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JOAQUIN PHOENIX has demonstrated a unique ability to embody diverse characters with depth and intensity. In the last few years, he has earned rave reviews for his performance in four wide-ranging films. In an Academy Award®-nominated turn, he portrayed Emperor Commodus in Ridley Scott's epic blockbuster "Gladiator” garnering both critical acclaim and Best Supporting Actor awards from the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics, among others. He was also lauded for his performances in James Gray's "The Yards,” in Philip Kaufman's "Quills,” and in Disney's blockbuster supernatural thriller "Signs” for director M. Night Shyamalan. He recently reunited with Shyamalan, joining the cast of "The Village.” He next will portray the legendary Johnny Cash in James Mangold's "Walk the Line.”

After getting his start in commercials, Phoenix starred in his first feature, "Space Camp,” followed by "Russkies,” "Parenthood,” "To Die For,” "Inventing the Abbots,” "U-Turn,” "Return to Paradise” and "Clay Pigeons.” Most recently Phoenix starred in "Buffalo Soldiers,” directed and written by Gregor Jordan, based on Robert O'Connor's cult novel of the same name, and was the voice of Kenai in the Walt Disney animated feature "Brother Bear.”

In addition to his big-screen roles, Phoenix, a long-time vegan, is a spokesperson for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). He was recently honored by this organization for his dedicated involvement.

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