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Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix

Ethan Learner

Two-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (Ethan Learner) first starred for his Reservation Road writer/director Terry George in the Academy Award-nominated Hotel Rwanda.

For his performance as legendary singer/songwriter Johnny Cash in James Mangold's Walk the Line, Mr. Phoenix was nominated for the Academy, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards; and won the Golden Globe Award, among other honors.

Mr. Phoenix was born in Puerto Rico. Living and working in California, began his acting career at the age of 8. As a boy, he made appearances on such hit television shows as Hill Street Blues, The Fall Guy, and Murder, She Wrote. He was a regular on the 1986 television series Morningstar/Eveningstar, and that same year starred in his first feature film, Harry Winer's SpaceCamp. He next starred with his sister Summer in Rick Rosenthal's Russkies, before being cast in Ron Howard's smash hit Parenthood opposite Academy Award nominee Dianne Wiest.

After an acting sabbatical of several years, Mr. Phoenix returned with a starring role opposite Nicole Kidman in Gus Van Sant's To Die For. He then made his first movie with fellow Reservation Road actor Jennifer Connelly, Pat O'Connor's Inventing the Abbotts.

His subsequent movies have included Oliver Stone's U Turn; Joseph Ruben's Return to Paradise and David Dobkin's Clay Pigeons (both of which starred Mr. Phoenix with Vince Vaughn); Joel Schumacher's 8MM; M. Night Shyamalan's Signs and The Village; Gregor Jordan's Buffalo Soldiers; Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker's Brother Bear (in voiceover); Jay Russell's Ladder 49; and, James Gray's We Own the Night.

Mr. Phoenix' performances in several 2000 film releases earned him both the National Board of Review and Critics' Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor; the three films were James Gray's The Yards, Philip Kaufman's Quills, and Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning Gladiator. The latter film earned him Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award nominations, among other honors.