STARmeter
Top 5000
Up 25 this week

River Phoenix (1970–1993)


River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), was a secretary from the Bronx, and his father, John Bottom, had been a carpenter. They met in California in 1968, where they worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic, while Arlyn was ... See full bio »

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 people
created 29 Jan 2011
 
a list of 23 people
created 19 Nov 2011
 
a list of 21 people
created 18 Dec 2011
 
BG
a list of 40 people
created 24 May 2013
 
a list of 37 people
created 3 months ago
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb


Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of River Phoenix.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Actor (24 credits)
 2012 Dark Blood
Boy
 1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Pilgrim (uncredited)
 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
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Thanks (4 credits)
Show Show Self (8 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (18 credits)

Related Videos

Edit

Personal Details

Other Works:

Appeared in a commercial for PETA. 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)
Edit

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Rich kids gave us their old clothes. They were the best clothes we ever had. We were these very pure, naive, poor children. The rich kids called us a lot of names but it never bothered us because we didn't know what the words meant. See more »

Trivia:

Two of his nephews have been posthumously named for him. His sister Liberty Phoenix gave birth to a son named Rio Everest Phoenix. Rio is Spanish for River. His other sister Summer Phoenix gave birth to a son, Indiana Affleck. River played Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). See more »

Trademark:

Portraying innate emotional vulnerability

Nickname:

Riv See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

Message Boards

Recent Posts
River Phoenix is Alive and Well yflex
river vs joaquin hirschleger
Jared Leto speech @ Independent Spirit Awards azefira
Dark Blood @ Glasgow Film Festival azefira
river phoenix hyperium13
Findadeath.com-River Phoenix velvet_rose16
Discuss River Phoenix on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page