Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

  • Birthday: 1974-10-28
  • Place of birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Also know as: Leaf Phoenix

Biography

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (born October 28, 1974) is an American actor, producer, and animal rights activist. Known for playing dark and unconventional characters in independent film, he is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Grammy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. In 2020, he was ranked 12th on the list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century by The New York Times. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Los Angeles and Florida, Phoenix began his career by appearing in television series in the early 1980s with his brother River. His first major film roles were in SpaceCamp (1986) and Parenthood (1989). During this period, he was credited as Leaf Phoenix, a name he gave himself. He took back his birth first name in the early 1990s and received critical acclaim for his supporting roles in the comedy-drama film To Die For (1995) and the period film Quills (2000). Phoenix received further critical acclaim and first Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of the evil emperor Commodus in the historical drama film Gladiator (2000). He had success with the horror films Signs (2002) and The Village (2004), the historical drama Hotel Rwanda (2004) and won a Grammy, a Golden Globe and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of musician Johnny Cash in the biopic Walk the Line (2005). He continued to receive acclaim in two features with his frequent director James Gray; the action thriller We Own the Night (2007) and the romantic drama Two Lovers (2008), before taking a break from acting. In the 2010s, Phoenix returned to acting to critical acclaim. He starred in the psychological drama The Master (2012), winning the Volpi Cup for Best Actor and earning his third Academy Award nomination. He received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in the romantic drama Her (2013) and the crime satire Inherent Vice (2014) and won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in the psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here (2017). Phoenix achieved international stardom and won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a second Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of the title character in Joker (2019). Phoenix is an animal rights activist. He has been vegan since the age of three and regularly supports charitable causes and has produced several documentaries on global meat consumption and its impact on the environment. He is in a relationship with actress Rooney Mara, with whom he has a son.

Filmography

Walk the Line

2005

As Johnny Cash

We Own the Night

2007

As Robert 'Bobby' Green

Two Lovers

2008

As Leonard

Ladder 49

2004

As Jack Morrison

Earthlings

2005

As Narrator (voice)

Reservation Road

2007

As Ethan Learner

Buffalo Soldiers

2002

As Ray Elwood

Clay Pigeons

1998

As Clay Bidwell

Inventing the Abbotts

1997

As Doug Holt

It's All About Love

2003

As John

Russkies

1987

As Danny

I'm Still Here

2010

As Joaquin Phoenix

The Master

2012

As Freddie Quell

Her

2013

As Theodore Twombly

Irrational Man

2015

As Abe

Inherent Vice

2014

As Larry "Doc" Sportello

Brother Bear

2003

As Kenai (voice)

C'mon C'mon

2021

As Johnny

Joker

2019

As Arthur Fleck / Joker

Gladiator

2000

As Commodus

Signs

2002

As Merrill Hess

The Village

2004

As Lucius Hunt

8MM

1999

As Max California

The Yards

2000

As Willie Gutierrez

The Immigrant

2013

As Bruno Weiss

Mary Magdalene

2018

As Jesus

The Sisters Brothers

2018

As Charlie Sisters

Secret Witness

1988

As Drew Blackburn

Napoleon

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As Napoleon Bonaparte

Polaris

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As

Joker: Folie à Deux

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As Arthur Fleck / Joker

To Die For

1995

As Jimmy Emmett

Return to Paradise

1998

As Lewis McBride

Quills

2000

As Abbe du Coulmier

Dominion

2018

As Narrator (voice)

Lou

2018

As Karl

U Turn

1997

As Toby N. Tucker

Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia

1984

As Robby Ellsworth

My Darling Vivian

2020

As Self (archive footage)

Chryskylodon Blues

2015

As Self

Hotel Rwanda

2004

As Jack Daglish

SpaceCamp

1986

As Max

Ultimate Fights from the Movies

2002

As Commodus (Gladiator) (archive footage)

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

2014

As Jimmy Emmett (archive footage)

Parenthood

1989

As Garry Buckman-Lampkin

Making 'Signs'

2003

As Himself / Merrill Hess

Unity

2015

As Himself - Narrator (voice)

Production

I'm Still Here

2010

As Producer

We Own the Night

2007

As Producer

Across My Land

2017

As Executive Producer

What the Health

2017

As Executive Producer

I Am Dying

2015

As Executive Producer

Gunda

2021

As Executive Producer

The End of Medicine

2017

As Executive Producer

The End of Medicine

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As Executive Producer

I'm Still Here

2010

As Writer

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