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Creator / River Phoenix

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"I'd like to play every type of character, but only once. I like to experience things."

River Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993), born River Jude Bottom, was an American musician, activist and actor, and the older brother of Joaquin Phoenix. He became famous as a teen actor, but his promising career was cut tragically short when he died of drug overdose at 23.

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  • "Awesome McCool" Name
  • Abusive Parents: While not actively malicious, his upbringing was harsh. He and his sister often performed on the street in order to make some cash as their family was dirt poor. There was also a period where his parents joined the Children of God cult and he and his siblings were sent to pick fruit in fields or work as missionaries.
  • Break the Cutie: Many of his roles.
  • The Cast Showoff: Invoked when he sang (or played guitar).
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Phoenix wrote and recorded "Heart to Get" for A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon but it was only added on the Director's cut, years later. His band Aleka's Attic also appeared on the soundtrack for My Own Private Idaho.
  • '90s Hair: He famously had long hair in the early 1990s, as shown on the page image.
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  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Squall from Final Fantasy VIII was based off of him physically.
  • What Could Have Been: He was planning to work on Interview with the Vampire two weeks after his death.


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