Joaquin Rafael Bottom—professionally known as Joaquin Phoenix— is an American actor, producer, and activist. He is an awarding-winning actor who found success as a youngster with his debut in the film “Parenthood” (1989). On the heels of his early successes, his big break came with the historical epic, “Gladiator” which won him immense fame and acclaim as an actor.
He took a hiatus and returned to the big screen with “The Master,” and went on to establish himself as a top-rated actor with acclaimed roles in industry blockbuster films like, “Ladder 49,” “Walk the Line,” “You Were Never Really Here,” and the recently released “Joker.” Apart from acting, he is a dedicated activist and a humanitarian who works for various causes and organizations. In his illustrious career, Phoenix has received a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and has three Academy Awards and British Academy Film Award nominations.
Joaquin Phoenix Age, Birthday, Childhood And Early Life
Named Joaquin Rafael Bottom at birth, actor Joaquin Phoenix was born in the Río Piedras district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 28, 1974 to John Lee Bottom and Arlyn Bottom. His mother is from a Jewish family that settled in New York, while his father, from California, is of mostly English descent. He was third of five children and his siblings name are River, Rain, Liberty, and Summer. His parents were staunch followers of the Children of God missionary and began traveling throughout South America. His parents eventually became disillusioned with the religious group and left. In 1977, while he was 3, they returned to the U.S. The family changed their surname to Phoenix, depicting the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes, symbolizing a new beginning. Around this time, Joaquin was prompted to have a nature-related name like his siblings and started calling himself “Leaf,” which became the moniker he used as a child actor, before he began bearing Joaquin at age 15.
Coming from a poor family and in order to raise financial support for the family, the children used to perform in the streets and in various talent shows where they sing and play instruments. The Phoenix family moved to Los Angeles area where his mother found work as a secretary in NBC and his father found work as a landscape architect. However, Joaquin and his siblings were eventually found out by a leading Hollywood children’s agent, Iris Burton, who got the five children acting work, mainly doing commercials and television show appearances.
Joaquin Phoenix Career Details
In 1982, he had his first stint acting as a guest appearance in River’s breakthrough television series, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” During this time, he used the name, “Leaf Phoenix.” After this, he was seen in a couple of TV series such as “Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia,’’ “The Fall Guy,” “Hill Street Blues” and others. His major break came in 1986 when he was cast in a supporting role as Max in kid’s adventure flick, “Space Camp.” Later, he was cast in the anthology series, “A Very happy Ending.” In 1987, he found a role in the film, “Russkies.” He made one of his biggest marks on the big screen in Ron Howards directed comedy-drama, “Parenthood” (1989) which got huge critical acclaim and grossed $126 million worldwide. While he was on a self-declared hiatus, his brother River achieved stardom becoming one of the A-list actors of his time. In 1991, he starred in “Walking the Dog,” which was not successful.
In 1993, he was devastated by the sad news of his brother, River, who died from overdose outside an LA nightclub. He returned to acting in 1995, co-starring in “To Die For.” His subsequent films include “U-Turn” (1997), “Clay Pigeons” (1998) and “8mm” (1999). The year 2000 brought a huge success for the actor as he starred in three blockbuster flicks. He portrayed Commodus, a corrupt emperor in Roman epic, “Gladiator,” which won him nomination of for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the 2001 Oscar. In the same year, he also starred as a dock worker in “The Yards” and as a French religious official in “Quills.” Following the success of these films, he starred in the eerie thriller “Signs” which was a box office success raking in $227 million worldwide. In 2004, he starred in action three action blockbusters such as “The Village,” “Hotel Rwanda” and “Ladder 49.”
By now, he has established himself as one of the best character-actor amongst the audience and in the industry. In 2005, he starred in the biopic, “Walk the Line,” which garnered much critical acclaim and was a box office success. The film won him his first Golden Globe also won him nominations in other prestigious awards. Subsequently, he starred and produced the film “We Own the Night” (2007). He has gone on to appear in numerous movies with some of his latest been: crime-comedy drama, “Inherent Vice” (2014), mystery comedy-drama, “Irrational Man” (2015), “You Were Never Really Here,” (2017) a thriller for which he got awarded the Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival Award, “Mary Magdalene” (2018), the biopic, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” (2018) and “Joker,” which was released on October 4, 2019. Phoenix has also directed and produced quite a number of films and has also won other awards.
Phoenix is known to be an animal right advocate and has done the campaign for animal rights and PETA. He is also a philanthropist.
Joaquin Phoenix Dating History
Phoenix dated Liv Tyler between 1995 and 1998 and thereafter he had a relationship with South African model, Topaz Page-Green, whom he dated for 4 years (2001-2005). After parting ways with Page-Green, he got into a relationship with Allie Teliz, a DJ, from 2013 to 2015. Phoenix began dating his co-star in “Mary Magdalene,” Rooney Mara in 2016 and it was confirmed the couple had gotten engaged in July 2019.
Joaquin Phoenix Net Worth
It is estimated that Joaquin Phoenix’s net worth is $30 million.