Joaquín Phoenix

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Birth Name: Joaquín Rafael Bottom

Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: October 28, 1974

Ethnicity:
*father – English, with some Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Irish, Welsh, and French Huguenot
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Joaquín Phoenix, previously also credited as Leaf Phoenix, is an American actor, musician, producer, music video director, and activist. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Joker (2019). Known for his dramatic roles and dark characters, his other films include SpaceCamp, Russkies, Parenthood (1989), To Die For, Return to Paradise, Clay Pigeons, 8mm, Gladiator, Quills, Buffalo Soldiers, Signs, Brother Bear, The Village, Ladder 49, Hotel Rwanda, Walk the Line, We Own the Night, Reservation Road, Two Lovers, The Master, The Immigrant, Her, Inherent Vice, Irrational Man, You Were Never Really Here, Mary Magdalene, The Sisters Brothers, C’mon C’mon, Beau Is Afraid, and Napoleon (2023). He is a vegan, and an animal rights activist. He has produced documentaries on global meat consumption, and its resulting environmental impact.

Joaquín was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to parents from the continental United States. He is the son of John Phoenix (born Johnny Lee Bottom), from California, and Arlyn Phoenix (born Arlyn Dunetz), a social activist, from New York. Joaquín’s father is of English, along with Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Irish, Welsh, and French Huguenot, ancestry. Joaquín’s mother is Jewish; half of her family are Russian Jews and the other half are Hungarian Jews.

Joaquín is the brother of late actor River Phoenix, as well as actresses Rain Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, and Summer Phoenix. Joaquín has a son with his fiancée, actress Rooney Mara.

In the early 1970s, his parents joined the religious group Children of God, and lived with the group in Caracas, Venezuela; Mexico, and Puerto Rico. They left the Children of God by the late 1970s, settling back with Joaquín’s maternal grandparents in Florida, before moving to Los Angeles, California. Joaquín has said:

I’m Jewish… But I don’t think I’ve ever been very religious, no, though I do consider myself a spiritual person. I appreciate a lot of traditions from various faiths. I’m on a path.

Joaquín’s patrilineal line can be traced to John Bottom, who was born, c. 1598, in Archers Hoop, Malmsbury, England, and to his wife Elizabeth.

Joaquín’s paternal grandfather was Ehlia/Robert Merrill Bottom (the son of William Dell Bottom and Cordelia Pearl Matherly). Robert was born in Kentucky, as were all of his grandparents. William was the son of Fidellar/Phidellar Sharp “Dee” Bottom and Rachel Ann Bolling/Bowling. Cordelia was the daughter of David Houston Matherly and Sarah Frances “Sally” Purdom.

Joaquín’s paternal grandmother was Beulah Ernestine Ingram (the daughter of Robert Lee Ingram and Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Leidy/Lydie). Beulah was born in Missouri. Robert was the son of Robert T. Ingram and Ellen L. Curry. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of William John Leidy and Sarah Clarissa Dyer.

Joaquín’s maternal grandfather was Meyer Dunetz (the son of Samuel/Sam Dunetz and Libbe/Libby “Sallie” Grodenzik). Meyer was born in New York. Samuel and Libbe were Russian Jewish immigrants. Samuel was the son of Moses/Moshe Idel Dunetz and Shifra. Libbe was the daughter of Simon Gordon and Menucha.

Joaquín’s maternal grandmother was Margaret “Margie” Lefkowitz (the daughter of Ignatz/Jenat Lefkowitz and Marija/Mary Beck). Margaret was born in New York, the daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants. Ignatz was born in Imre, Zemplén, Hungary (now Malčice, Slovakia), the son of Herman Lefkowitz and Rose Greenwald. Mary was the daughter of Ignatz Beck and Maly/Amalia/Mali Frankel.

Sources: Genealogies of Joaquín Phoenix – http://www.geni.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Joaquín’s uncle (father’s brother) on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Joaquín’s paternal grandmother, Beulah Ernestine Ingram, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Joaquín’s great-uncle (maternal grandfather’s brother) on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Joaquín’s maternal grandfather, Meyer Dunetz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Joaquín’s maternal grandmother, Margaret “Margie” Lefkowitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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61 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    Add the tag Puerto Rican Jewish

    • River9 says:

      He’s not Puerto Rican you scumbag

      • Hahahaha it's the American race again! ?? says:

        You fraud surely he has strong non-European root he looks Hispanic with light eyes.

        • andrew says:

          @follers

          @ethnic

          Seriously how long this has to be allowed? It’s getting ridiculous.

          • taulantcomani says:

            Andrew, you are right. This person seems to be mentally unstable.

          • Hahahaha it's the American race again! ?? says:

            Both of you are, you believe to be white-Euros despite you aren’t.

          • andrew says:

            @muricansareallmutts and her 256 accounts

            Ciao, la facciamo una videochiamata? Ci stai, o hai paura? Sono curioso di vedere che faccia ha una persona che riesce a sparare così tante ——-. Aspetto.

          • Hahahaha it's the American race again! ?? says:

            Ma che vuoi fare coglione mostrarmi la maschera di gomma a forma di culo che ti metti per coprire quella ——- da ———— e ——– che ti ritrovi ahahaha!!!

        • taulantcomani says:

          For you every white American is “Hispanic”. When the real Hispanics are white, the Spaniards.

          • Hahahaha it's the American race again! ?? says:

            For you —— every ——- American is ——-. When the real —– are Europeans, the Cambodians.
            Spaniards are half ———- like you.

          • andrew says:

            @taulantcomani

            The user you are replying to is like someone who escaped to a phsychiatric hospital, dont take it seriously.

          • Hahahaha it's the American race again! ?? says:

            @taulantcomani/Mehtmet/Mohamed

            The user andrew you are replying to is like someone who escaped to a phsychiatric hospital she-he loves to acting many identities, dont take it seriously.

        • taulantcomani says:

          Stop calling me Mehmet, you clown. You are so repetitive, my name is not Mehmet.

          • Hahahaha it's the American race again! ?? says:

            I must do it your face is typically Turkish/Iranian you come from them a descent of Ottoman ——- in Albania, —- —— Albanians don’t look like — but European.

        • taulantcomani says:

          Trolls like you want to separate the white race.

          • Hahahaha it's the American race again! ?? says:

            Trolls like you want to separate the white race and brainwash the ————— —– to be us I mean us ——— from —— not ya Turkish to be —–.

        • taulantcomani says:

          You’re pathetic.

      • Thenabster says:

        No need for insults. His parents were missionaries

  2. italiano90 says:

    He always reminded me of Ray Liotta.

  3. andrew says:

    https://www.familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MJRS-B5S

    Ignatz Lefkowitz was born in Imre, Zemplén, Hungary (now Malčice, Slovakia)

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