Joaquin Phoenix

Mostly Credited As: Joaquin Phoenix
Sometimes Credited As: Leaf Phoenix

Birth Name: Joaquin Rafael Phoenix
Date Of Birth: October 28, 1974 (Age 41)
Country Of Birth: Puerto Rico
Birth Place: San Juan
Height: 5' 8" (1.72 m)

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin was born the middle child of a family of five to Children of God missionaries, John Bottom Amram and Arlyn Dunitz Jochebed in Puerto Rico, but was later raised in Los Angeles, CA.
Early on in his life, Joaquin along with his brother (late actor River Phoenix) and sisters were encouraged by their parents to develop their creativity, which eventually lead him to acting. After being taken on by an agent willing to represent all five children, Joaquin made his professional acting debut in brother River's television comedy Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982) at the age of 12. Later on working once more with River on the after school special Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (1984). Eventually Joaquin struck on his own finding work in various other series and made-for-television outings. In 1986, he finally received his big screen break in the teen scifi romp SpaceCamp which resulted in him winning his first starring role in the film Russkies (1987).
After his role in the film Parenthood (1989), Joaquin took a break from the industry due to his dissatisfaction with the type of roles available to actors in his age range. But under unfortunate circumstances, he was forced back in to the public eye three years later when River collapsed from a drug overdose (and later died) outside of The Viper Room in Los Angeles. Joaquin's heartbreaking calling to 911 was aired world wide. Several months later, at the insistence of friends and family, he slowly made his way back in to the film industry when he accepted a role in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho (1991) - after his second film debut it has been nothing but success for the versatile and brilliantly talented actor.

Joaquin currently resides in New York City.

Movie credits

Walk the Line (2005) - Johnny Cash
Ladder 49 (2004) - Jack Morrison
Hotel Rwanda (2004) - Jack Daglish
The Village (2004) - Lucius Hunt
Brother Bear (2003) - Kenai (voice)
It's All About Love (2003) - John
Signs (2002) - Merrill Hess
Buffalo Soldiers (2001) - Ray Elwood
Quills (2000) - The Abbe du Coulmier
Gladiator (2000) - Commodus
The Yards (2000) - Willie Gutierrez
8MM (1999) - Max California
Clay Pigeons (1998) - Clay Bidwell
Return to Paradise (1998) - Lewis McBride
U Turn (1997) - Toby N. Tucker a.k.a. TNT
Inventing the Abbotts (1997) - Doug Holt
To Die For (1995) - Jimmy Emmett
Parenthood (1989) (as Leaf Phoenix) - Garry Buckman-Lampkin
Russkies (1987) (as Leaf Phoenix) - Danny
SpaceCamp (1986) (as Leaf Phoenix) - Max

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Larry Wilmore, Frankie Ballard 13x04: (Jan/08/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Joaquin Phoenix, "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, Primus 08x134: (Sep/24/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Good Morning America (1975) 
  Season 39, Episode 287 39x287: (Dec/09/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Kendrick, Sara Evans 33x72: (Dec/09/2014) As Himself 
  Jerome Bettis, Tamar Gellar, Joaquin Phoenix, Daughtry, 26x87: (Jan/01/2008) As Himself 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Tyler Perry, Taylor Swift 26x28: (Oct/10/2007) As Himself 
  Joaquin Phoenix/Jesse L. Martin 24x53: (Nov/16/2005) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Cristela Alonzo, Al Green 21x232: (Dec/08/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Jones 18x10: (Sep/22/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Joaquin Phoenix, Bar Refaeli, Anthony Hamilton 16x89: (Feb/11/2009) As Himself 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Trisha Yearwood 13x47: (Nov/15/2005) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 85th Annual Academy Awards 61x01: (Feb/24/2013) As Nominee: Best Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 78th Annual Academy Awards 54x01: (Mar/05/2006) As Nominee: Best Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 49x01: (Mar/25/2001) As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Gordon Ramsay, Vanessa Carlton 16x19: (Oct/11/2007) As Himself 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Joy Koy, Alanis Morisette 14x84: (Jan/27/2006) As Himself 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Jo Koy, Alanis Morissette 14x71: (Jan/10/2006) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Halle Berry, Eva Mendes, Jaoquin Phoenix, Debbie Harry 57x22: (Oct/09/2007) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Jim Gaffigan, Paramore 15x16: (Oct/08/2007) As Himself 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Sarah Silverman, Trey Anastasio 13x38: (Nov/17/2005) As Himself 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Teri Hatcher, Supergrass 12x20: (Oct/01/2004) As Himself 
  Joaquin Phoenix, Scott Thompson, Cheap Trick 10x153: (Jul/24/2003) As Himself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 63x01: (Jan/16/2006) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (for 'Walk the Line') 

CMT Top 20 Countdown (2001) 
  November 10, 2005 01x28: (Nov/10/2005) As Himself 

Oprah (1986) 
  O The Buzz: Ricky Martin, Reese Witherspoon and Nate's Big News 20x16: (Oct/10/2005) As Himself 

Good Day Live (2001) 
  Robert Wagner. Katie Wagner; John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe Piscopo 04x18: (Sep/29/2004) As Himself 

The Adventures of Superboy (1988) (1988) 
  Little Hercules 01x20: (Apr/15/1989) As Billy Hercules (credited as Leaf Phoenix) 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985) (1985) 
  A Very Happy Ending 01x14: (Feb/16/1986) As Rich Boy 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  We're Off To Kill the Wizard 01x08: (Dec/09/1984) As Billy Donovan 

Hill Street Blues (1981) 
  The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall 05x10: (Dec/06/1984) As Daniel Flowers 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

4Real (2008)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


Joaquin Phoenix joined his co-star Reese Witherspoon picking up a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Johnny Cash in "Walk in The Line."

When getting a Golden Globe said, "Whoever thought I would ever win in the comedy/musical category?,"

Joaquin was in a car accident in January 2006, when his brakes failed.

Joaquin Phoenix: I don't walk around like I'm a movie star because I don't think of myself as a movie star. People usually don't even notice me.

For his movie Ladder 49, Joaquin spent some time living in a firehouse and doing all the training the firefighters did.

Joaquin has been homeschooled throughout his childhood.

M. Night Shyamalan: Other actors hand you their performance. Joaquin makes you come to him. It's all there, but you have to search for it, inside his eyes.

Joaquin Phoenix: I'm vomiting days before I start shooting a new movie.

Joaquin has a tattoo of a circle on his arm.

Joaquin Phoenix: When I first heard about [To Die For], I thought, what a terrible idea — a teacher seduces this kid and he kills her husband? That's awful.

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