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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 »

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

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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
 1986 Ben E. King: Stand by Me (Video short)
River Phoenix
 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. (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Robert Kennedy Jr. (credit only)
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Kevin
- Transitions (1984) ... Kevin (uncredited)
 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 2 (1984) ... 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:

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)
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Personal Quote:

Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on. See more »

Trivia:

Was an involved environmentalist and bought up several hundred acres of rain forest in Costa Rica and Brazil, not to develop them, but to just keep them so they would not be cut down. See more »

Trademark:

Portraying innate emotional vulnerability

Nickname:

Riv See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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