Oscar-winning American actor and three-time Oscar nominee, two Golden Globes, a Grammy, a SAG, two Critics Choice Awards, the Volpi Cup at the Venice International Film Festival, and Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the brother of actor River Phoenix, and actresses Rain, Summer, and Liberty Phoenix.
He Started Acting Thanks To His Brother
Phoenix began acting on television with his brother, River, and sister, Summer. His first major film role was in SpaceCamp (1986). During this period, he was credited as Leaf Phoenix, his real name. He received wider attention for his portrayal of "Commodus" in Gladiator (2000), which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He subsequently won Best Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globe Awards for playing musician Johnny Cash in the biopic Walk the Line (2005); and the Volpi Cup for playing an alcoholic war veteran in the drama The Master (2012).
Phoenix's other films include the thrillers Signs (2002) and The Village (2004), the historical drama Hotel Rwanda (2004), the romantic drama Her (2013) and the crime satire Inherent Vice (2014). He gained further acclaim for playing a killer in You Were Never Really Here (2017), for which he won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor, and the title character in 2019's Joker where it earned him his second Golden Globe, and his first Oscar.