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River Phoenix

River Phoenix young

Birth Date

August 23, 1970


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Light brown

Eye color



5 ft 10 in | 178 cm

River Phoenix young photos


72 kg | 159 lbs


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Shoe size

11 US | 44 EU


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Early acting career First film Breakthrough

River Jude Phoenix was born in Madras, Oregon, United States, on August 23, 1970, was an American actor.

Young River Phoenix began his career in television commercials, at the age of 10.

He made his big screen debut in science fiction film Explorers (1985) in role as Wolfgang Müller, for which he was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor – Motion Picture.

He got his television debut in CBS musical series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982-1983) in role as Guthrie McFadden.

River's breakthrough performance came as Christopher "Chris" Chambers in drama comedy film Stand by Me (1986).

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Danny Pope in drama film Running on Empty (1988).

He won a Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and Best Actor from the National Society of Film Critics for his performance as Michael "Mike" Waters in adventure drama film My Own Private Idaho (1991), directed by Gus Van Sant.

He was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Male Superstar in Motion Pictures for his role as Charlie Fox in drama thriller movie The Mosquito Coast (1986).

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) action adventure in role as the teenage Jones

Sneakers (1992) comedy caper with Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier

Running on Empty (1988) drama crime in role as Danny Pope

Dogfight (1991) drama romance in role as Eddie Birdlace

The Thing Called Love (1993) comedy drama with Sandra Bullock

Little Nikita (1988) thriller drama opposite Sidney Poitier

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988) drama opposite Matthew Perry

Surviving: A Family in Crisis (1985) drama in role as Philip Brogan

Silent Tongue (1993) western horror opposite Dermot Mulroney and Richard Harris

Dark Blood (2012) thriller opposite Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce

TV Shows

He was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Guthrie McFadden in CBS musical series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982-1983).

Celebrity (1984) NBC drama series in role as Jeffie Crawford

He was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Family Film Made for Television (shared with Joaquin Phoenix) for his role as Brian Ellsworth in ABC anthology series Afterschool Special (1984) in episode "Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia".

He played Robert Kennedy, Jr. in miniseries Robert Kennedy & His Times (1985).

He was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Special or Mini-Series for his role as Philip Brogan in ABC television film Surviving: A Family in Crisis (1985).

He portrayed Chris Benfield in CBS television movie Circle of Violence: A Family Drama (1986).


He never attended formal school.

He was also a singer, songwriter and an guitarist.

He recorded an album "Never Odd or Even".

He wrote, recorded and performed song "Lone Star State of Mine" in movie The Thing Called Love (1993).

Older brother of actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Featured in music videos for:

Ben E. King "Stand by Me" (1986)

Red Hot Chili Peppers "Breaking the Girl" (1992)

Was a vegetarian.

Was a best friend with Keanu Reeves.

He disliked flying.

He was a animal rights, environmental and political activist.

He won PETA Humanitarian Award in 1992.

River died on October 31, 1993, West Hollywood, California, United States, at the age of 23.


He dated Samantha Mathis (1992-1993), Suzanne Solgot (1989-1993) and Martha Plimpton (1986-1989).


When I was younger, I was worried about how others viewed me and if I was good enough. I realize now that you can't mold an image or try to be something that you are not. As far as being an actor is concerned, your work really speaks for itself.

I would never, never do anything unless I believed in it.

Vegetarianism is a link to perfection and peace.

Music is a whole oasis in my head. The creation process is so personal and fulfilling.

Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.

I did my best work in The Mosquito Coast. I know it wasn't such a big hit, but for me it was more meaningful than anything else I'd ever done.

I'd like to play every type of character, but only once. I like to expierence things.

I really like acting because you can create a character. You can make someone who has never existed before. That's neat.

What I have got from my childhood aren't toys, but memories. And happy memories are better than any toy.