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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
Blues, The Fall Guy, and Murder, She Wrote. He was a regular on the short-lived
CBS series Morningstar/Eveningstar and followed that same year with his first
film role in SpaceCamp. The following year, he starred in Russkies with sister
and Carole King. Two years later, director Ron Howard cast the teenager as
Wiest's son in his popular family comedy Parenthood. It wasn't until 1996 that
young actor returned to the fold with a stunning and critically acclaimed
opposite Nicole Kidman in Gus Van Sant's To Die For. The New York Times film
Janet Maslin hailed the young talent as "an actor to watch for." He next
with Liv Tyler, Billy Crudup, and Jennifer Connelly in Inventing the Abbotts in
That same year, he co-starred opposite Claire Danes, Sean Penn, and Jennifer
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.
won acclaim as a street-smart adult bookstore clerk who helps detective Nicolas
search for the truth behind what appears to be a snuff film in Joel Schumacher's
In 2000, he earned his first Academy Award nomination co-starring opposite
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
Academy (BAFTA) Award, he received awards as Best Supporting Actor from the
National Board of Review and The Broadcast Films Critics Association. He
up with Philip Kaufman's Oscar-nominated Quills, opposite Kate Winslet and
Rush in the film based on Douglas McGrath's play about the Marquis de Sade, for
he won the Broadcast Film Critics Award as Best Supporting Actor. Also that
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,
earned half a billion dollars worldwide. He reteamed with Mr. Shyamalan two
later on the gothic thriller The Village.
He provided the voice in the animated film Brother Bear. Additional films
Thomas Vinterberg's It's All About Love; Buffalo Soldiers; Ladder 49; and Hotel
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
2005, he was awarded the Humanitarian Award at the San Diego Film Festival for
work and contribution to the film; and he lent his voice to the documentary I'm
Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust.
He was hailed for his mesmerizing performance as legendary singer-songwriter
Cash (opposite Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon) in James Mangold's
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
a Musical as well as nominations for BAFTA, SAG, BFCA, and Chicago Film Critics'
In 2007, the two-time Academy Award nominee starred in two features: Sony
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
director James Gray for a third time, he starred in Two Lovers opposite Gwyneth
On October 27th, 2008, Mr. Phoenix announced his retirement from film in
focus on his rap music, but the announcement turned out to be part of his acting
in the mockumentary I'm Still Here, directed by his brother-in-law, actor Casey
The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film
When he returned in 2012 it was to star in the Paul Thomas Anderson film The
opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, for which Mr. Phoenix earned the Volpi
at the Venice Film Festival. In addition, he was nominated for an Oscar, a
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
with the voice of a computer, co-starring opposite Scarlett Johansson.
In 2014, Mr. Phoenix reteamed with director Paul Thomas Anderson for the
film Inherent Vice, starring opposite Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen
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
Magdalene for director Garth Davis.
He was awarded Best Actor at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for his role in
acclaimed Lynne Ramsay-directed feature You Were Never Really Here, which tells
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
Sant-directed Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, also for Amazon. He will
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
humanitarian organizations, notably Amnesty International, The Art of Elysium,
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,
Planes, Arckid, Albert Hammond Jr., and the Silversun Pickups.
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