Birth Date: August 23 1970
Birth Place: N/A
His father John had been a carpenter, his mother Arlyn a secretary
in the Bronx. They met in California in 1968 where they worked as
itinerant fruit pickers. By the time River was two they were
members of the Children of God, living in South America, where John
was the sect's "Archbishop of Venezuela". In 1977 they moved to Los
Angeles and changed their name to Phoenix. His parents encouraged
all their children to get into movies, and by age ten River was
acting professionally on TV. His film debut was in "Explorers"
(1985), followed rapidly by box-office successes with "Stand by Me"
and "The Mosquito Coast" (1986) and as young Indiana in "Indiana
Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989). His role as Danny Pope in
"Running on Empty" (1988) earned him an Academy Award nomination as
Best Supporting Actor. His best role was probably Mike, the hustler
in "My Own Private Idaho" (1991). He died aged 23 outside Johnny
Depp's Los Angeles club, the Viper Room.
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