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River Phoenix (1970–1993)


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

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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 »

Publicity Listings:

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 want kids, a family of my own. I'd like to give them the first eight years of their lives in the country. Then I'd want them educated, which I wasn't formally, although I had a tutor once when I was twelve. At times I miss a formal education, but at others I thank God for everything else I have now. What I have got from my childhood aren't toys, but memories. And happy memories are better than... See more »

Trivia:

The song "Transcending" on the Red Hot Chili Peppers album "One Hot Minute" is dedicated to River Phoenix. See more »

Trademark:

Portraying innate emotional vulnerability

Nickname:

Riv See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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