John Lee Bottom, also known as John Phoenix, was recognized as being 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 and 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 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.
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 night club 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 night club.
His Other Children
His daughter, Rain Phoenix, is an actress and singer. She was born on 21 November 1972 in the 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 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 a very young age of two. She has appeared in several movies so far such as Dinner Rush, The Believer, Suzie Gold and many more.
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.
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 in 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 towards works.
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 box office collection 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 box office collection was 460.5 million dollars.
|S.No||Name of the movie||Role||Budget (Dollars)||Box Office Collection (Dollar)|
|1.||Joker||Arthur Fleck||55-70 million||1.073 billion|
|2.||The Master||Freddie Quell||32 million||28.3 million|
|3.||Gladiator||Commodus||103 million||460.5 million|
- He was born in 1947 in the United States.
- He was American by nationality.
- His parents were Robert Merrill Bottom and Beulah Ingram.
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