Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix Headshot

Actor

Birth Name: Joaquin Rafael Phoenix

Birth Date: October 28, 1974

Age: 49 years old

Birth Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Spouses: Rooney Mara

Partners: Liv Tyler

Siblings: River Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Summer Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix is one of the most respected actors of his age. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1974 to parents from the mainland U.S., Phoenix spent much of his early childhood traveling with his family through South America as missionaries for the religious cult Children of God. By the time he was eight, Phoenix's family had left the church and relocated to Los Angeles, where Phoenix's parents began entering him and his four siblings in various talent contests in an effort to earn money for the family. They were eventually signed to an agent, with Joaquin making his screen debut alongside his brother River on a 1983 episode of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (CBS, 1982-83). Phoenix would continue to act on screen from that point forward, memorably appearing in movies like "SpaceCamp" (1986) and "Parenthood" (1989).

Then tragically in 1993, Phoenix was at a Los Angeles club with friends and a number of his siblings when his brother, actor River Phoenix, collapsed and later died of a drug overdose. Phoenix withdrew from the spotlight in order to process his grief, eventually emerging in 1995 to star opposite Nicole Kidman as a confused youth in Gus Van Sant's subversive drama "To Die For" (1995). The character's dark side would set a precedent for Phoenix's future roles as he continued to play unnerving and otherwise troubled characters for years to come.

He earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the villainous Commodus in "Gladiator" (2000) and established a solid professional relationship with director M. Night Shyamalan with roles in both "Signs" (2002) and "The Village" (2004).

In 2005, Phoenix earned an Oscar nod for Best Actor when he played musical legend Johnny Cash in the acclaimed biopic "Walk the Line" (2005). He was nominated for still another Oscar in 2012 for his performance as the unstable Freddie Quell in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (2012), and earned a Golden Globe nod for his performance in "Her" (2013) as a man in love with a sentient computer operating system.

In 2014, Phoenix worked with Anderson again, this time starring in "Inherent Vice" (2014), earning him another Golden Globe nod. He worked with Van Sant for a second time in 2018, playing paraplegic John Callahan in "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" (2018) before making a huge impact in 2019, playing a majorly updated version of D.C. villain the Joker in "Joker" (2019).

Credits

Joker: Folie à Deux

Actor
Arthur Fleck
Movie
2024

Beau Is AfraidStream

Actor
Beau Wassermann
Movie
2023
68%

NapoleonStream

Actor
Napoleon Bonaparte
Movie
2023
58%

NapoleonStream

Producer
Movie
2023
58%

Love Over Money

Executive Producer
Movie
2023

C'mon C'mon: Extras

Actor
Show
2022

The End of Medicine

Executive Producer
Movie
2022

StutzStream

Producer
Movie
2022
96%

C'mon C'monStream

Actor
Johnny
Movie
2021
94%

Gunda

Executive Producer
Movie
2020

Joker Interview Special

Guest
Show
2019

Inside Warner: Joker

Self
Show
2019

JokerStream

Actor
Arthur Fleck
Movie
2019
69%

The Animal People

Executive Producer
Movie
2019

Zona indie

Actor
Show
2018

Mary MagdaleneStream

Actor
Jesus
Movie
2018
44%

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on FootStream

Actor
John Callahan
Movie
2018
77%

The Sisters BrothersStream

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Charlie Sisters
Movie
2018
87%

Dominion

Narrator
Movie
2018

Bratya Sisters

Actor
Movie
2018

What the Health

Executive Producer
Movie
2017

You Were Never Really Here

Actor
Joe
Movie
2017

Across My Land

Executive Producer
Movie
2017

Irrational Man

Actor
Abe
Movie
2015

Movie Mag

Actor
Show
2014

Ladder 49: Extras

Actor
Show
2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

Guest
Talk
2014

Wonderland

Actor
Show
2014

Inherent ViceStream

Actor
Doc Sportello
Movie
2014
74%

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

Actor
Jimmy Emmett
Movie
2014

The Master: Extras

Actor
Show
2013

The Immigrant

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Bruno Weiss
Movie
2013

HerStream

Actor
Theodore
Movie
2013
94%

Live! With Kelly and Michael

Guest
Talk
2012

Entertainment Studios.TV

Guest
Show
2012

The MasterStream

Actor
Freddie Quell
Movie
2012
85%

Gladiator Bonus Content: Prelude: The Story

Actor
Show
2011

I'm Still Here

Producer
Movie
2010

I'm Still Here

Self
Movie
2010

I'm Still Here

Writer
Movie
2010

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Guest
Talk
2009

Two Lovers

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Leonard Kraditor
Movie
2008

We Own the NightStream

Actor
Bobby Green
Movie
2007
57%

We Own the NightStream

Producer
Movie
2007
57%

Reservation Road

Actor
Ethan Lerner
Movie
2007

Popcorn

Guest
Show
2005

Earthlings

Narrator
Movie
2005

Walk The LineStream

Actor
Johnny Cash
Movie
2005
82%

The VillageStream

Actor
Lucius Hunt
Movie
2004
43%

Ladder 49

Actor
Jack Morrison
Movie
2004

Hotel RwandaStream

Actor
Jack
Movie
2004
91%

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Guest
Talk
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

Guest
Talk
2003

Brother BearStream

Voice
Kenai
Movie
2003
37%

It's All About Love

Actor
John
Movie
2003

SignsStream

Actor
Merrill Hess
Movie
2002
75%

Buffalo Soldiers

Actor
Ray Elwood
Movie
2001

Entertainment Studios.com

Guest
Show
2000

GladiatorStream

Actor
Commodus
Movie
2000
80%

The YardsStream

Actor
Willie Gutierrez
Movie
2000
64%

QuillsStream

Actor
Coulmier
Movie
2000
75%

8MM

Actor
Max California
Movie
1999

Return to ParadiseStream

Actor
Lewis McBride
Movie
1998
70%

Clay Pigeons

Actor
Clay Bidwell
Movie
1998

Inventing the Abbotts

Actor
Doug Holt
Movie
1997

U-Turn

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Toby N. Tucker
Movie
1997

Access Hollywood

Guest
News
1996

To Die ForStream

Actor
Jimmy Emmett
Movie
1995
89%

Extra

Guest
News
1994

Preview

Actor
Show
1994

Late Night With Conan O'Brien

Guest
Talk
1993

Late Show With David Letterman

Guest
Talk
1993

ParenthoodStream

Actor
Garry Buckman-Lampkin
Movie
1989
92%

Le Jeu du témoin

Actor
Movie
1988

Secret Witness

Actor
Drew Blackburn
Movie
1988

Russkies

Actor
Danny
Movie
1987

Amistad Sin Fronteras

Actor
Movie
1987

Campamento Espacial

Actor
Movie
1986

SpaceCamp

Actor
Max
Movie
1986

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Actor
Show
1985

Murder, She WroteStream

Guest Star
Billy Donovan
Series
1984

Six Pack

Actor
Tad Akins; her brother
Show
1983

Entertainment Tonight

Guest
News
1981

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

60 MinutesStream

Guest
News
1968

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