Joaquin Phoenix is a famous American actor and musician who also saw the low phase in his life with an alcohol addiction. Born in 1974, Phoenix started his acting career with cameo roles in television series like ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ and ‘Backwards: The Riddle Of Dyslexia’.
Phoenix hit the big screen with his debut in 1986 called ‘Space Camp’ followed by other famous films including ‘Russkies’ and ‘Parenthood’. He gained recognition for performing versatile characters in films such as ‘To Die For’ in 1995, ‘U-Turn’, ‘Quills’ and ‘The Village’. One of Joaquin’s best works includes ‘Gladiator’ in 2000, which got him the Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. His role as Johnny Cash in ‘Walk the Line’ highlighted the versatile actor’s talent for singing.
But Joaquin Phoenix personal life saw a turbulent phase when he became addicted to alcohol and found himself leading a very uncomfortable life. In 2005 Phoenix with his determination and courage to fight back, checked himself into a rehabilitation center for the treatment of alcohol addiction.
“He was uncomfortable with the way that he was living his life and found the courage to deal with his disease,” publicist Susan Patricola said in a statement at the time.
According to the Daily Mail, Joaquin said he began drinking heavily during the filming of ‘Walk The Line’.
“It was then that I became aware of my drinking.
“I wasn’t an everyday drinker but didn’t have anything else to do, anything to hold me down.
“I was leaning on alcohol to make me feel OK.
“That’s what it really was.”
Despite having completed rehab successfully, Joaquin’s behavior has grown more and more mysterious in the past year. Quitting acting to pursue a full-time music career, Joaquin has gained weight, grown a beard and let his hair grow. Some whisper he is only a shadow of his former self. What has caused this change in the once-successful actor is unknown, also evil tongues believe he has relapsed.
His brother River Phoenix, an accomplished actor at only 23 years of age, died of a drug overdose outside L.A. club Viper Room in 1993. Only 19 at the time, Joaquin, who was partying at the club with his brother, made the call to 911.
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