Talented actor of the early nineties/late eighties. He died very young of a drug overdose in October, 1993. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Running On Empty. He was also a vegan and an activist for PETA. He received a lot of acclaim for his controversial role in My Own Private Idaho, where he was rumored to have begun his drug abuse.
River Phoenix will be missed for his talent, most of all.
by Nikki R. June 25, 2005
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kick ass actor who became a cult icon in 'my own private idaho'. campainged for animal rights and wrote some excellent songs with his band Aleka's Attic. died October 31st 1993, the result of an overdose of cocaine and heroin.
"did you hear that old Frusciante solo track with River Phoenix?"

"yeah dude, shame he died, he was awesome"
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child actor who grew up to be a very attractive actor. THE MOST ATTRACTIVE MAN TO EVER LIVE HANDS DOWN! he got involved deeply with drugs and died of a an overdose of heroin and cocaine at the viper lounge on halloween morning .
August 23, 1970 โ€“ October 31, 1993
his brother is joaquin phoenix

i dont want to die like river phoenix did.
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One of the best young actor of his time. Sure, this guy was EXTREMELY hot, but thats not all there was to him. He was an AMAZING actor. Best films included Stand By Me, My Own Private Idaho and Running on empty, among many others. No doubt, that if he had not died of a drug overdose on October 31, 1993, he would be considered one of the greatest actors of this time, along with the likes of Johnny Depp.
River Phoenix was a truly amazing human being with a heart of gold, who just wanted some privacy in his life, and did not want to be an open book.
by AmyxG July 21, 2005
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Outstanding actor. And a great child actor as well. Unfortunately, his life ended from drug using in 1993. He was 23 years old. If he was still alive, he'd probably be one of the greatest actors of his generation.

His highlights include; Stand by Me, Running on Empty, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and My Own Private Idaho (his best role).
River Phoenix, 1970-1993. RIP
by Kyle March 22, 2005
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really hot guy who was an actor but ended up dying in the year of 1993, a truly devastating time in history. This day was known as "THE DAY HE DIED", or you can call it all hallows eve, or Halloween.
Man, River Pheonix was hot.
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River Jude Phoenix, who died in the early 1990s, was a gifted actor in the 1980s and 1990s. You might recognize him as the older brother of Joaquin Phoenix. River was a proponent of animal rights, an environmentalist, and an actor. He was a true angel who was loving and generous, gracious, who would always go out of his way to support others. River was ahead of his time in his efforts to raise concerns about global warming and to put an end to animal cruelty; in particular, he was one of the first vegans in the 1980s, when few people knew what it meant. Stand By Me, Running On Empty, My Own Private Idaho, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade are just a few of his memorable films. His success in the film My Own Private Idaho with his best friend Keanu Reeves made him an LGBTQ icon. Many people came out as a result of his performance, and many speculated River himself was bisexual. He tragically died of an overdose on Halloween, 1993, as a result of drugs given to him by his friend John Frusciante that night. River Phoenix, on the other hand, will still be remembered as a symbol and a legend who deserved so much more.
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