Joaquin Phoenix, born in Puerto Rico, began his acting career as a child. Growing up in a large family, Phoenix spent his childhood on the move, living in Oregon, Mexico, Central America and Florida. Although he left high school in 11th grade, he had already landed a guest-starring role on television with his sister Liberty. His first feature role came in 1986, at the age of ten, in ABC's "Spacecamp." In 1987, he starred in "Russkies" with his sister Summer Phoenix and Carol King and then went on to play Dianne Weist's teenage son in Universal's "Parenthood," for Ron Howard in 1989.