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Joaquin Rafael Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his father, from California, is of mostly British Isles ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 108 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Walk the Line
Walk the Line John R. Cash
(2005)
Her
Her Theodore
(2013)
Gladiator
Gladiator Commodus
(2000)
The Master
The Master Freddie Quell
(2012)

Filmography

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 2018 The Sisters Brothers (post-production)
Charlie Sisters
  Far Bright Star (announced)
Napoleon Childs
 2015 Irrational Man
Abe Lucas
 2014 Inherent Vice
Larry "Doc" Sportello
 2013 Her
Theodore
 2013 The Immigrant
Bruno Weiss
 2013 Back Beyond (Video short)
Freddie Quell
 2012 The Master
Freddie Quell
 2010/I I'm Still Here
Joaquin Phoenix
 2008 Two Lovers
Leonard Kraditor
 2007 Reservation Road
Ethan Learner
 2007 We Own the Night
Bobby Green
 2005 Walk the Line
John R. Cash
 2004 Ladder 49
Jack Morrison
 2004 Hotel Rwanda
Jack Daglish
 2004 The Village
Lucius Hunt
 2003 Brother Bear
Kenai (voice)
 2003 It's All About Love
John
 2002 Signs
Merrill Hess
 2001 Buffalo Soldiers
Ray Elwood
 2000 Quills
Coulmier
 2000 Gladiator
Commodus
 2000 The Yards
Willie Gutierrez
 1999 8MM
Max California
 1998 Clay Pigeons
Clay Bidwell
 1998 Return to Paradise
Lewis McBride
 1997 U Turn
Toby N. Tucker
 1997 Inventing the Abbotts
Doug Holt
 1995 To Die For
Jimmy Emmett
 1991 Walking the Dog (Short)
 1989 Parenthood
Garry (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1989 Superboy (TV Series)
Billy Hercules
- Little Hercules (1989) ... Billy Hercules (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1989 The New Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Kyle Cleaver
- Still the New Leave It to Beaver (1989) ... Kyle Cleaver (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1988 Secret Witness (TV Movie)
Drew Blackburn (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1987 Russkies
Danny (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1986 SpaceCamp
Max (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1986 Morningstar/Eveningstar (TV Series)
Doug Roberts
- Taking a Chance on Love (1986) ... Doug Roberts (as Leaf Phoenix)
- Good Expectations (1986) ... Doug Roberts (as Leaf Phoenix)
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Doug Roberts (as Leaf Phoenix)
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Doug Roberts (as Leaf Phoenix)
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Doug Roberts (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Pagey Fisher
- A Very Happy Ending (1986) ... Pagey Fisher (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1985 Anything for Love (TV Movie)
Timmy Bailey (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1985 Kids Don't Tell (TV Movie)
Frankie (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Billy Donovan
- We're Off to Kill the Wizard (1984) ... Billy Donovan (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Daniel
- The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall (1984) ... Daniel (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Kid
- Terror U. (1984) ... Kid (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1984 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Robby Ellsworth
- Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (1984) ... Robby Ellsworth (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1983 Mr. Smith (TV Series)
- Mr. Smith Goes Public (1983) ... (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1983 Six Pack (TV Movie)
Tad Akins (as Leaf Phoenix)
 1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV Series)
Travis
- Christmas Song (1982) ... Travis (as Leaf Phoenix)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Director music video "If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode)" by People in Planes See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 11 Interviews | 24 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 12 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Leaf Phoenix

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Once I became a total buffoon, it was so liberating. Part of why I was frustrated with acting was because I took it so seriously. I want it to be so good that I get in my own way. It's like love: when you fall in love you're not yourself anymore. You lose control of being natural and showing all the beautiful parts of yourself, and all somebody recognizes is total desperation. See more »

Trivia:

Was born Joaquin Rafael, but at the age of four, he decided that he wanted a more earthy name, like his elder siblings River and Rain, so while he was raking leaves with his father he decided on Leaf. In the early 1990s, he took back his birth name. See more »

Trademark:

Scar on upper lip See more »

Nickname:

Kitten See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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