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BIRTH NAME:

 

River Jude Bottom.

 

BIRTH DETAILS:

 

River was born on 23 August 1970 in Metolius, near Oregan, USA at 12.03pm.

 

 

PARENTS:

 

John Lee

 

Born 14 June 1947 - Turlock, California, USA.

 

Arlyn (now Heart) Sharon

 

Born 31 December 1944 - The Bronx, New York, USA.

 

(John and Heart parted in 1997.  Heart is now married to Jeffrey Weisberg.)

 

 

SIBLINGS:

 

Rain Joan of Arc - IMDb - Papercranes (Rain's band) - Venus & The Moon (Rain's new band)

 

Born 31 March 1973 - Crockett, Texas, USA.

 

 

Joaquin Rafael  - IMDb

 

Born 28 October 1974 - San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

 

Libertad Mariposa (Liberty Butterfly) - IMDb - Libby owns and runs INDIGOGreen, a Green Building supply store - Because I Said So - Libby's book.

 

Born 5 July 1976 - Caracas, Venezuela.

 

 

Summer Joy - IMDb

 

Born 10 December 1978 - Winter Park, Florida, USA.

 

 

FACTS

 

River has three nephews & two nieces: 

 

Atticus Affleck

 

Born 12 January 2008.

 

Indiana August Affleck 

 

Born 31 May 2004. 

 

to Summer & her husband Casey Affleck (Ben Affleck's brother.) - now separated.

 

Rio Everest Phoenix-Asch 

 

Born 12 June 1997.

 

Indigo Orion Phoenix-Asch 

 

Born 9 November 1999 - Passed away in 2001 from pneumonia.

 

Scarlett Skye Phoenix-Asch 

 

Born 2 July 2001. 

 

to Liberty & her husband Ernesto Asch (divorced.)  Libby is now re-married to Andy Lord.

 

 

Was a strict vegan.

 

Was 5' 11" (1.80m.)

 

Nicknames:  Rio or Riv.

 

The song 'Transcending' by the 'Red Hot Chilli Peppers' is dedicated to River.

 

One of River's best friends was 'R.E.M' lead singer - Michael Stipe.  The R.E.M album 'Monster' which was released in 1994 includes a dedication to River inside the cover.

 

Ellis Paul wrote a song about River after his passing called 'River'.

 

Other singers who have written songs about River include Belinda Carlisle, Natalie Merchant & Milton Naschimento.

 

One of River's favourite books was 'The Prophet' - this book was also featured in a scene in the movie 'Walk the Line' which starred his brother Joaquin.

 

The name River comes from Hermann Hesse's novel 'Siddhartha.'  His middle name Jude comes from the Beatles song 'Hey Jude.'

 

He was supposed to be the interviewer in 'Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles' (1994). Christian Slater took his place, and donated his entire paycheck from the movie to all of River's favorite charities.

 

He was almost definitely set to star as Izzy Singer in 'Safe Passage' (1994). Sean Astin got the part instead.

 

Dated actresses Martha Plimpton, Samantha Mathis, and Suzanne Solgot.

 

Was set to star in 'Total Eclipse' (1995), the story of a young gay poet. The part was given to Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

He disliked flying and travelled everywhere by car or by train.

 

Was an involved environmentalist - he bought up several hundred acres of rain forest in Costa Rica and Brazil, not to develop them, but to just keep them so they would not be cut down.

 

He was a very talented writer, songwriter, and sketch artist. Often wrote songs while he was driving to work.

 

Ironically, despite his reputation for healthy living, River was a chain smoker. Peter Bogdanovich recalled, "He'd say about meat, "That's not good for you, man, that'll kill you." And he'd be smoking a cigarette, and he'd look at it and say, "I know, man, I know."

 

 

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM AN OFFICIAL RIVER PHOENIX FAN CLUB NEWSLETTER, PRINTED IN 1987:

 

 

My favourite recording artists and groups are:

 

Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, The Doors, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Traffic, Squeeze, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, early Carole King, The Fixx, U2, Modern English, The Smiths, Roxy Music, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Steele Pulse, Talking Heads, UB40, Jimmy Cliff, CCR, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, early Rolling Stones, early Michael Jackson, The Eagles, The Pretenders, Cat Stevens, and many more.

 

 

Some films that I have enjoyed are:

 

My Life as a Dog, Brazil, Salvador, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The 2000 Year Old Man, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Some Like it Hot, The Twelve Chairs, Spinal Tap, Gandhi, The Little Shop of Horrors, Innerspace, Woody Allen films, and many more that I just can't think of.

 

 

RIVER'S TIMELINE

 

23 August 1970 - River Jude Bottom born in Metolius, near Oregon, USA at 12:03pm.

 

2 April 1979 - River's father changes the family name from Bottom to Phoenix.

 

1980 - River first appears on TV - on a show called 'Fantasy' - singing with his sister Rain.

 

19 September 1982 - The very first episode of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' is aired - with River as Guthrie McFadden.

 

23 March 1983 - The final episode of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' is broadcast.

 

12 February 1984 - River appears as Jeffie in 'Celebrity' - a TV movie.

 

March 1984 - River stars in 'Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia' - this gets him a major role in 'Surviving: A Family in Crisis.'

 

September 1984 - River appears in the pilot episode of 'It's Your Move' - he says just one line.

 

15 October 1984 - River begins filming his first big screen role in 'Explorers.'

 

January 1985 - River lands a brief part in 'Robert Kennedy and his Times.'

 

June 1985 - River begins filming 'Stand By Me.'

 

November 1985 - River films one episode of 'Family Ties' - as Eugene Forbes.

 

May 1986 - River first meets Martha Plimpton.

 

October 1986 - River appears in 'Circle of Violence: A Family Drama' - as Chris Benfield.

 

1986 - River begins filming 'The Mosquito Coast.'

 

January 1987 - River begins filming 'Little Nikita.'

 

August 1987 - River begins filming 'Running on Empty.'

 

February 1988 - 'A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon' is released.

 

June 1988 - The family move to their new home in Micanopy, Florida.

 

December 1988 - Aleka's Attic perform their first live concert.

 

April 1989 - River begins filming 'I Love you to Death.'

 

May 1990 - River begins filming 'Dogfight.'

 

September 1990 - River receives the Humanitarian Award from PETA, for his fundraising activities.

 

November 1990 - Filming begins on 'My Own Private Idaho.'

 

August 1991 - River celebrates his 21st birthday with his family.

 

October 1991 - River begins filming 'Sneakers.'

 

October 1992 - Aleka's Attic play a concert in Gainesville for Presidential Candidate - Bill Clinton.

 

May 1993 - River signs up to star in 'Dark Blood.'

 

September 1993 - Filming begins on 'Dark Blood.'

 

30 October 1993 - River travels to Los Angeles during a break from filming 'Dark Blood' - to get some rest.

 

30 October 1993 - River meets his brother Joaquin, sister Rain, girlfriend Samantha Mathis and others - at the Viper Room.

 

31 October 1993 - River passes away at 1.51am.

 

 

BIOGRAPHY