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]


dagger Indicates a film that has not yet released
double-dagger Indicates a documentary
Title[a] Year Role(s) Director(s) Notes Ref.
Kids Don't Tell 1985 Frankie Sam O'Steen credited as Leaf Phoenix [11]
SpaceCamp 1986 Max Graham Harry Winer credited as Leaf Phoenix [12]
Russkies 1987 Danny Rick Rosenthal credited as Leaf Phoenix [13]
Parenthood 1989 Garry Buckman Ron Howard credited as Leaf Phoenix [14]
To Die For 1995 Jimmy Emmett Gus Van Sant [15]
Inventing the Abbotts 1997 Doug Holt Pat O'Connor [16]
U Turn 1997 Toby N.Tucker Oliver Stone [17]
Return to Paradise 1998 Lewis McBride Joseph Ruben [18]
Clay Pigeons 1998 Clay Bidwell David Dobkin [19]
8mm 1999 Max California Joel Schumacher [20]
The Yards 2000 Willie Gutierrez James Gray [21]
Gladiator 2000 Commodus Ridley Scott [22]
Quills 2000 Abbé de Coulmier Philip Kaufman [23]
Buffalo Soldiers 2001 Ray Elwood Gregor Jordan [24]
Signs 2002 Merrill Hess M. Night Shyamalan [25]
It's All About Love 2003 John Thomas Vinterberg [26]
Brother Bear 2003 Kenai Robert Walker
Aaron Blaise
Voice [27]
The Village 2004 Lucius Hunt M. Night Shyamalan [28]
Ladder 49 2004 Jack Morrison Jay Russell [29]
Hotel Rwanda 2004 Jack Daglish Terry George [30]
Earthlings Documentary release 2005 Narrator Shaun Monson [31]
Walk the Line 2005 Johnny Cash James Mangold [32]
We Own the Night 2007 Bobby Green James Gray Also producer [33]
Reservation Road 2007 Ethan Learner Terry George [34]
Two Lovers 2008 Leonard Kraditor James Gray [35]
I'm Still Here Documentary release 2010 Himself Casey Affleck Also writer and producer [36]
The Master 2012 Freddie Quell Paul Thomas Anderson [37]
Her 2013 Theodore Twombly Spike Jonze [38]
The Immigrant 2013 Bruno Weiss James Gray [39]
Inherent Vice 2014 Larry "Doc" Sportello Paul Thomas Anderson [40]
Irrational Man 2015 Abe Lucas Woody Allen [41]
Unity Documentary release 2015 Narrator Shaun Monson [42]
You Were Never Really Here 2017 Joe Lynne Ramsay [43]
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot 2018 John Callahan Gus Van Sant [44]
Mary Magdalene 2018 Jesus Garth Davis [45]
The Sisters Brothers Film has yet to be released 2018 Charlie Sisters Jacques Audiard In post-production [46]


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

See also[edit]



  1. ^ The films are listed in order of release date.


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  4. ^ "2002 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. 
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  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" from Yahoo! News
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  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. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 4, 1997). "INVENTING THE ABBOTTS". Sun Times. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  17. ^ "U-Turn :: :: Reviews". October 3, 1997. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  18. ^ "Return to Paradise". Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Clay Pigeons (1998)". Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  20. ^ "8MM". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ "The Yards (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  22. ^ "The 73rd Academy Awards (2001) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on April 14, 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  23. ^ Goodridge, Mike (December 7, 2000). "Quills named best film by National Board of Review". Screen International. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  24. ^ Scott, A. O. (July 25, 2003). "Buffalo Soldiers (2001) FILM REVIEW; A Portrait of the Army, but Few Heroes in Sight". The New York Times. 
  25. ^ Travers, Peter (August 2, 2002). "Signs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  26. ^ Dargis, Manohla (October 29, 2004). "The Limits of Realism and of Absurdity". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Brother Bear (2003)". Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Ebert's Most Hated". Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  29. ^ Roger Ebert (October 1, 2004). "Ladder 49". Chicago Sun Times. 
  30. ^ Ebert, Roger (December 22, 2004). "Hotel Rwanda". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  31. ^ "I Saw Cast and Crew". Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  32. ^ Ebert, Roger (November 18, 2005). "Walk the Line". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  33. ^ "Festival de Cannes: We Own the Night". Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  34. ^ Travers, Peter (October 18, 2007). "Reservation Road". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  35. ^ Edelstein, David (February 8, 2009). "Debt Collection". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  36. ^ "I'm Still Here". Magnolia Pictures. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  37. ^ Travers, Peter (September 10, 2012). "The Master". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Her". Slate. December 19, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  39. ^ Debruge, Peter (May 24, 2013). "Cannes Film Review: 'The Immigrant'". Variety. 
  40. ^ Chang, Justin (July 19, 2014). "Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' to World Premiere at New York Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  41. ^ "Woody Allen's Next Movie With Joaquin Phoenix & Emma Stone Titled 'Irrational Man,' Sony Pictures Classics Nab Rights". Indiewire. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  42. ^ McNary, Dave (April 22, 2015). "Documentary 'Unity' Set for Aug. 12 Release with 100 Star Narrators". Variety. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  43. ^ Calvario, Liz (May 11, 2016). "Joaquin Phoenix To Star in Lynne Ramsay's Sex Trafficking Thriller 'You Were Never Really Here'". IndieWire. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  44. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 30, 2016). "Joaquin Phoenix, Gus Van Sant Eye Reunion for Biopic on Famed Cartoonist John Callahan (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  45. ^ Jafaar, Ali (April 22, 2016). "Joaquin Phoenix Eyed To Play Jesus Christ in Mary Magdalene Pic". Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  46. ^ Brace, Samuel (April 18, 2017). "Riz Ahmed joins Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal in The Sisters Brothers". Retrieved April 18, 2017.