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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
 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)
- Transitions (1984) ... Kevin
 1984 It's Your Move (TV Series)
- 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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Appeared in a commercial for PETA. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 21 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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5' 10" (1.78 m)

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When I was younger, I was worried about how others viewed me and if I was good enough. I realize now that you can't mold an image or try to be something that you are not. As far as being an actor is concerned, your work really speaks for itself. See more »


Died on the same day as Federico Fellini. See more »


Portraying innate emotional vulnerability


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