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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin PhoenixAKA Joaquin Raphael Phoenix

Born: 28-Oct-1974
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Gladiator

Joaquin Phoenix in a film actor, and the younger brother of actor River Phoenix. His parents were missionaries for a Christian cult called Children of God, a group often alleged to have condoned pedophilia and used sex as a means of proselytizing. The Phoenix family eventually withdrew from the group. Phoenix was about six when they settled in Los Angeles. His parents hired an agent for their children, and all five kids worked in TV commercials. Home-schooled, Phoenix quit his studies in ninth grade. Like most of the Phoenix family, Joaquin is vegan. A scar on his lip seems to be the remnant of a harelip operation. Phoenix claims it is merely a birthmark.

He grew tired of having his first name mispronounced ("wah-keen" is correct), and called himself "Leaf Phoenix" as a child actor. Alongside Scatman Crothers and Fred Savage, he was a regular on the 1986 show Morningstar/Eveningstar, and his movies include SpaceCamp, Gladiator, and I Walk the Line. He was seduced by Nicole Kidman in To Die For, played the Emperor in Gladiator, crossed boundaries in The Village, and defended the world with a baseball bat in Signs.

Joaquin's brother, River Phoenix, went on to great stardom and sudden death by drug overdose. They were together when he died, at Johnny Depp's Los Angeles nightclub, The Viper Room. River was 23 and Joaquin, just a few days past his 19th birthday, called 9-1-1. Tapes of the call were played repeatedly on tabloid television. After his brother's death, Phoenix retired the name "Leaf" and became again Joaquin. After portraying Johnny Cash in I Walk the Line he either decided that he was more a musician than an actor or staged an elaborate prank to that effect, announcing in 2008 that the romantic drama Two Lovers with Gwyneth Paltrow would be his last film. He has since returned to acting.

Father: John Lee Bottom Amram Phoenix (carpenter, archbishop of Children of God cult, b. 14-Jun-1947)
Mother: Arlyn Dunetz Heart Phoenix Jochebed (secretary, worked at NBC; b. 31-Dec-1944)
Brother: River Phoenix (actor, b. 23-Aug-1970, d. 31-Oct-1993)
Sister: Rain Phoenix (singer/actress, b. 31-Mar-1973)
Sister: Libertad Mariposa Phoenix ("Liberty", dancer, country music performer, b. 5-Jul-1976)
Sister: Summer Phoenix (actress, b. 10-Dec-1978)
Girlfriend: Liv Tyler (actress, dated 1995-98)
Girlfriend: Lisa Ebeltoft (model, cohabited early 2000s)
Girlfriend: Topaz Pagegreene (model, dated 2002-03)

    High School: (homeschooled, dropped out, 9th grade)

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
    unknown detox facility Alcoholism, 2005
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Alcoholism

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Her (12-Oct-2013)
    The Immigrant (24-May-2013)
    The Master (1-Sep-2012)
    I'm Still Here (6-Sep-2010) · Himself
    Two Lovers (19-May-2008) · Leonard Kraditor
    Reservation Road (13-Sep-2007)
    We Own the Night (25-May-2007) · Bobby Green
    Earthlings (24-Sep-2005) · Narrator
    Walk the Line (4-Sep-2005)
    Hotel Rwanda (11-Sep-2004)
    Ladder 49 (26-Aug-2004)
    The Village (26-Jul-2004)
    Brother Bear (20-Oct-2003) · Kenai [VOICE]
    It's All About Love (10-Jan-2003) · John
    Signs (29-Jul-2002)
    Buffalo Soldiers (8-Sep-2001) · Ray Elwood
    Quills (2-Sep-2000) · Coulmier
    Gladiator (1-May-2000) · Commodus
    The Yards (27-Apr-2000) · Willie Gutierrez
    8MM (19-Feb-1999) · Max California
    Clay Pigeons (15-Sep-1998) · Clay
    Return to Paradise (10-Aug-1998) · Lewis
    U Turn (27-Aug-1997) · Toby N. Tucker
    Inventing the Abbotts (4-Apr-1997) · Doug Holt
    To Die For (May-1995) · Jimmy Emmett
    Parenthood (2-Aug-1989) · Garry
    Russkies (6-Nov-1987) · Danny
    Spacecamp (6-Jun-1986)
    Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (7-Mar-1984)


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