JOAQUIN PHOENIX (Bruno) is a three-time Academy Award nominee - for
"Gladiator", "Walk The Line" and "The Master".
Phoenix was most recently seen in Spike Jonze's "Her", a sci-fi romance
co-starring Rooney Mara, Samantha Morton and Olivia Wilde. The film won the
Academy Award for best Original Screenplay. He recent completed shooting
"Inherent Vice", Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel
of the same name, a project that reteams the actor and director for a second
Phoenix was most recently honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best
Actor for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master", opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
The film's two stars were the joint recipients of the Best Actor prize at the
Venice Film Festival. Phoenix also won the Actor Of The Year Award at the London
Critics' Circle Film Awards and the Best Actor Award at the Los Angeles Film
Critics Awards, and received nominations for BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG and
Broadcast Film Critics' Choice awards.
In 2008 Phoenix starred in James Gray's "Two Lovers", opposite Gwyneth Paltrow
and Isabella Rossellini - his third collaboration with the director. Around the
same time the actor reportedly announced his retirement from film, which turned
out to be part of his acting role in the mockumentary "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 2007 he starred in "We Own the Night" for James Gray opposite Mark Wahlberg,
and "Reservation Road", which reunited him with director Terry George. These
films followed his compelling performance as legendary singer-songwriter Johnny
Cash in James Mangold's "Walk the Line", for which he collected an Academy
Award nomination for Best Actor, and won the Golden Globe as Best Actor in a
Musical as well as receiving nominations for BAFTA, SAG, BFCA and Chicago Film
Phoenix earned his first Academy Award nomination in 2000, co-starring
opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's Best Picture Oscar-winning
"Gladiator." In addition to nominations for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, he
received awards as Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review and
The Broadcast Films Critics' Association.
Other notable film credits include "It's All About Love" opposite Claire Danes,
"Buffalo Soldiers" opposite Ed Harris, "Ladder 49" opposite John Travolta, Terry
George's "Hotel Rwanda", M. Night Shyamalan's, "Signs" and "The Village", Philip
Kaufman's Oscar-nominated "Quills," for which he won the Broadcast Film
Critics' Best Supporting Actor Award, James Gray's "The Yards", "Return to
Paradise," opposite Vince Vaughn, "Clay Pigeons", Joel Schumacher's "8mm" and
Oliver Stone's "U-Turn,".
Born in Puerto Rico Phoenix began his acting career at the age of eight in
television. He appeared in the features "Spacecamp" and "Russkies", before Ron
Howard cast the him as Dianne Wiest's son in his popular family comedy
"Parenthood". His breakthrough role came with his critically-acclaimed
performance opposite Nicole Kidman in Gus Van Sant's "To Die For ".
A social activist, Phoenix has lent his support to a number of charities and
humanitarian organizations, notably PETA. He narrated the film "Earthlings for
Nation Earth", a video about the investigation of animal abuse in factory farms,
for which he was awarded the Humanitarian Award at the San Diego Film Festival.
He has also directed music videos for Ringside, She Wants Revenge, People in
Planes, Arckid, Albert Hammond, Jr and the Silversun Pickups.