Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara welcome first child, name him River

Joaquin Phoenix has had a baby son with actress Rooney Mara — naming him in tribute to his late movie star brother River, according to the director of his latest film.

“He just got a baby by the way,” director Victor Kossakovsky told the 2020 Zurich film festival Sunday when discussing the “Joker” star’s involvement as executive producer on his new documentary, “Gunda.”

“A beautiful son called River,” the director said.

Page Six was first to reveal that “The Social Network” star Mara, 35, was expecting a child with the notoriously reclusive 45-year-old actor.

The couple originally met on the set of the Spike Jonze film “Her,” but did not begin dating until they were reunited on the set of the film “Mary Magdalene.” They confirmed their engagement in May last year.

Phoenix has also been open about the devastation caused by losing his 23-year-old brother to a drug overdose at Johnny Depp’s LA nightclub in 1993 — during which he made a harrowing 911 call as he watched on.


Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara attend the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures “Joker” on September 28, 2019

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Joaquin and River Phoenix cooking at their home in Los Angeles, California, US, circa 1985.

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River Phoenix in 1988.

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The Phoenix Family at home in Los Angeles, California, US, circa 1983

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