Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (pronounced /hwɑˈkin ˈfiːnɪks/; born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as "Leaf Phoenix", is a Puerto Rican film actor, musician, and occasional rapper. Born in San Juan, he was raised in the continental United States, Mexico, and South America, due to his family's frequent moving. Phoenix is from a family of performers which includes his older brother, the late River Phoenix.
Phoenix has ventured behind the camera, directing music videos as well as producing movies and television shows, and has recorded an album, the soundtrack to Walk the Line. He is also known for his work as a social activist, particularly as an advocate for animal rights. On October 27, 2008, he announced his retirement from film in order to focus on his music career.
Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in Río Piedras, located in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the third of five children, including River (1970), Rain (1972), Liberty (1976), and Summer (1978). He also has a half-sister named Jodean (1964), from his father's first marriage.
His father, John Lee Bottom, was a lapsed Catholic from Fontana, California. His mother, Arlyn Phoenix (née Dunetz), was born in the
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