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River Phoenix

Knowledge Identifier: +River_Phoenix


River Phoenix

American film actor, musician, and activist add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1970.

Countries: United States (61%), (10%), United Kingdom (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: My Own Private Idaho, Gus Van Sant, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Linked to: Red Hot Chili Peppers, National Society of Film Critics, Island Records, Jews




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River Phoenix was born in 1970 add something


While living in Crockett, Texas, their second child Rain Joan of Arc Bottom was born on November 21, 1972 add something


In 1973, the family joined a religious cult called the Children of God as missionaries add something


Their third child was born on October 28, 1974, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Joaquin Rafael Bottom add something


On July 5, 1976, Phoenix's sister Libertad Mariposa Bottom was born, after the family had settled in Caracas, Venezuela, where the Children of God had stationed them to work as missionaries and fruit gatherers add something


On December 10th, 1978, Summer Joy Bottom was born in Winter Park, Florida add something


On April 2, 1979, the family officially changed their name to Phoenix, after the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes, symbolizing a new beginning add something


In 1980, Phoenix began to fully pursue his work as an actor, making his first appearance on a TV show called "Fantasy" singing with his sister Rain add something


In 1982, River was cast in the CBS short-lived TV series, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", in which he starred as the youngest brother, Guthrie McFadden add something


Almost a year after "Seven Brides" ended in 1983, River found a new role in the 1984 made-for-TV movie "Celebrity", where he played the part of young Jeffie Crawford add something


In October 1984, River was informed that he had been cast as the geeky boy-scientist Wolfgang Müller in Joe Dante's large-budget science-fiction film "Explorers" and production began soon after add something


Released in the summer of 1985, this was River's first major motion picture role add something


Bradley Gregg - Gregg's first film was the 1985 movie "Explorers", but his big role came in 1986 in the hit drama film "Stand by Me" as Eyeball Chambers, the older brother of River Phoenix's character


Ethan Hawke - He secured his first film role in 1985's "Explorers", in which he played alongside River Phoenix as an alien-obsessed schoolboy who builds a spacecraft with his friends


Joe Dante - His 1985 boys meet alien tale "Explorers" marked the film debuts of actors River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke


He appeared in diverse roles, making his first notable appearance in the 1986 film "Stand by Me", a hugely popular coming-of-age film based on a novella by Stephen King add something


He was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in "John Willis' Screen World" add something


He was listed by John Willis as one of twelve promising new actors of 1986 add something


While working on "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" in 1986, Phoenix had written and recorded a song, "Heart to Get", specifically for the end credits of the movie add something


Stand by Me (film) - "'Stand by Me"' is a 1986 American coming of age drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey_Feldman and Jerry O'Connell


The Mosquito Coast - "'The Mosquito Coast"' is a 1986 American drama film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, Andre Gregory, and River Phoenix


Aleka's Attic were formed in 1987 and the line up included his sister Rain add something


After completing his sixth feature film, Sidney Lumet's "Running on Empty" the family made their last move to Micanopy, Florida, near Gainesville, Florida, Florida in 1987 add something


In 1989 reportedly Phoenix wanted the role of Neil Perry, the main character of "Dead Poets Society", but the role was instead given to Robert Sean Leonard add something


In early 1989, Phoenix was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and received the Best Supporting Actor honor from the National Board of Review for his role in "Running on Empty" add something


Phoenix's first release was "Across the Way", co-written with band mate Josh McKay, which was released in 1989 on a benefit album for PETA titled "Tame Yourself" add something


The song appears on the 1989 release "Miltons" add something


Also in 1990, for Earth Day, Phoenix wrote an environmental awareness essay targeted at his young fanbase, which was printed in "Seventeen" magazine add something


The two starred together for the first time in 1990's "I Love You to Death" and again in Gus Van Sant's avant-garde film "My Own Private Idaho" add something


Tracey Ullman - After the cancellation of "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1990, she made her starring début alongside Kevin Kline, River Phoenix and Joan Plowright in "I Love You to Death"


Also in 1991 the Aleka's Attic track "Too Many Colors" was lent to the soundtrack of Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho" a film which included Phoenix in a starring role add something


In 1991 River wrote and recorded a spoken word piece called "Curi Curi" for Milton Nascimento's album "TXAI" add something


Keanu Reeves - He was involved in various lower-budget independent films, including the well-received 1991 film, "My Own Private Idaho" with his close friend, the late River Phoenix


My Own Private Idaho - This DVD set is accompanied by a illustrated 64-page-booklet featuring previously published articles and interviews with cast and crew and new essays by JT LeRoy and Amy Taubin, a 1991 article by Lance Loud and reprinted interviews with Van Sant, River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves


James Franco - "Endless Idaho" showcases edited outtakes, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage from the 1991 movie "My Own Private Idaho", while "My Own Private River" focuses on the late actor River Phoenix


My Own Private Idaho - "'My Own Private Idaho"' is a 1991 American independent adventure drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, loosely based on Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 1", "Henry IV, Part 2", and "Henry V", and starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves


He was a prominent spokesperson for PETA and won their Humanitarian award in 1992 for his fund-raising efforts add something


Phoenix was an investor in the original House of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which opened its doors to the public after serving a group of homeless people on Thanksgiving Day 1992 add something


Sneakers (1992 film) - "'Sneakers"' is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter Parkes, and Lawrence Lasker and starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney_Poitier, and David Strathairn

River Phoenix died in 1993 add something


On the evening of October 30, 1993, Phoenix was to perform with his close friend Michael "Flea" Balzary from the Red Hot Chili Peppers onstage at The Viper Room, a Hollywood night club partly owned at the time by actor Johnny Depp add something


During the early-morning hours of October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed outside and convulsed for over five minutes add something


On October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed and died of drug-induced heart failure on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room add something


PST on the morning of October 31, 1993 add something


Tom Petty dedicated "Ballad of Easy Rider" to Phoenix when he played in his and Phoenix's hometown of Gainesville, Florida in November 1993 add something


Jonathan Pryce - Also during 1993, Pryce was set to star alongside River Phoenix and Judy Davis in the film "Dark Blood", but production had to be shut down when, 11 days shy of completing production, Phoenix died of a drug overdose


Andy Warhol - Gus Van Sant was planning a version of Warhol's life with River Phoenix in the lead role just before Phoenix's death in 1993


Gus Van Sant - In addition to directing, he devoted considerable energy to releasing two albums and publishing a novel, "Pink", which was a thinly veiled exploration of his grief over River Phoenix's 1993 death


Gus Van Sant, with whom Phoenix worked in the film "My Own Private Idaho", dedicated his 1994 movie "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" as well as his 1998 novel "Pink" to him add something


Again, Red Hot Chili Peppers, paid tribute with the song "Transcending" on 1995's "One Hot Minute" being written about him add something


Other songs inspired by Phoenix include Dana Lyons' "Song For River Phoenix ", Grant Lee Buffalo's "Halloween", Natalie Merchant's "River" for her 1995 album "Tigerlily", Ellis Paul's song "River", found on his 1994 release "Stories", Rufus Wainwright's "Matinee Idol", Nada Surf's "River Phoenix" and Stereophonics's "Chris Chambers" add something


Phoenix was the subject of a controversial song by Australian group TISM titled " Ol' Man River" the single originally featured a mock-up of River Phoenix's tombstone as its cover art in 1995 add something


Anthony Clark (actor) - Clark was a feature on a 1995 HBO young comedians special hosted by Garry Shandling along with Dave Chappelle, Dave Attell, and Louis C.K. In 1993, he had a supporting role as "Billy" in the film "The Thing Called Love" starring River Phoenix, Samantha_Mathis and Dermot Mulroney


In 1996 the Aleka's Attic track "Note to a Friend" was released on the 1996 benefit album "In Defense of Animals; Volume II" and featured Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers on bass add something


In her 1996 album "Woman & a Man", Belinda Carlisle referenced River in the song "California" add something


The band R.E.M. dedicated their album "Monster" to Phoenix , and their song "E-Bow the Letter" from 1996's "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" is said to have been written from a letter Michael Stipe wrote to Phoenix but never sent because of the actor's death add something


Phoenix had collaborated with friend John Frusciante after his first departure from Red Hot Chili Peppers and the songs "Height Down" and "Well I've Been" were released on Frusciante's second solo album "Smile from the Streets You Hold" in 1997 add something


Depp continued to close the club every year on October 31 until selling his share in 2004 add something


The Hugh Cornwell song "Rain on the River" from his 2009 album "Hooverdam" is directly about the death of Phoenix, as his sister Rain sits over her dying brother on the sidewalk outside The Viper Room add something


In 2010, Phoenix was voted by "GQ Magazine" as one of the "50 Most Stylish Men of the Past Half Century" add something


Production was abandoned after death, but later completed and premiered at the 2012 Netherlands Film Festival add something


In June 2012, it was announced that Caleb Landry Jones had been cast in the role add something


On his 2013 album "Not Thinking Straight", British recording artist Matt Fishel referenced Phoenix in the song "When Boy Meets Boy" add something


Samantha Mathis stated in 2018 that the two had originally intended to drop off Phoenix's siblings at the Viper Room on the way to her house, but Phoenix decided to stay after he was asked to perform with the band add something