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Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator

Joaquin Phoenix (1974 -)

Film Deaths[]

  • Return to Paradise (1998) [Lewis McBride]: Executed by hanging by the Malaysian government, on a drug charge.
  • 8mm (1999) [Max California]: Throat slit by Chris Bauer (having been pinned to a post with crossbow bolts) while Nicolas Cage looks on helplessly.
  • Gladiator (2000) [Commodus]: Stabbed in the throat with his own dagger by the mortally-wounded Russell Crowe at the end of a battle in the arena. (Since Russell Crowe's character never actually existed. the historical fact is that Commodus was strangled in his bathtub by a wrestler after a long reign).
  • It's All About Love (2003) [John]: Freezes to death while trying to make his way to safety with Claire Danes.
  • Ladder 49 (2004) [Jack Morrison]: Burned to death (or dies of smoke inhalation) after being trapped in a burning building that collapses around him; the scene cuts away to a scene of John Travolta informing Jacinda Barrett of Joaquin's death.
  • Walk the Line (2005) [Johnny Cash]: Dies (off-screen) of diabetes-related illness; the movie ends before his death, but it is mentioned in the on-screen text at the end.
  • Irrational Man (2015) [Professor Abe Lucas]: Accidentally falls to his death down an elevator shaft when he slips on a flashlight while trying to push Emma Stone into the shaft.
  • You Were Never Really Here (2017) [Joe]: Commits suicide by shooting himself under the chin while sitting at a diner. (This turns out to be Phoenix's fantasy and he survives in reality).
  • Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) [John Callahan]: Dies (off-screen) of respiratory problems and complications from his quadriplegia; his death is mentioned in the closing text when a photo of the real John Callahan appears.
  • Mary Magdalene (2018) [Jesus Christ]: Dies by crucifixion, as Rooney Mara looks on; he is resurrected three days later, and speaks to Rooney.
  • Beau is Afraid (2023) [Beau Wasserman]: Blown up when the boat he's travelling on explodes as Patti LuPone has him executed.
  • Napoleon (2023) [Napoleon Bonaparte]: Dies after looking at the sea and falling over of sickness.

Television Deaths[]

None known.

Notable Connections[]

  • Son of Arlyn Phoenix and John Lee Bottom
  • Brother of River, Rain, Liberty and Summer Phoenix
  • Former Brother-in-law of Michael Tubbs and Casey Affleck
  • Partner of Rooney Mara