World-famous actor Joaquin Phoenix has been active on screens both big and small since the 1980s. Yet the enigmatic star often seems to maintain a deliberate air of mystery and conjecture in public. There have, for instance, been rumors circulating about the prominent scar on Joaquin’s lip for many years – but the actor typically refused to address them seriously. Now, though, the star has broken his silence and finally revealed the story behind the facial disfigurement.
It may come as no surprise that Joaquin – pronounced WAH-keen – Phoenix experienced a far from conventional upbringing. For starters, his real name is Joaquin Rafael Bottom, and the star is the middle child of five siblings. And the fact that his older brother was named River, his older sister is called Rain and his younger sisters are Summer and Liberty might offer a small clue to his somewhat unusual childhood.
So what of Joaquin’s parents? Well, the Phoenix siblings were born to Arlyn and John Bottom. John is from California and has French Huguenot, German and English heritage, and Arlyn was born originally to Jewish parentage in New York. In 1968, however, Arlyn left her Russian and Hungarian family behind and moved to California, where she met John while hitchhiking.