Joaquin Phoenix is a popular American actor and producer with over 50 acting credits to his name. Having started his career at a very tender age, Phoenix has risen to the helm of affairs in Hollywood, thanks to his penchant for scoring huge roles in movies and TV shows, as well as his ability to depict whatever role he is billed to portray with perfection. During the course of his career, he has won several awards including a Golden Globe, Grammy award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards and an Independent Spirit Award, to name but a few.
Who is Joaquin Phoenix?
Hollywood sensation Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born on October 28, 1974, in San Juan, Puerto Rico USA to his parents; Arlyn Sharon Phoenix (mother) and John Lee Bottom (father). While there is very limited information as regards his father, his mother, Sharon, is an American social activist and co-founder of River Phoenix Center, a non-profit organization created to promote global peace.
He began his exceptional career in acting at the age of 4 following his family’s move to Los Angeles. At that point in time, the family was going through hard times, leading Joaquin Phoenix and his siblings into performing on the street so as to support the family in whatever way they could. While performing on the streets he was spotted by Hollywood children agent, Iris Burton who helped him go pro.
Phoenix professional debut came in 1982 when he got cast to play the role of Travis on an episode of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Later that the year, he appeared as Robby Ellsworth on an episode of ABC Afterschool Specials titled Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia. In 1985, Phoenix scored a role as Frankie on the child molestation themed film Kids don’t Tell which was broadcast on CBS. The following year he made his big-screen debut in the movie titled Spacecamp with him taking up the role of Max Graham.
His big break eventually came in 1989 through his role as Garry Buckman in the movie Parenthood. For his outstanding performance, he was nominated for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film at the Young Artist Awards but he lost to Sean Astin.
What Happened To Joaquin Phoenix?
Out of personal conviction, Joaquin Phoenix decided to take a break from acting so as to spend time traveling around South America with his dad. Having achieved fame at such a tender age, the idea of a break sounded irrational to most fans and movie lovers, thus, leading to speculations that the actor has decided to call it quits on his career. Joaquin Phoenix laid dead such rumors in 1995 by making a comeback to acting in the criminal comedy-drama film To Die For, which was widely accepted by critics, paving way for bigger roles in his career.
Following his successful return to acting, Phoenix has starred in a long list of hit movies and TV Shows such as U Turn, Inventing the Abbotts, 8 mm, The Yards, Hotel Rwanda, Walk the Line, We Own the Night, I’m Still Her, Joker, and You Were Never Really Here which won him an award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival Award.
Having conquered the movie industry as an actor, he decided to delve into directing. He is the brain behind music videos for artiste such as Arckid, Silversun Pickups, and Ringside amongst several others. And despite being in the industry for over three decades Phoenix still has the zeal of a wannabe, a quality which is rare among established acts.
Girlfriend, Wife, Siblings
Joaquin Phoenix is the third of five children by his parents, the other four being River (August 23, 1970), Rain (born on November 21, 1972), Liberty (born on July 5, 1976) and Summer (born on December 10, 1978), all who happen to be in the movie business. Joaquin and his older brother, River, made their acting debut together in the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He also featured alongside his brother in the movie ABC Afterschool Special Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia. Sadly his brother passed away on October 31, 1993, as a result of a drug overdose.
Relationship-wise, Phoenix is clearly having a ball. Although he isn’t married, he so happens to be in a very serious relationship with gorgeous Hollywood actress, Rooney Mara, who he began dating in 2016. His relationship with Mara keeps waxing stronger by the day hence, it would be no surprise to see them walk down the aisle very soon.