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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix


Famous as :


Birth Name :

Joaquin Rafael Bottom

Birth Date :

October 28, 1974

Birth Place :

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Claim to fame :

As Commodus in "Gladiator" (2000)


In early 1980s, two small boys were singing and dancing on the streets of North Hollywood for the sake of a little money on the hand. Wearing Kmart shirts, they would happily sing The Beatles' songs with no slightest shame. People passed by and none of them knew then what they would become someday: the next big thing in Hollywood. Those kids were none other than the Phoenix brothers, River and Joaquin. Together they struggled through the hardship of life and career until they could taste fame and money a decade later. Unfortunately, in the late 1993 River died of overdose, leaving his younger brother to preserve their family name in Hollywood's showbiz. Joaquin made it true.

Born on October 28, 1974, Joaquin came from a unique family. Her Russian/Hungarian mother, Arlyn Dunetz left her first husband and headed for West Coast where she met John Lee Bottom who was an Irish/Spanish decent. They discovered that they shared mutual interest so they got married and traveled across the US. In 1970, they had their first child River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon before having the second son, Joaquin Raphael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The other three children, Rain, Liberty and Summer were also each born in different cities. After Summer's birth in 1978, they changed their surname to Phoenix. Joaquin too, decided to change his first name to Leaf because he was irritated on how people kept mispronouncing his name. "I changed my name because no one in the States could pronounce 'Joaquin' and I used to get really embarrassed about it as a kid. All kids in my family had gorgeous names & I got 'Joaquin'. I said 'This is not good'. Even I can't say it." Thus, for the next eleven years he was credited as Leaf.

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Report: Joaquin Phoenix 'Reluctant' to Sign Up for 'Dr. Strange'

September 01, 2014 09:28:02 GMT

It has been quite some time that is named a frontrunner for Marvel's "", but the deal has not been sealed yet. Rumor has it, the actor, who has been starring in indie movies lately, is still mulling over the decision as he's reluctant to sign a heavy multi-picture contract.

Joaquin Phoenix in Final Talks to Play Marvel's Dr. Strange

August 29, 2014 04:37:27 GMT

has been linked to Marvel's "" for some time, and now he emerges as a frontrunner to headline the movie. Collider reports that the actor who has three Oscar nominations under his belt is in final negotiations to play the Sorcerer Supreme.

First Look at Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin in 'Inherent Vice'

August 18, 2014 08:00:05 GMT

The first official photo from Paul Thomas Anderson's "" has been released. Arriving via Entertainment Weekly, the image gives fans a first look at and as Larry "Doc" Sportello and Christian "Bigfoot" Bjornson, respectively.

Joaquin Phoenix Could Be Marvel's Doctor Strange

July 26, 2014 01:20:59 GMT

is the latest name thrown in the bag of Doctor Strange casting. The Oscar-nominated actor is reportedly in talks to be the titular character in Marvel's "". The character had been briefly mentioned in "" and "".

Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix Join Woody Allen's Secret Project

May 08, 2014 00:48:42 GMT

's new pic will be backed up by and , it has been reported. The project is so secretive that plot details and title have remained under wrap.

Lindsay Lohan's Handwritten List of Famous Ex-Lovers Exposed

March 13, 2014 00:07:11 GMT

The names of all her lovers that could think of are written down in a single piece of paper. The "" star allegedly was fooling around with her girlfriends when she jotted down the names at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 30, 2013 and later tossed the paper aside.

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play Lex Luthor in 'Man of Steel 2'

December 19, 2013 02:57:24 GMT

Warner Bros. allegedly has their eyes set on as a candidate to play the villain in "Man of Steel 2". According to Variety, the 39-year-old actor is in early negotiations to portray the superhero's nemesis Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman movie.

Joaquin Phoenix Grows Sideburns and Goes Vintage for 'Inherent Vice'

June 05, 2013 03:32:36 GMT

A first look at in upcoming movie from director Paul Thomas Anderson, "", has surfaced online. In the 1960s-set adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel, the 38-year-old actor stars as Larry "Doc" Sportello, and goes very retro with long sideburns, curly hair and faded denim trousers to bring the character to life.

Seth MacFarlane Bows Out of Oscars, Recommends Joaquin Phoenix as New Host

May 21, 2013 02:35:28 GMT

's latest tweets finally answer fans' curiosity whether he will really be back hosting the 2014 Oscar as rumored before. The man behind the lens for and -starring "" has announced that the prestigious prize-giving event will have a new face instead of him.

Video: Joaquin Phoenix Drowns for PETA Vegan Ad

February 16, 2013 03:14:25 GMT

stars in PETA's ad which encourages people to go vegan. In the ad, the 38-year-old actor simulates drowning to illustrate what it's like for fish to be pulled from the water and left to suffocate to death. "It's slow, painful, and frightening," he says in the video. "And we do it to more than 1 trillion fish every year."

Joaquin Phoenix May Reunite With Paul Thomas Anderson in 'Inherent Vice'

January 25, 2013 03:38:40 GMT

Recently winning Best Actor prize at London Critics' Circle Awards, is set to reunite with his "" director in a new movie project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-nominated actor is currently in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film "".

The Weinstein Co. Buys Oscar Grant Film 'Fruitvale' After Heated Bidding at 2013 Sundance

January 22, 2013 07:05:10 GMT

Another audience-favorite film has found its buyer during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. On Monday, January 21, The Weinstein Company officially acquired the rights to "Fruitvale" for a reported $2.5 million. The deal also included guarantees to a sizable theatrical release, according to Variety.

Police Swarm Chris Brown's Home After Hoax 911 Call

January 22, 2013 07:02:17 GMT

has become the latest victim of swatting prank call. On Monday afternoon, January 21, police responded to a report from someone saying that there was a domestic violence involving a gun in the rapper's Hollywood Hills home.

Joaquin Phoenix: I 'Struggle With the Idea' of Winning Best Actor at London Critics' Circle Awards

January 22, 2013 06:34:05 GMT

raised people's eyebrow last year when he dissed the film awards season, calling it "utter bulls***." Despite his controversial statement, the 38-year-old actor still bagged the Oscar nom for Best Actor and snatched an acting award at the London Critics' Circle Awards thanks to his movie "". Following the victory, he released a statement, admitting that he couldn't believe he won the prize let alone defeating .

Joaquin Phoenix Calls Awards Season 'Stupidest Thing'

October 18, 2012 19:24:13 GMT

Although he's lauded to take home numerous movie awards this year, saw them as complete "bulls**t". In a discussion with Elvis Mitchell for Interview magazine, the actor said he does not want to be part of the Oscars or any other award shows which put people in competition.

Joaquin Phoenix Thinks About Sex During Interview in New 'The Master' Clip

September 08, 2012 03:24:23 GMT

is prominently featured in a new NSFW clip of "". The actor playing Freddie Quell in the highly-praised drama by Paul Thomas Anderson is seen having what seems to be a Navy psychological examination. He is asked to describe what he sees in several pictures handed out to him. Every time he sees an image, he always refers it to sexually related things such as female genital.

'The Master' First Full Trailer Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman

July 20, 2012 06:27:36 GMT

The first full trailer for "" has been made available for viewing pleasure via Yahoo! Movies. It highlights 's Freddie Sutton, a drifter who is recruited by 's Lancaster Dodd as his right-hand man.

Jim Jones Is Sued Over Topless Women Footage in His Video

February 12, 2011 03:12:59 GMT

Rapper is at the center of a lawsuit by two women who appear topless in the promo for his song, "Summer Time".

Beyonce Confirms Participation at Glastonbury

February 12, 2011 02:56:16 GMT

R&B superstar is "pumped" to follow in her husband 's groundbreaking footsteps and headline Britain's biggest rock festival Glastonbury in June. Speculation started earlier this week that the "Crazy in Love" hitmaker would be one of the big acts to play to thousands of music fans at the annual event after her pal 's band announced its slot.

Dominic Cooper Replaces Joaquin Phoenix in 'Vampire Hunter'

February 12, 2011 02:51:38 GMT

"" star is in talks to replace in quirky new movie "". Bosses at 20th Century Fox are in final negotiations with the English actor to play opposite in the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith cult novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sober Joaquin Phoenix Apologizes to David Letterman

September 23, 2010 07:05:26 GMT

metaphorically and literally came clean to "" on Wednesday, September 22 night. The actor apologized to for his bizarre behavior last year when attending the talk show with sunglasses on and a bubblegum chewing in his mouth.

T.I. Given Chance to Argue Why He Shouldn't Go to Jail

September 17, 2010 09:35:19 GMT

Rapper will have to explain why he should remain a free man following his arrest earlier this month - he has been summoned to attend court in Atlanta, Georgia. The 29-year-old rapper and his wife, former singer Tameka Cottle, were taken into custody in West Hollywood after a sheriff's deputy allegedly smelled cannabis smoke coming from their vehicle during a traffic stop. They were booked for felony possession of a controlled substance and bailed.

Casey Affleck Never Intended to Trick Anybody With 'I'm Still Here'

September 17, 2010 09:32:26 GMT

has revealed his new movie about brother-in-law 's efforts to quit acting and become a rapper is one big hoax. Affleck and Phoenix fooled fans and the media last year as the "" star announced he was turning his back on Hollywood and then grew a bushy beard and started acting strangely on a series of chat shows, and at appearances.

Beyonce Walked on Tom Ford's Secret Runway

September 14, 2010 07:38:38 GMT

stunned style watchers at the New York Fashion Week event on Sunday, September 12 when she hit the catwalk in designer Tom Ford's latest creations. The R&B beauty, who helps her mother design pieces for the House of Dereon line, joined actress and Daphne Guinness among the stars of Ford's much-anticipated runway show.

Joaquin Phoenix Returns to 'Letterman' After Disastrous 2009 Appearance

September 14, 2010 07:27:48 GMT

Oddball movie star is to return to 's U.S. chat show a year after he feared his last appearance had wrecked his career. The actor appeared disheveled and uncomfortable as he attempted to promote what he claimed would be his final film, "", on the show in 2009.

Quirky Documentary About Joaquin Phoenix to Be Released in September

July 15, 2010 08:35:44 GMT

's quirky documentary about brother-in-law 's bid to become a hip-hop star has been picked up by bosses at Magnolia Pictures. The film, "I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix", will be released in America on September 10.

Joaquin Phoenix Offered The Hulk Role, Edward Norton's Agent Furious at 'Avengers' Snub

July 12, 2010 08:22:38 GMT

It does not take too long for Marvel Studios to decide who they want to replace . After confirming that the "" actor will not reprise his role in "", the studio has reportedly offered the part to .

Phil Collins and Taylor Swift, Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductees

May 12, 2010 06:48:39 GMT

Music veteran and country music star will be among the honorees at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards next month.

Courtney Love Issues Emotional Plea to Her Daughter

May 12, 2010 04:33:44 GMT

has issued an emotional plea to her daughter Frances Bean Cobain begging her to get in touch - six months after she lost custody of the teenager. The seventeen year old, Love's only child with late husband , was placed under the temporary guardianship of her paternal grandmother and aunt in December after requesting to live with her relatives.

Mickey Rourke Vows Not to Cheat on Girlfriend Anastasia Makarenko

May 12, 2010 04:32:39 GMT

is determined to remain faithful to his girlfriend, insisting he couldn't live with himself if he cheated. The "Wrestler" star has been dating Russian model Anastasia Makarenko since meeting her at a magazine photoshoot last year and claims it's his most serious relationship in years.

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