River Phoenix

Highest Rated: 91% Stand by Me (1986)
Birthday: Aug 23, 1970
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.


Highest Rated Movies



19% 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
78% Sneakers Carl Arbogast 1992
81% My Own Private Idaho Mike Waters 1991
78% Dogfight Eddie Birdlace 1991
59% 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
58% Little Nikita Jeff Grant 1988
76% 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


No Score Yet Family Ties
  • 1985