Joaquin Phoenix’s father John Lee Bottom Biography: Age, Net Worth, Parents, Instagram, Height, Wiki, Sibling, Spouse, Children, Death

Posted By Gift Nworie March 7, 2024

John Lee Bottom, known by his affectionate nickname John Phoenix, is a highly recognized and esteemed American celebrity patriarch.

 He gained prominence and widespread attention as the proud father of the immensely talented Oscar-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix and the late actor and singer River Phoenix.

 It is worth noting that John and his wife were actively involved in The Children of God, a religious organization that played a significant role in their lives.


  • Full name: John Lee Bottom
  • Stage Name: John Lee Bottom
  • Born: April 5, 1947
  • Died: 2015 (age: 68 years old)
  • Birthplace: Fontana, California
  • Nationality: United States
  • Occupation: Carpenter 
  • Height: 5’6
  • Parents: Robert Merrill Bottom and Beulah Ingram
  • Siblings: Unknown
  • Spouse: Arlyn Phoenix
  • Children: 5
  • Relationship: Married
  • Net Worth: Unknown

Early Life And Education

 John Lee Bottom, renowned for his contributions to the entertainment industry, was born on April 5, 1947, in the enchanting region of Fontana, California, situated in the majestic folds of the United States.

 During his formative years, he was nurtured and guided by his loving parents, Robert Merrill Bottom and Beulah Ingram, under whose care he flourished. 

Although various details regarding John’s family have been unveiled through various media outlets, more information is still needed regarding any potential siblings he may have had.

 Furthermore, more information about his educational pursuits is needed, as no public record is available for this particular aspect of his life.


John Lee Bottom gained fame as a celebrity dad, although only a little is known about his career. It was his children who brought him into the limelight. One of his sons, Joaquin Phoenix, and his brother, River Phoenix, made their acting debut on television shows in the 1980s. 

Joaquin’s breakthrough in the film industry came with significant roles in movies like SpaceCamp (1986) and Parenthood (1989). Interestingly, during this time, Joaquin went by the name Leaf Phoenix, a moniker he gave himself.

 Throughout his life, Joaquin Phoenix has consistently advocated for humanitarian causes, starting from the tender age of three. He has dedicated his time and efforts to shedding light on the detrimental impacts of the world’s meat consumption on our environment.

 To raise awareness, he has even produced multiple thought-provoking documentaries emphasizing the urgent need for change in our dietary habits.

Social Media

John Lee Bottom does not have a social media handle.

Personal Life

 John Lee Bottom had an undisclosed affair before his marriage to Arlyn. This clandestine relationship resulted in the birth of Jodean Bottom, their daughter. The family did not know of Jodean’s existence until a close friend revealed the secret many years later. Taking on the responsibility, River, John’s son, made it his mission to locate Jodean and support her and her daughter.

 John Lee Bottom and Arlyn Phoenix had five children together. Their firstborn, Rain Phoenix, was born in 1972. River Phoenix, their second child, was born two years earlier, in 1970. Jude Phoenix, their third child, arrived in 1975. Liberty Phoenix was their fourth child, born in 1976, and Summer Phoenix, the youngest of the siblings, was born in 1978.

 John Lee Bottom lived a quiet life and fought against cancer during his last years. Unfortunately, not much is known about this particular period. Tragically, he passed away at 68 years old in 2015, with cancer being the reason behind his death.

Net Worth

John Lee Bottom, a carpenter by profession, does not have a publicly disclosed net worth. On the other hand, his son, Joaquin Phoenix, renowned for his successful acting career, has amassed a net worth of $50 million. 

 Joaquin’s achievements include winning an Academy Award in 2020 for his exceptional portrayal in the film “Joker.” We have also compiled a list of some of Joaquin’s notable movies, their budgets, and box office earnings

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