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River Phoenix

River Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an up-and-coming movie star when he died suddenly of drug-induced heart failure in 1993 at the age of 23. His brief career was marked by critically-acclaimed performances in films such as Stand by Me (1986), Running on Empty (1988) and Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho (1991, with Keanu Reeves). Phoenix was the eldest of five children whose itinerant parents were members of a radical Christian group called the Children of God (later known as The Family). His family lived in communes in Oregon, Texas, Puerto Rico and Venezuela before settling in Florida. Pursuing entertainment careers for their children, the parents moved the family to Los Angeles, where Phoenix began getting television jobs in the early 1980s. Although his first feature film was 1985's Explorers (with young Ethan Hawke), it was his stand-out performance in the ensemble drama Stand by Me that gained him national recognition. Phoenix was labeled a promising young actor and his career took off. He co-starred with Harrison Ford in both The Mosquito Coast (1986) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Running on Empty. His other films include Little Nikita (1988, with Sidney Poitier), Dogfight (1991) and Sneakers (1992, with Robert Redford). In 1993, outside Johnny Depp's L.A. nightclub, The Viper Room, Phoenix went into cardiac arrest and died, a result of lethal levels of heroin and cocaine.


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Born:
Aug 23, 1970 In Metolius, Oregon USA
Movie/TV Credits:
27
First Appeared:
In the series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1982-09-19
Latest Project:
Movie Dark Blood 2012-09-27
Known For
Poster of Dark Blood
Poster of Little Nikita
Poster of Circle of Violence: A Family Drama
Poster of Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia

River Phoenix Movies Filmography

Movie
Dark Blood
Boy 2012-09-27
Series
Too Young to Die
Himself (archive footage) 2012-07-14
Movie
My Own Private River
Michael "Mike" Waters (archive footage) 2011-09-25
Movie
The Making of My Own Private Idaho
2005-03-01
Movie
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Pilgrim 1994-05-13
Movie
Truth or Dairy
Himself (archive footage) 1994-01-01
Movie
The Thing Called Love
James Wright 1993-08-27
Movie
Silent Tongue
Talbot Roe 1993-01-28
Movie
Sneakers
Carl Arbegast 1992-09-09
Movie
Dogfight
Eddie Birdlace 1991-09-13
Movie
My Own Private Idaho
Michael "Mike" Waters 1991-02-01
Movie
Teen Vid II
Himself 1991-01-01
Movie
I Love You to Death
Devo Nod 1990-04-06
Movie
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones (young) 1989-05-24
Movie
Running on Empty
Danny Pope / Michael Manfield 1988-09-09
Movie
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
Jimmy Reardon 1988-07-21
Movie
Little Nikita
Jeff Grant 1988-03-17
Movie
The Mosquito Coast
Charlie Fox 1986-11-26
Movie
Circle of Violence: A Family Drama
Chris Benfield 1986-10-12
Movie
Stand by Me
Chris Chambers 1986-08-08
Movie
Explorers
Wolfgang Müller 1985-07-12
Movie
Surviving
Philip Brogan 1985-02-10
Series
Robert Kennedy & His Times
Robert Kennedy Jr. 1985-01-27
Series
It's Your Move
Unknown 1984-09-26
Movie
Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia
Brian Ellsworth 1984-03-07
Series
Family Ties
Unknown 1982-09-22
Series
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Guthrie McFadden 1982-09-19