Joaquin Phoenix quote

"I had a really wonderful upbringing. We were a tight family. It was wonderful to grow up with so many siblings. We were all just a year or two apart, and we were always so supportive of each other. I learned everything from my older brother and sister and taught it to my younger sisters."

Joaquin Phoenix

Born: October 28, 1974

Occupation: Actor

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My significant other right now is myself, which is what happens when you suffer from multiple personality disorder and self-obsession.

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The reason I keep making movies is I hate the last thing I did. I'm trying to rectify my wrongs.

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