Mostly Credited As: River Phoenix
Birth Name: River Jude Bottom
Date Of Birth: August 23, 1970 (Age 23)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Madras, Oregon
Date Of Death: October 31, 1993
Cause Of Death: Drug-induced heart failure (Hollywood, CA)
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Trivia Although he was an outspoken vegan and ambiant about clean living, he was a chain-smoker.
He would often claim that his brother Leaf (Joaquin) was the best of his entire family--as well as a far better actor than River himself could ever hope to be.
He was a spokesman for PETA.
He collected baseball jerseys.
The Gus Van Sant film "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" starring his sister Rain Phoenix was dedicated to his memory.
He was often called "The New James Dean." And like Dean himself, he died remarkably early in life.
He immensely disliked air-travel and would make his way around by car or train.
He would often drink warm soda before going on camera.
Like everyone else in his family, he was a very strict vegan. He would not eat or wear anything animal-based.
The only role that River had where he played an antagonist was the abandoned and scrapped film "Dark Blood." It was his last role. The film has been restored and completed. It will be released soon as the last official film of River Phoenix.
River Phoenix Quotes
"I project a definite innocence. A lot of that is just the way I grew up."
"Vegetarianism is a link to perfection and peace."
"I don't want to die in a car accident. When I die it'll be a glorious day. It'll probably be a waterfall."
"I really like acting because you can create a character. You can make someone who has never existed before. That's neat."