interesting facts about Joaquin Phoenix

Interesting facts about Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix is a famous American actor, producer, musician, as well as a music video director and producer. His role in the recent film “Joker” brought his first Academy Award for best acting. Joaquin Phoenix is a vegan and always showed his concern over animal rights and social equality in many international platforms.This amazing actor has many interesting facts.

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 Personal Information
Full name:Joaquin Rafael Phoenix
Birth date:28th October, 1974
Birth Place:San Juan, Puerto Rico
Profession:Actor, Producer, musician, music video director
Parents:John Bottom, Arlyn Phoenix
Partners:Liv Tyler(1995-1998), Topaz Page-Green(2001-2005), Aria Crescendo(2010), Allie Teilz(2013-2014), Rooney Mara(2016-)
Zodaic SignScorpio
Siblings:Rain Phoenix(sister), River Phoenix(brother), Liberty Phoenix(sister), Summer Phoenix(sister)
 Net worth and source of revenue
Net worth:$ 50 million
 Cars and Houses
Cars:Lexus RX350($95000), Ducati Desmosedici($72500)
Houses:Hollywood Hills villa,Los Angeles, now put on sell for $4 million,
 Acting career
Debut acting:TV show: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, episode “Christmas Song”(1982)Movie: Kids Don’t Tell a CBS television film(1985)
 Physical Information
Weight:79 kg
Height:5 feet 8 inches
Eye and hair color:Green and Dark Brown
Body MeasurementChest(39 inches), Waist(34 inches)
Academy AwardGladiator(2001,nominated), Walk the Line(2006,nominated), The Master(2013,nominated), Joker(2020,won)
BAFTAGladiator(2001,nominated), Walk the Line(2006,nominated), The Master(2013,nominated), Joker(2020,won)
Cannes Film FestivalYou Were never Really Here(2017, won)
Grammy AwardsWalk the Line for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media(2007,won)
People’s Choice AwardsWe Own the Night(2008,won)
Venice Film FestivalThe Master(2012, won) tied with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Childhood and early life-

He was born to John Lee Bottom and Arlyn Sharon Phoenix. Being a member of a missionaries family he along with his parents traveled around many areas of South Africa. 

His family left the group Children of God when he was three years old.

To support his family Joaquin participated in many singing and talent contests.

His mother was an NBC executive while his father worked as a landscape architect.

Debut in acting-

Hollywood’s famous agent Iris Burton discovered Joaquin and his siblings.

Though his first theoretical debut film was SpaceCamp(1986), but he made his debut as an actor in CBS television show Kids Don’t Tell in 1985.

His first prominent role was in a 1987 movie Russkies. 

Net worth and salary:

Joaquin Phoenix is a highly paid actor in Hollywood. For films such as Quills and Buffalo, he received $375000 and $7000000 respectively. He earned $3.5 million for the 2005 film Walk the Line. For his 2002 film Signs, he got $1million and for M Night Shyamalan’s film The Village he was paid $5million.

For 2019 film “Joker”, he and his director Todd Philip has received low salaries in exchange for some backend points deal. Though the “Joker” has generated more than $1 billion so it is quite sure that both Todd and Joaquin might have made more than $100 million each from the film revenue.   

Humanitarian works- 

Phoenix is among board members of an NGO called The Lunchbox Fund, which provides daily meals for poor children of South African town Soweto.

He has been supporting some intentional charities and NGO’s for many years. His involvement in Amnesty International, HEART, the Peace Alliance, and raising voice against animal killings with famous documentary Earthlings(2005) made him one of the prominent social activist.

He tried to expose nexus between corrupt government officials and the health care industry, by his documentary What the Health. That documentary tried to prove how some of the health care industry bands always trying to keep us sick.

While receiving his Oscar during the 2020 Academy Award function he raised concern about social equity and animal rights and also paid his tribute to his late brother River Phoenix.


Joaquin Phoenix has been in a relationship with actress Rooney Mara from 2016. In may 2020 they announced that they are expecting their first child.


Phoenix is always known for his controversial remarks and raising voice for different issues like animal rights, human and environmental rights.

That was in October 2012 when he labeled Academy Award as a “bullshit”. Later in an interview, he apologized for his comments.

Some interesting facts –

Phoenix was among the few actors who were invited to join a prestigious organization Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Joaquin was born with a mark on his lip but denied calling it a cleft clip.

He has checked himself into rehab for his alcoholism habit.

Phoenix is a vegan since 3 years old and known to campaign for PETA and In Defence of Animals. For his long support for animal rights, he was named in 2019, PETA’s person of the Year list.

During his January 10, 2020 protest in front of United States Capitol, he along with Jane Fonda was arrested.

He had met with an accident in 2006 and rescued by a German filmmaker Werner Herzog.

Joaquin decided to get retirement from acting in 2008 to focus on his musical career.

Phoenix comeback film was The Master(2012). That film brought him Volpi Cup for Best Actor award at Venice Film Festival.

In 1993 his brother died of an overdose, just after 3 days of his 19th birthday. Following that incident, he kept himself out of acting for a few years.

At an early stage of his career, he named himself “Leaf” but later he changed back to his original name Joaquin when he was 15 years old.

Besides English, he is also fluent in the Spanish language.

In a television show called 4Real, he served as an executive producer.

He also directed some music videos such as Ringside, She wants Revenge, Silversun Pickups, People in Planes, Arckid, Albert Hammond Jr.

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