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River Phoenix

  • Aug 23, 1970 - Oct 31, 1993 (age 23)
  • 5' 10" (1.78 m)
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2012
Dark Blood
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MovieSep 27, 2012

Dark Blood

Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, …
Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower living in the desert on a nuclear testing site. Living as a hermit, he waits for the end of the world, carving Kachina dolls that he believes have magical powers. While travelling on a "second" honeymoon across the Arizona desert, the car of a Hollywood jet-set couple breaks down. They are rescued by Boy, who holds them prisoner, because he desires the woman, and wants to create a better world with her.
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2011
My Own Private River
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MovieSep 25, 2011

My Own Private River

Footage from My Own Private Idaho (1991) is re …
Footage from My Own Private Idaho (1991) is re-contextualized in James Franco's tribute to River Phoenix.
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1994
Silent Tongue
MovieFeb 1, 1994

Silent Tongue

Silent Tongue is a 1994 American western horror film written …
Silent Tongue is a 1994 American western horror film written and directed by Sam Shepard. It was filmed in the spring of 1992, but not released until 1994. It was filmed near Roswell, New Mexico and features Richard Harris, Sheila Tousey, Alan Bates, Dermot Mulroney and River Phoenix.
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1993
River Phoenix
PersonalOctober 1993

River Phoenix

River Phoenix passed away.
The Thing Called Love
MovieJul 16, 1993

The Thing Called Love

Young Miranda Presley, an …
Young Miranda Presley, an aspiring Country-singer/writer, comes to Nashville, Tennessee, to enter the weekly singer contest held at "The Bluebird Cafe". There she meets James Wright, an energetic, but somewhat chaotic young man, Kyle Davidson, a more laid-back kind of guy and Linda Lue Linden, who's career may not necessarily be in Country... When both James and Kyle get attracted to Miranda, she makes a decision.
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1992
Sneakers
MovieSep 9, 1992

Sneakers

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who …
Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialize in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the government after all.
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Best Male Lead
Award1992

Best Male Lead

Won award for "My Own Private Idaho".
Independent Spirit Award
Best Male Lead
Nomination1992

Best Male Lead

Nominated for "My Own Private Idaho".
Independent Spirit Award
Samantha Mathis
Relationship1992

Samantha Mathis

Samantha Mathis (born May 12, 1970) is an American …
Samantha Mathis (born May 12, 1970) is an American actress. The daughter of actress Bibi Besch, Mathis made her film debut in Pump Up the Volume (1990), and later co-starred or appeared in such films as Little Women (1994), The American President (1995), Broken Arrow (1996), American Psycho (2000), The Punisher (2004), and Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012).
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1991
Dogfight
MovieSep 13, 1991

Dogfight

In 1963, the night before the 18 years old "Birdlace" Eddie …
In 1963, the night before the 18 years old "Birdlace" Eddie and his friends are shipped to Vietnam. They play a dirty game called 'Dogfight': all of them seek a woman for a party, and who finds the most ugly one, wins a prize. Eddie finds the lonesome pacifist Rose working in a coffee shop. She's happy to accompany him - but then she sees through the game. However by this time he already learned to like her, so he follows her home. Will he manage to win her heart despite their differences?
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My Own Private Idaho
MovieJul 20, 1991

My Own Private Idaho

Surreal character study focusing on the friendship between two …
Surreal character study focusing on the friendship between two male hustlers, Mike and Scott, in Portland, Oregon. They live on the streets, do drugs, and sell themselves to men and women. Mike is quiet, gay and suffers from narcolepsy. Abandoned as a child, he is obsessed with finding his long-lost mother. Scott is the rebellious son of a high-ranking family, who lives this life mostly to embarrass his father. Mike is in love with Scott, who still maintains he is straight and insists that his wild lifestyle on the streets is only temporary. Together, they embark on a quest to find Mike's mother, traveling from Portland to Idaho to Italy, with Scott picking up a beautiful girl along the way.
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Best Actor
Nomination1991

Best Actor

Nominated for "My Own Private Idaho".
National Society of Film Critics Award
Volpi Cup
Award1991

Volpi Cup

Won award for "My Own Private Idaho".
Best Actor
Award1991

Best Actor

Won award for "My Own Private Idaho".
National Society of Film Critics Award
1990
I Love You to Death
MovieApr 6, 1990

I Love You to Death

I Love You to Death is a dark comedy film that first came …
I Love You to Death is a dark comedy film that first came out in 1990. The film centers on a married couple who work together in a pizza parlor. However, the wife discovers that her husband is actually a lying cheater and that he has been engaging in these kinds of behaviors since they first got married. The wife decides that the only way that she can solve the problem is by killing her husband. However, she is very bad at killing her husband, and she repeatedly fails at doing so. Frequently, her attempts to kill her husband result in very funny situations. I Love You to Death is loosely based on the event of 1984 where a woman by the name of Frances Toto repeatedly attempted and failed to kill her husband. The film was written by John Kostmayer, and was directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It features performances by Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, and William Hurt.
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1989
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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MovieMay 24, 1989

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

In 1938, after his father …
In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.
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1988
Running on Empty
MovieSep 7, 1988

Running on Empty

This is the story of a family of four, the parents Annie and Arthur …
This is the story of a family of four, the parents Annie and Arthur and their two young sons, Danny and Harry. The parents were former anti war activists, whose anti war activities left them fugitives from justice. The plot revolves around the family living under assumed names and living an underground type of life, white trying to raise children under some sense of normalcy. Danny is a talented piano player, whose talent comes to the attention of a music teacher. What follows is Danny trying to account for his mysterious past, and his burgeoning feelings for the music teacher's daughter.
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Little Nikita
MovieMar 18, 1988

Little Nikita

Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his …
Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, including "sleepers," agents under deep cover awaiting orders. Roy interviews a high school lad, Jeff Grant, an applicant to the Air Force Academy. In a routine background check, Roy discovers that Jeff's parents are sleepers. He must see if Jeff is also a spy, confront the parents yet protect them, and catch his nemesis. Meanwhile, the Soviets have sent their own spy-catcher, the loner Karpov, to reel in Scuba. Alliances shift; it's cat and mouse.
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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
MovieJan 15, 1988

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

A recent high school …
A recent high school graduate is faced with two options, either go to a business school where his father wants him to go to, or get a full time job. However he decides to defy his father and go to Hawaii. Trouble is he has no money. Along the way he comes to understand his parents and eventually bonds with his father.
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Best Supporting Actor
Nomination1988

Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for "Running on Empty".
Academy Award
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nomination1988

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Nominated for "Running on Empty".
Golden Globe Award
1986
The Mosquito Coast
MovieNov 26, 1986

The Mosquito Coast

Allie Fox has never been a man to do things by the book. An …
Allie Fox has never been a man to do things by the book. An avid inventor, he is a troubled genuis given to intense moods and an incredible drive. Seemingly on a whim, he shifts his family to the jungles of Central America, telling his children that America "is gone". Determined to create a civilization better than the one he has abandoned, Fox's obsession and mania might pull his family through, or it might pull them apart.
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Circle of Violence: A Family Drama
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MovieOct 12, 1986

Circle of Violence: A Family Drama

Georgia Benfield is at a …
Georgia Benfield is at a difficult place in her life; her husband, Pete has left her for a younger woman, her teenage son, Chris is unmanageable, and she's struggling financially when her ...
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Stand by Me
MovieAug 8, 1986

Stand by Me

Shocked by the death of a dear friend he finds out in the local …
Shocked by the death of a dear friend he finds out in the local newspaper, writer Gordie Lachance takes a trip down memory lane, when back in Oregon in the hot summer of 1959, he and his three close friends, Chris, Teddy and Vern, set out on a life-changing adventure. Back then, the gasping news about the discovery of the body of a 12-year-old boy, sparked an exciting interest in the band of teenagers to follow the train tracks and become the town's heroes by finding first the missing boy's body, unfortunately, however, so did the local tough Ace Merrill and his gang of bullies. Sometimes, growing up can be hard, nevertheless, finding true friends can be even harder.
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Martha Plimpton
Relationship1986

Martha Plimpton

Martha Campbell Plimpton (born November 16, 1970) is an …
Martha Campbell Plimpton (born November 16, 1970) is an American stage, film, and television actress, singer, and former model. Her feature film debut was in The River Rat (1984) before rising to prominence in the Richard Donner film The Goonies (1985). She has also appeared in The Mosquito Coast (1986), Running on Empty (1988), Parenthood (1989), Raising Hope (2010) and Small Town Murder Songs (2011).
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1985
Explorers
MovieJul 12, 1985

Explorers

A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a …
A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?
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Surviving: A Family in Crisis
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MovieFeb 10, 1985

Surviving: A Family in Crisis

Promising student Rick …
Promising student Rick Brogan discovers that his father whom he idolizes is cheating on his mother. Heartbroken, he finds comfort in the arms of his old crush but her father opposes the relationship which pushes Rick over the edge.
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Robert Kennedy and His Times
TV ShowJan 27, 1985

Robert Kennedy and His Times

Robert Kennedy and His …
Robert Kennedy and His Times is a 1985 American television miniseries directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, based on the 1978 Robert F. Kennedy biography of the same name by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr..
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1984
It's Your Move
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TV ShowSep 26, 1984

It's Your Move

It's Your Move is an American sitcom starring Jason …
It's Your Move is an American sitcom starring Jason Bateman, Tricia Cast, Caren Kaye, Ernie Sabella, David Garrison, and Garrett Morris. The show originally aired on NBC from 1984 to 1985.
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Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia
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MovieMar 7, 1984

Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia

Backwards: The Riddle Of …
Backwards: The Riddle Of Dyslexia is a 1984 ABC Afterschool Special about dyslexia. It shows how dyslexia is detected and treated. The film stars 13-year-old River Phoenix in "one of his first major roles" as Brian Ellsworth. Joaquin Phoenix (credited as Leaf Phoenix) also stars as his younger brother Robby. According to allmovie, Brian Ellsworth is a junior high student "who has a habit of writing his words – and the letters – backwards. Brian's friends think he's kidding, his teachers think he's lazy, and his parents think he's slow. In truth, Brian suffers from dyslexia."
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Celebrity
TV ShowFeb 12, 1984

Celebrity

Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When …
Follows the life of three friends, T.J., Mack and Kleber. When they were young, something happened that would haunt them for the rest of their lives and they would each achieve notoriety in...
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1983
Hotel
TV ShowSep 21, 1983

Hotel

Hotel is an American prime time drama series which aired on …
Hotel is an American prime time drama series which aired on ABC from September 21, 1983, to May 5, 1988, in the timeslot following Dynasty. Based on Arthur Hailey's 1965 novel of the same name (which had also inspired a 1967 feature film), the series was produced by Aaron Spelling and set in the elegant and fictitious St. Gregory Hotel in San Francisco (changed from the New Orleans setting of the novel and film). Establishing shots of the hotel were filmed in front of The Fairmont San Francisco atop the Nob Hill neighborhood. Episodes followed the activities of passing guests, as well as the personal and professional lives of the hotel staff.
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1982
Family Ties
TV ShowSep 22, 1982

Family Ties

Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC for seven …
Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC for seven seasons, premiering on September 22, 1982, and concluding on May 14, 1989. The series, created by Gary David Goldberg, reflected the move in the United States from the cultural liberalism of the 1960s and 1970s to the conservatism of the 1980s. This culture was particularly expressed through the relationship between young Republican Alex P. Keaton (portrayed by Michael J. Fox) and his ex-hippie parents, Steven and Elyse Keaton (portrayed by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter).
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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
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TV ShowSep 19, 1982

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven …
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an American musical television series loosely based on the film, which ran on CBS from September 19, 1982 to March 23, 1983.
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1972
ABC Afterschool Special
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TV ShowOct 14, 1972

ABC Afterschool Special

ABC Afterschool Special is …
ABC Afterschool Special is an American television anthology series that aired on ABC from October 14, 1972, to July 1, 1997, usually in the late afternoon on weekdays. Most episodes were dramatically presented situations, often controversial, of interest to children and teenagers. Several episodes were either in animated form or presented as documentaries. Topics included illiteracy, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. The series won 51 Daytime Emmy Awards during its 25-year run.
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1970
River Phoenix
BirthAugust 1970

River Phoenix

River Phoenix was born.
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