Joaquin Phoenix

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

28th October, 1974





Joaquin Phoenix (born Joaquin Rafael Bottom, 28.10.1974)

Joaquin Phoenix is an American / Puerto Rican actor. Previously known as Leaf Phoenix, he is the younger brother of River Phoenix.

Childhood: Joaquin Phoenix was born in Rio Piedras, in Puerto Rico, the third of five children. Phoenix is his mother's surname. His parents met whilst his mother was hitch-hiking and the pair travelled through South America. Formerly members of the 'Children of God' cult, they left it in 1978 and changed the family name to Phoenix to symbolize a new start.

During his childhood, Joaquin's mother worked as a secretary for NBC and he and his siblings would regularly perform on the streets to earn money for the family. Eventually, he and his siblings were discovered by Iris Burton, a leading agent for child actors.

Joaquin retreated from the world of acting for some time and travelled with his father. His return to the public eye came about in harrowing circumstances: his brother, River, suffered a drug overdose outside The Viper Room, which was owned by Johnny Depp. The 911 call that Joaquin made was repeatedly played on news shows on television and radio. Joaquin struggled to deal with the intrusion of the media and once again, retreated from public view.

Acting career: Joaquin's early acting endeavours included two TV appearances with his brother River in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Backwards: the Riddle of Dyslexia. His film debut came with a role in Space Camp and his first major role was in Russkies, in 1978. Whilst he was still known as Leaf Phoenix, he also featured in Parenthood, the 1989 Ron Howard movie.

Following River's death, and in his return to acting, Joaquin tended to be drawn to roles portraying dark and insecure characters, such as his performance as an angst-ridden teen in Gus van Sant's To Die For (1995). In 2000, he played a vicious Roman emperor in Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott. Joaquin was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance.

In Signs, the 2002 M. Night Shyamalan film, Joaquin Phoenix played a baseball player past his prime. Shyamalan later cast him in The Village as a lovestruck farmer.

In 2004, Phoenix played a cameraman in Hotel Rwanda, the harrowing portrayal of genocide in Rwanda in the early 1990s.

Joaquin Phoenix really hit the big time when he was cast to play Johnny Cash in Walk The Line, with the approval of Johnny Cash himself. Phoenix was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in 2005 for his performance and all of the songs on the films soundtrack were sung by Joaquin Phoenix and his co-star Reese Witherspoon. Phoenix won a Grammy award for his contribution to the soundtrack.

In November 2008, whilst attending the premiere for his film Two Lovers, Phoenix had the words 'Good' and 'Bye' written visibly on his knuckles. He told reporters that he Two Lovers would be his last foray into the world of acting and that he would now be concentrating on other ventures.

Other Ventures: Phoenix has directed music videos for a number of artists, including Silversun Pickups, People In Planes and Albert Hammond Jr.

Joaquin Phoenix has been working with Tim Burgess of the Charlatans, and Anthony Langdon (formerly of Spacehog) on a new album. Reportedly, Phoenix has written the songs, and Langdon has sung them.

Joaquin Phoenix Spotted As The Joker For The First Time

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 17 September 2018

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Our first look at the new incarnation of the Joker.

The first image of Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker has been unveiled - but it's not quite what you imagined. The plot for 'Joker' is currently under wraps and, as it's an origins story, we might not get to see Joaquin in full Joker make-up for quite some time yet.

Image caption Joaquin Phoenix at the premiere of 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot'

Alas, we are yet to get a peak of what the 43-year-old will look like in the Joker guise that we are familiar with, but seeing him in his pre-supervillain character, Arthur Fleck, is still an exciting moment.

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Joaquin Phoenix Teases Potential Lead Role In Joker Origins Movie

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 03 April 2018

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Joaquin Phoenix could be tackling the role of the Clown Prince of Crime in the upcoming Joker origins movie.

The silence surrounding who will be playing the leading role in Warner Bros' upcoming Joker origins film rolls on, but Hollywood A-lister Joaquin Phoenix has spoken out a little bit about how he would approach the character if he is indeed jumping on board to play the Clown Prince of Crime.

Could Joaquin Phoenix make for an iconic Joker?

For weeks, rumours have been swirling around Todd Phillips' planned Joker film, on which he's working with producer Martin Scorsese. A recently-released synopsis told us that the film would be serving as a prequel to Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight' trilogy, in which we saw the late Heath Ledger take on the villainous role. The actor would even go on to win an Academy Award for his performance.

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Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Play The Joker In Scorsese-Produced Origins Story

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 09 February 2018

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Reports are suggesting that the Warner Bros.-backed project is looking at Phoenix to play The Joker.

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in discussions to take on the role of The Joker in a new ‘origin story’ movie about Batman’s nemesis set in the 1980s, to be directed by Todd Phillips and produced by Martin Scorsese.

A report by Variety on Thursday night (February 8th) suggested that the former Oscar nominee is the top choice for the role from Warner Bros.’ point of view as well. Some reports have suggested that Phoenix has already signed on for the project, but no official confirmation has come from the studio as yet.

The Hangover director Phillips, who is also co-writing the film, is rumoured to have met with 43 year old Phoenix in 2017 to discuss the role.

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Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix and Summer Phoenix snapped at the 11th Annual Art of Elysium Black Tie event ahead of the Golden Globes. This year, their HEAVEN art installation experience has been curated by the 2018 Visionary John Legend - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 7th January 2018

Hurricane Joaquin Prompts Creation Of Joaquin Phoenix Memes & Jokes

By Elinor Cosgrave in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 02 October 2015

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As Hurricane Joaquin [Phoenix] sweeps across the Caribbean towards the U.S. East Coast, the internet is trying to see the funny side of the category four hurricane by creating Phoenix memes and jokes.

There’s one sure way to flatter a celebrity and that’s by naming something after them. Usually it’s a theatre, a library or an education centre; it’s not normally a hurricane. Unfortunately for actor Joaquin Phoenix, the internet has now created a series of memes and jokes surrounding the hurricane ‘named’ after the actor.

Joaquin Phoenix at the premiere of the documentary Unity in Los Angeles in June 2015.

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Joaquin Phoenix - PETA's 35th Anniversary Party at Hollywood Palladium - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 30th September 2015

Jane Birkin's Name Will Remain On Hermès Bag, Says She's “Satisfied” With Croc Farm Measures

By Elinor Cosgrave in Fashion / Beauty on 11 September 2015

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Jane Birkin’s name will attached to the Hermès bag.

Jane Birkin no longer wants her name removed from the Hermès bags named after her. Birkin is now reportedly satisfied with the conditions the reptiles, whose skins are used for Hermès products including the Birkin bag, are reared in.

Image caption Jane Birkin photographed in London in 2009.

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Woody Allen: Why So Modest?

By Gary Roberts in Movies / TV / Theatre on 18 May 2015

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The movie-making legend was left feeling quite uncomfortable by a standing ovation for 'Irrational Man' at Cannes.

A man with four Oscars to his name must be used to receiving praise for his big-screen achievements over the decades, but Woody Allen wasn't altogether comfortable with a standing ovation lasting nearly 20 minutes at the premiere of his new movie Irrational Man at the Cannes Film Festival.

Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn at Cannes

The 79-year-old writer-director was honoured with the lengthy round of applause after the film, a mystery comedy-drama starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix, went down very well indeed with the audience on Friday (May 15).

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Woody Allen's Irrational Man Showcases An Impressive Cast

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 May 2015

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Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone head up Woody Allen's newest drama

Woody Allen has kept suspiciously quiet about his upcoming mystery drama Irrational Man probably safe in the knowledge that with lead stars such as Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone fans won’t need too much to be tempted to watch.

For a sneak preview, watch the trailer here.

The recently released trailer doesn’t shed much more light on the happenings in Allen’s latest offering; however, viewers are aware that on a small town college campus, a philosophy professor and everyday guy is having a very difficult time. Phoenix’s character, Abe Lucas, is in the middle of an existential crisis. He cannot write, breathe or "remember the reason for living and when I did, it was for the wrong reasons."

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Irrational Man Trailer

In a small town at the college campus, a normal man is having a terrible time. Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is the philosophy professor, but he's having a full existential crisis. To Abe, nothing is meaningful and he fails to perform in every aspect of his life, and is steadily falling into the bottle. But when a young woman (Emma Stone) forces him to reassess his life, he finds happiness - seemingly out of nowhere. While the rest of the faculty benefit from his new lease on life, the woman can't quite figure out why the whole situation makes her so uncomfortable.

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Woody Allen Sticks To His Winning Formula With 'Irrational Man'

By Michael West in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30 April 2015

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Woody Allen's new movie 'Irrational Man' could be another hit for the auteur.

Woody Allen continues to be as prolific as ever, regularly churning out one movie a year since 2000. The financiers are only too happy to put forward the cash because, for the most part, Allen's movies are successful - critically and commercially. Since 2005, the auteur's films have taken well over $500 million at the box-office.

Woody Allen's new movie Irrational Man looks like the auteur's classic fare

His latest movie, Irrational Man, promises to add to that tally. Drawing on the talents of Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, the movie - shot mostly around Newport, Rhode Island - follows a troubled but charismatic professor named Abe Lucas who arrives at a new campus and whose sex life is rescued by a student.

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Inherent Vice Review

By Rich Cline


Like the Thomas Pynchon novel it's based on, this film remains infuriatingly evasive as its central mystery deepens. Also like Pynchon, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is more interested in characters than plot, expertly orchestrating a lively cast in a series of raucous scenes. That these moments never quite add up to a coherent bigger story may feel unsatisfying, but the groovy 1970s vibe is infectious, and there's a lot of fun to be had in watching these actors play around with the rambling dialogue and nutty interaction.

It's set in 1970 Los Angeles, where private investigator Doc (Joaquin Phoenix) is a stoner who'd rather not work at all. Then he agrees to help his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) find her missing property developer boyfriend Mickey (Eric Roberts). But this immediately puts him on a collision course with his long-time nemesis, Detective Bjornsen (James Brolin), a frozen-banana loving tough-guy cop known as Bigfoot. And the deeper Doc gets into the case, the more confusing it gets. Not only is the presumed-dead Coy (Owen Wilson) very much alive, but it's unclear whether a key clue about Golden Fang refers to a boat or a secret dental society. And suspiciously, Doc's DA friend Penny (Reese Witherspoon) always seems to be one step ahead of him on the case.

Anderson opens the film with a blinding flood of information and then simply never allows us to catch up, so like Doc we can't quite get a grip on what's actually going on. This effectively makes us feel as stoned as he is, bewildered by the way even the simplest revelations seem to contradict each other. But even as everything gets increasingly confusing, Anderson writes and directs scenes with a vivid intensity that's both hilariously entertaining and darkly involving. Each sequence carries a powerful punch, giving the superb cast plenty of quirky details to work with.

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Joaquin Phoenix - Photographs from the 2014 American Film Institute's Festival and screening of 'Inherent Vice' which was held at The Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 8th November 2014

Joaquin Phoenix - Heather Christie and Joaquin Phoenix Friday 7th September 2012 2012 Toronto International Film Festival - 'The Master' - Premiere

Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow Wednesday 28th November 2007 Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow on the movie set for 'Two Lovers' New York City, USA