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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 10 wins & 3 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:

Appeared in the music video of Ben E. King's song "Stand By Me". 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:

Every day of my life since I finished My Own Private Idaho (1991), at some point in the day, I find the conversation somehow goes back to that film, because it was just such a great experience. I just start getting all joyous and start babbling about it. [on his feelings about My Own Private Idaho (1991) just after the film's release in 1991] See more »

Trivia:

Mentioned by Norwegian Pop-Rocker Morten Abel in the song "River Phoenix". See more »

Trademark:

Portraying innate emotional vulnerability

Nickname:

Rio See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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