About Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix, also known as Joaquin Phoenix or Leaf Phoenix, is a talented American actor, producer, musician and music producer. He stated acting as a child and gained prominence in 2000, appearing in a historical blockbuster movie Gladiator. Joaquin’s performance in this film earned him a widespread critical acclaim: the artist was nominated for an Oscar as the Best Supporting actor. He also received nominations for Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA and Satellite awards. Phoenix’s next prominent role was in the biographical movie Walk the Line in which he portrayed a famous musician, Johnny Cash. Among the most prestigious nominations he received for this part was an Academy Award for the Best Actor. As for 2013, Joaquin Phoenix net worth is estimated at $25 million.
Joaquin, initially named Joaquin Rafael Bottom, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a family of John Lynn and Arlyn Bottom. The life stories of his parents and siblings are anything but boring. For example, early in their twenties John and Arlyn joined a religious group that calls itself Family of Love or Children of God.
This movement, active during the 1970s and 1980s, was related to the hippie culture. For the following few years the young couple travelled around South America, trying to feel “the power of mother nature”. During this period Arlyn gave birth to five kids, including Joaquin. Four of them were given the names related to nature: River, Liberty, Rain and Summer. By the way, although their fortunes never came to match the current Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin net worth, at least at some point in time River, Rain and Summer were quite prominent figures in entertainment business.
Arlyn and John officially withdrew from Children of God in 1978, after the fifth of their mutual children was born. To mark this new beginning they even changed their family name from Bottom to Phoenix. Despite that, John and Arilyn remained close to the nature and tried to spend as many time as possible outdoors. Being the only one of the siblings that did not get a “hippie” name, Joaquin felt left-out of the family, thus around this period he decided to go with a name Leaf. He returned to his original name Joaquin at the age of 15. Although after settling in Los Angeles his mother landed a job at NBC office and his father became a landscaper, at the time Joaquin Phoenix net worth was pretty miserable and in order to help support the family young “Leaf” and his siblings performed in the street. Joaquin Phoenix net worth finally started to grow in 1982, when the boy and his brother River were cast for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.