- Faith: Atheist
- Career: Actor
- Birthday: October 28, 1974
- Accomplishments: Golden Globe Winner, Peoples Choice Award, Academy Award Winner
- Fun Faith Fact!: He and his family used to be part of a cult called Children of God
Joaquin Phoenix was born in Puerto Rico from a large nomadic (“gypsy”) family, younger brother of the late River Phoenix. His family were members of Family International, Children of God, a long-suspected cult, though he is no longer associated. As a child, Joaquin performed in various street and talent competitions to help support the family.
Joaquin retired from acting several times, including after the death of his brother, River, but he remained in demand as a screen talent. He has appeared in Parenthood, The Yards, Gladiator, and Walk the Line, among his most notable roles.
His screen talent has afforded him the respect and consideration to expand his expertise into singing, directing, including music videos for Silversun Pickups, and he produced We Own the Night.