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Garner on November 13, 2013


Jennifer Anne Garner
April 17, 1972 (age 41)
HoustonTexas, U.S.


George Washington High School

Alma mater

Denison University (B.F.A.)


Actress, film producer

Years active



Scott Foley (m. 2000; div. 2004)
Ben Affleck (m. 2005)



Jennifer Anne Garner (born April 17, 1972) is an American actress and film producer. Garner gained recognition on television for her performance as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the thriller drama series Alias, which aired on ABC for five seasons from 2001 to 2006. For her work on the series, Garner won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

While working on Alias, she gained minor roles in movies such as Pearl Harbor (2001), and Catch Me if You Can (2002). Since then, Garner has appeared in supporting as well as lead roles in projects including Daredevil (2003), 13 Going on 30(2004), Elektra (2005), a spin-off of DaredevilJuno (2007), The Invention of Lying (2009), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), and Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Garner is married to actor and director Ben Affleck, with whom she has three children.




Early life

Garner was born in HoustonTexas. Her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), was an English teacher from Oklahoma, and her father, William John "Bill" Garner, worked as a chemical engineer. When she was four years old, her father's job withUnion Carbide relocated her family to Princeton, West Virginia, and then later to CharlestonWest Virginia, where Garner resided until her college years.[1] She has credited her older sister, Melissa Lynn Garner Wylie, who resides in Boston, Massachusetts, as a source of inspiration to her.[2] Her younger sister is Susannah Kay Garner Carpenter.[3]

Garner's conservative upbringing included going to church every Sunday, not wearing make-up or a bikini, and waiting at least until the age of 16 to be allowed to get her ears pierced, which, she later joked, made her family "just a step away from being Amish."[4][5] She said: "I'd hate to say it was strict. It was just not condoned. I never felt hemmed in."[6] She began taking ballet lessons at the age of three and continued to dance throughout her youth, but she did not envision herself becoming a classical ballerina.[7] Garner attended George Washington High School in Charleston and graduated in 1990.[8] She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama from Denison University,[9] where she was initiated into the sorority Pi Beta Phi.[10]

Garner did not plan on becoming an actress: "I wanted to be a doctor, a librarian. ... (Acting) wasn't possible to me. The more I learned what there was to learn about this field, the more hungry I became for it. It comes out of wanting to learn more, as opposed to 'I want to be a star.' I never felt that way," she said.[8]



In 1994, Garner appeared in Atlanta productions of two Shakespeare plays, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream, by the Georgia Shakespeare Company.[11]

In 1995, Garner started pursuing theater in New York City and earned $150 a week as an understudy in the play A Month in the Country for Roundabout Theatre Company.[2] She was then cast in her first television role as part of a made-for-television movie Zoya, based on the Danielle Steelnovel. In the late 1990s, she made brief appearances in individual episodes of Spin City and Law & Order while also securing roles in two short-lived television series, Significant Others and Time of Your Life.

Garner made her feature film debut of the 21st century in the comedy Dude, Where's My Car? opposite Ashton Kutcher, playing the girlfriend of Kutcher's character. In 2001, she appeared as the supporting character of a nurse in the big-budget epic Pearl Harbor, starring her future husband Ben Affleck.

Later in 2001, J. J. Abrams, the producer of Felicity, in which Garner had played a recurring role since 1998, approached Garner to audition for the role of Sydney Bristow in his new spy drama Alias. Garner, who up until then had mostly played weepy waifs, did not learn that she "might have to throw a punch or kick" until the first few days of the audition.[12] Told that she "throws like such a girl"[12] and with no background in martial arts or gymnastics, she enrolled in a month-long, private Taekwondo class to prepare for the audition.[12] Even as Garner was cast after several auditions, Abrams revealed that he remained panicked with the thought that she might not be able to pull off the role, especially as, on the first day of shooting, he was told by Garner herself, "I don't think I can do this."[13] Garner later commented, "I was such a girlie-girl then. I didn't even know how to punch."[14] While she performed many of the action sequences during the series herself, the dangerous explosions and complex fights were handled by her stunt double, Shauna Duggins.[15] The first few episodes of season one of Alias, which averaged about 10.2 million weekly viewers,[16] earned Garner the award for "Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama" at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards. Garner's salary for the show began at $40,000 an episode and rose to $150,000 per episode by the series' end.[17] During the show's run, Garner received four consecutive Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama nominations as well as Emmy Award[18] nominations for her lead performance. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 2005. That same year, during the fourth season, Garner directed the Alias episode "In Dreams", which aired in May. She received producer credit during the series' final season. The series concluded in May 2006 after a shorter fifth season that was abbreviated from 22 to 17 episodes due to Garner's pregnancy, which was written into the season's storyline.[19][20]

After the initial success of Alias, Garner made a big screen cameo in the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me if You Can in 2002; Spielberg had seen her on the show and wanted her to play that small role.[21] Her breakout film role came when she played Ben Affleck's love interest as Elektra Natchios in the action movie Daredevil (2003), an adaptation of the comic book. Garner stated that her training for Daredevil was more gruesome than her work on Alias, and revealed that as she got hung up on wires several times during fight sequences, Affleck became "in charge of reaching up and saving [her]."[22] She was involved in a potentially serious accident on the set of Daredevil when, entangled in wires with her arms stuck and unable to move while doing a flip, she came crashing towards a wall "head-first with such velocity, that [she] was about to smash [her] head into the wall".[23] Recalling how she was rescued by Affleck, she said in 2003, "out of nowhere comes this 6 ft. 4 in. red devil who just kind of put his arms out and shouts: 'I've got her!' I'm telling you, it was like, 'I've got my own superhero.'"[23] While Daredevil got mixed reviews, it was a box office hit.[24]

Garner starred in her first leading role in 13 Going on 30 (2004), a moderate commercial success.[24] Reviewers praised her performance as "radiant"[25] and "effervescent without ever being cloying",[26] and The Christian Science Monitor commented that "while Garner is no Tom Hanks, she's consistently appealing".[27] Her second lead role saw her reprising the character of Elektra in the 2005 Daredevil spin-off titled Elektra, a box office disaster that was panned by critics.[28] The Boston Globe stated, "Based on Garner's humorlessness, lack of vocal inflection, and generally bland disposition, "the Way" she has yet to grasp seems to be that of acting,"[29] whereas USA Today concluded that "Jennifer Garner ... is far more appealing when she's playing charming and adorable, as she did so winningly in 13 Going on 30.[30]

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Garner in 2009 at a press conference for The Invention of Lying.

Garner performed the Frank Loesser song "My Heart Is So Full of You" on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars. She appeared in the films Catch and Release (2006) and The Kingdom (2007) alongside Jamie FoxxJason Bateman and Ashraf Barhom. She then appeared in the Jason Reitman-directed comedy/drama feature Juno, which became a sleeper box office hit, grossing over $230 million from a production budget of $7.5 million.[31] After that film's premiere at theToronto Film FestivalEntertainment Weekly declared Garner's work the best female supporting performance of the festival, saying, "The star of Alias and The Kingdom does no butt-kicking in this sweet comedy. Instead, as a young wife desperately hoping to adopt, she's funny, a bit tough, and unbelievably touching."[32]

Garner made her Broadway debut on November 1, 2007, playing Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac alongside Kevin Kline at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.[33] The show was originally set to run until December 23, 2007, but it was extended through January 6, 2008 due to the Broadway stagehand strike in late 2007.[34]

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Garner at the Disney D23 Expo in 2011.

In 2010, Garner appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day, directed by Garry Marshall, which also starred Ashton Kutcher, Jessica AlbaJessica BielAnne HathawayJulia Roberts, and former Aliasco-star Bradley CooperPatrick Dempsey among others.[35] She portrayed the girlfriend of Dempsey's character.[36] The film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide.[37] In 2011, she starred in the2011 remake of Arthur. In that same year, Garner was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[38] In 2012, Garner appeared in the films The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Butter.

Garner appeared in the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club, reuniting with Matthew McConaughey, which received positive reviews.[39] On April 24, 2013 Garner started filming Summit and OddLot Entertainment's dramedy Draft Day in New York and Cleveland, Ohio, which also stars Kevin Costner. The film is directed and produced by Ivan Reitman.[40] In April 2013, Garner joined Steve Carell in the Disney adaption of the popular children's bookAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.[41] In May 2013, Garner joined the cast of the movie Imagine alongside Al PacinoAnnette BeningBobby Cannavale and Michael Caine.[42]


As of July 17, 2013, Garner is the first and currently only celebrity spokesperson of Max Mara.[43][44] Starting in September, the campaign will appear in VogueHarper's BazaarElleWInStyleThe New York Times, and the International Herald Tribune.[44]


In 2006, Garner founded a production company called Vandalia Films. The first film she produced was Butter, released in American theaters in 2012.


Garner is currently an ambassador for Save the Children, advocating for early education.[45] In August 2013, Garner testified alongside Halle Berry before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would protect celebrities' children from harassment by photographers.[46] The bill passed in September.[47]

Personal life

Marriages and family

On October 19, 2000, Garner married actor Scott Foley, whom she had met on the set of Felicity in 1998. After separating from Foley in March 2003, Garner filed for divorce in May 2003, citing irreconcilable differences, and the two were officially divorced on March 30, 2004.[48][49] Following her separation, Garner dated her Alias co-star Michael Vartan from August 2003 to March 2004.[50]

Sometime in early to mid-2004, Garner started dating her Daredevil co-star Ben Affleck and the two made their first public appearance as a couple by attending the Boston Red Sox's opening World Series games in October 2004.[51] Since her relationship with Affleck, first as girlfriend and then as wife, Garner has been a tabloid staple.[52] "Ben taught me that you cannot read that stuff, that it's poison," she said in 2009.[53] On Garner's 33rd birthday, Affleck proposed to her with a 4.5 carats (900 mg) diamond ring from Harry Winston.[54] Affleck married Garner, who was four months pregnant at the time, on June 29, 2005 in a private ceremony in the Caribbean, officiated by family friend and Garner's Alias co-star, Victor Garber,[55] at the Parrot Cay resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands.[56] The couple have three children: daughters Violet Anne Affleck (born December 1, 2005)[57] and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck (born January 6, 2009),[58][59] and son Samuel Garner Affleck (born February 27, 2012).[60][61]

Issue with stalking

Garner had been stalked since 2002 by a man, Steven Burky, who was eventually arrested in December 2009, after violating a 2008 restraining order.[62] Burky was charged with two counts of stalking, to which he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity; in March 2010, he was ruled insane and sent to the California state mental hospital with a court order to stay away from the Affleck family for 10 years if released from the hospital.[63]

In the media

In 2002, Garner topped the Maxim Hot 100 list.[64] In December 2007, Garner was named The Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail's 2007 West Virginian of the Year "for her dedication, work ethic and unique role as role model and ambassador for West Virginia."[65] People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.[66]








In Harm's Way




Deconstructing Harry

Woman in Elevator



Washington Square

Marian Almond



Mr. Magoo

Stacey Sampanahodrita





Alternative title: Girls & Boys


Aftershock: Earthquake in New York

Diane Agostini



Dude, Where's My Car?




Stealing Time

Kiley Bradshaw

Alternative title: Rennie's Landing


Pearl Harbor

Nurse Sandra



Catch Me If You Can

Cheryl Ann

Cameo Role



Elektra Natchios

MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Ben Affleck)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Drama/Action Adventure
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Ben Affleck)


13 Going on 30

Jenna Rink

Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance (shared with Mark Ruffalo)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Comedy
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Blush
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Mark Ruffalo)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Mark Ruffalo)



Elektra Natchios

Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Natassia Malthe)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure/Thriller


Catch and Release




The Kingdom

Janet Mayes




Vanessa Loring

Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast


Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Jenny Perotti



The Invention of Lying




Valentine's Day

Julia Fitzpatrick




Susan Johnson




Laura Pickler

Also producer


The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Cindy Green



Dallas Buyers Club

Dr. Eve Saks

Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Draft Day








Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day




Men, Women & Children









Danielle Steel's Zoya


Television movie


Harvest of Fire

Sarah Troyer

Television movie


Dead Man's Walk

Clara Forsythe



Swift Justice


Episode: "No Holds Barred"


Law & Order


Episode: "Aftershock"


Spin City


Episode: "The Competition"


The Player

Celia Levison

Television movie


Rose Hill

Mary Rose Clayborne

Television movie


Significant Others


6 episodes



Hannah Bibb

3 episodes


Aftershock: Earthquake in New York

Diane Agostini

Television movie


The Pretender

Billie Vaughn

1 episode


Time of Your Life

Romy Sullivan

19 episodes



Sydney Bristow


Saturday Night Live


Episode: "Jennifer Garner/Beck"


The Simpsons


Episode: "Treehouse of Horror XIV"


Martha Speaks


Episode: "Too Many Marthas"


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Phoenix at the premiere of Her, 2013 New York Film Festival


Joaquín Rafael Bottom
October 28, 1974 (age 39)
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Other names

Leaf Phoenix


Actormusic video directorfilm producermusiciansocial activist

Years active



Arlyn Phoenix


River Phoenix (brother)
Rain Phoenix (sister)
Summer Phoenix (sister)

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix Bottom, born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix,[1] is an American actor, music video director, producer, musician, and social activist who started his career as a child actor and came to wide attention for his portrayal of Commodus in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as nominations for theGolden Globe AwardScreen Actors GuildSatellite Award, and BAFTA Award.




He received wider recognition for his portrayal of musician Johnny Cash in the 2005 biographical film Walk the Line. His performance earned him several accolades and nominations, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor,Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Award. He received his third Academy Award nomination for his critically acclaimed performance in the 2012 film The Master as well as his third nomination for a Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award. In 2013, he received his fourth nomination for the Golden Globe Award in the category Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his role as Theodore Twombly inSpike Jonze's film Her.

Aside from his acting career, he has also ventured into directing music videos, as well as producing films and television shows. He has recorded an album, the soundtrack to Walk the Line, for which he won a Grammy Award.

Early life

Phoenix was born Joaquín Rafael Bottom in Río Piedras, the sector city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he lived until he was six. He is the third of five children, including River (1970–1993), Rain (1972–), Liberty (1976–), and Summer (1978–). He also has a half-sister named Jodean (1964–) from a previous relationship of his father's.[2]

Phoenix's father, John Lee Bottom, was a lapsed Catholic,[3] originally from Fontana, California, and of English, as well as German and French, ancestry.[4][5] Phoenix's mother, Arlyn (née Dunetz), was born in The BronxNew York, to Jewishparents whose families emigrated from Russia and Hungary.[3] Arlyn left her family in 1968 and moved to California, later meeting Phoenix's father while hitchhiking. They married in 1969, then later joined the religious group, the Children of God, and began traveling throughout South America.[4] His parents eventually became disenchanted with the Children of God; they made the decision to leave the cult and returned to the U.S. in 1978. They changed their last name to "Phoenix" to symbolize a new beginning. This also was around the time Joaquin began calling himself Leaf, desiring to have a nature-related name like his siblings, and inspired by spending time outdoors raking leaves with his father. (In a Jay Leno interview, Joaquin said he had originally called himself Antleaf as a child, it is unclear if he was being serious.)[6] Leaf became the name he used as a child actor, until at age 15 he changed it back to Joaquin.[7]

In order to provide food and financial support for the family, the children performed on the streets and at various talent contests, singing and playing instruments.[8] In Los Angeles, his mother started working as a secretary for NBC, and his father worked as a landscaper. Phoenix and his siblings were eventually discovered by one of Hollywood's leading children's agents, Iris Burton, who got the five children acting work, mainly doing commercials and television show appearances.[9] Joaquin went on to establish himself as a child actor before deciding to withdraw from acting for a while and travel to Mexico and South America with his father.[8]

Phoenix came back into public view under tragic circumstances: on October 31, 1993, his brother, River Phoenix, suffered a drug overdose and died, outside the Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room, which was co-owned by Johnny Depp at the time. Joaquin's call to 911 to save his brother was recorded and repeatedly played over the airwaves and on television.[10] The sudden media intrusion into his life proved to be overwhelming; once again, he retreated from the public eye. A year later, at the insistence of his friends, Phoenix reluctantly re-entered the acting profession.



Phoenix's first acting jobs were guest appearances on two television shows with his brother River in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982), and Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (1984) as well as an episode, "We're Off to Kill the Wizard" in Murder, She Wrote with his sister Summer. In 1985, he appeared with JoBeth Williams in the CBS television movie Kids Don't Tell. After his film debut in SpaceCamp (1986) as Max and starred in an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "A Very Happy Ending" the same year, Phoenix first starring role was in Russkies (1987) and co-starred in Ron Howard's Parenthood (1989), in which he was credited as Leaf Phoenix.

During the comeback portion of his career, Phoenix went back to his given name "Joaquin," and was often cast in supporting roles as conflicted, insecure characters with a dark side. He has earned positive reviews for his portrayals of various individuals: a troubled teen in Gus Van Sant's To Die For (1995) co-starring with Nicole Kidman, a small-town troublemaker in Oliver Stone's U TurnInventing the Abbotts (1997), the cruel Roman emperor Commodus in Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000) in which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a conflicted priest in Quills (2000), a washed-up baseball player in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs (2002), the irresolute husband of a superstar-skater in the widely panned It's All About Love (2003), the voice of Kenai in the Disney animated film, Brother Bear, a lovestruck farmer in Shyamalan's The Village(2004), a disillusioned cameraman in Terry George's Hotel Rwanda (2004), and an heroic firefighter in Ladder 49 (2004).[11]

Phoenix was cast in Walk the Line, a Johnny Cash biopic, after Cash himself approved of him. Reese Witherspoon, who portrayed June Carter Cash in the film and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance,[12] stated during an interview that when they first performed in-character before a live audience, she was so impressed with his impersonation that she knew she "had to step it up a notch." All of Cash and Carter's vocal tracks in the movie and on the accompanying soundtrack are played and sung by Phoenix and Witherspoon. In 2005, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor,[12] and won a Golden Globe in the same category. In 2006, Phoenix was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[13]

Phoenix's film I'm Still Here debuted at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010. He subsequently took a self-imposed break from acting and returned in Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master in 2012.[14] The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Phoenix won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, shared with co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman[15] and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.[16]


He has directed music videos for the following acts: Ringside,[17] She Wants Revenge,[18] People in Planes,[19] Arckid,[20] Albert Hammond Jr.,[21] and Silversun Pickups.[22]


Phoenix served as one of the executive producers of a television show called 4Real, a half-hour series which showcase celebrity guests on global adventures "in order to connect with young leaders who are creating social and economic change."[23] He is also listed as a producer on the movie We Own the Night. In music, he was said to have produced the opening track for Pusha T's My Name Is My Name album alongside Kanye West. The track is called "King Push". Phoenix then denied having produced the record saying “While it was widely reported that Pusha T used my beat and that I produced his song, I can’t take any credit,” Phoenix said in a statement to XXL. ”A friend’s son played me his music, and all I did was make an introduction to Kanye [West]’s camp.”.[24]

Personal life

Phoenix dated actress Liv Tyler for three years in 1990s[25] and has been dating DJ Allie Teilz in November 2013.[26]

In early April 2005, Phoenix checked into rehab to be treated for alcoholism.[27] On January 26, 2006, while driving down a winding canyon road in Hollywood, Phoenix ran off the road and rolled his car. The crash was reportedly caused by brake failure. Shaken and confused, Phoenix heard a tapping on his window and a voice say, "Just relax." Unable to see the man, Phoenix replied, "I'm fine. I am relaxed." The man replied, "No, you're not," and stopped Phoenix from lighting a cigarette while gas was leaking into the car cabin. Phoenix then realized that the man was famedGerman film director Werner Herzog. While Herzog helped Phoenix out of the wreckage by breaking the back window of the car, bystanders phoned for an ambulance. Phoenix approached Herzog to express gratitude, but Herzog downplayed his heroism and returned to his home nearby.[28][29]

Phoenix unexpectedly announced in late 2008 that he had retired from acting to pursue a rapping career, and that the forthcoming Two Lovers would be his last film. On February 11, 2009, Phoenix appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote Two Lovers. He seemed incoherent and was largely unresponsive towards David Letterman's questions about the film and his career plans.[30][31][32] Phoenix appeared on Late Show again on September 22, 2010 and revealed that his "retirement" and eccentric behavior were for a mockumentaryI'm Still Here (2010), that he and Casey Affleck were filming.

In October 2012, Phoenix proclaimed the Academy Awards to be "bullshit". He later gave an interview amending his earlier comments and acknowledging that the Oscars provide an important platform for many deserving filmmakers.[33]

Social activism

Phoenix has long been a social activist, lending his support to a number of charities and humanitarian organizations, notably Amnesty International,[34] The Art of Elysium, HEART, and the Peace Alliance (which campaigns for a United States Department of Peace).[35] Phoenix is also on the board of directors for The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization which provides daily meals to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa.

He is a member of In Defense of Animals and PETA, both for which he has actively campaigned.[35] In 2013, he starred in a PETA short film that promoted veganism, showing Phoenix "drowning" as he narrates, "In water, humans drown just as fish suffocate on land. Put yourself in their place. Try to relate." ABC refused to air the film during the Academy Awards broadcast, citing the ad's controversial nature.[36] For Nation Earth he narrated Earthlings, a video about the investigation of animal abuse in factory farms, pet mills, in industry, and research. In 2005, he was awarded the "Humanitarian Award" at the San Diego Film Festival for his work and contribution to Earthlings.[37] He is a vegan.[38]









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Garry Buckman

Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture


To Die For

Jimmy Emmett

Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor


U Turn

Toby N. Tucker


Inventing the Abbotts

Doug Holt



Clay Pigeons

Clay Bidwell


Return to Paradise

Lewis McBride

Nominated — Csapnivalo Award for Best Male Performance



Max California



The Yards

Willie Gutierrez

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society - Body of Work Award
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)


Abbé de Coulmier

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society - Body of Work Award
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor



Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Villain — Action
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society - Body of Work Award
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Line from a Movie (For "It vexes me, I am terribly vexed!")
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role


Buffalo Soldiers

Ray Elwood

Nominated— British Independent Film Award



Merrill Hess



It's All About Love



Brother Bear




Ladder 49

Jack Morrison

Nominated — Movie Guide Award for Most Inspiring Movie Acting
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Movie Actor: Drama

The Village

Lucius Hunt


Hotel Rwanda

Jack Daglish

Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Walk the Line

Johnny Cash

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Performance
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor





We Own the Night

Bobby Green

People's Choice Award for Favorite Leading Man
Also producer

Reservation Road

Ethan Learner



Two Lovers


Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor


I'm Still Here




The Master

Freddie Quell[39]

Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Vancouver Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Village Voice Film Poll - Best Actor
Venice Film Festival - Volpi Cup for Best Actor
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — AACTA International Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Houston Film Critics Society for Best Actor
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor



Theodore Twombly[40]

Pending — International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (2nd Place)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

The Immigrant

Bruno Weiss






Inherent Vice

Doc Sportello









Seven Brides for Seven Brothers


Episode: Christmas Song


Mr. Smith


Episode: Mr. Smith Goes Public


Murder, She Wrote

Billy Donovan

Episode: We're Off to Kill the Wizard

Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia

Robby Ellsworth

Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Family Film Made for Television (shared with River Phoenix)
TV film

The Fall Guy


Episode: Terror U

Hill Street Blues

Daniel Flowers

Episode: The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall


Kids Don't Tell


TV film


Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Pagey Fisher

Episode: A Very Happy Ending


Still the Beaver

Kyle Cleaver

Episode: Still the New Leave It to Beaver


Billy Hercules

Episode: Little Hercules

See also[edit]

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Stevens at the Celebrate Brooklyn festival, 2011

Background information


July 1, 1975 (age 38)


Detroit, Michigan, United States


Indie folkbaroque popindie pop,electronicaroots rock


Musician, singer-songwriter


Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, banjo,pianoxylophonevibraphoneEnglish Hornoboe, drums, recorder,[1]theremin

Years active



Asthmatic Kitty
Sounds Familyre

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SisyphusCryptacizeDanielson Famile,Denison WitmerMarzukiMy Brightest DiamondRosie ThomasThe Welcome WagonThe NationalNico MuhlyBryce DessnerSt. Vincent

Sufjan Stevens  born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician born in Detroit, Michigan. Stevens first began releasing his music on Asthmatic Kitty, a label co-founded with his stepfather, beginning with the 1999 release, A Sun Came. He is best known for his 2005 album, Illinois, which hit number one in the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and for the song "Chicago".

Stevens has released albums of varying styles, from the electronica of Enjoy Your Rabbit and the lo-fi folk of Seven Swans to the symphonic instrumentation of Illinois and Christmas-themed Songs for Christmas. Stevens makes use of a variety of instruments, often playing many of them himself on the same recording,[2] and writes music in various time signatures. Though he has repeatedly stated an intent to separate his beliefs from his music,[3][4] Stevens also freely draws from the Bible and other spiritual traditions,[which?] often incorporating mystical elements into his music.





Early life

Stevens was born in Detroit and lived there until the age of nine, when his family moved to Petoskey, Michigan. He attended Petoskey High School, the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and graduated from Harbor Light Christian School. He went on to attend Hope College in Holland, Michigan and earned a Master of Fine Arts from The New School in New York City.[5]

Sufjan is an Arabic or Persian name[6] meaning "comes with a sword".[7] It predates Islam and most famously belonged to Abu Sufyan, a figure from early Islamic history. The name was given to Stevens by the founder of Subud, an inter-faith spiritual community to which his parents belonged when he was born.[8]

multi-instrumentalist, Stevens is known for his use of the banjo, but also plays guitar, piano, drums, and several other instruments, often playing all of these on his albums through the use of multitrack recording. While in school, he studied the oboe and English horn, which he also plays on his albums.

Stevens currently lives in Kensington, Brooklyn, in New York City,[9] where he makes up the Brooklyn staff of Asthmatic Kitty Records.[10] His brother Marzuki Stevens is a nationally recognized marathon runner.[11]


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Stevens performing at the Pabst Theaterin Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Stevens began his musical career as a member of Marzuki, a folk-rock band from Holland, Michigan. He also played (and continues to play) various instruments for Danielson Famile. While in school at Hope College, Stevens wrote and recorded his debut solo album, A Sun Came, which he released on Asthmatic Kitty Records. He later moved to New York City, where he was enrolled in a writing program at the New School for Social Research.

While in New York, Stevens composed and recorded the music for his second album, Enjoy Your Rabbit, a song cycle based around the animals of the Chinese zodiac that delved into electronica.

Stevens followed this with the first album to be released as a part of his "Fifty States Project", a collection of folk songs and instrumentals inspired by his home state of Michigan. The result, the expansive Michigan included odes to cities including Detroit and Flint, the Upper Peninsula, and vacation areas such as Tahquamenon Falls. Melded into the scenic descriptions and characters are his own declarations of faith, sorrow, love, and the regeneration of Michigan.

Following the release of Michigan, Stevens compiled a collection of songs recorded previously into a side project, the album Seven Swans, which was released in March 2004.

Next he released the second in the 50 states project, titled Illinois. Among the subjects explored on Illinois are the cities of Chicago, Decatur and Jacksonville; the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the death of a friend on Casimir Pulaski Day, the poet Carl Sandburg, and the serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Over the 2005 winter holidays, Stevens recorded an album with Rosie Thomas and Denison Witmer playing banjo and providing vocals. In April 2006, Pitchfork erroneously announced that Stevens and Thomas were having a baby together, but were forced to print a retraction.[12][13][14] Witmer and Thomas later admitted it was an April Fools' prank.[15] In December 2006, the collaborative recordings were digitally released by Nettwerk as a Rosie Thomas album titled These Friends of Mine. The album was released in physical form on March 13, 2007.

On September 11, 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee, Stevens debuted a new composition, a ten-minute-plus piece titled "Majesty Snowbird".[16][17] On November 21, 2006, a five CD box set Songs for Christmas was released, which contains originals and Christmas standards recorded every year since 2001 (except 2004). Stevens undertook in the project initially as an exercise to make himself 'appreciate' Christmas more.[18] The songs were the work of an annual collaboration between Stevens and different collaborators, including minister Vito Aiuto; the songs themselves were distributed to friends and family.

In April 2007, in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, Stevens made unannounced appearances on Thomas's tour in support of this album. In 2007, he did a Take-Away Show acoustic video session shot by Vincent Moon standing on a roof in Cincinnati.[19] In 2007, he played shows sporadically, including playing at the Kennedy Center to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Millennium Stage concerts.[20] He was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to create a "music and film work" titled The BQE, described as "a symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway".[21] It premiered at BAM's Next Wave festival on November 1–3, 2007.[22] Stevens has also worked as an essayist, contributing to Asthmatic Kitty Records' "Sidebar" feature and Topic Magazine.[23] He wrote the introduction to the 2007 edition of The Best American Nonrequired Reading, a short story about his early childhood education and learning to read titled How I Trumped Rudolf Steiner and Overcame the Tribulations of Illiteracy, One Snickers Bar at a Time.[24][25] That winter, he hosted an "Xmas Song Exchange Contest" in which winner Alec Duffy won exclusive rights to the original Stevens song "The Lonely Man of Winter." The track has never been uploaded, and can now only be heard by attending private listening parties at Duffy's home in Brooklyn.[26][27]

Stevens has contributed to the music of Denison WitmerSoul JunkHalf-handed CloudBrother DanielsonDanielson FamileSerena ManeeshCastanetsWill StrattonShannon StephensClare & the Reasons, and Liz Janes. In 2007 alone, Stevens played piano on The National's albumBoxer, produced and contributed many instrumental tracks to Rosie Thomas's album These Friends of Mine, multiple instruments on Ben + Vesper's album All This Could Kill You and oboe and vocals to David Garland's 2007 album Noise in You.

He has contributed covers of Tim Buckley ("She Is"), Joni Mitchell ("Free Man in Paris"), Daniel Johnston ("Worried Shoes"), John Fahey ("Variation on 'Commemorative Transfiguration & Communion at Magruder Park"), The Innocence Mission ("The Lakes of Canada"), Bob Dylan ("Ring Them Bells") and The Beatles ("What Goes On") to various tribute albums. His versions of "Free Man in Paris" and "What Goes On" are notable for only retaining the lyrics of the original, as Stevens has taken his own interpretation on the melody and arrangement. His rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" has a similar rearranged melody and arrangement as well as a whole new verse.[28]

His songs "The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders" and "All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" were featured in the 2006 British comedy-drama Driving Lessons, starring Harry Potter's Julie Walters and Rupert Grint. In 2008, he produced Welcome to the Welcome Wagon, the debut album of Brooklyn-based husband and wife duo Vito and Monique Aiuto, The Welcome Wagon.

In February 2009, Stevens contributed "You Are the Blood" to the AIDS benefit album Dark Was the Night produced by the Red Hot Organization. In April 2009, Stevens uploaded a song about director Sofia Coppola online.[29] This song was written while Stevens was in college, from a series of songs about names.

Stevens recalled:

"[...] A few weeks later, our dog got hit by a snowplow and I forgot all about the problem of names. Until college, when I learned to play the guitar, and, as an exercise, started writing songs (very poorly executed) in the same way that Henry Ford produced the automobile: assembly-line-style. I wrote songs for the days of the week (poor Monday!). Songs for the planets (poor Pluto!). Songs for the Apostles (poor Judas!). And, finally, when all else failed, I started a series of songs for names. [...] Each piece was a rhetorical, philosophical, musical rumination on all the possible names I had entertained years before when my parents had given me the one chance to change my own. Oh fates! I sang these songs in the privacy of my dorm room, behind closed doors, pillows and cushions stuffed in the air vents so no one would hear. And then I almost failed Latin class, my grades plummeted, my social life dissolved into ping pong tournaments in the residence halls, and, gradually, my interest in music (or anything divine, creative, fruitful, enriching) completely waned. I turned to beer. And cigarettes. And TV sitcoms. And candy bars. Oh well! A perfectly good youth wasted on junk food! That is, until a few months ago, when I came across some of the old name songs, stuffed onto tape cassettes, 4-track recorders, forgotten boxes, forgotten shelves, forgotten hard drives. It was like finding an old diary, or a high school yearbook, senior picture with lens flare and pockmarks, slightly cute and embarrassing. What was I thinking? [...]"[30]

In September 2009, Stevens began performing four new songs while on his Fall tour, "All Delighted People", "Impossible Soul", "Too Much" and "Age of Adz".[31] That year Stevens contributed to an album with his step father, Lowell Brams, entitled Music For Insomnia. The album was released December 8, 2009.[32]

In November 2009, Stevens admitted to Exclaim! Magazine, in regard to the fact that he recently called his fifty-state project a joke, that "I don't really have as much faith in my work as I used to, but I think that's healthy. I think it's allowed me to be less precious about how I work and write. And maybe it's okay for us to take it less seriously."[33]

In June 2010, The National's Bryce Dessner claimed Stevens was at work on his next full length album and stated the band was working on the new album.[34]

The Fifty States Project

Beginning with the album Michigan, Stevens announced an intent to write an album for each of the 50 U.S. states. Several years after completing a second state-themed album, Stevens admitted that the project had been a "promotional gimmick" and not one he had seriously intended to complete.[35]

Stevens had spent the second half of 2004 researching and writing material for the second album, Illinois. As with Michigan, Stevens used the state of Illinois as a leaping-off point for his more personal explorations of faith, family, love, and location. Though slated for general release on July 5, 2005, the album was briefly delayed by legal issues regarding the use of Superman in the original album cover artwork. In the double vinyl release, a balloon sticker has been placed over Superman on the cover art of the first 5,000 copies. The next printings had an empty space where the Superman image was, as with the CD release.[36]

The widely acclaimed Illinois was the highest-rated album of 2005 on the Metacritic review aggregator site, based on glowing reviews from Pitchfork MediaThe Onion A/V ClubSpinBillboardEntertainment WeeklyRolling StoneThe New York TimesKEXP, and The Guardian.[37] The 2006 PLUG Independent Music Awards awarded Stevens with the Album of the Year, Best Album Art/Packaging, and Male Artist of the Year. Pitchfork Media, No Ripcord, and Paste Magazine named Illinois as the editors' choice for best album of 2005 and Stevens received the 2005 Pantheon prize, awarded to noteworthy albums selling fewer than 500,000 copies, for Illinois.[38] In April 2006, Stevens announced that 21 pieces of music he had culled from the Illinois recording sessions would be incorporated into a new album, called The Avalanche,[39] which was released on July 11, 2006.

"Come On! Feel The Illinoise!"

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The introduction of "Come On! Feel The Illinoise!" demonstrates the lush arrangements and various instrumentation used by Stevens in Illinois

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Though Stevens' subsequent work was sometimes speculated to tie into future "States" projects,[40][41] and Stevens himself would make occasional statements alluding to the future of the project,[42] The Guardian published an interview with Stevens in 2009 in which he stated in relation to the Fifty States Project: "I have no qualms about admitting it was a promotional gimmick".[35]

The BQE[

On May 31, 2007, Asthmatic Kitty announced that Stevens would be premiering a new project titled The BQE in early November 2007. The project, dubbed a "symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway", was manifested in a live show. The BQE featured an original film by Stevens (shot in Super 8 mm film and standard 16 mm), while Stevens and a backing orchestra provided the live soundtrack. The performance used 36 performers which included a small band, a wind and brass ensemble, string players, horn players, and hula hoopers. There were no lyrics to the music. The BQE was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of their Next Wave Festival and performed on three consecutive nights from November 1–3, 2007.

The performance sold out the 2,109 seat BAM Opera House without any advertising.[43] After three weeks of rehearsing the piece with the three dozen musicians[44] involved, he presented the 30-minute composition. The BQE was followed by an additional one hour of concert by Stevens and his orchestra. The BQE won the 2008 Brendan Gill Prize.[45]

The multimedia package was released on October 20, 2009. The release included a CD of the show's soundtrack, a DVD of Brooklyn-Queens Expressway footage that accompanied the original performance (not a film of the performance itself), a 40-page booklet with liner notes and photos, and a stereoscopic 3D View-Master reel. A limited edition version that features the soundtrack on 180-gram vinyl and a 40-page BQE-themed comic book starring the show's hula hooping wonder women, the Hooper Heroes, was also released.

Run Rabbit Run

On October 6, 2009 Stevens' label released an album of versions of his 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit rearranged for strings and performed by the Osso String Quartet, entitled Run Rabbit Run.[46]

All Delighted People and The Age of Adz[

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Stevens (pictured here performing in 2011) returned to recording and touring in 2010 after a hiatus.

In 2010, Stevens was featured on The National's album High Violet, released in May, and sang backing vocals for the band on the Late Show with David Letterman.[47] Following the release of High Violet, band frontman Matt Berninger mentioned that Stevens was recording a new album in the band's studio and that The National would appear on some of the tracks. In early August, Stevens announced North American tour dates across dozens of cities. On August 20, 2010, Stevens suddenly and unexpectedly released a new collection of tracks, the All Delighted People EP, for digital download. The EP is built around two versions of the title track, "All Delighted People."[48] The EP surprisingly rose to #27 on the Billboard 200 albums solely through its digital sales.[49] On August 26, Asthmatic Kitty announced that Stevens would release his newest full length album, The Age of Adz, on October 12.[50] NPR streamed the album until it was released on October 12, 2010.[51]

The two albums featured a wide range of arrangements, from orchestral to electronic. Song lengths were also extended; the track "Djohariah" from All Delighted People is 17 minutes long, while "Impossible Soul" from The Age of Adz is 25 minutes long. The albums also feature many styles from disco to folk.

Stevens has stated in interviews that in 2009/10, he suffered from a mysterious debilitating virus infection that affected his nervous system. He experienced chronic pain and was forced to stop working on music for several months.[52] He said: "The Age of Adz, is, in some ways, a result of that process of working through health issues and getting much more in touch with my physical self. That's why I think the record's really obsessed with sensation and has a hysterical melodrama to it."[53]

On October 12, 2010, Stevens began his North American tour in Montreal, featuring virtually all new material. The tour lasted just over a month and ended on November 15, 2010 in New York.

Stevens toured Australia and New Zealand in early 2011, featured as part of the Sydney Festival, and appeared on-stage with The National during the last of three sold-out Auckland shows.[54] He also toured Europe and the United Kingdom in April and May 2011, playing there for the first time in five years.[55] His shows mostly consisted of new material, but he did play many older tracks from Seven Swans and Illinois. Stevens ended the Age of Adz tour with two shows in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.

2012 and collaborative projects

On February 27, 2012, it was announced Stevens would release a collaborative EP called Beak & Claw on March 20 with artists Son Lux and Serengeti under the name S / S / S on the Anticon record label.[56]

Stevens released a 7" with close friend Rosie Thomas for Record Store Day 2012, entitled Hit & Run Vol. 1.[57]

Stevens, along with fellow Brooklyn musicians, Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner began performing their classical project, Planetarium, a song-cycle based around the planets in our solar system in countries such as England, The Netherlands, Australia and France from March to July 2012.[58]

On October 2, 2012, it was announced that Stevens would release a second set of Christmas albums, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10, on November 13, 2012.[59] Silver & Gold contains 58 songs, allowing for a total of 100 when combined with his first set of Christmas albums, Songs For Christmas. To support this new release, Stevens performed in 24 cities around the United States for his 2012 tour titled, “The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Spectacular Music Pageant Variety Show Disaster.”[60]

On December 11, 2012, Stevens released Chopped and Scrooged, a Christmas-themed hip-hop mixtape featuring music from Silver & Gold.[61]

On March 18, 2014, Stevens will release self-titled album, Sisyphus, with Son Lux, and the rapper Serengeti.[62]


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Stevens' stage shows feature elaborate lighting, costumes, and choreography.

Many of his songs have spiritual allusions. He says he does not try to make music for the sake of preaching. "I don't think music media is the real forum for theological discussions," says Stevens. "I think I've said things and sung about things that probably weren't appropriate for this kind of forum. And I just feel like it's not my work or my place to be making claims and statements, because I often think it's misunderstood."[4]

Such themes are most notable on his album Seven Swans, the songs "Abraham", "Seven Swans", "To Be Alone with You", "He Woke Me Up Again", "We Won't Need Legs to Stand" and "The Transfiguration" refer to Christian themes. In "Abraham", Stevens recounts the Old Testament story in the Book of Genesis. The lyrics of "The Transfiguration" appear to follow the Biblical accounts of Matthew 17:1–8Mark 9: 1–8, and Luke 9:28–36. The title of "All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" is a quote from Isaiah 55:12.[63]

His Christmas albums feature many traditional hymns and original religious songs.

During a 2004 interview with Adrian Pannett for Comes with a Smile magazine, when asked how important faith was to his music, he responded, "I don't like talking about that stuff in the public forum because, I think, certain themes and convictions are meant for personal conversation."[3]

Sufjan's most recent music features less clear statements about religion and spirituality. In an interview released on October 12, 2010 (the same day as Sufjan's album The Age of Adz released), Sufjan acknowledged that he is a Christian.[64]


Main article: Sufjan Stevens discography



Peak chart positions







A Sun Came


Enjoy Your Rabbit




Seven Swans







The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album




Songs for Christmas, Vols. 1-5





All Delighted People (EP)



The Age of Adz






Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10



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    37. Jump up^ "Best of 2005". Metacritic. Retrieved November 29, 2006.
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    40. Jump up^ Dahlen, Chris (July 13, 2005). "Art of the States"SF Weekly. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
    41. Jump up^ "Brinkley, Ark., Embraces 'The Lord God Bird'"National Public Radio. July 6, 2005. Retrieved August 27, 2006.
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    43. Jump up^ Botts, Nathan (November 8, 2007). "A look at the future – Sandow". Artsjournal.com. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
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