Joaquin Phoenix
Actor and musician
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix /hwɑːˈkiːn ˈfiːnɪks/;, formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is an American film actor. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and his family returned to the continental United States four years later. Phoenix is from a family of performers, including his older brother, the late River Phoenix.
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Casey Affleck Seemingly Addresses Sexual Harassment Allegations In Golden Globe Speech
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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I Didn't Know My Name Change Would Be Funny AF
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A name change is surprisingly simple. Pick a name. Go to civil court. Fill out the Name Change Petition form and a Proposed Order. Hand your paperwork to the clerk and done. The biggest challenge in the process is filling out the "Reason why?" portion of the Name Change Petition. For me, there wasn't enough room to fill out, "I'm really over this Ask Michael Cohen thing of being the Jewish guy that tells you what is in, hot and not and now answers all of your questions and gives advice on everything under the sun too." So, instead, I just wrote "work." I handed over my birth certificate, paperwork, 65 bucks, had everything notarized and got my court date. Dropping the surname is nothing new. Name changes were first seen during America's slave period where slaves were given new 'white' first names and the surname of their owners. Ellis Island immigration was the second. Here, name lists compiled by personnel of the passenger ship companies were anything but accurate, some foreign ...
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The Media Wants To Quash Casey Affleck’s Oscar Chances, But It’s Too Late
Huffington Post - 2 months
It’s no coincidence that RadarOnline waited until Casey Affleck took home a Critics’ Choice Award and was about to earn a Golden Globe nomination to rehash the details of the sexual harassment allegations filed against him in 2010. Even though the suit was settled and the “exclusive documents” Radar obtained are, in fact, the same documents that multiple outlets have been reporting for months, the website was presumably waiting for the right moment to strike. In a fairly unprecedented phenomenon, the media appears to be using awards contests as cause to audit celebrities’ morality. We’re seeing that dynamic play out with Affleck, an Oscar front-runner for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea,” one of the year’s indie hits. A Mashable story from September that renewed the attention surrounding Affleck’s case weighed the actor’s awards odds and questioned why “no one” was discussing his allegations. With the 2017 Oscar race heating up over the past two months, the media’s scrut ...
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Why The Casey Affleck Sexual Harassment Allegations Just Won’t Stick
Huffington Post - 3 months
By Allie Jones Casey Affleck, the 41-year-old younger brother of Ben, is predicted to win an Oscar for his starring role in Kenneth Lonergan’s New England family drama Manchester by the Sea. He posed for the cover of Variety in October, offered himself up for a New York Times profile earlier this month, and appeared on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend to push the narrative that has coalesced around his campaign: He is Boston’s humble, overlooked kid brother who deserves to finally get some recognition for his talent. In each interview, Affleck has insisted that he doesn’t want fame, and that he is hesitant to put himself back in the spotlight after his last Oscars go-round, in 2007, when he was nominated in the supporting-actor category for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In the Times profile, titled “Casey Affleck Is Making Another Splash, Reluctantly,” Affleck declared, “I have no desire to be famous at all.” Notwithstanding this display of modesty, Af ...
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Hollywood, It's Time To Stand Up
Huffington Post - 3 months
One morning, over breakfast, my father said to me "If a man can't go his own way, he's nothing. The moment you give up what you stand for for fame or money, that's the moment you lose your soul." Yeah, it's heavy talk for a kid over Rice Crispies, but, my Dad was a pretty deep guy. And, he was a man who stood up, and spoke the truth. Sometimes, it made me cringe with nervousness. But, in the end, it was what made me most proud. And that was how that morning's particular chat started. I asked why more people like him didn't stand up and speak up. He told me the truth. Hollywood is full of pussies. It always has been. There have always been those that bowed out from doing the right thing, and hid behind whatever cloak they think made their cowardice palatable. And then, there were those few. The mavericks. The do-what-is-righters, no matter what the cost is on the other end of maintaining their integrity. The ones that stood up to be counted on the right side of history. The ...
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Conspiracy Theorists Think Taylor Swift And Tom Hiddleston Are Just Making A Music Video
Huffington Post - 8 months
Is the Hiddleswift romance is really just one elaborate, artistic critique of celebrity culture and voyeurism?  That's what some people on the Internet think. BuzzFeed noted a number of posts regarding the very public relationship between Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston following her split from Calvin Harris. The latest theory: The whole affair is actually a faux-mance created as part of an upcoming music video.  I really think the Taylor Swift /Tom Hiddleston thing could be a music video. In fact as a screw you to the media I hope it is. — Gem (@TattooedTruffle) July 4, 2016 Does anyone else think Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are making an extended music video and fooling the world or is it just me??????? — Selena (@MancSel) July 4, 2016 I am an official Hiddleswift conspiracy theory subscriber after reading this. — Mark Lieberman (@MarkALieberman) July 4, 2016 Becoming increasingly convi ...
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Meat Heads: New Study Focuses on How Meat Consumption Alters Men's Self-Perceived Levels of Masculinity
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's a tired scene: a first date in a quiet, candle-lit restaurant. Small talk is made. The waiter arrives at the table. The man orders the steak. The woman, a salad. It may be a stereotype (death to the first date salad!) and yet, it's a universally recognizable one. Cultural norms and the advertising industry have had us identifying genders with dietary choices for decades now. A supporting example: Google image search "men eating." Then do the same with "women eating." You'll notice most of the immediate stock shots are of men forking meat, while women munch salads looking strangely happy. This visual paints the picture that plant food is for ladies, and perhaps cows, but men? Not so much. For many men, meat is an inarguable symbol of masculinity. We've been fed this idea for decades. If you are what you (m)eat, and you're a man, then you eat meat. So does the meat make the man? A team of consumer researchers led by Dr. Attila Pohlmann from the University of Hawaii is studying ...
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30 feature-length movies on YouTube that are totally worth watching
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This article is continually updated to reflect removed and newly available movies. Rachel Grozanick, Drew Prindle, Brandon Widder, and Rick Stella contributed to this article. Back in 2011, Google quietly rolled out the section. Over the past few years it has amassed a library of titles you can rent, purchase, or stream for free, and today, there’s more content in the movie section than you could watch in a lifetime — and that’s not even counting all the full-length films uploaded by users. So to help save you some time in your search for something to watch, we’ve sifted through all the movies the site has to offer — free, paid, legal, and not-so-legal — to bring you this list of the best full movies on YouTube. Related: Time to kill? Here’s 104 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now Free Movies (legally uploaded) YouTube has a pretty sizable list of movies you can stream for free, but truth be told, not many are worth watching. The overwhelming majority ...
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A 3D Film Attempts To Show Sex On Screen Like It's Never Been Done Before
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Warning: This article contains spoilers about the film's plot and some graphic content. Be (double) warned.  This is Murphy. He's the protagonist of Gaspar Noé's new film, "Love," a hardcore, 3D look at the euphoric experience of having sex while in love. Murphy is very sad. He's sad for a lot of reasons. Two years ago, his wildly hot art school girlfriend Electra wanted to have a threesome with their wildly hot 16-year-old neighbor, who Murphy decided to have sex with again in secret, got her pregnant -- oops! she's pro-life! -- and now he can't be with the love of his life. Also, he's sad because Electra hates him as a result, is a junkie, and is missing. Murphy is also sad because his dreams of being a famous filmmaker have shriveled up, mostly because he did too many drugs and had too much sex, leaving little time for work. Finally, he is sad because he's gained a belly and has a stupid baby mustache. In summation, Murphy is sad because, in his words, "I'm a dick. A d ...
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Humans Don’t Want A Robot That Is Too Perfect
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Malfunctioning robots can be scary as heck -- just ask the Avengers, or the crew of Discovery One. But as it turns out, we actually tend to like flawed robots a little bit better than perfect ones. New research from the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, England, shows that humans prefer interacting with robots that make mistakes, express "boredom" or become overexcited. In the study, participants interacted with two types of robots. In the first phase, the robots didn’t make mistakes or express "emotions," but in the second phase, both robots let loose, so to speak. A robot called ERWIN -- short for Emotional Robot With Intelligent Network -- "failed" to remember participants' names and favorite colors during the second phase, and displayed a sad expression on its face. The other robot, MyKeepon, which is small and yellow, showed "happiness" by dancing and making joyful noises, and exhibited "sadness" by making unhappy noises, looking at the gr ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joaquin Phoenix
  • 2016
    Age 41
    In 2016, he supported the #Every8 campaign for IAPF (the International Anti-Poaching Foundation), a nonprofit founded by Damien Mander to end rhino poaching and support park rangers, many of whom have been killed in what has become dangerous work protecting wildlife.
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    On May 11, 2016, it was confirmed that Phoenix will star in the upcoming thriller You Were Never Really Here, to be directed by Lynne Ramsay.
    More Details Hide Details He directed some music videos, including Ringside, She Wants Revenge, People in Planes, Arckid, Albert Hammond Jr. and Silversun Pickups. Phoenix served as one of the executive producers of a television show called 4Real, a half-hour series which showcase celebrity guests on global adventures "in order to connect with young leaders who are creating social and economic change." He is also listed as a producer on the movie We Own the Night. In music, he was said to have produced the opening track for Pusha T's My Name Is My Name album alongside Kanye West. The track is called "King Push". Phoenix then denied in a statement to XXL having produced the record, saying "While it was widely reported that Pusha T used my beat and that I produced his song, I can't take any credit. A friend’s son played me his music, and all I did was make an introduction to Kanye West's camp." He is set to produce a documentary about LGBT teenagers on summer camp.
  • 2015
    Age 40
    He added more to the topic while on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2015, saying that he is uncomfortable receiving accolades for his work in films when he considers the filmmaking process to be a collaborative one.
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    On 18 November 2015, it was announced that Phoenix will reunite with Casey Affleck in the upcoming Western film Far Bright Star.
    More Details Hide Details Phoenix is currently in talks to join Jacques Audiard's English language debut in the adaptation of Patrick deWitt's historical novel, The Sisters Brothers. He is also rumored to join Rooney Mara in the role of Jesus in Garth Davis' biographical film about Mary Magdalene.
    Phoenix starred in the 2015 mystery comedy-drama Irrational Man.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Woody Allen, the film was screened out of competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, received mixed to positive reviews, and began a theatrical release on July 17, 2015. Phoenix narrated his second documentary for Nation Earth about animal rights called Unity (2015). It was released on August 12, 2015.
  • 2014
    Age 39
    In 2014, Phoenix reunited with director Paul Thomas Anderson for the crime comedy-drama film Inherent Vice, the first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon book.
    More Details Hide Details Phoenix played the role of Doc, a private investigator and hippie/dope head trying to help his ex-girlfriend solve a crime. Inherent Vice premiered as the centerpiece at the New York Film Festival on October 4, 2014 and went nationwide on January 9, 2015. It was met with mostly positive reviews with many critics praising the film for its acting performances, while some were frustrated by its complicated plot, however it only grossed $11.1 million at the box office. Phoenix was nominated for his fifth Golden Globe Award for his performance.
  • 2013
    Age 38
    He was in a relationship with DJ Allie Teilz from late 2013 to early 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Phoenix has long been a social activist, lending his support to a number of charities and humanitarian organizations, notably Amnesty International, The Art of Elysium, HEART, and the Peace Alliance (which campaigns for a United States Department of Peace). Phoenix is also on the board of directors for The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization which provides daily meals to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa. Phoenix is widely known for his animal rights advocacy. He became a vegan when he, at the age of 3, joined his siblings on a boat to catch fish. He saw how a fish was caught and tossed aside, writhing. Phoenix is a member of In Defense of Animals and PETA and has actively campaigned for both. For Nation Earth he narrated Earthlings (2005), a documentary about the investigation of animal abuse in factory farms, pet mills and for scientific research. He was awarded the Humanitarian Award at the San Diego Film Festival in 2005, for his work and contribution to Earthlings. He will narrate his second documentary for Nation Earth called Unity (2015), along with other famous celebrity vegans such as actress Jessica Chastain and comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
    Also in 2013, Phoenix collaborated with director James Gray for the fourth time in the drama film The Immigrant.
    More Details Hide Details He starred as Bruno Weiss, a pimp who prostitutes Polish immigrant Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and ends up falling for her. It was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as well as at the 2013 New York Film Festival. The film was released in the United States on May 16, 2014. The Immigrant was not successful at the box office but received positive reviews from critics.
    In 2013, Phoenix starred in romantic science fiction comedy-drama film Her directed by Spike Jonze.
    More Details Hide Details In it, Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a man who develops a relationship with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an intelligent computer operating system personified through a female voice. It had its premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 12, 2013. Her had a worldwide gross of $47 million and received widespread critical acclaim, along with Phoenix's performance. Film critics Manohla Dargis and David Edelstein agreed that no other actor could've done the role but Phoenix, stating "'Her' is even harder to imagine without Mr. Phoenix, an actor who excels at exquisite isolation" and "It’s hard to imagine someone more affecting than Phoenix in the role" respectively, and Phoenix received his fourth nomination for the Golden Globe Award. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
  • 2012
    Age 37
    He had a year-long relationship with model Heather Christie in 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    In 2011, it was announced that Phoenix would return to acting in Paul Thomas Anderson's drama film The Master (2012).
    More Details Hide Details Phoenix played Freddie Quell, a sex-obsessed alcoholic World War II veteran from Lynn, Massachusetts struggling to adjust to a post-war society. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival where Phoenix won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. The art house film only grossed $28 million but was received with universal critical acclaim, with the acting performances receiving high praise, especially Phoenix's. Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone gave Phoenix high praise stating "Joaquin Phoenix in the performance of his career. Phoenix wears the role like a second skin; he's a volcano in full eruption. You can't take your eyes off him." His performance was publicly lauded by fellow actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain and Robert Duvall. Phoenix received his third Academy Award nomination, his second for Best Actor, as well as nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
  • 2010
    Age 35
    Phoenix's mockumentary film I'm Still Here (2010) premiered at the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 6, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The film was directed by Phoenix's brother-in-law Casey Affleck and was also written by Affleck and Phoenix himself. The film purports to follow the life of Phoenix, from the announcement of his retirement from acting, through his transition into a career as a hip hop artist. Filming officially began on January 16, 2009 at a Las Vegas nightclub. Throughout the filming period, Phoenix remained in character for public appearances, giving many the impression that he was genuinely pursuing a new career. Although widely suspected to be a "mockumentary," the fact that the events of the film had been deliberately staged was not disclosed until after the film had been released. The film received mixed reviews and failed at the box office. After the releasing of the film, Phoenix took a self-imposed break from acting.
  • 2008
    Age 33
    Two Lovers premiered in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival in May, receiving largely positive reviews, especially Phoenix who was praised by film critics David Edelstein who wrote "He Phoenix is, once again, stupendous, and stupendous in a way he has never been before" and Roger Ebert describing his performance as "perfect pitch".
    More Details Hide Details Two Lovers grossed $16 million worldwide.
  • 2007
    Age 32
    For his second film of 2007, Phoenix also reunited with director Terry George for the film Reservation Road.
    More Details Hide Details In it, Phoenix played a father obsessed with finding out who killed his son in a hit-and-run accident. The film failed at the box office and received negative reviews from critics, with film critic Peter Travers writing "Even the best actors — and I'd rank Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo among their generation's finest — can't save a movie that aims for tragedy but stalls at soap opera." Phoenix made his third collaboration with director James Gray in the film Two Lovers (2008), where he played a bachelor torn between the family friend his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor.
    In 2007, Phoenix reunited with director James Gray for the film We Own the Night, which he also produced.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Phoenix played a New York nightclub manager who tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men. The film premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, receiving mixed reviews from critics and grossed a total of $54.5 million worldwide. Critic Peter Travers described Phoenix as "electrifying and then some", and he was awarded the People's Choice Award for Favorite Leading Man for the performance.
  • 2006
    Age 31
    In 2006, Phoenix was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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  • 2005
    Age 30
    He was awarded the Humanitarian Award at the San Diego Film Festival in 2005, for his work and contribution to Earthlings.
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    In 2005, Phoenix starred in the James Mangold directed film Walk the Line, a Johnny Cash biopic, after Cash himself approved of Phoenix.
    More Details Hide Details All of Cash's vocal tracks in the film and on the accompanying soundtrack are played and sung by Phoenix. The film was released on November 18, 2005, eventually grossing $186 million. Phoenix's performance received rave reviews from critics and it inspired film critic Roger Ebert to write, "Knowing Johnny Cash's albums more or less by heart, I closed my eyes to focus on the soundtrack and decided that, yes, that was the voice of Johnny Cash I was listening to. The closing credits make it clear it's Joaquin Phoenix doing the singing, and I was gob-smacked". For his portrayal of Johnny Cash, Phoenix was nominated for his second Academy Award, in the category of Best Actor as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for the film's soundtrack. Earlier that year, he narrated Earthlings (2005), a documentary about the investigation of animal abuse in factory farms, pet mills and for scientific research.
  • 2004
    Age 29
    Phoenix's final film of 2004 was Terry George's Hotel Rwanda, playing photographer Jack Daglish.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a moderate financial success but was a critical success, receiving almost exclusively positive reviews from critics. For his performance in the film, Phoenix was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture along with the cast.
    In 2004, Phoenix paired with Shyamalan again, playing a love struck farmer in The Village.
    More Details Hide Details It received mixed reviews but was a financial success, grossing $256 million worldwide on its $60 million budget. For his second film that year, Phoenix starred in the drama film Ladder 49 as a Baltimore firefighter. The film earned $102 million at the box office despite receiving generally mixed reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising the performances in the film.
  • 2003
    Age 28
    In 2003, Phoenix played the irresolute husband of a superstar-skater in It's All About Love, and voiced Kenai in the Disney animated film, Brother Bear.
    More Details Hide Details The film grossed $250 million worldwide and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. He was replaced by Patrick Dempsey in the sequel Brother Bear 2.
    However, being a satire of the US military, the film's wider theatrical run was delayed by approximately two years because of the September 11 attacks until it was released on July 25, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Although the film was a box office flop, it was received with mostly positive reviews. Famed critic Roger Ebert praised Phoenix for his "spot-on performance". Phoenix was nominated for the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor. Phoenix also starred in M. Night Shyamalan's science fiction thriller Signs (2002). The story focuses on a former Episcopal priest named Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) who discovers a series of crop circles in his cornfield. Hess slowly becomes convinced that the phenomena are a result of extraterrestrial life. The film was a massive financial success, grossing $408 million on its $72 million budget, and was received with positive reviews. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers praised Phoenix's performance, writing "Phoenix registers impressively, finding the humor and the pain in this lost boy".
  • 2000
    Age 25
    The film was a massive financial and critical success, becoming one of the highest earning films of 2000, with a worldwide box office gross of $457 million and received universal critical praise.
    More Details Hide Details The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. For his performance, that critic Lisa Schwarzbaum described as "deliciously creepy perversity", Phoenix was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and received his first nomination for the Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor. He and late brother River Phoenix became the first brothers to get nominated for acting Academy Awards. To this date, they are alone in holding this distinction. Later, he portrayed the conflicted priest Abbé de Coulmier in Quills. Inspired by the life and work of the Marquis de Sade, the film premiered in the United States at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2000 and was a modest art house success grossing a total of $17 million at the box office, but it was received with critical praise, eventually receiving three Academy Award nominations at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards and The National Board of Review selected the film as its Best Film of 2000. For his combined roles, Phoenix won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor and the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor.
    In 2000, Phoenix co-starred in three films.
    More Details Hide Details He made his first collaboration with director James Gray in The Yards. The film follows the corruption in the rail yards of Queens. Although failing to perform at the box office, The Yards was received with positive reviews. In his next film, Phoenix played emperor Commodus who killed his father and seized the throne in the historical epic film Gladiator. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Russell Crowe as the Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius who is reduced to slavery by Commodus and rises through the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    In 1997, Phoenix played a small-town troublemaker in Oliver Stone's U Turn, and a poor man in love with a rich woman in Inventing the Abbotts.
    More Details Hide Details The films were received with mostly mixed and negative reviews, respectively, and neither performed well at the box office. The following year, Phoenix starred in Clay Pigeons (1998) as a young man in a small town who befriends a serial killer. Budgeted at $8 million, the film became a box office flop, grossing only $1 million and was like Phoenix's previous projects, not well received by critics. In his next film, 8mm (1999), Phoenix co-starred as an adult video store employee who helps Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage) penetrate the underworld of illegal pornography. The film turned out be a box office success, grossing $96 million worldwide, but found few admirers among critics.
  • 1995
    Age 20
    Phoenix dated his Inventing the Abbotts co-star Liv Tyler from 1995 to 1998, and South-African model Topaz Page-Green from 2001 to 2003.
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    During the comeback portion of his career, Phoenix went back to his given name Joaquín and was often cast in supporting roles as conflicted, insecure characters with a dark side. In 1995, he co-starred in To Die For, as the disturbed young man Jimmy who gets seduced by Nicole Kidman's character Suzanne to commit a murder.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Gus Van Sant, the film was screened out of competition at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and became a financial and critical success, resulting in a domestic box office total of $21 million. New York Times critic Janet Maslin praised Phoenix's performance, writing "So pity poor Jimmy. Rivetingly played by Mr. Phoenix with a raw, anguished expressiveness that makes him an actor to watch for, Jimmy is both tempted and terrified by Suzanne's slick amorality. In that, he speaks for us all."
  • 1993
    Age 18
    Three days after Joaquin's 19th birthday, Joaquín's older brother River suffered a fatal drug overdose on October 31, 1993.
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  • 1985
    Age 10
    In 1985, he appeared with in the CBS television movie Kids Don't Tell.
    More Details Hide Details He made his film debut in SpaceCamp (1986) as Max and starred in an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "A Very Happy Ending" the same year. Phoenix first starring role was in Russkies (1987) and he later co-starred in Ron Howard's Parenthood (1989), in which he was credited as Leaf Phoenix. The film was well received by critics and grossed $126 million worldwide. For his performance in the film, Phoenix was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film.
  • 1978
    Age 3
    His parents eventually became disenchanted with the Children of God; they made the decision to leave the group and returned to the U.S. in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details They changed their last name to Phoenix, after the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes, symbolizing a new beginning. Around this time, Joaquín began calling himself "Leaf," desiring to have a nature-related name like his siblings, and inspired by spending time outdoors raking leaves with his father. "Leaf" became the name he used as a child actor, until at age 15, when he changed it back to Joaquin. He first used it as a screen credit in his big comeback film To Die For. In order to provide food and financial support for the family, the children performed on the streets and at various talent contests, singing and playing instruments. In Los Angeles, his mother started working as a secretary for NBC, and his father worked as a landscaper. Phoenix and his siblings were eventually discovered by one of Hollywood's leading children's agents, Iris Burton, who got the five children acting work, mainly doing commercials and television show appearances. He went on to establish himself as a child actor before deciding to withdraw from acting for a while and travel to Mexico and South America with his father.
  • 1974
    Born on October 28, 1974.
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