Gus Van Sant. Since then, the actor, who changed his name back to Joaquin in the early ’90s, has worked steadily in Hollywood, solidifying both his experience and reputation.

Born Joaquin Raphael Phoenix on October 28, 1974, in Puerto Rico, Phoenix was raised in a close-knit, unconventional family. His parents encouraged all of their children to go into acting, and Phoenix did just that, following in the footsteps of older siblings River and Rain. As Leaf Phoenix, he got his first significant role in 1986’s Spacecamp, and then went on to star in Russkies (1987) and Parenthood (1989), the latter of which was successful enough to make Phoenix something of a fledgling star. However, he chose to retreat from Hollywood, spending a few years traveling and living with his father in Mexico.

It was River’s 1993 death that brought his younger brother — now called Joaquin — back into the limelight, albeit a very unwelcome limelight. The 911 call that Phoenix made as his older brother lay dying was broadcast over radio and television in the aftermath of River’s death. Again, Phoenix left Hollywood, not to be seen again until 1995, when his performance as the tragically confused and horny Jimmy Emmett won him an array of positive reviews. From there, Phoenix went on to film “Inventing the Abbotts” (1997), which failed at the box office but introduced the actor to his co-star Liv Tyler, with whom he had a three-year relationship.

Phoenix’s next project, Oliver Stone’s “U-Turn” (1997), also proved to be a modest flop, but “Return to Paradise” (1998), in which he starred with Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche, was a bigger hit among critics and filmgoers. He starred again with Vaughn in “Clay Pigeons” (1998), which unfortunately didn’t fare as well as his previous film. However, his next endeavor, “8MM” with Nicolas Cage, although not a huge box office hit, did win him acclaim for his portrayal of thoughtful porn shop owner Max California, further proving that the family talent was not solely the province of Phoenix’s late, great older brother.

In 2000 Phoenix took one of his biggest and most extravagant roles to date as Commodus in director Ridley Scott’s big-budget peplum “Gladiator”. Phoenix’s turn as the devious Commodus was a marked departure from the actor’s generally likeable characterizations, and proved further indication of his dramatic versitility. On the opposite end of the period piece spectrum, Jaoquin appeased art-house crowds with a memorable performance as the priest who runs the asylum housing the Marquis de Sade in “Quills” before moving closer to the present and impressing critics with a leading role in “Buffalo Soldiers” (2001). As a bored military camp clerk who runs goods in the black market, Phoenix’s impressive performance was well recieved by festival critics and continued to provide further argument for his viability as a leading man. Phoenix would next turn-up alongside Mel Gibson in “The Sixth Sense” director M. Night Shyamalan’s rural alien invasion thriller “Signs”. Replacing actor Mark Ruffalo after Ruffalo pulled out of the film due to ill-health, Phoenix stepped into the role as Gibson’s younger brother, a member of a family caught in an alien invasion following the appearance of crop circles in the family’s cornfield.

In 2003, Phoenix lent his voice to the Disney animated film “Brother Bear”, before re-teaming with M. Night Shyalaman for “The Village”, a thriller in the same vein as “Signs” that proved a major disappointment to audiences and critics alike. He followed this with a small part in the highly respected “Hotel Rwanda”, playing an American camera man covering the 1994 war in Rwanda that ended in 1 million deaths as a result of genocidal murder. This performance, along with his role as a rookie firefighter in “Ladder 49” helped him establish himself as an everyman, as well as a character actor.

By 2005, Phoenix had developed a reputation as a dependable, versatile actor, but he would rise from respectability to greatness with his depiction of legendary country singer Johnny Cash in James Mangold’s biopic “Walk the Line”. Performing all his own singing for the part and learning the guitar from scratch, Phoenix received a Golden Globe Award for the film, along with his costar Reese Witherspoon.

Phoenix’s reputation for reliability fell under question when he arrived for a guest spot on Late Night with David Letterman disheveled and seemingly intoxicated. Though his appearance on Letterman was intended as a promotional piece for “Two Lovers” (2008), a romantic drama following a depressed young man (Phoenix) who finds himself in the middle of a love triangle, it was eventually revealed that the Letterman appearance was intended for “I’m Still Here”, a “biopic” depicting Phoenix as a drug-addled, emotional disaster. Shortly before the premier of “I’m Still Here”, director Casey Affleck admitted the film was satirical in nature and not meant to be taken literally.

Two years after that public-relations hiccup, Phoenix returned earning rave reviews for his role as a disturbed war veteran who falls under the spell of a charismatic cult leader in Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama “The Master”. His work in that film was recognized by the Academy, who tapped Phoenix for the Best Actor category.

In 2013, Phoenix starred in the film “Her”, a dramatic romantic science fiction comedy, directed by Spike Jonze. Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a man who develops a relationship with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an intelligent operating system that personifies through a female voice. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 12, 2013. Phoenix received the fourth Golden Globe nomination. The film was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture. Also in 2013, Phoenix collaborated with director James Gray for the fourth time on the dramatic film “The Immigrant”. He starred as Bruno Weiss, a pimp who prostitutes Polish immigrant Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and ends up falling in love with her. It was shown at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the 2013 New York Film Festival. The film was released in the United States on May 16, 2014. The film received positive reviews from critics.

In 2014, Phoenix met with director Paul Thomas Anderson for the film “Inherent Vice”, the first adaptation of a book by Thomas Pynchon. Phoenix played the role of Doc, a hippie private investigator trying to help his ex-girlfriend solve a crime. “Inherent Vice” debuted at the New York Film Festival on October 4, 2014 and was released in US theaters on January 9, 2015. Phoenix was nominated for his fifth Golden Globe for his performance. Phoenix starred in 2015 in the film “Irrational Man” directed by Woody Allen. The film was shown out of competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, received positive reviews and began a theatrical release on July 17, 2015. Also in 2015, Phoenix narrated his second documentary for Nation Earth on animal rights called “Unity” which was released on August 12, 2015.

In 2017, Phoenix starred as Joe, a traumatized veteran, suffering from PTSD in the Amazon Studios thriller, “You Were Never Really Here”, written and directed by Lynne Ramsay. The film had the world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie received wide critical acclaim and Phoenix won the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actor for his performance.

In 2018, Phoenix starred as Jesus in the biopic “Mary Magdalene”, written by Helen Edmundson and directed by Garth Davis. He played the cartoonist John Callahan in the biopic “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”, which brought him together with director Gus Van Sant. Joaquin also starred in the adaptation of Patrick deWitt’s historical novel, “The Sisters Brothers”. In September 2018, Joaquin started filming in New York the movie “Joker”, with direction and script by Todd Phillips.

In September 2019, the film “Joker” premiered at the Venice Film Festival, being awarded with the Golden Lion, the Festival’s most important prize. Also in September, the film was shown at the Toronto Film Festival and Joaquin was honored with the inaugural Tribute Actor award. In October 2019, “Joker” hit theaters causing controversy when some critics considered it a “dangerous” movie, which in the opinion of some could serve as a trigger for mass shootings. A little over a month after its release in theaters, the film reached the 1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, becoming the first R-rated film to reach this milestone and – most importantly – without any violence attributed to the movie. The stairs in the Bronx neighborhood, where Joker does his iconic dance, became a tourist spot. Hundreds of fans visit the stairs to take pictures and videos recreating the scene. Both on Instagram and on Google Maps, the previously unknown Bronx staircase now appears in the location as “Joker Stairs”.

His performance in “Joker” earned him Golden Globe awards, Critics ’Choice Awads, SAG, BAFTA and finally his first Oscar on February 9, 2020!

In February 2020, Joaquin comes to the end of the filming of “C’mon C’mon” (title not yet officially confirmed), written and directed by Mike Mills.

In September 2020, the director of the documentary ‘Gunda’, Victor Kossakovsky, revealed during the Zurich Film Festival that Joaquin Phoenix’s first son with actress Rooney Mara was born and was named River!