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River Phoenix –

Phoenix in DARK BLOOD.
About River Phoenix (1970 – 1993)
River Phoenix was born on August 23, 1970 in Madras, Oregon. He passed away on October 31, 1993 in Hollywood, California from drug-induced heart failure.

River Jude Bottom was River's birth name. He also went be the nicknames Rio and Riv.

River Phoenix's father John was the sect's Archbishop of Venezuela.

His family moved in 1977 to Los Angeles and changed their name to Phoenix. River Phoenix's parents encouraged all their children to get into movies, and by age ten River was acting professionally on TV.

In 1985 River Phoenix's film debut was Explorers.

River Phoenix's role as Danny Pope in Running On Empty (1988) earned him an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

A dedicated animal rights activist and environmentalist, River Phoenix was a strict vegetarian and a member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). He was a talented musician as well as an actor and he played guitar, sang, and wrote songs for his band, Aleka's Attic, which also included his sister Rain.

River Phoenix best role was probably Mike, the hustler in My Own Private Idaho (1991).

River Phoenix died at age 23 outside Johnny Depp's Los Angeles club, the Viper Room. River was in the middle of filming DARK BLOOD (1993), playing the character "Boy" at the time. The project was shelved – there were too many unfilmed scenes to continue.

In 1994 River was supposed to be the interviewer in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE: THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES but he died. Christian Slater took his place, and donated his entire paycheck from the movie to all of River's favorite charities.

River was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38. River Phoenix was Ranked #86 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in October 1997.

River Phoenix's notable credits include...

Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1993)
The Thing Called Love (1993)
Silent Tongue (1993)
Dark Blood (1993)
Sneakers (1992)
Dogfight (1991)
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
I Love You To Death (1990)
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989)
Little Nikita (1988)
A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon (1988)
Running On Empty (1988)
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Stand By Me (1986)
Explorers (1985)
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1982-1983 TV Series)