Staying true to his last name, Joaquin Phoenix has made a career out of making a couple of films, disappearing, and then reappearing from the ashes to rise upward toward greater glory. The actor, who began his career under the name of “Leaf,” lived for a long time in the shadow of his older brother, River. After River’s tragic death at the age of 23, Leaf abandoned his career for two years, making a comeback in 1995 with his performance in To Die For, directed by Gus Van Sant (who ironically directed River in one of his last films, 1993’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues). Since then, the actor, who changed his name back to Joaquin in the early ’90s, has worked steadily in Hollywood, solidifying both his experience and reputation.
Born Joaquin Raphael Phoenix on October 28, 1974, in Puerto Rico, Phoenix was raised in a close-knit, unconventional family. His parents encouraged all of their children to go into acting, and Phoenix did just that, following in the footsteps of older siblings… read more
Forget the crazy (though impressive) ramblings of The Master, it's his incredibly nuanced work with James Gray which elevates their collaborations to being among the greatest actor-director duos in cinema history.
Only 230 fans? I bet that will change when THE MASTER comes out. If the teaser trailer #1 is anything to go by. I mean, Phoenix's 90 sec. performance in that teaser is more accomplished than most actors' 90 mins. performances...