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Biggest Asset: No one looks, sounds or moves anything like him. The Start: One of five children, Joaquin Phoenix started working as a child actor, joining older brother River in TV shows before getting cast in 1989's "Parenthood," for which he received much praise. He did not return to the big screen until 1995, when he starred in Gus Van Sant's "To Die For." Van Sant had directed River in 1991's "My Own Private Idado" before his death in 1993. "To Die For" kick-started Phoenix's adult career, with a leading role in Pat O'Connor's 'Inventing the Abbotts" and supporting role in Oliver Stone's "U Turn" following in 1997. Signature Quote: "No, I do more hip hop music...[audience laughter]...is this a joke?" - on The Letterman Show Body Of Work: After Joseph Ruben's "Return to Paradise" and David Dobkins' "Clay Pigeons," both in 1998 and with Vince »
- Sophia Savage
In this weekend's "The Master," Joaquin Phoenix stars alongside Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a religious drama about a mentor who begins to question the motives and beliefs of his organization's leader. It's another Weinstein-produced film that could rack up tons of honors in the upcoming awards season.
Phoenix himself is no stranger to golden trophies. He picked up a Golden Globe for his performance as Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line," a role that also garnered him an Academy Award nomination. It seems pretty darn hard to pick a favorite film that Phoenix, who dabbled with retirement in a brief moment of madness, has made over the last 26 years. From indies like "Inventing the Abbotts" to blockbusters like "Gladiator," it's no question why his career has lasted so long in Hollywood.
Back when he was still going by Leaf — a pseudonym he picked out for himself to »
- Joanna Varikos
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