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.

Highest rated movies

Stand by Me Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Dark Blood
My Own Private Idaho
Running on Empty
The Mosquito Coast




80% 62% Dark Blood Boy (Character) - 2012
38% 47% Silent Tongue Talbot Roe (Character) - 1994
57% 67% The Thing Called Love James Wright (Character) $872.4K 1993
79% 80% Sneakers Carl Arbegast (Character) $50.6M 1992
79% 86% 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) $6.0M 1988
54% 46% Little Nikita Jeff Grant (Character) $1.5M 1988
79% 68% Running on Empty Danny Pope/Michael Manfield (Character) $1.8M 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
74% 66% Explorers Wolfgang Müller (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 95% Surviving Philip Brogan (Character) - 1985


No Score Yet 100% 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