STARmeter
Top 5000
Down 62 this week

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 »

'Snowden' Cast Makes Waves at San Diego Comic-Con

Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, and Zachary Quinto drop details about their upcoming film Snowden while chatting with Kevin Smith aboard the IMDb Yacht at San Diego Comic-Con.

On Amazon Video

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 people
created 23 Nov 2011
 
a list of 33 people
created 28 Feb 2012
 
a list of 40 people
created 02 Oct 2013
 
a list of 40 people
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 21 people
created 1 month ago
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb


How Much Have You Seen?

How much of River Phoenix's work have you seen?

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Stand by Me
Stand by Me Chris Chambers
(1986)
My Own Private Idaho
My Own Private Idaho Mike Waters
(1991)
The Mosquito Coast
(1986)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Actor (23 credits)
 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.
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Robert Kennedy Jr.
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Robert Kennedy Jr.
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Robert Kennedy Jr.
 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
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Thanks (5 credits)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (22 credits)

Related Videos

Edit

Personal Details

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)
Edit

Did You Know?

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:

He was supposed to be the interviewer in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) but died. Christian Slater took his place, and donated his entire paycheck from the movie to all of River's favorite charities. See more »

Trademark:

Portraying innate emotional vulnerability

Nickname:

Rio See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

Message Boards

Recent Posts
River in new film titled River Eternal jj-gabryszak
What would he look like today? missloulou
Bob Forrest's book Heyas87
Discuss River Phoenix on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page