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JOAQUIN PHOENIX (Bobby Green/producer) was born in Puerto Rico and began his acting career at the age of eight. As a young child, he made numerous episodic television appearances on such hit shows as "Hill Street Blues” and "Murder She Wrote.” In 1986, he made his feature film debut in SpaceCamp, followed by Russkies a year later. Ron Howard cast the teenager as Dianne Wiest's son in Parenthood but it wasn't until 1996 that the young actor returned to prominence with a stunning and critically acclaimed performance opposite Nicole Kidman in Gus Van Sant's To Die For.

In 1997, he co-starred with Liv Tyler in Inventing the Abbotts, followed by Oliver Stone's U-Turn. In 1998, the actor co-starred opposite Vince Vaughn in two different films, Return to Paradise and Clay Pigeons. Next up was a role as a bookstore clerk in Joel Schumacher's dark thriller, 8MM.

In 2000, Phoenix earned his first Academy Award® nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the complex Commodus in the Ridley Scott film Gladiator. In addition to the nominations for the Oscar®, the Golden Globe and BAFTA, he received awards as Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review and The Broadcast Film Critics. 

Later that year, he starred in Philip Kaufman's Oscar®-nominated Quills opposite Kate Winslet, for which he won the Broadcast Film Critics Award. That same year, he also starred opposite Mark Wahlberg, James Caan, and Ellen Burstyn in James Gray's The Yards.

Phoenix continued his career with a co-starring role as Mel Gibson's brother in the M. Night Shyamalan blockbuster, Signs, and re-teamed with Shyamalan two years later on the gothic thriller, The Village. He provided the voice of Kenai in the animated Disney film Brother Bear. Additional film credits include It's All About Love, Buffalo Soldiers, Ladder 49, and the Oscar®-nominated Hotel Rwanda. In 2006, Phoenix won the Best Actor Golden Globe and was nominated for the Academy Award® for his role in Walk the Line, in which he portrayed American music legend Johnny Cash.

In the fall of 2007, he will be seen in Reservation Road with Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Connelly.


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