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Biographic - Sunday February 23, 2020 Comic Strip Licensing and Permissions

Biographic - Sunday February 23, 2020 Comic Strip
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Jaoquin Rafael Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 28, 1974. His parents adopted the surname Phoenix after breaking from the children of God religious sect. When the family settled in Los Angeles after spending years in central and South America, the five Phoenix kids embraced acting careers- although, as strict vegans, they refused to appear in tv commercials for meat, milk or junk food. Joaquin, who was billed at the time as Leaf Phoenix, first appeared in tv shows alongside his older brother, River Phoenix. Following his movie debut in 1986 in "Spacecamp" he starred in 1987's "Russkies" and appeared in the 1989 hit "Parenthood" before dropping out of the acting to move to Mexico with his Dad. In 1993, a family tragedy put him back in the spotlight when 23-year-old River Phoenix, one of the brightest young stars in movies, collapsed and died outside a Hollywood nightclub. Joaquin, who was with his brother that night, was deeply affected and considered leaving moves for good. At the insistence of friends, he began to read scripts again, and he returned to the screen in 1995's "To Die For" his Stardom was assured with his Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performance as the Brutal Commodus in 2000's "Gladiator." His Golden Globe-winning portrayal of country legend Johnny Cash in "Walk The Line" earned him his second academy award nomination. In 2008, he announced that he'd abandoned acting to pursue a career in hip-hop, through the move was subsequently revealed as an elaborate spoof and the basis for the subsequent mockumentary "I'm Still Here." He did, however, take a long break from movies before returning in 2012 in "The Master" his memorable performance brought Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. Subsequent roles ranged from the sci-fi romance "Her" and the comedy drama "Inherent Vice" both of which earned him Golden Globe nominations- to portraying the quadripolegic cartoonist John Callahan in "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot" and Jesus in 2018's "Mary Magdalene." That same year, he starred in the western "Sisters Brothers" His most recent role, the disturbed Arthur Fleck in "Joker" has brought golden Globe and Oscars acclaim.