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River Phoenix (1970–1993)


River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic, while Arlyn was born Jewish). By the time ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 2012 Dark Blood
Boy
 1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Pilgrim (uncredited)
 1993 Silent Tongue
Talbot Roe
 1992 Sneakers
Carl Arbogast
 1988 Little Nikita
Jeff Grant
 1986 Circle of Violence: A Family Drama (TV Movie)
Chris Benfield
 1985 Family Ties (TV Series)
Eugene Forbes
- My Tutor (1985) ... Eugene Forbes
 1985 Explorers
Wolfgang Müller
 1985 Surviving (TV Movie)
Philip Brogan
 1985 Robert Kennedy and His Times (TV Mini-Series)
Robert Kennedy Jr. (Part 3)
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Kevin
- Transitions (1984) ... Kevin
 1984 It's Your Move (TV Series)
Brian
- Pilot (1984) ... Brian
 1984 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Brian Ellsworth
- Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (1984) ... Brian Ellsworth
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini-Series)
Jeffie - Age 11
- Part 3 (1984) ... Jeffie - Age 11
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Other Works:

He features on two songs on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' eccentric guitarist John Frusciante's 1997 album "Smile From The Streets You Hold". The two songs (titled "Height Down" and "Well I've Been") were originally intended for inclusion on John's first album (1994's "Niandra La'Des And Usually Just A T-Shirt") but were removed ... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 20 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

River

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

I would rather quit while I was ahead. There's no need in overstaying your welcome. See more »

Trivia:

Gus Van Sant had gotten Phoenix to agree to play the role of Cleve Jones in Milk (2008) when he was originally planning on making the movie in the early 1990s. The role was eventually played by Emile Hirsch in 2008. See more »

Trademark:

Portraying innate emotional vulnerability

Nickname:

Rio See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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