Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

Oct. 28th, 1974
Born in
San Juan, Puerto Rico
173 cm

Joaquin Phoenix's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Morningstar/Eveningstar TV Show

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Irrational Man
2015 - Inherent Vice
2014 - The Immigrant
2013 - Her
2012 - The Master
2008 - Two Lovers
2007 - Reservation Road
2005 - Walk the Line
2005 - Earthlings
2004 - Hotel Rwanda
2004 - Ladder 49
2004 - The Village
2003 - Brother Bear
2003 - It's All About Love
2002 - Signs
2001 - Buffalo Soldiers
2000 - Gladiator
2000 - The Yards
2000 - Quills
1999 - 8MM
1998 - Clay Pigeons
1998 - Return to Paradise
1997 - Inventing The Abbots
1995 - To Die For
1989 - Parenthood
1987 - Russkies
1986 - Space Camp

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Guest
Pagey Fisher
Himself - Guest
Billy Donovan
Himself (Voiced)
Billy Hercules
[Complete List]


Born in Puerto Rico to Children of God missionaries John Bottom Amram and Arlyn Dunetz Jochebed (a.k.a. Heart), Joaquin was the middle child in a brood of five. As a youngster he 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 6 they had more or less settled in the Los Angeles area. Heart 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 TV work. Commercials for meat, milk, and junk food were off-limits (the kids were all raised as strict vegans), but they managed to find plenty of work pushing other, less sinister products. Joaquin's first real acting gig was a guest appearance on River's sitcom "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1982). He worked with his brother again on the after school special _Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (1984) (TV)_, then struck out on his own in other made-for-TV productions. He made his big-screen debut as the youngest crew member in the interstellar romp SpaceCamp (1986), then won his first starring turn in the Cold War-era drama Russkies (1987). In the late '80s, the Phoenix clan decided to pull up stakes and relocate again--this time to Florida. River's film career had enough momentum to sustain the move, but Joaquin wasn't sure what lay in store for him in the Sunshine State. As it happened, Universal Pictures had just opened a new studio in the area and he was cast almost immediately as an angst-ridden adolescent in Parenthood (1989). His performance was very well-received, but Joaquin decided to withdraw from acting for a while - he was frustrated with the dearth of interesting roles for actors his age, and he wanted to see more of the world. His parents were in the process of separating, so he struck out for Mexico with his father. Joaquin returned to the public eye three years later under tragic circumstances. On October 31, 1993, he was at The Viper Room (an L.A. nightclub partly owned by Johnny Depp) when his brother River collapsed from a drug overdose and later died. Joaquin made the call to 911, which was rebroadcast on radio and TV the world over. Months later, at the insistence of friends and colleagues, Joaquin began reading through scripts again, but he was reluctant to re-enter the acting life until he found just the right part. He finally signed up to work with Gus Van Sant (who had directed River in My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)) to star as Nicole Kidman's obsessive devotee in To Die For (1995). The performance made Joaquin (who had dropped Leaf and reverted to his birth name) a critics' darling in his own right. His follow-up turn in Inventing the Abbotts (1997) scored more critical kudos, and, perhaps more importantly, introduced him to future fiancée Liv Tyler (the pair dated for almost three years). He returned to the big screen later that year with a supporting role in Oliver Stone (I)'s U Turn (1997), then played a locked-up drug scapegoat in Return to Paradise (1998). He and Paradise co-star Vince Vaughn re-teamed almost immediately for the small-town murder caper Clay Pigeons (1998), which Joaquin followed with a turn as a porn store clerk in 8MM (1999). The film that confirmed Phoenix as a star was Gladiator (2000). The Roman epic cast him as a selfish, paranoid young emperor opposite Russell Crowe's swarthy hero. Determined to make his character as real as possible, Phoenix gained weight and cultivated a pasty complexion during the shoot. Later that year he appeared in two indies, playing a dock worker in The Yards (2000) (which he counts among his favorite experiences--and one of the only films of his that he can sit through) and the priest in charge of the Marquis de Sade's asylum in Quills (2000).

  • Shares a birthday with actress 'Julia Roberts (I)' (qv).
  • Once refused to wear shoes during a photo shoot for Prada because they were made out of leather.
  • 26 January 2006 - Escaped injury after his car overturned. The crash reportedly was caused by brake failure.
  • Joaquin's mother is of Hungarian-Russian decent and his father is of Spanish-Irish decent.
  • Is a spokesperson for PETA.
  • He and 'River Phoenix' (qv) are the first brothers to be nominated for acting Academy Awards.
  • Brother-in-law and best friend of 'Casey Affleck' (qv).
  • Did his own vocals on the _Walk the Line (2005)_ (qv) soundtrack.

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