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Joaquin Phoenix at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival
  • Joaquin Rafael Phoenix is a Puerto Rican-born American actor, as well as a producer, and an activist, who has received several accolades, including a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and nominations for three Academy Awards.
  • His first major film role was in SpaceCamp (1986). During this period, he was credited as Leaf Phoenix, his self-given name.
  • He later went back to his birth name, Joaquin, and received positive reviews for his supporting work in several films, including To Die For (1995) and the period film Quills (2000).
  • He received wider attention for his portrayal of Commodus in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • He has subsequently earned Best Actor nominations for portraying musician Johnny Cash in the biopic Walk the Line (2005) and for his role as a lustful alcoholic in the drama The Master (2012), which also won him the Volpi Cup for Best Actor.
  • Phoenix's other films include the horror films Signs (2002) and The Village (2004), the historical drama Hotel Rwanda (2004), the romantic drama Her (2013), and the crime satire Inherent Vice (2014).
  • He is on the board of directors for The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization which provides daily meals to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa. [1]