Took his mother to the premiere of Gladiator (2000).
Was born Joaquin Rafael, but at the age of four, he decided that he wanted a more earthy name, like his elder siblings River and Rain, so while he was raking leaves with his father he decided on Leaf. In early roles, he was credited as Leaf Phoenix. In the early 1990s, he took back his birth name.
Brother of River Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, & Summer Phoenix.
His first name is pronounced "Wha-keen".
Once refused to wear shoes during a photo shoot for Prada because they were made out of leather.
He is a strict vegan. He refuses to wear any costumes made out of animal skin. For the movie Gladiator (2000), Quills (2000) and Walk the Line (2005), among others, he requested that his "leather" costumes be made from synthetic materials.
Was born on same day, year and city as Dayanara Torres.
Resides in New York City in the same apartment building as best friend Casey Affleck and sister Summer Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant.
Took his mother to the Academy Awards (2001).
Joaquin's father, John Bottom, was born in California, to Beulah Ernestine (Ingram) and Robert Merrill Bottom. On his father's side, Joaquin has English, and distant German and French, ancestry. Joaquin's mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), was born in New York, to Margaret (Lefkowitz) and Meyer Dunetz, who were both the children of Jewish emigrants to the U.S. (from Russia on her father's side and Hungary on her mother's).
Is a celebrity spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Became an uncle again after sister, Summer Phoenix, gave birth to Indiana Affleck (2004).
Uncle of Liberty Phoenix's children Rio Everest, Indigo Orion, & Scarlette Jasmine, and Summer Phoenix's son Indiana Affleck.
Contrary to popular belief, the scar on his lip is not the result of a repaired cleft lip or palate. It is simply a birth mark. Phoenix has stated in interviews that, while pregnant with him, his mother felt a sharp pain one day, and he was born with a mark on his lip.
Spoke Spanish as a small child but forgot most of this as he got older.
Reportedly never reads his own press or reviews.
Checked himself into rehab to be treated for alcoholism. [April 2005]
Phoenix is half a foot shorter than the real Johnny Cash was, although he plays him in Walk the Line (2005).
Phoenix has done his own vocals on the soundtrack for Walk the Line (2005).
On January 26, 2006, Phoenix was in a car accident on a winding canyon road that overturned his car. Shaken and confused, Phoenix heard a tapping on his window and a voice say, "Just relax". Unable to see the man, Phoenix replied, "I'm fine. I am relaxed". Then managed to see that the man was famed, eccentric German auteur Werner Herzog, and Herzog replied, "No, you're not". After helping Phoenix out of the wreckage, Herzog phoned in an ambulance and vanished. The crash reportedly was caused by brake failure.