Phoenix is a social activist, lending his support to a number of charities and humanitarian organizations.He is on the board of directors for The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization which provides daily meals to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa.
The film was well received by critics and grossed 6 million worldwide.
Phoenix was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film, for his performance in the film.
During his period as a child actor he was credited as Leaf Phoenix, his self-given name.
He later went back to his birth name, Joaquín, and received positive reviews for his supporting work in a wide range of films, most notably in the film adaptation of the novel To Die For (1995) and the period film Quills (2000).
Phoenix was born Joaquín Rafael Bottom in the Río Piedras district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to parents from the U. He also has a half-sister named Jodean (born 1964) from a previous relationship of his father's.
Phoenix's father, John Lee Bottom, originally from Fontana, California, was a lapsed Catholic of English, German, and French Huguenot ancestry.Phoenix started acting in television shows with his brother River Phoenix and sister Summer Phoenix.His first major film release was in the comedy-drama film Parenthood (1989).The call he made to 911 seeking help for his brother was repeatedly played on radio and television.In response, he retreated from the public eye for about a year.Aside from his acting career, he has also ventured into directing music videos, as well as producing films and television shows.