River Phoenix

Actor / Street Artist / Musician / Singer-songwriter / Composer / Environmentalist / Guitarist / Model (person) | * 08/23/1970 († 23, 10/31/1993) | Metolius, Oregon USA
River Jude Phoenix (né Bottom; August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician and activist. Phoenix grew up in an itinerant family, as the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, and Summer Phoenix. He had no formal schooling, but showed an instinctive talent for the guitar. He began his acting career at age 10 in television commercials. He starred in the science fiction adventure film Explorers (1985) and had his first notable role in 1986's Stand by Me, a coming-of-age film based on the novella The Body by Stephen King. Phoenix made a transition into more adult-oriented roles with Running on Empty (1988), playing Danny Pope, the son of fugitive parents in a well-received performance that earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (at age 18, he became the sixth-youngest nominee in the category), and My Own Private Idaho (1991), playing Michael Waters, a gay hustler in search of his... ()
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River Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an up-and-coming movie star when he died suddenly of drug-induced heart failure in 1993 at the age of 23. His brief career was marked by critically-acclaimed performances in films such as Stand by Me (1986), Running on Empty (1988) and Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho (1991, with Keanu Reeves). Phoenix was the eldest of five children whose itinerant parents were members of a radical Christian group called the Children of God (later known as The Family). His family lived in communes in Oregon, Texas, Puerto Rico and Venezuela before settling in Florida. Pursuing entertainment careers for their children, the parents moved the family to Los Angeles, where Phoenix began getting television jobs in the early 1980s. Although his first feature film was 1985's Explorers (with young Ethan Hawke), it was his stand-out performance in the ensemble drama Stand by Me that gained him national recognition. Phoenix was labeled a promising young actor and his career took off. He co-starred with Harrison Ford in both The Mosquito Coast (1986) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Running on Empty. His other films include Little Nikita (1988, with Sidney Poitier), Dogfight (1991) and Sneakers (1992, with Robert Redford).In 1993, outside Johnny Depp's L.A. nightclub, The Viper Room, Phoenix went into cardiac arrest and died, a result of lethal levels of heroin and cocaine.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Documentaries

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Awards & Nominations for River Phoenix

National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Volpi Cup Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
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Movies with River Phoenix as Actor(22)

as Self (archive footage)2020 Showbiz Kids
as Boy2012 Dark Blood
as Michael "Mike" Waters (archive footage)2011 My Own Private River
as Self (archive footage)2000 Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me
as Self (archive footage)1994 Truth or Dairy
as Talbot Roe1993 Silent Tongue
as James Wright1993 The Thing Called Love
as Carl Arbegast1992 Sneakers
as Eddie Birdlace1991 Dogfight
as Michael "Mike" Waters1991 My Own Private Idaho
as Devo Nod1990 I Love You to Death
as Young Indy (1912)1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
as Jeff Grant1988 Little Nikita
as Danny Pope / Michael Manfield1988 Running on Empty
as Charlie Fox1986 The Mosquito Coast
as Chris Chambers1986 Stand by Me
as Philip Brogan1985 Surviving
as Wolfgang Müller1985 Explorers
as Brian Ellsworth1984 Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia

TV Shows/Series with River Phoenix as Actor(7)

as Self (archive footage)2012 Too Young to Die
as Robert Kennedy Jr.1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times
as Jeffie - Age 111984 Celebrity
as Eugene Forbes1982 Family Ties
as Guthrie McFadden1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
1982 Hotel

Movies with River Phoenix as Crew(1)

Crew/In Memory Of1994 Interview with the Vampire

Full Name: River Phoenix
Born: Sunday, 08/23 1970 (August) in Metolius, Oregon USA
Died: Sunday, 10/31 1993 (October) in West Hollywood (aged: 23)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Young Actors Space
Siblings: Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, Summer Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Jodean Bottom
Mother: Arlyn Phoenix
Other names for River Phoenix (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"River Jude Bottom"
River Phoenix frequently works together with these people:
Gus Van Sant (5x, Crew)
George Lucas (4x, Crew)
Keanu Reeves (4x, Actor)
Alex Winter (4x, Actor)
William Richert (4x, Crew)
Wil Wheaton (3x, Actor)
Rob Reiner (3x, Actor)
Corey Feldman (3x, Actor)
Frank Marshall (3x, Crew)
Earl Boen (3x, Actor)
Bradley Gregg (3x, Actor)
George Sluizer (3x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:7716, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 03/25/2023