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River Phoenix

River Phoenix's biography

River Phoenix is 23 years old actor born at Madras. He was born on Sunday 23rd of August 1970. He is often nicknamed as RioRiv. According to year of birth 1970 he belongs to Generation X. Birthday on 23rd of August means he is Leo. As sign in itself indicates “Lion” or “King”, hence people born under Leo sign are considered to be leaders in every aspects of life. They are royal in nature.

He is native english speaker. He is citizen of United States of America. His primary profession is to be actor. You can know him also as television actor, film actor, street artist, musician, singer-songwriter, composer, environmentalist, guitarist. He is recently known as model. He received National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor My Own Private Idaho in 1991

River Phoenix's mom

River Phoenix's mother's name is Arlyn Phoenix.

River Phoenix's schools

We found 1 school He attended. Name of the school: Young Actors Space.

River Phoenix's career

His main focus is to be actor. You could see him also in My Own Private Idaho. Maybe you are curious what instrument does he play ? He plays guitar.

How did River Phoenix die

He died on on Sunday 31st of October 1993 when he was only 23 years old at West Hollywood. River Phoenixs death was caused by drug-induced heart failure. It happend like suicide.

Awards and competitions

River Phoenix's Awards

  • He received award for National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor for work My Own Private Idaho in 1991
  • He received award for Volpi Cup for work My Own Private Idaho in 1991
  • He received award for Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for work My Own Private Idaho in 1992

River Phoenix's Rankings

  • Ranked #86 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
  • Ranked #69 on The 100 Greatest Movie Stars (2003) on Channel 4 (UK).

River Phoenix's Nominations

  • He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for work Running on Empty in 1988
  • He was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for work Running on Empty in 1988
  • He was nominated for National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor for work My Own Private Idaho in 1991
  • He was nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for work My Own Private Idaho in 1992

What River Phoenix has done for a first time

  • He and his brother Joaquin Phoenix are the first brothers to be nominated for acting Academy Awards.
  • James Cameron has admitted that when he first started thinking about Titanic (1997) in the early nineties, he favored River for the lead. By the time the film was made, Leonardo DiCaprio was old enough to take the role.

River Phoenix's quotes

  • I would rather quit while I was ahead. There's no need in overstaying your welcome.
  • I just always loved the names Helen or Ashley, I don't know, they seem familar to me, like I need to be with them...
  • I love Sam Shepard, he is like a father to me. We don't even have to talk, we communicate without words.
  • Animals are not our playthings. We are on this earth to protect them. It's our duty.
  • I project a definite innocence. A lot of that is just the way I grew up.
  • In simplicity there is truth.
  • It's a great feeling to think that I can be a friend to so many people through my movies.
  • I'm having a kind of hard time keeping my head above water in this crazy business.
  • In Stand by Me (1986), I realized that what I was creating was going to live on far longer than anything of me as a person. The characters are more powerful than the person that creates them.
  • Sometimes I hear stuff like 'Hey man, wheres your skateboard, dude?' from people who think I'm Christian Slater.
  • I don't see any point or any good in drugs that are as disruptive as cocaine.
  • It still strikes me as strange that anyone could have a moral objection against somebody's sexuality, it's like telling someone else how to clean their house.
  • Addiction is not just for bad people or scumbags - it's a universal disease.
  • We were constantly moving to different countries and adjusting to new things. It was such a free feeling. I'm glad I didn't have a traditional upbringing.
  • Vegetarianism is a link to perfection and peace.
  • People wonder if I'll always be a part of this family and the answer is yes. My family has a lot of good energy going in one direction and because of it, we get a lot of things done. That's why I'll always spend a lot of time at Camp Phoenix.
  • Rich kids gave us their old clothes. They were the best clothes we ever had. We were these very pure, naive, poor children. The rich kids called us a lot of names but it never bothered us because we didn't know what the words meant.
  • When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.
  • I did my best work in The Mosquito Coast (1986). I know it wasn't such a big hit, but for me it was more meaningful than anything else I'd ever done.
  • I can't on my own change the regime in South Africa or teach the Palestinians to learn to live with the Israelies, but I can start with me.
  • Everything is ironic to me. There are moments I find hysterical, but I'm probably the only one who would find that, except for a few people.
  • Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.
  • Music is my main goal, but I'm not going to rush a record out. There are so many actors who have come out with albums these days. I don't want to do it because it's the thing to do. I want to wait until the time is right.
  • Music is a whole oasis in my head. The creation process is so personal and fulfilling.
  • Music is a hobby, because I'm not making any money out of it, but I put just as much conviction into that as I do into my acting.
  • I've been wanting to go into music ever since I can remember. I mean even before I became an actor. I just thought it would be a tough field to break into, so I became an actor instead.
  • I remember we'd roll into gas stations in our beat-up van and I'd tell the attendant, 'I'm going to be an actor!
  • I have twenty personalities on top of the ten I already have. So now I have thirty people in my head!
  • 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 have a lot of chameleon qualities, I get very absorbed in my surroundings.
  • I would never, never do anything unless I believed in it.
  • I wouldn't eat a hamburger for 40,000 dollars.
  • I'd like to play every type of character, but only once. I like to experience things.
  • I'm really normal. I play football, go to the beach, drive. We have dogs. I can imagine people calling me a character, but I'm Joe Straight. I'm just a normal guy doing a job!
  • I really like acting because you can create a character. You can make someone who has never existed before. That's neat.
  • When I was younger, I was worried about how others viewed me and if I was good enough. I realize now that you can't mold an image or try to be something that you are not. As far as being an actor is concerned, your work really speaks for itself.
  • [on My Own Private Idaho (1991)] It might take a few of these movies before there's a natural stride with the whole issue. Then one day, it wont even be an issue - which is what I'm hoping.
  • [1991] It's not about career. It's about believing in something, it's about prosperity and it's about caring and emphasizing and wanting to create the best, the most true to life, the most real.
  • [on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982)] I just leaped five feet into the air. I got all red and freaked out. It was my first television show.
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