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River Phoenix (1970-1993)

Most acclaimed young actor of his generation. Key credits include Stand By Me, The Mosquito Coast and Running on Empty.

Died of a drug overdose October 31, 1993, outside the Johnny Depp-owned Los Angeles nightclub, the Viper Room. He was 23.


  • Eldest sibling of the Phoenix acting clan. Brother of Joaquin, Rain and Summer.
  • 1989 Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee, at age 18, for Running on Empty.
  • Made primetime TV debut, at age 12, on the short-lived series, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
  • Played in a band, Aleka's Attic, with sister Rain.


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