In 2012 Academy Award nominated actor JOAQUIN PHOENIX (Freddie) will have
three films being released. In addition to THE MASTER, he will also be seen
opposite Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner in the new film by James Gray. He
completed work on the untitled Spike Jonze film where he falls in love with the
voice of a
computer co-starring opposite Rooney Mara.
Joaquin Phoenix was born in Puerto Rico and began his acting career at the young
age of eight. As a boy, he made numerous television appearances on such hit
shows as "Hill
Street Blues," "The Fall Guy" and "Murder, She Wrote." He was a regular on the
1986 CBS series "Morningstar/Eveningstar," and followed that same year with his
feature film role in SPACECAMP. The following year, he starred in RUSSKIES with
Summer and Carole King. Two years later, director Ron Howard cast the teenager
Dianne Wiest's son in his popular family comedy PARENTHOOD. It wasn't until 1996
the young actor returned to the fold with a stunning and critically-acclaimed
opposite Nicole Kidman in Gus Van Sant's TO DIE FOR. New York Times film critic
Maslin hailed the young talent as "an actor to watch for." He next co-starred
with Liv Tyler,
Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly in INVENTING THE ABBOTTS in 1997. That same
he co-starred opposite Claire Danes, Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez in Oliver
In 1998, Phoenix co-starred opposite Vince Vaughn in two very different roles --
an American jailed in Malaysia for possession of drugs belonging to accomplice
RETURN TO PARADISE, and as a dupe to Vaughn's smooth-talking serial killer in
comedy, CLAY PIGEONS.
Continuing his ascendant star track, Phoenix next won acclaim as a street smart
adult bookstore clerk who helps detective Nicolas Cage search for the truth
appears to be a snuff film in Joel Schumacher's dark thriller, 8MM.
In 2000, a banner year for the actor, Phoenix starred in three very different
earned his first Academy Award nomination co-starring opposite Russell Crowe as
complex Commodus in Ridley Scott's Oscar -winning Best Picture, GLADIATOR. In
addition to nominations for the Oscar , the Golden Globe and the British Academy
Award, he received awards as Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of
The Broadcast Films Critics Association.
He followed that up with Philip Kaufman's Oscar-nominated QUILLS opposite Kate
Winslet and Geoffrey Rush in the film based on Douglas McGrath's play about the
de Sade, for which he won the Broadcast Film Critics Award as Best Supporting
same year, he also starred opposite Mark Wahlberg, James Caan, Faye Dunaway,
Burstyn and Charlize Theron in James Gray's THE YARDS.
Phoenix continued his busy career as Mel Gibson's brother in the M. Night
Shyamalan blockbuster, SIGNS, which earned a half billion dollars worldwide. He
with Shyamalan two years later on his gothic thriller THE VILLAGE, starring as a
member of an isolated 19th Century village whose desire to see the outside world
to break the community's pact with the mysterious creatures which live in the
He provided the voice of Kenai in the animated Disney film BROTHER BEAR and
followed with the romantic drama IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE, reuniting with actress
the story of two lovers and their attempts to save their relationship in a
near-future world on
the brink of cosmic collapse. He also starred in the dark comedy BUFFALO
opposite Ed Harris as a devious and clever American soldier stationed in Berlin,
and took the
lead in the firefighting drama LADDER 49 opposite John Travolta, playing a
reflects on his life, loves and career while awaiting rescue from a blaze. And,
in 2004, the
actor earned high praise for his turn as a cynical journalist witnessing the
horrific genocide of
the Tutsis in Terry George's HOTEL RWANDA.
In 2006, Joaquin Phoenix was hailed for his mesmerizing performance as legendary
singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (opposite Oscar -winning actress Reese
James Mangold's riveting biopic, WALK THE LINE. For his performance, he
second Academy Award nomination (this time, as Best Actor) and won the Golden
as Best Actor in a Musical as well as nominations for BAFTA, SAG, BFCA and
In October of 2007, Phoenix was in WE OWN THE NIGHT where he reteamed with
Mark Wahlberg and director James Gray and Focus Features and reunited him with
Terry George and Jennifer Connelly in the deeply moving RESERVATION ROAD. He
reteamed with director Gray for TWO LOVERS, co-starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow
On October 27, 2008, Phoenix reportedly announced his retirement from film in
to focus on his rap music, but the announcement turned out to be part of
role in the film I'M STILL HERE, directed by his brother-in-law, actor Casey
Affleck. The film
debuted at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival
in 2010 and
was released in the summer of 2010 by Magnolia Pictures.
A social activist, Phoenix has lent his support to a number of charities and
humanitarian organizations, notably Amnesty International, The Art of Elysium,
Peace Alliance (an organization which campaigns for a United States Department
and is on the board of directors for The Lunchbox Fund. Phoenix narrated the
EARTHLINGS FOR NATION EARTH, a video about the investigation of animal abuse in
factory farms, pet mills, in industry and research. In 2005, he was awarded the
"Humanitarian Award" at the San Diego Film Festival for his work and
EARTHLINGS. In 2005 he lent his voice to the documentary, I'M STILL HERE: REAL
DIARIES OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO LIVED DURING THE HOLOCAUST.
Phoenix has also directed music videos for Ringside, She Wants Revenge, People
Planes, Arckid, Albert Hammond, Jr and the Silversun Pickups.
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