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JOAQUIN PHOENIX was born in Puerto Rico and began his acting career at the age of eight. During that time, he made numerous episodic television appearances on Hill Street Blues, The Fall Guy, and Murder, She Wrote. He was a regular on the short-lived 1986 CBS series Morningstar/Eveningstar and followed that same year with his first feature film role in SpaceCamp. The following year, he starred in Russkies with sister Summer and Carole King. Two years later, director Ron Howard cast the teenager as Dianne Wiest's son in his popular family comedy Parenthood. It wasn't until 1996 that the young actor returned to the fold with a stunning and critically acclaimed performance opposite Nicole Kidman in Gus Van Sant's To Die For. The New York Times film critic Janet Maslin hailed the young talent as "an actor to watch for." He next co-starred with Liv Tyler, Billy Crudup, and Jennifer Connelly in Inventing the Abbotts in 1997. That same year, he co-starred opposite Claire Danes, Sean Penn, and Jennifer Lopez in Oliver Stone's U-Turn.

In 1998, Mr. Phoenix co-starred opposite Vince Vaughn in two very different roles - as an American jailed in Malaysia for possession of drugs in Return to Paradise, and as a dupe to Vaughn's smooth-talking serial killer in the black comedy Clay Pigeons. He next won acclaim as a street-smart adult bookstore clerk who helps detective Nicolas Cage search for the truth behind what appears to be a snuff film in Joel Schumacher's dark thriller 8mm.

In 2000, he earned his first Academy Award nomination co-starring opposite Russell Crowe as the complex Commodus in Ridley Scott's Best Picture Oscar-winning Gladiator. In addition to nominations for the Oscar, the Golden Globe, and the British Academy (BAFTA) Award, he received awards as Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review and The Broadcast Films Critics Association. He followed that up with Philip Kaufman's Oscar-nominated Quills, opposite Kate Winslet and Geoffrey Rush in the film based on Douglas McGrath's play about the Marquis de Sade, for which he won the Broadcast Film Critics Award as Best Supporting Actor. Also that year, Mr. Phoenix starred opposite Mark Wahlberg, James Caan, Faye Dunaway, Ellen Burstyn, and Charlize Theron in James Gray's The Yards.

In 2002, he starred opposite Mel Gibson in M. Night Shyamalan's film Signs, which earned half a billion dollars worldwide. He reteamed with Mr. Shyamalan two years later on the gothic thriller The Village.

He provided the voice in the animated film Brother Bear. Additional films include Thomas Vinterberg's It's All About Love; Buffalo Soldiers; Ladder 49; and Hotel Rwanda.

Mr. Phoenix narrated the film Earthlings for Nation Earth, a video about the investigation of animal abuse in factory farms, pet mills, in industry and research. In 2005, he was awarded the Humanitarian Award at the San Diego Film Festival for his work and contribution to the film; and he lent his voice to the documentary I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust.

He was hailed for his mesmerizing performance as legendary singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (opposite Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon) in James Mangold's riveting 2005 biopic Walk the Line. For his performance, Mr. Phoenix collected his second Academy Award nomination (for Best Actor) and won the Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Musical as well as nominations for BAFTA, SAG, BFCA, and Chicago Film Critics' Awards.

In 2007, the two-time Academy Award nominee starred in two features: Sony Pictures' We Own the Night, where he reteamed with Mark Wahlberg and director James Gray. He then starred in Reservation Road for director Terry George. In 2008, working with director James Gray for a third time, he starred in Two Lovers opposite Gwyneth Paltrow.

On October 27th, 2008, Mr. Phoenix announced his retirement from film in order to focus on his rap music, but the announcement turned out to be part of his acting role in the mockumentary I'm Still Here, directed by his brother-in-law, actor Casey Affleck. The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.

When he returned in 2012 it was to star in the Paul Thomas Anderson film The Master, opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, for which Mr. Phoenix earned the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival. In addition, he was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He next starred in The Immigrant, with Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, working with director James Gray for a fourth time.

In 2013, he starred in the award-winning Spike Jonze film her, where he falls in love with the voice of a computer, co-starring opposite Scarlett Johansson.

In 2014, Mr. Phoenix reteamed with director Paul Thomas Anderson for the Warner Bros. film Inherent Vice, starring opposite Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Eric Roberts. The following year, he starred in Woody Allen's Irrational Man opposite Emma Stone. He next co-starred opposite Rooney Mara in Mary Magdalene for director Garth Davis.

He was awarded Best Actor at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for his role in the critically acclaimed Lynne Ramsay-directed feature You Were Never Really Here, which tells the story of a former war vet who devotes himself to saving women exploited by sex traffickers, released in April 2018 by Amazon. Currently he can be seen in the Gus Van Sant-directed Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, also for Amazon. He will next star as The Joker for Warner Bros., directed by Todd Phillips.

A social activist, Mr. Phoenix has lent his support to a number of charities and humanitarian organizations, notably Amnesty International, The Art of Elysium, HEART, and The Peace Alliance (an organization which campaigns for a United States Department of Peace); he is on the board of directors for The Lunchbox Fund. Mr. Phoenix has also directed music videos for Ringside, She Wants Revenge, People in Planes, Arckid, Albert Hammond Jr., and the Silversun Pickups.


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