River Phoenix

River Phoenix

Highest Rated: 91% Stand by Me (1986)

Lowest Rated: 33% A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988)

Birthday: Aug 23, 1970

Birthplace: Madras, Oregon, USA

An enormously gifted actor, River Phoenix made his film debut in Joe Dante's childhood fantasy "Explorers" (1985) before breaking out as the streetwise but kindhearted Chris Chambers in Rob Reiner's beloved coming-of-age drama "Stand by Me" (1986). A string of high-profile roles followed, including Harrison Ford's eldest son in "The Mosquito Coast" (1986), a social-climbing teen in "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" (1988) and the son of Soviet spies being hunted by Sidney Poitier in "Little Nikita" (1988). Earning an Oscar nomination as the son of fugitive radicals in "Running on Empty" (1988), Phoenix also played the teenaged version of the famed archeologist in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989) and wowed critics with his Independent Spirit Award-winning turn as a gay hustler in Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho" (1991). Famous for his activism on behalf of animal rights and environmental causes, the devoted vegan struggled privately with drug addiction. Tragically, in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, 1993, River Phoenix died of a massive drug overdose outside of the Sunset Strip nightclub The Viper Room. Although the collective decision made by his family and friends to never publicly discuss him limited younger generations' knowledge of his impressive cultural legacy, River Phoenix left behind a body of work and scale of artistic potential that marked him as the greatest actor of his generation; a figure whose untimely death signaled a turning point for an already disillusioned Generation X.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% 64% Dark Blood Boy (Character) - 2012
38% 47% Silent Tongue Talbot Roe (Character) - 1994
57% 70% The Thing Called Love James Wright (Character) $872.4K 1993
79% 80% Sneakers Carl Arbegast (Character) $50.6M 1992
78% 87% Dogfight Eddie Birdlace (Character) $18.7K 1991
79% 80% My Own Private Idaho Mike Waters (Character) $6.4M 1991
56% 63% I Love You to Death Devo Nod (Character) $14.9M 1990
88% 94% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Young Indiana Jones (Character) $195.1M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aren't You Even Going to Kiss Me Goodbye? Jimmy Reardon (Character) - 1988
33% 40% A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Jimmy Reardon (Character) $6M 1988
85% 68% Running on Empty Danny Pope/Michael Manfield (Character) $1.8M 1988
54% 45% Little Nikita Jeff Grant (Character) $1.5M 1988
91% 94% Stand by Me Chris Chambers (Character) $46.7M 1986
76% 61% The Mosquito Coast Charlie Fox (Character) $12.9M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circle of Violence: A Family Drama Chris Benfield (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 95% Surviving Philip Brogan (Character) - 1985
77% 67% Explorers Wolfgang Müller (Character) - 1985

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Ties Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Guthrie McFadden (Character) 1982-1983

QUOTES FROM River Phoenix CHARACTERS

Scott Favor says: I only have sex with a guy for money.

Mike Waters says: Yeah, I know.

Scott Favor says: And two guys can't love each other.

Mike Waters says: Yeah.

Mike Waters says: Well, I don't know. I mean... I mean, for me, I could love someone even if I, you know, wasn't paid for it... I love you, and... you don't pay me.

Scott Favor says: Mike...

Mike Waters says: I really wanna kiss you, man... Well goodnight, man... I love you though... You know that... I do love you.

Mike Waters says: I love you, and you don't pay me.

Gordie Lachance says: Do you think I'm weird?

Chris Chambers says: Definitely.

Gordie Lachance says: No man, seriously. Am I weird?

Chris Chambers says: Yeah, but so what? Everybody's weird.

James Wright says: How many Beatles were there?

Kyle Davidson says: Three and Ringo.

Mike Waters says: I've been tasting roads all my life. This road will never end. It probably goes all around the world.

Gordie Lachance says: Do you think I'm weird?

Chris Chambers says: Definately.

Chris Chambers says: Definitely.

Gordie Lachance says: No man, seriously. Am i weird?

Chris Chambers says: Yeah, but so what? everybody's weird.

Chris Chambers says: Yeah, but so what? Everybody's weird.

Teddy Duchamp says: This is my age! I'm in the prime of my youth, and I'll only be young once!

Teddy Duchamp says: This is my age! I'm in the prime of my youth and I'll only be young once!

Chris Chambers says: Yeah, but you'll be stupid for the rest of your life.

Mike Waters says: This road has no end. It probably goes all the way round the world.

Chris Chambers says: I just want to go somewhere where nobody knows who I am.

Ace Merrill says: We're gonna get you for this.

Chris Chambers says: Maybe you will, maybe you won't.

Ace Merrill says: Oh, we will.

Chris Chambers says: "You four-eyed pile of shit!"

Chris Chambers says: You four-eyed pile of shit!

Teddy Duchamp says: "A pile of shit has a thousand eyes."

Teddy Duchamp says: A pile of shit has a thousand eyes.

Gordie Lachance says: Why did he have to die, Chris? Why did Denny have to die? Why?

Chris Chambers says: I don't know.

Gordie Lachance says: It should've been me.

Chris Chambers says: Don't say that.

Gordie Lachance says: It should've been me.

Chris Chambers says: Don't say that, man.

Gordie Lachance says: I'm no good. My dad said it, I'm no good.

Chris Chambers says: He doesn't know you.

Chris Chambers says: I just never thought a teacher... Oh, who gives a fuck anyway? I just wish... that I could go some place... where nobody knows me. I guess I'm just a pussy, huh?

Gordie Lachance says: No way. No way.

Chris Chambers says: Hey, Vern. You better turn yours over.

Vern Tessio says: This is the way I like to do it. (Hot dog falls off stick). Oh, man! Gordie you got anymore?

Vern Tessio says: This is the way I like to do it. [hot dog falls off stick] Oh, man! Gordie you got anymore?

Gordie Lachance says: (Lauging) Sorry, Vern.

Gordie Lachance says: [lauging] Sorry, Vern.

Vern Tessio says: This is not funny. What am I supposed to eat?

Teddy Duchamp says: Why don't you cook your dick.

Chris Chambers says: It'd be a small meal.

Ben Crandall says: If this is all a dream, what's gonna happen when we wake up?

Wolfgang Muller says: I don't know, but I can't wait to find out.

Chris Chambers says: How 'bout you go home and fuck your mother some more?

Chris Chambers says: Why don't you go home and fuck your mother some more?