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In 2006, JOAQUIN PHOENIX was hailed for his mesmerizing performance as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. For this role, he collected his second Academy Award nomination (this time, as Best Actor) and won the Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Musical as well as nominations for BAFTA, SAG, BFCA and Chicago Film Critics Awards.

Mr. Phoenix was born in Puerto Rico and began his acting career at an early age with television appearances on such hit shows as "Hill Street Blues,” "The Fall Guy” and "Morningstar/Eveningstar.” His work in television led to his first feature role in SpaceCamp followed by Russkies and Ron Howard's comedy Parenthood. Several years later he earned critical acclaim for his performance opposite Nicole Kidman in Gus Van Sant's To Die For. Mr. Phoenix followed this with Inventing The Abbotts opposite Liv Tyler and U-Turn opposite Sean Penn.

Mr. Phoenix went on to star opposite Vince Vaughan in Return to Paradise and Clay Pigeons. He followed this with Joel Schumacher's thriller 8mm. Shortly after, he earned his first Academy Award nomination for his role in Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning Best Picture, Gladiator. In addition to nominations for the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the British Academy BAFTA Award, he received awards as Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review and The Broadcast Films Critics Association.

For the Oscar-nominated film Quills, Mr. Phoenix won a Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor. That same year, he starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in James Gray's The Yards and followed this with Signs and The Village for M. Night Shyamalan.

His extensive body of work also includes It's All About Love, Buffalo Soldiers, Ladder 49 and Terry George's Hotel Rwanda. He was last seen on the screen in Reservation Road opposite Jennifer Connelly, his second film with Terry George, and We Own the Night, reuniting with Mr. Gray.

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