What can you tell us about your days with the UnabomberPhoenix makes awkward 'Late Show' stop Feb 12, 2009
I want to take this opportunity to give you an exclusiveJoaquin Phoenix quits acting Oct 29, 2008
You've interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a character and a real person, so -- but I apologize. I hope I didn't offend you in any wayPhoenix apologizes to Letterman Sep 23, 2010
Not at all. ... I think it is a treacherously difficult job. I want nothing to do with it. I lack the patience and diplomacy, talent and intellect to be a director. I wouldn't want to do itWhat Joaquin really wants to do is to act Oct 10, 2007
I used to think that wool came from animals who were merely sheared and allowed to live fairly decent livesPhoenix to Australia: Save the sheep! Sep 13, 2007
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix ( /hwɑːˈkiːn ˈfiːnɪks/; born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is an American film actor. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and his family returned to the continental United States four years later. Phoenix is from a family of performers, including his older brother, the late River Phoenix.
Phoenix has ventured behind the camera, directing music videos as well as producing movies and television shows, and has recorded an album, the soundtrack to Walk the Line. He is also known for his work as a social activist, particularly as an advocate for animal rights. On October 27, 2008, he announced his retirement from film in order to focus on his rap music career. However, the announcement turned out to be part of Phoenix's acting role in a mockumentary directed by Casey Affleck, I'm Still Here.
Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in Río Piedras, located in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to American parents. He is the third of five children, including River (1970–1993), Rain (1972), Liberty (1976), and Summer (1978). He also has a half-sister named Jodean (1964) from his father's first marriage. His father, John Lee Bottom, was a lapsed Catholic from Fontana, California. His mother, Arlyn (née Dunetz), was born in the Bronx, New York to Jewish parents whose families immigrated from Russia and Hungary. In 1968, Arlyn left her family and moved to California, later meeting Phoenix's father while hitch-hiking. They married in 1969, then later joined the religious cult the Children of God. They began travelling throughout South America.