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John Lee Bottom


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Full NameJohn Lee Bottom
First NameJohn
Middle NameLee
Last NameBottom
ProfessionCelebrity Father
Birth CountryUnited States
Father NameRobert Merrill Bottom
Mother NameBeulah Ingram
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Date of Birth1947

John Lee Bottom, also known as John Phoenix, was recognized as the father of popular Oscar-winning actor  Joaquin Phoenix and late actor and singer River Phoenix

He was part of a religious group ‘The Children of God’ a Christian missionary organization with his wife for several years. 

His Married Life And Part Of Missionary Organization

He was a married man. He got married to Arlyn Phoenix. The couple met for the first time in California. 

After that couple decided to get married and got married on 13 September 1969

After being married, they traveled to Mexico, South America, and several parts of the United States as missionaries by spreading the word of ‘The Children of God.’ 

The couple renamed their name for a brief period by taking biblical names Jochebeb (Arlyn) and Amram (John).

Later, they came to know that the organizations encouraged sex between adults and children as well as group sex. 

Their son, River, was also sexually assaulted in that organization at a very young age. At that time, their four children had already been born.

They left that religious cult and returned to the United States along with their children. They settled in Winterpark, Florida. 

They legally changed their surname Phoenix afterward.

His girlfriend and revealed his first daughter 

Before marriage to Arlyn, he had an affair with a girl. The identity of his girlfriend is still unknown. 

The couple had one daughter together named Jodean Bottom.

His family knew about his daughter after so many years when his close friend told them. 

After knowing about her, his son River found her and take full responsibility of her and her daughter.

She is Six years older than River. 

Jodean Bottom And Revelations
Jodean Bottom And Revelations Source: Tumblr 

In the above photo, she is at the top right carrying her baby daughter.

Death of their first child

Rain Phoenix was his eldest son. River Phoenix full name River Jude Phoenix was an actor and musician

He was born on 23 August 1970 in Madras, Oregon

He was raised in Micanopy, Florida with his four siblings in extreme poverty. 

He and his younger siblings used to sing and dance in the street for money to survive. 

He began acting at a very young age. 

He had appeared in several movies and television series such as Stand by Me, Running in Empty, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Family Ties, and many more.

He died at the age of 23 at night outside the nightclub named ‘The Viper Room’ around 1 am on 31 October 1993. He had performed that night in that club. The reason for his death was the excessive use of heroin and cocaine. 

At the time of his death, his girlfriend, Samantha, his brother Joaquin and his sister Rain were together at that nightclub.

Their Son's Passing Away
Their Son's Passing Away Source: Instagram

His Other Children

His daughter, Rain Phoenix, is an actress and singer. She was born on 21 November 1972 in Texas United States. 

She has appeared in several movies including ‘Amazing Stories,’ ‘Low Down,’ ‘Forever,’ ‘Violet’ among others. 

Joaquin Phoenix is a popular actor and producer. He is known for his role in the films 'Gladiator’ and ‘Joker.’ He was born on 28 October 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

His parents left that religious cult when he was three years old. He began acting at the age of eight. Rooney Mara, an actress, is her long-time partner. 

Liberty Phoenix is a former actress. She was born on 5 July 1976 in Caracas, Venezuela.

 She has appeared in movies like ‘Kate’s Secret,’ ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, and many more. Later she left her acting career and engaged in several ventures. 

His youngest daughter, Summer Phoenix, is also an actress, model, and designer. She was born on 10 December 1978 in Winter Park Florida after leaving that religious cult. 

She began acting at the very young age of two. She has appeared in several movies so far such as Dinner Rush, The Believer, Suzie Gold, and many more.

His Children
His Children Source: Pinterest

Divorced with Arlyn 

Their married life was going smoothly for an extended period. The couple decided to get divorced in 1997 and got divorced. 

They were separated after 27 years long married relationship. The reason behind the divorce is still unknown.

 His former wife got married to Jeffrey Weisberg in 2001. He is a producer. They are still together. 

His death and cause of death

After divorce with his wife, he was living in low limelight. Later he had cancer for many years. 

He died at the age of 68 in the year 2015. The cause of his death was cancer. 

Joaquin lost 52 kg for his iconic role in Joker

Phoenix lost 52 kg weight for his iconic role in Joker, the role that earned him an Oscar win. 

During an interview with Access Hollywood, he revealed that the drastic transformation of losing 52 pounds was under medical guidance. 

He said it’s something he has done before working with a doctor regimented and overseen and safe. 

He had very complicated feelings toward the character when he read the script, and then he started to sort of parent for it, which challenged him, he added.

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he said having to lose weight was difficult but at the same time empowering to have that level of control within himself. 

In the beginning, it was exhausting. He said, looking at the flight of stairs that took him 30 seconds to think and talk to himself, ”I can do this. I know I can do it.“ 

He would feel energized; he would not know how once reaching his target. The feelings he described as incredible. 

He also said he didn’t socialize because social activity involved food and drink, and if he didn’t have that, there was no point in socializing, and he also couldn’t watch T.V. because of the food commercials on T.V.

But with that, he also opened up about the aftermath of extreme weight loss. 

He said in an interview that losing much weight in a controlled amount of time impacts the psychology of a person. He stated that the person started to go mad. 

He experienced certain disorders where he became obsessive over food and weight as a result of extreme weight loss, and he would withdraw from social events feeling fatigued to climb upstairs.

Phoenix won the best actor award for his performance in Joker at the 92nd Oscars in 2020. It was his first Oscar and fourth nomination. 

In his acceptance speech, he mentioned his late brother River

He said when his brother was 17, and he wrote the lyric: Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow. 

Phoenix almost broke out into tears while honoring River.

Net worth

He worked as a carpenter for many years. His net worth and salary were unknown.

His children are very successful in their field. 

Talking about his son Joaquin Phoenix, his net worth is a hefty amount. He has a net worth of 50 million dollars. He earns that sum of money from his acting career.

His fortune is significantly increasing due to his hard work and dedication to work.

He is the Oscar 2020 winner in the category of best actor for his role in Joker. Previously, He was already nominated two times for that award in the same category.

 Some of his popular movies with their budget and box office collection are shown below. 

He has appeared in the role of Arthur Fleck as a joker in the psychological thriller film ‘Joker.’ That film's total budget was 55-70 million dollars and the box office collection of that movie was 1.073 billion dollars. 

He played the role of Freddie Quell in the movie ‘The Master.’ It has a total budget of 32 million dollars and a box office collection of 28.3 million dollars.

His fans appreciated his Oscar-nominated historical drama film ‘Gladiator” in the role of Commodus. The total budget of the film was 103 million dollars and the box office collection was 460.5 million dollars.

Name of the movieBudgetBox Office 
Joker55-70 million1.073 billion
The Master32 million28.3 million
Gladiator103 million460.5 million


  1. He was born in 1947 in the United States.
  2. He was American by nationality.
  3. His parents were Robert Merrill Bottom and Beulah Ingram.

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