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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 9 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 2012 Dark Blood
Boy
 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:

Commercials 1980-1982: for Ocean Spray juice, Saks Fifth Avenue and Mitsubishi See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 22 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

River

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

I can't on my own change the regime in South Africa or teach the Palestinians to learn to live with the Israelies, but I can start with me. See more »

Trivia:

One of GQ's 50 Most Stylish Leading Men of the Past Half Century (2010). See more »

Trademark:

Portraying innate emotional vulnerability

Nickname:

Rio See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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