The Untold Truth Of Joaquin Phoenix

  • Published: 03 October 2019
  • From embodying country music icon Johnny Cash in Walk the Line down to his distinctive singing voice, to the vicious sadism of the Emperor in Gladiator, Joaquin Phoenix has proven that his range is virtually unmatched but his rise to fame was neither assured or straightforward.

    Born Joaquin Rafael Bottom on October 28, 1974 in Puerto Rico, Phoenix had nomadic early years as his parents were members of the Children of God Christian missionary group, now classified as a cult. Because of their involvement in that organization, the Bottoms traveled all over south and central America, until the cult's increasingly sinister practices including alleged sexual abuse and incest began to disenchant Joaquin's parents.

    After escaping Children of God, and returning to the US with their five kids in tow, the Bottoms eventually settled in Los Angeles. They changed their last name from Bottom to Phoenix, and Joaquin also decided to go by the first name Leaf so he could match better with his brother River, and their sisters Summer, Rain, and Liberty. The Phoenix kids played music on the streets for rent money until their mom, Arlyn (aka Heart), got a job as a secretary to an NBC casting agent. Through her networking, a well-known casting agent was won over by the family's talent and shepherded them into the bright lights of Hollywood.

    Joaquin Phoenix went by his chosen name Leaf for the first few years of his acting career, but it was actually his brother who snagged the first screen role in the television show Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. River quickly brought his family along - Joaquin had his first TV role on that show too, immediately followed by a string of small roles on TV. As River's star began to rise in movies with his breakout in Stand By Me, Joaquin also landed juicy lead roles in SpaceCamp in 1986 and Russkies in 1987. Keep watching the video to see the untold truth of Joaquin Phoenix!

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    Started from the bottom | 0:16
    Introduction to acting | 1:10
    Losing his brother | 2:10
    The first Joaquin-naissance | 2:52
    A method to his madness | 3:37
    Performance art detour | 4:30
    "Indebted" to River | 5:21
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Comments • 555

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Which role has been Joaquin's best?

  • Diego Rivera
    Diego Rivera  1 hours back

    The fact he didn't get an award for Gladiator and Walk the Line make me question the Oscars

    • Jibba-Jabba
      Jibba-Jabba  3 hours back

      0:34 he looks like his dad there.

      • Jentina Naude
        Jentina Naude  6 hours back

        6:00 Wth? Just drop the insult right in there...

        • Marlena Hanlon
          Marlena Hanlon  13 hours back

          The Joker was extremely well-done. I was thinking, though, that he is the first leading man with a physical....maybe not disability, exactly, but physical differences. I wonder why that doesn't get addressed more. Some would consider it uplifting.

          • Agni Firestorm
            Agni Firestorm  13 hours back

            This man didn't play the role of Joker, he lived it throughout his life.

            • dawn220
              dawn220  2 days back

              This is a real thespian. Dude is a great actor!

              • Julius Tanael
                Julius Tanael  2 days back

                Anyone know the background soundtrack?

                • Xtina Coe
                  Xtina Coe  2 days back

                  This is not untold. Any fan already knows all of this!!!

                  • Kameleonic
                    Kameleonic  2 days back

                    Amazing actor. When Gladiator was released, it was obvious to me his performance superior to Russell Crowe's gruff, barely speaking 'decent' quality acting.

                  • Lunazul
                    Lunazul  3 days back

                    I wonder if they suffered child or sexual abuse... then River dying..? Changing names

                    • Mel A
                      Mel A  3 days back

                      I have adored his talent for YEARS!!! He and Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie together would be a dream and talent explosion! .... and his face, always thought his face was so beautiful.......

                      • Riringo VII
                        Riringo VII  3 days back

                        River is proud im sure

                        • Nick Mattio
                          Nick Mattio  4 days back

                          Btw if u caught that Superman River spot, both brothers have been in the DC universe; btw, something tells me if he got jacked in the gym with Jackman, he could actually be a good Wolverine too

                          • Gerard LopezZ
                            Gerard LopezZ  4 days back

                            Joaquin is magnificent. He deserved an Oscar since Gladiator and Walk the Line. Such an underrated actor

                            • Tina MG
                              Tina MG  4 days back

                              The cheesy background music is annoying and distracting.

                              • Lidiane Cavalcante
                                Lidiane Cavalcante  4 days back

                                Joaquin dressed and make up as Joker and skinny remember River too much. Who agrees?

                                • Sophia Lewis
                                  Sophia Lewis  4 days back

                                  Amazing people.
                                  .Amazing family

                                  • Jesse Rudolph
                                    Jesse Rudolph  4 days back

                                    not a method actor

                                    • Akhila Krishnamurthy
                                      Akhila Krishnamurthy  4 days back

                                      Is it just me or does Joaquin looks like Ted Mosby in some angles, especially the gladiator look

                                      • Princess Peachy
                                        Princess Peachy  4 days back

                                        BEST JOKER EVER! AMAZING ACTOR! 💜

                                        • faggy maxwell
                                          faggy maxwell  4 days back

                                          I knew that Joaquin and River were bottoms

                                          • blanche kiernan
                                            blanche kiernan  4 days back

                                            I got chills when he talked about his brother saying you’re going to act again, I can’t wait to see joker

                                            • Monica Fee
                                              Monica Fee  5 days back

                                              Watch Sloan Bella on you tube. She is a medium and did a reading on River phenonix last week. He died at the hospital bc of two people in his room giving him something. He was murdered

                                              • Banzan Buddhist
                                                Banzan Buddhist  5 days back

                                                LOL, I NEVER REALISED IT WAS JOAQUIN IN "U TURN" LOL

                                                • Dec Mar
                                                  Dec Mar  5 days back

                                                  Most of the time, when I watch something, I don't feel motivated to watch their other work...but I'm really interested in watching his other work.

                                                  • Tiger Steele
                                                    Tiger Steele  5 days back

                                                    AN AMAZING TALENT!!! HE..WAS JOHNNY CASH!!!!

                                                    • smicko77
                                                      smicko77  5 days back

                                                      He was incrediable in Gladiator. Can't wait to see Joker

                                                      • oldfart4751
                                                        oldfart4751  2 days back

                                                        Seen it! you won't be disappointed.

                                                    • Randyman Maximus
                                                      Randyman Maximus  6 days back

                                                      This was really good. I still remember him from Parenthood

                                                      • Terror Knights
                                                        Terror Knights  6 days back

                                                        He's awesome at everything. Joker, so good. My favorite was Signs

                                                        • Eire
                                                          Eire  6 days back

                                                          River , summer , rain wtf 😂😂

                                                          • Firefly BCK
                                                            Firefly BCK  6 days back

                                                            1:16 is that actually River Phoenix?
                                                            Because the guy on the right looks like Casey Affleck.

                                                            • Артем Лукашев

                                                              Untold indeed...

                                                              • Jack Frost
                                                                Jack Frost  6 days back

                                                                Hollywood will never give awards to great actors, they dont do that.

                                                                • HowYouDoin
                                                                  HowYouDoin  6 days back

                                                                  Looper sux

                                                                  • Sally F
                                                                    Sally F  6 days back

                                                                    “Her” — excellent acting on Joaquin’s part! The movies, “He Won’t Get Far on Foot” and “Two Lovers”, are good, but weren’t mentioned.

                                                                    • TAO TAO
                                                                      TAO TAO  6 days back

                                                                      He’s the spitting image of his Father. Good looking family!

                                                                      • Monte Carvalo
                                                                        Monte Carvalo  6 days back

                                                                        Genius actor surpassing that clown in raging bull.

                                                                        • Nixie ~ ♡ ~
                                                                          Nixie ~ ♡ ~  6 days back

                                                                          ❤Blessings be 🙏🏻🌟👑

                                                                          • missing Link
                                                                            missing Link  7 days back

                                                                            He should have won an Oscar for Walk the Line absolutely amazing acting on that one.

                                                                            • Cassandra Simmons
                                                                              Cassandra Simmons  7 days back

                                                                              Walk the line

                                                                              • redrumax
                                                                                redrumax  7 days back

                                                                                he is so ugly

                                                                                • MysteriousOklahoma
                                                                                  MysteriousOklahoma  7 days back

                                                                                  I remember Gary....

                                                                                  • Alissa M
                                                                                    Alissa M  7 days back

                                                                                    Oh my, I had seen him in few movies but I didn't know it's him.

                                                                                    • RazOr 1990
                                                                                      RazOr 1990  7 days back

                                                                                      hes movies suck makes no sense and so does fake joker movie that has nothing to do or look like joker.

                                                                                      • Robert Monaghan
                                                                                        Robert Monaghan  7 days back

                                                                                        Completely forgot to mention 2017's 'You Were Never Really Here'. His performance is so unbelievably good!

                                                                                        • Joseph Mauricio Flores

                                                                                          I forgot that Phoenix was that little prick in Troy.

                                                                                          • Kylia M
                                                                                            Kylia M  7 days back

                                                                                            I love that he thanked my King River ❤️❤️😭