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      River Phoenix

      River Phoenix

      Highest Rated: 92% Stand by Me (1986)

      Lowest Rated: 29% 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
      Dogfight
      Running on Empty
      Dark Blood
      Sneakers My Own Private Idaho
      The Mosquito Coast

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      STAND BY ME, Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell, 1986 STAND BY ME, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, 1986 DOGFIGHT, River Phoenix, 1991 THE THING CALLED LOVE, River Phoenix, 1993, guitar MOSQUITO COAST, River Phoenix, 1986, © Warner Bros RUNNING ON EMPTY, River Phoenix, 1988 RUNNING ON EMPTY, River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, Jonas Abry, 1988 I LOVE YOU TO DEATH, Keanu Reeves, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Tracey Ullman, 1990 EXPLORERS, from left: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, 1985, © Paramount MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix, 1991 STAND BY ME, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, 1986. ©Columbia Pictures STAND BY ME, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, 1986 STAND BY ME, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, 1986. (c)Columbia Pictures. STAND BY ME, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, 1986. (c)Columbia Pictures. STAND BY ME, River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, 1986 DOGFIGHT, River Phoenix, Lili Taylor, 1991 STAND BY ME, Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, 1986 A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY REARDON, River Phoenix, Meredith Salenger, Jason Court, 1988 DOGFIGHT, River Phoenix, 1991 EXPLORERS, Jason Presson, Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, 1985, (c)Paramount

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      80% 62% Dark Blood Boy (Character) - 2012
      38% 46% Silent Tongue Talbot Roe (Character) - 1994
      57% 61% The Thing Called Love James Wright (Character) $872.4K 1993
      80% 80% Sneakers Carl Arbegast (Character) $50.6M 1992
      80% 80% My Own Private Idaho Mike Waters (Character) $6.4M 1991
      81% 86% Dogfight Eddie Birdlace (Character) $18.7K 1991
      58% 62% I Love You to Death Devo Nod (Character) $14.9M 1990
      84% 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
      29% 41% A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon Jimmy Reardon (Character) $6.0M 1988
      53% 45% Little Nikita Jeff Grant/ Nikita (Character) $1.5M 1988
      81% 69% Running on Empty Danny Pope/Michael Manfield (Character) $1.8M 1988
      92% 94% Stand by Me Chris Chambers (Character) $46.7M 1986
      75% 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
      72% 66% Explorers Wolfgang Müller (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 95% Surviving Philip Brogan (Character) - 1985

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 88% 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