A Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner and 3-time Academy Award nominee, Joaquin Phoenix made his acting debut as a child and has gone on to have a long and successful career with roles in films like Gladiator and Walk the Line.
No stranger to transforming his look for a part, some of the most memorable aspects of Joaquin’s performances have been his ability to totally alter his appearance for a role. To celebrate the release of Joker, we’ve put together a collection of his most unforgettable on-screen hairstyles – see how many of them you can remember!
For his epic role as Commodus in the Gladiator, Joaquin Phoenix sported this short, tousled Caesar-inspired hairstyle. This style quickly became Joaquin’s go-to look for his upcoming roles.
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
In 2001, Joaquin Phoenix played a war hero in Buffalo Soldiers. His short sides and messy top certainly caught our eye!
Giving the Phoenix spin on the classic Ivy League haircut, the actor sported a modern, textured Ivy cut for his role as Merril Hess in Signs.
Walk the Line (2005)
Editor’s tip: For shine and hold, reach for the TIGI Bed Head Slick Trick Firm Hold Pomade to help you create this style.
The Master (2012)
Loosely swept-back yet still put-together, this relaxed quiff hairstyle helped Joaquin steal the spotlight in The Master.
Playing a soon-to-be divorcee who falls in love with his virtual assistant, Joaquin’s lonely-hearts haircut teamed a curly crop with a ‘70s-inspired retro ‘stache in sci-fi drama Her.
The Immigrant (2013)
Transforming his style for The Immigrant, Joaquin Phoenix went for a clean shaved look with a smart cropped side-parted combover style.
Inherent Vice (2014)
For his role as a ’70s detective, the actor sported a curly flow hairstyle with daring mutton chops. While we aren’t keen on the mutton chops, we do think he pulls off longer lengths well.
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Joaquin had his own version of the hipster man bun and beard in movie You Were Never Really Here. His rugged grey beard was often styled with a messy low bun which added to his dishevelled appearance.
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
If there’s one Joaquin Phoenix haircut we still rate, it’s this one the star sported for his role in The Sisters Brothers. This slick look is the perfect hairstyle to wear to work or under cowboy hats (or, regular hats if you prefer!).
Editor’s tip: To keep your hair looking this sleek all day, opt for a styling product with long-lasting hold, like the VO5 Styling Wax.
Mary Magdalene (2018)
Playing the role of Jesus meant that Joaquin would need yet another transformation and this wavy shoulder-length style with a shaggy beard is one of his most iconic looks yet.
Editor’s tip: Have medium-long hair but lacking texture? Add a casual, relaxed finish to your look with the TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray.