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River Phoenix

Highest Rated:   91% Stand by Me (1986)
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Birthplace:   Madras, Oregon, USA
Born into a hippie family, River Phoenix spent his childhood moving from place to place, living for a time in South and Central America. As an adolescent, he debuted before the camera in an episode of the daytime TV series Fantasy, after which he appeared in the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Family Ties. He debuted onscreen in Joe Dante's Explorers (1985), but first made a big impression in his second film, Rob Reiner's sleeper hit Stand By Me (1986). He soon gained a reputation as a precociously talented actor with a singular ability to reach inside himself, and made the transition to adult roles as a young hustler in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho (1991). His brother Joaquin (aka Leaf) has also acted in many films. River Phoenix died of an overdose of cocaine and amphetamines in October, 1993.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Pilgrim (uncredited)
1994
38% Silent Tongue
  • Talbot Roe
1994
57% The Thing Called Love
  • James Wright
1993
80% Dark Blood
  • Boy
1993
81% Sneakers
  • Carl Arbogast
1992
82% My Own Private Idaho
  • Mike Waters
1991
76% Dogfight
  • Eddie Birdlace
1991
56% I Love You to Death
  • Devo Nod
1990
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Young Indy
1989
85% Running on Empty
  • Danny Pope/Michael Manfield
1988
33% A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
  • Jimmy Reardon
1988
55% Little Nikita
  • Jeff Grant
1988
75% The Mosquito Coast
  • Charlie
1986
No Score Yet Circle of Violence: A Family Drama
  • Chris Benfield
1986
91% Stand by Me
  • Chris Chambers
1986
77% Explorers
  • Wolfgang Muller
1985
No Score Yet Surviving
  • Philip Brogan
1985
No Score Yet Celebrity
  • Jeffie (age 11)
1985

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