Joaquin Phoenix quietly amassed a resume of fine performances, and then broke through as a star with his fantastic, Oscar-nominated turn as Emperor Commodus in Gladiator
.From a family of actors that includes the late superstar River Phoenix, Joaquin's talent comes as no suprise. With post-Gladiator
performances like those in Quills
, Joaquin has shown that he is here to stay.
Joaquin is a strict vegan and will not wear costumes made out of animal skin. He once refused to wear shoes during a photo shoot for Prada because they were made out of leather.
He was born Joaquin Raphael, 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 the early '90s he took back his birth name.
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