Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

Highest Rated: 95% My Darling Vivian (2020)

Lowest Rated: 14% Russkies (1987)

Birthday: Oct 28, 1974

Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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 River and Rain. As Leaf Phoenix, he got his first significant role in 1986's Spacecamp, and then went on to star in Russkies (1987) and Parenthood (1989), the latter of which was successful enough to make Phoenix something of a fledgling star. However, he chose to retreat from Hollywood, spending a few years traveling and living with his father in Mexico.It was River's 1993 death that brought his younger brother -- now called Joaquin -- back into the limelight, albeit a very unwelcome limelight. The 911 call that Phoenix made as his older brother lay dying was broadcast over radio and television in the aftermath of River's death. Again, Phoenix left Hollywood, not to be seen again until 1995, when his performance as the tragically confused and horny Jimmy Emmett won him an array of positive reviews. From there, Phoenix went on to film Inventing the Abbotts (1997), which failed at the box office but introduced the actor to his co-star Liv Tyler, with whom he had a three-year relationship.Phoenix's next project, Oliver Stone's U-Turn (1997), also proved to be a modest flop, but Return to Paradise (1998), in which he starred with Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche, was a bigger hit among critics and filmgoers. He starred again with Vaughn in Clay Pigeons (1998), which unfortunately didn't fare as well as his previous film. However, his next endeavor, 8MM with Nicolas Cage, although not a huge box office hit, did win him acclaim for his portrayal of thoughtful porn shop owner Max California, further proving that the family talent was not solely the province of Phoenix's late, great older brother. In 2000 Phoenix took one of his biggest and most extravagant roles to date as Commodus in director Ridley Scott's big-budget peplum Gladiator. Phoenix's turn as the devious Commodus was a marked departure from the actor's generally likeable characterizations, and proved further indication of his dramatic versitility. On the opposite end of the period piece spectrum, Jaoquin appeased art-house crowds with a memorable performance as the priest who runs the asylum housing the Marquis de Sade in Quills before moving closer to the present and impressing critics with a leading role in Buffalo Soldiers (2001). As a bored military camp clerk who runs goods in the black market, Phoenix's impressive performance was well recieved by festival critics and continued to provide further argument for his viability as a leading man. Phoenix would next turn-up alongside Mel Gibson in The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan's rural alien invasion thriller Signs. Replacing actor Mark Ruffalo after Ruffalo pulled out of the film due to ill-health, Phoenix stepped into the role as Gibson's younger brother, a member of a family caught in an alien invasion following the appearance of crop circles in the family's cornfield. In 2003, Phoenix lent his voice to the Disney animated film Brother Bear, before re-teaming with M. Night Shyalaman for The Village, a thriller in the same vein as Signs

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
95% My Darling Vivian Actor 2020
No Score Yet Guardians of Life Actor 2020
68% Joker Arthur Fleck / Joker 2019
45% Mary Magdalene Jesus 2019
87% The Sisters Brothers Charlie Sisters 2018
No Score Yet Los hermanos Sisters Charlie Sisters 2018
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot John Callahan 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here Joe 2018
No Score Yet Far Bright Star Actor 2018
No Score Yet What the Health Executive Producer 2017
No Score Yet Unity Actor 2015
47% Irrational Man Abe 2015
74% Inherent Vice Larry "Doc" Sportello $6.2M 2015
86% The Immigrant Bruno Weiss $1.4M 2014
95% Her Theodore Twombly $18M 2013
85% The Master Freddie Quell $15.9M 2012
54% I'm Still Here Actor Screenwriter Producer $0.5M 2010
No Score Yet Earthlings Narrator 2010
82% Two Lovers Leonard Kraditor $3M 2008
38% Reservation Road Ethan Learner 2007
57% We Own the Night Producer Bobby Green $27.7M 2007
82% Walk the Line Johnny Cash $119.4M 2005
No Score Yet I'm Still Here Actor 2005
91% Hotel Rwanda Jack Daglish $23.5M 2004
19% It's All About Love John 2004
41% Ladder 49 Jack Morrison $74.5M 2004
43% The Village Lucius Hunt $114.2M 2004
37% Brother Bear Kenai $85.1M 2003
74% Signs Merrill $228M 2002
73% Buffalo Soldiers Ray Elwood 2001
75% Quills Abbe Coulmier $4.3M 2000
64% The Yards Willie Gutierrez 2000
77% Gladiator Commodus 2000
22% 8MM Max California 1999
62% Clay Pigeons Clay Bidwell 1998
71% Return to Paradise Lewis 1998
61% U-Turn Toby N. Tucker 1997
31% Inventing the Abbotts Doug Holt 1997
88% To Die For Jimmy Emmett 1995
91% Parenthood Garry 1989
14% Russkies Danny 1987
45% SpaceCamp (Space Camp) Max 1986

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2019
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2019
2015
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2000
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Billy Donovan 1984

QUOTES FROM Joaquin Phoenix CHARACTERS

Johnny Cash says: That's not my wife Warden. I keep asking her, and she keeps saying no.

Jill says: You suffer from despair.

Abe says: How comfy that would be.

Abe says: Your paper is quite good.

Jill says: I'm blushing!

Theodore Twombly says: No. Don't do this. You don't turn this around on me. You're the one that's being selfish. We're in a relationship.

Samantha says: But's the heart not like a box that gets filled up. It expands in size the more you love. I'm different from you. This doesn't make me love you any less. It actually makes me love you more.

Theodore Twombly says: That doesn't make any sense. You are mine or you are not mine?

Samantha says: No, Theodore. I'm yours and I'm not yours.

Theodore Twombly says: Even if you come home late and I'm already asleep, just whisper in my ear one little thought you had today. Because I love the way you look at the world. And I'm so happy I get to be next to you and look at the world through your eyes.

Theodore Twombly says: Well, the room's spinning cause I drank too much, cause I wanted to get drunk and have sex. There was something sexy about that woman... cause I was lonely... maybe just cause I was lonely. I wanted somebody to fuck me. I want somebody to want me to fuck them. Maybe that would have filled this ti-... tiny little hole in my heart, but probably not... and sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel, and from here on out I'm not gonna feel anything new... just... lesser versions of what I've already felt.

Theodore Twombly says: What are you doing?

Samantha says: I'm just sitting here, looking at the world and writing a new piece of music.

Theodore Twombly says: Can I hear it? What's this one about?

Samantha says: Well, I was thinking, we don't really have any photographs of us. And I thought this song could be like a photo that captures us in this moment in our life together.

Theodore Twombly says: Aw, I like our photograph. I can see you in it.

Samantha says: I am.

Alien Child says: I hate women. All they do is cry all the time.

Theodore Twombly says: That's not true. You know, me, cry too. I actually like crying sometimes. It feels good.

Theodore Twombly says: That's not true. You know men cry too. I actually like crying sometimes. It feels good.

Alien Child says: I didn't know you were a little pussy. Is that why you don't have a girlfriend?

Alien Child says: I didn't know you were a little pussy. Is that why you don't have a girlfriend? I'm going out on that date and fuck her brains out and show you how it's done. You can watch and cry.

Alien Child says: I hate women. All they do is cry all the time.

Theodore Twombly says: That's not true. You know, me, cry too. I actually like crying sometimes. It feels good.

Alien Child says: I didn't know you were a little pussy. Is that why you don't have a girlfriend? I 'm going out on that date and fuck her brains out and show you how its done... You can watch and cry.

Theodore Twombly says: What does a baby computer call its father?

Samantha says: I don't know what?

Theodore Twombly says: Data

Theodore Twombly says: Data.

Theodore Twombly says: Even if you come home late and I'm already asleep, just whisper in my ear one little thought you had today. Because I love the way you look at the world. And I'm so happy I get to be next to you and look at the world through your eyes.

Theodore Twombly says: Your past is just a story you tell yourself.

Theodore Twombly says: I've never loved anyone the way I loved you.

Samantha says: Me too. Now we know how.

June Carter says: You walked all the way from Nashville?

Johnny Cash says: Yeah, well, walkin' is good for you...

Johnny Cash says: You got a library in there, June.

Roseanne Cash says: Hey, Daddy.

Johnny Cash says: Hey, baby.

Roseanne Cash says: Are you okay?

Johnny Cash says: Yeah, I'm okay. I'm fine. I'll see you in the mornin'.

Vivian Cash says: Looks like you're goin' to the funeral.

Johnny Cash says: Maybe I am.

Pvt. Ray Elwood says: There really is no peace. There's always war, somewhere, with someone. And there are no winners or losers, either. Just those who are still around to fight another day.

Johnny Cash says: Tell me you don't love me.

June Carter says: I don't love you.

Johnny Cash says: You're a liar...

Johnny Cash says: You're a liar.

June Carter says: I guess you ain't got no problems then.

Max California says: My brother OD'd and I have a hairlip.

Freddie Quell says: Do you know how to get rid of crabs?

Toby N. Tucker says: I don't think you know who I am. The name's Toby N. Tucker. People round here call me TNT. You know why?

Bobby Cooper says: Because they're not very imaginative?

Toby N. Tucker says: 'Cause I'm just like dynamite, boy, and when I go off, somebody gets hurt.

Bobby Cooper says: You don't know what you're fighting for!

Toby N. Tucker says: My honour! That's what I'm fighting for!

Toby N. Tucker says: I'll beat you so bad I'll make your mother sick!

British Receptionist says: You look like you've traveled here.

Freddie Quell says: How else do you get someplace?

Freddie Quell says: What do you do?

Lancaster Dodd says: I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher. But above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.

Lancaster Dodd says: Are you thoughtless in your remarks?

Freddie Quell says: No.

Lancaster Dodd says: Is your life a struggle?

Lancaster Dodd says: Is your behavior erratic?

Lancaster Dodd says: Are you unpredictable?

Freddie Quell says: [farts and laughs]

Freddie Quell says: You know how to get rid of crabs? You gotta shave one testicle... and all the crabs will go over to the other testicle... you gotta light the hair on fire on that one, and when they all go scurrying out you take an ice pick and FUCKING STAB EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF THEM!

Freddie Quell says: Put it back in, its fell out.

Commodus says: If you're very good, tomorrow night I'll tell you the story of emperor Claudius who was betrayed by those closest to him, by his own blood. They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired but the emperor Claudius knew they were up to something. He knew they were busy little bees. And one night he sat down with one of them and he looked at her and he said, "Tell me what you've been doing busy little bee or I shall strike down those dearest to you. You shall watch as I bathe in their blood." And the emperor was heartbroken. The little bee had wounded him more deeply than anyone else could ever have done.

Commodus says: If you're very good, tomorrow night I'll tell you the story of emperor Claudius who was betrayed by those closest to him, by his own blood. They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired but the emperor Claudius knew they were up to something. He knew they were busy little bees. And one night he sat down with one of them and he looked at her and he said, 'Tell me what you've been doing busy little bee or I shall strike down those dearest to you. You shall watch as I bathe in their blood.' And the emperor was heartbroken. The little bee had wounded him more deeply than anyone else could ever have done.

Lancaster Dodd says: You seem so familiar to me.

Freddie Sutton says: Wha what do you do?

Freddie Quell says: Yeah, what do you do?

Lancaster Dodd says: I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher... but above all I am a man. Hopelessly Inquisitive man, just like you.

Lancaster Dodd says: I do many, many things. I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but, above all, I am a man. A hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.

Officer Caroline Paski says: How certain are you that this was a male?

Merrill Hess says: Oh, I don't know any girls who could run like that.

Officer Caroline Paski says: I don't know, Merrill. I've seen some of those women on the Olympics. They can run like the wind.

Merrill Hess says: This guy got on our roof in like a second. Our roof is ten feet high.

Officer Caroline Paski says: They have women's high-jumping in the Olympics. They've got these Scandinavian women who could jump clean over me.

Officer Caroline Paski says: So how are you, Merril?

Morgan Hess says: Fine.

Officer Caroline Paski says: How was work at the gas station?

Merrill Hess says: Stimulating.

Merrill Hess says: We both go outside, run around the house in opposite directions. We act crazy, make them crap in their pants, and force them around until we meet up on the other side.

Graham Hess says: Explain 'act crazy'.

Graham Hess says: We're gonna board up every window in this house.

Merrill Hess says: How do we know boards will do anything?

Graham Hess says: Because they seem to have trouble with pantry doors.

Commodus says: A general who became a slave. A slave who became a gladiator. A gladiator who defied an emperor.

Jack says: They could be twins

Jack says: They could be twins.

Kenoia says: It's me.

Kenoia says: Koda? It's me.

Kenoia says: Leave him alone!

Rutt says: Hey. My name's Rutt. This is my brother Tuke.

Tuke says: How's it goin', bear?

Kenoia says: Don't call me that.

Tuke says: Sorry, uh... Mr. Bear?

Kenoia says: No! I mean, I'm not a bear! I hate bears!

Koda says: Skinny, fat! Skinny, fat!

Kenoia says: Hey, I've got a mountain to get to. Come on, kid.

Koda says: I told you before, my name's Koda. Say it with me. Ko-da.

Kenoia says: Are you sure your mom didn't ditch you, Ko-da?

Koda says: Hmph.

Roseanne Cash says: Hey, Daddy.

Johnny Cash says: Hey, baby.

Roseanne Cash says: Are you okay?.

Roseanne Cash says: Are you okay?

Johnny Cash says: Yeah!, I'm okay. I'm fine. I'll see you in the mornin'.

Johnny Cash says: Yeah, I'm okay. I'm fine. I'll see you in the morning.

Lucius Hunt says: Are you upset you can't see?

Ivy Walker says: I see the world Lucius Hunt, not as you see it.

Lucius Hunt says: Are you upset you can't see?

Ivy Walker says: I see the world Lucius Hunt, not as you see it.

Commodus says: Am I not merciful? AM I NOT MERCIFUL?

Commodus says: Am I not merciful? [Lucilla turns her head]

Commodus says: AM I NOT MERCIFUL?

Johnny Cash says: Hello!, I'm Johnny Cash.

Johnny Cash says: Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.

Commodus says: it vexes me. I am extremely vexed

Commodus says: It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed.

Lucius Hunt says: There are different types of love.

Commodus says: Your Emperor asks for your loyalty, Maximus. Take my hand, I only offer it once.