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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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Gained a development deal with Island Records in 1986. Formed the 5-piece progressive folk-rock band Alekas Attic in 1987 with sister Rain Phoenix'. The band released two tracks; "Across The Way" on the 1990 PETA benefit album "Tame Yourself" and "Note To A Friend" (featuring Flea' from Red Hot Chili Peppers' on bass) on the ... 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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I did my best work in The Mosquito Coast (1986). I know it wasn't such a big hit, but for me it was more meaningful than anything else I'd ever done. See more »


Ranked #69 on The 100 Greatest Movie Stars (2003) on Channel 4 (UK). See more »


Portraying innate emotional vulnerability


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