Joaquin Phoenix filmography

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Phoenix at the premiere of Inherent Vice.
Phoenix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017

Joaquin Phoenix is an American actor who started his career performing as a child on television. He appeared on the shows Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982) and Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (1984) with his brother River Phoenix and on an episode of Murder, She Wrote (1984) with his sister Summer Phoenix. He made his feature film debut in SpaceCamp (1986) and had his first starring role in Russkies (1987). His first major film release was Ron Howard's dramedy Parenthood (1989) with Steve Martin. During his period as a child actor, he was credited as Leaf Phoenix, his self-given name.[1] Six years later, he changed his name back to Joaquin and co-starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the Gus Van Sant-directed crime comedy-drama To Die For (1995), a critical hit.[2] In 1997, Phoenix co-starred in Oliver Stone's crime thriller U Turn opposite Sean Penn and starred opposite Liv Tyler in the coming-of-age film Inventing the Abbotts. Phoenix starred in the crime-comedy film Clay Pigeons (1998), Return to Paradise (1998) followed by a role in the crime mystery thriller 8mm (1999) with Nicolas Cage. Phoenix's first role in 2000 was in his first collaboration with director James Gray in the crime film The Yards. He followed this with supporting roles in the Ridley Scott-directed historical epic Gladiator opposite Russell Crowe and as priest Abbé de Coulmier in the Philip Kaufman-directed period film Quills (2000), opposite Geoffrey Rush. For his role as the villain Commodus in the former, Phoenix earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[3]

The following year he starred in a satire of the US military, Buffalo Soldiers (2001). Phoenix starred opposite Mel Gibson in the science fiction thriller Signs (2002), a massive commercial success.[4] He starred in the romance-drama It's All About Love (2003) and voiced Kenai in the animated film Brother Bear. In 2004, Phoenix starred as a farmer in the psychological thriller farmer in The Village and as a Baltimore firefighter in the drama Ladder 49. He followed this with a supporting role in the historical drama film Hotel Rwanda (2004). Phoenix portrayed musician Johnny Cash in the biopic Walk the Line (2005) opposite Reese Witherspoon. Phoenix played and sang all of Cash's vocal tracks in the film and on the accompanying soundtrack. This earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor  – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and garnered his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.[5][6][7] He also narrated the animal rights documentary Earthlings (2005). This was followed by a reteam with Gray in the crime drama We Own the Night (2007) and the lead role in the drama Reservation Road (2007) opposite Mark Ruffalo. The following year, he made his third film with Gray, Two Lovers (2008) and followed this with the mockumentary I'm Still Here (2010). Throughout the filming period, Phoenix remained in character for public appearances, giving many the impression that he was genuinely pursuing a new career as a rapper.[8]

Phoenix starred as a World War II veteran in the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed drama film The Master opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman. The role earned him a Volpi Cup and his second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.[9][10] The following year, he reteamed with Gray once again in the drama film The Immigrant opposite Marion Cotillard. Phoenix starred as a man who develops a relationship with Samantha, an intelligent computer operating system in the Spike Jonze-directed romantic science fiction film Her (2013) and starred as a private investigator when he reteamed with Anderson in the film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice (2014). Both roles earned him nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor  – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In 2017, his performance as the damaged savior of sex-trafficking victims in You Were Never Really Here netted him the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor.[6]


Year Title Role Director Notes
1985 Kids Don't Tell Frankie Sam O'Steen Credited as Leaf Phoenix[11][12][13][14]
1986 SpaceCamp Max Graham Harry Winer
1987 Russkies Danny Rick Rosenthal
1989 Parenthood Garry Buckman Ron Howard
1995 To Die For Jimmy Emmett Gus Van Sant
1997 Inventing the Abbotts Doug Holt Pat O'Connor
U Turn Toby N.Tucker Oliver Stone
1998 Return to Paradise Lewis McBride Joseph Ruben
Clay Pigeons Clay Bidwell David Dobkin
1999 8mm Max California Joel Schumacher
2000 The Yards Willie Gutierrez James Gray
Gladiator Commodus Ridley Scott
Quills Abbé de Coulmier Philip Kaufman
2001 Buffalo Soldiers Ray Elwood Gregor Jordan
2002 Signs Merrill Hess M. Night Shyamalan
2003 It's All About Love John Thomas Vinterberg
Brother Bear Kenai Aaron Blaise
Robert Walker
Voice role
2004 The Village Lucius Hunt M. Night Shyamalan
Hotel Rwanda Jack Daglish Terry George
Ladder 49 Jack Morrison Jay Russell
2005 Earthlings Narrator Shaun Monson Voice role
Documentary film
Walk the Line Johnny Cash James Mangold
2007 We Own the Night Bobby Green James Gray Also producer
Reservation Road Ethan Learner Terry George
2008 Two Lovers Leonard Kraditor James Gray
2010 I'm Still Here Himself Casey Affleck Mockumentary film
Co-writer with Casey Affleck and producer
2012 The Master Freddie Quell Paul Thomas Anderson
2013 The Immigrant Bruno Weiss James Gray
Her Theodore Twombly Spike Jonze
2014 Inherent Vice Larry "Doc" Sportello Paul Thomas Anderson
2015 Irrational Man Abe Lucas Woody Allen
Unity Narrator Shaun Monson Voice
Documentary film
2017 You Were Never Really Here Joe Lynne Ramsay
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot John Callahan Gus Van Sant
Mary Magdalene Jesus Garth Davis
Dominion Narrator Chris Delforce Voice role
The Sisters Brothers Charlie Sisters Jacques Audiard
Lou Karl Clara Balzar Short film
2019 Joker Arthur Fleck / Joker Todd Phillips


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Travis Episode: "Christmas Song"
1984 The Fall Guy Kid Episode: "Terror U."
ABC Afterschool Specials Robby Ellsworth Episode: "Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia"
Hill Street Blues Daniel Episode: "The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall"
Murder, She Wrote Billy Donovan Episode: "We're Off to Kill the Wizard"
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Pagey Fisher Episode: "A Very Happy Ending"
Morningstar/Eveningstar Doug Roberts 7 episodes
1989 The New Leave It to Beaver Kyle Cleaver Episode: "Still the New Leave It to Beaver"
Superboy Billy Hercules Episode: "Little Hercules"

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  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (September 27, 1995). "To Die For (1995) FILM REVIEW; She Trusts in TV's Redeeming Power". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "The 73rd Academy Awards (2001) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "2002 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo.
  5. ^ "Oscars 2006 – Academy Award Winners, Nominees, Movies Released in 2005". Retrieved April 14, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Joaquin Phoenix". Golden Globes. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "20 People You Won't Believe Have Grammys". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  8. ^ "Director Casey Affleck Confirms Joaquin Phoenix 'Documentary' Isn't Real". Yahoo! News.
  9. ^ Waxman, Sharon (September 8, 2012). "'Pieta,' 'The Master' Win Top Venice Prizes – Jury Shifts Votes". The Wrap. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  10. ^ "Oscar 2013: The nominations revealed..." Entertainment Weekly. January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  11. ^ "Joaquin Phoenix". IMDb. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  12. ^ "Spacecamp". Roger Ebert. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  13. ^ "Russkies". Roger Ebert. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  14. ^ "Joaquin Phoenix – Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved July 3, 2013.