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Little did I know that this man had died. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. By John Glatt. River Phoenix was a promising young actor who died from a drug overdose in Oct He was raised in a cult and began modeling in to earn money to support his family. His acting career began in earnest when he received critical acclaim for his role in s Stand. River Phoenix Poster: Amazon.

Membership Educators Gift Cards. Remember Me. River Phoenix August 23, — October 31, Oct. River Jude Phoenix August 23, — October 31, was an American film actor, musician, and activist. Phoenix's work encompassed 24 films and television appearances, including the science fiction adventure film Explorers, the coming-of-age film Stand By Me, the action sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the independent adult drama My Own Private Idaho. Phoenix's meteoric rise to fame led to his status as a "teen sensation". Phoenix began acting at age 10 in television commercials.

He appeared in diverse roles, making his first notable appearance in the film Stand by Me, a hugely popular coming-of-age film based on a novella by Stephen King.


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Phoenix made a transition into more adult-oriented roles with Running on Empty , playing the son of fugitive parents in a well-received performance that earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination, and My Own Private Idaho , playing a gay hustler in search of his estranged mother. He was listed by John Willis as one of twelve promising new actors of On October 31, , Phoenix collapsed and died of drug-induced heart failure on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room.

Prior to his death, Phoenix had been in the middle of filming Dark Blood Phoenix's image—one he bemoaned in interviews—had been squeaky-clean, owing in part to the public discussion of his various social, political, humanitarian, and dietary interests not always popular in the s. As a result, his death elicited a vast amount of coverage from the media at the time. Phoenix had returned to Los Angeles early that week from Utah to complete the three weeks of interior shots left on his last project Dark Blood, a film that was finally completed in Phoenix's girlfriend, Samantha Mathis, had also come to meet him.

All would be present at the scene of Phoenix's death. The family officially changed their name to Phoenix, after the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes, symbolizing a new beginning. Talent agent Iris Burton spotted River, Joaquin, and their sisters Summer and Rain singing for spare change in Westwood, Los Angeles, and was so charmed by the family that she soon represented the four siblings.

River started doing commercials for Mitsubishi , Ocean Spray , and Saks Fifth Avenue , and soon afterward he and the other children were signed by casting director Penny Marshall from Paramount Pictures. River and Rain were assigned immediately to a show called Real Kids as warm up performers for the audience. In , Phoenix began to fully pursue his work as an actor, making his first appearance on a TV show called Fantasy singing with his sister Rain. River arrived at the auditions with his guitar and promptly burst into a convincing Elvis Presley impersonation, charming the show producer.

Almost a year after Seven Brides ended in , Phoenix found a new role in the television movie Celebrity , where he played the part of young Jeffie Crawford.

Although he was only onscreen for about ten minutes, his character was central. River starred as a young boy who discovers he has dyslexia. Joaquin starred in a small role alongside his brother. Phoenix was cast as Brian and only had one line of dialogue.

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After his role in Dyslexia was critically acclaimed, Phoenix was almost immediately cast as a major role in his next made-for-TV movie, Surviving: A Family in Crisis. Halfway during the filming of Surviving , Iris Burton contacted him about a possible role in the film Explorers.

Released in the summer of , this was Phoenix's first major motion picture role. This was Phoenix's last television role before achieving film stardom. At 15, Phoenix had a significant role in Rob Reiner 's popular coming-of-age film Stand By Me , which made him a household name. The Washington Post opined that Phoenix gave the film its "centre of gravity". Laurence Olivier never had what River had. I wanted to do a comedy, and it was definitely a stretch, but I'm not sure I was even the right person for the role. During this time, the Phoenix family continued to move on a regular basis, moving over forty times by the time Phoenix was Phoenix purchased his family a ranch in Micanopy, Florida , near Gainesville in , in addition to a spread in Costa Rica.

Phoenix jumped to his feet during the ceremony when Kevin Kline beat him for the Oscar. In , Phoenix was photographed by Bruce Weber for Vogue and was spokesperson for a campaign for Gap. In , Phoenix filmed an acclaimed independent picture called Dogfight co-starring Lili Taylor and directed by Nancy Savoca.

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In the romantic coming-of-age drama set in San Francisco, Phoenix portrayed a young U. Marine on the night before he was shipped off to Vietnam in November It was different That was actually a hard part for him, because it was so radically different from who he was. He was such a hippie, and here he was playing this marine. It actually caused him a lot of discomfort. I don't think he enjoyed that, actually, getting into that psyche. In his review for Newsweek , David Ansen praised Phoenix's performance: "The campfire scene in which Mike awkwardly declares his unrequited love for Scott is a marvel of delicacy.

In this, and every scene, Phoenix immerses himself so deeply inside his character you almost forget you've seen him before: it's a stunningly sensitive performance, poignant and comic at once". The film and its success solidified Phoenix's image as an actor with edgy, leading man potential. In that period Phoenix was beginning to make use of drugs like marijuana , cocaine and heroin with some friends.

Phoenix had always tried to hide his addictions because he feared that they might ruin his career as they did his relationship with Martha Plimpton. Phoenix then starred in Peter Bogdanovich 's country music-themed film, The Thing Called Love , the last completed picture before his death. Phoenix began a relationship with co-star Samantha Mathis on the set. Although Phoenix's movie career was generating most of the income for his family, it has been stated by close friends and relatives that his true passion was music.

Phoenix was a singer, songwriter, and an accomplished guitarist. He had begun teaching himself guitar at the age of five and had stated in an interview for E! I fell into commercials for financial reasons and acting became an attractive concept". Prior to securing an acting agent, Phoenix and his siblings tried to forge a career in music by playing cover versions on the streets of the Westwood district of LA, often being moved along by police because gathering crowds would obstruct the pavement.

While working on A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon in , Phoenix had written and recorded a song, "Heart to Get", specifically for the end credits of the movie. It was during filming that Phoenix met Chris Blackwell of Island Records ; this meeting would later secure Phoenix a two-year development deal with the label. Phoenix disliked the idea of being a solo artist and relished collaboration; therefore he focused on putting together a band. Aleka's Attic were formed in and the lineup included his sister Rain. Phoenix was committed to gaining credibility by his own merit and maintained that the band would not use his name when securing performances that were not benefits for charitable organizations.

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Aleka's Attic disbanded in , but Phoenix continued writing and performing. The song was not included on the film's soundtrack album. Phoenix was an investor in the original House of Blues founded by his good friend and Sneakers co-star Dan Aykroyd in Cambridge, Massachusetts , which opened its doors to the public after serving a group of homeless people on Thanksgiving Day Phoenix was a dedicated animal rights , environmental and political activist. Phoenix was a lifelong vegan. He left the restaurant and walked around on Park Avenue, crying.

I went out and he said, 'I love you so much, why? He campaigned for Bill Clinton in the US presidential election. In late October , Phoenix had returned to Los Angeles from Utah to complete the three weeks of interior shots left on his last project, Dark Blood , [37] [a] a film that was finally completed in Musician and future drug counselor Bob Forrest , a good friend of Phoenix, in his memoir Running With Monsters , gave one of the most detailed accounts of Phoenix's final days and the moments leading up to his death.

The two would do large amounts of drugs together, embarking on huge binges, and barely if ever slept. He said the drug routine was consistent for all of them, as he was there doing drugs with them. First they would smoke crack or inject cocaine intravenously, then inject heroin in order to come down enough to be able to carry a conversation for a few minutes before starting the cycle of drugs all over again. After arriving, cocaine was immediately passed around.

He said that Phoenix was obviously already high and was, as he put it, "unsteady as a boxer who had taken one too many head-shots during a fifteen-round bout. During the performance by P, Forrest said that Phoenix tapped him on the shoulder to tell him he was not feeling well, and that he thought he had overdosed. Forrest said to Phoenix that he didn't think that he was overdosing because he could stand and talk.

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Nonetheless, he offered to take Phoenix home, but Phoenix declined, saying he was feeling better. A few moments later, Forrest said that a commotion erupted in the club and he went outside to find Mathis screaming as her boyfriend was lying on the sidewalk having convulsions. Joaquin called , but was unable to determine whether Phoenix was breathing. His sister Rain proceeded to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

When Forrest arrived at the hospital he saw Mathis standing in the hallway crying. It was at this moment that he knew his friend was dead. PST on the morning of October 31, at the age of He also said that at the time, even though he showed empathy and concern, he too was an addict, which is why he didn't discuss the matter, as he was fearful of drawing legal attention towards himself and others for their involvement with controlled substances.

In , Samantha Mathis opened up about Phoenix's death, and contradicted some of the information that Forrest had given. Mathis said that she and Phoenix had originally only intended to drop off Phoenix's siblings at the Viper Room on the way to her house, but Phoenix decided to stay for a while after he was asked to perform with the band.

She insisted that during their time dating she had known him to be sober, but "In the days before he died, though, I knew something was going on I didn't see anyone doing drugs [that night] but he was high in a way that made me feel uncomfortable. I have my suspicions about what was going on, but I didn't see anything. The bouncers removed both men from the club. Mathis shouted at the other man "What have you done?

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What are you on? According to Gibby Haynes, the band was performing their song "Michael Stipe" while Phoenix was outside the venue having seizures on the sidewalk. By that time, paramedics had arrived on the scene and found Phoenix turning dark blue, in full cardiac arrest and in a flatline state. They administered medication in an attempt to restart his heart. The following day, the club became a makeshift shrine, with fans and mourners leaving flowers, pictures and candles on the sidewalk and graffiti messages on the walls of the venue.

Our heartfelt condolences to all his family, friends and loved ones. He will be missed. Depp continued to close the club every year on October 31 until selling his share in Before his death, Phoenix's image—one he bemoaned in interviews—had been squeaky-clean, owing in part to his public dedication to his various social, political, humanitarian, and dietary interests not always popular in the s.