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Joaquin Phoenix

1974-10-28 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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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.


Joker: Folie à Deux Arthur Fleck / Joker 2024-10-03
Napoleon Napoleon Bonaparte 2023-04-14
C'mon C'mon Johnny 2021-11-19
Guardians of Life 2020-02-06
Joker: Put on a Happy Face Self 2020-08-18
My Darling Vivian Self (archive footage) 2020-04-27
Joker Arthur Fleck / Joker 2019-10-01
Lou Karl 2018-09-08
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot John Callahan 2018-04-04
Mary Magdalene Jesus 2018-03-15
The Sisters Brothers Charlie Sisters 2018-09-19
Dominion Narrator (voice) 2018-03-29
You Were Never Really Here Joe 2017-11-08
Irrational Man Abe 2015-07-17
Unity Self - Narrator (voice) 2015-08-12
Chryskylodon Blues Self 2015-07-07
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart Jimmy Emmett (archive footage) 2014-01-17
The Untitled Rick Howard Project 2014-05-13
Inherent Vice Larry "Doc" Sportello 2014-12-12
Her: Love in the Modern Age Self (Archival Footage) 2014-01-17
Her Theodore Twombly 2013-12-18
The Immigrant Bruno Weiss 2013-11-27
The Master Freddie Quell 2012-09-07
I'm Still Here Joaquin Phoenix 2010-09-10
Two Lovers Leonard 2008-11-19
We Own the Night Robert 'Bobby' Green 2007-10-09
Reservation Road Ethan Learner 2007-09-13
Celebrating the Man in Black: The Making of Walk the Line Self 2006-05-22
Deconstructing 'The Village' Self 2005-01-11
Earthlings Narrator (voice) 2005-09-24
Strength and Honor: Creating the World of 'Gladiator' Self 2005-06-07
Walk the Line John R. Cash 2005-09-13
Hotel Rwanda Jack Daglish 2004-03-04
The Village Lucius Hunt 2004-07-30
Ladder 49 Jack Morrison 2004-10-01
Brother Bear Kenai (voice) 2003-10-23
Making 'Signs' Himself / Merrill Hess 2003-01-07
It's All About Love John 2003-01-10
Ultimate Fights from the Movies Commodus (Gladiator) (archive footage) 2002-04-16
Buffalo Soldiers Ray Elwood 2002-10-31
Signs Merrill Hess 2002-08-02
Quills Abbe du Coulmier 2000-11-22
Gladiator Commodus 2000-05-04
Gladiator Games: The Roman Bloodsport Self 2000-11-21
The Yards Willie Gutierrez 2000-10-20
8MM Max California 1999-02-26
Clay Pigeons Clay Bidwell 1998-09-25
Return to Paradise Lewis McBride 1998-08-10
U Turn Toby N. Tucker 1997-10-03
Inventing the Abbotts Doug Holt 1997-04-04
To Die For Jimmy Emmett 1995-09-22
Parenthood Garry Buckman-Lampkin 1989-07-31
Secret Witness Drew Blackburn 1988-09-08
Russkies Danny 1987-11-06
SpaceCamp Max 1986-06-06
Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia Robby Ellsworth 1984-03-07
The Island
Disappointment Blvd. Beau