Former child actor from Stand by Me and The Last Crusade who died of drugs at the young age of twenty-three. He won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Male Superstar in Motion Pictures for his role as Charlie Fox in The Mosquito Coast.
His last television show was 1986's Circle of Violence: A Family Drama.
He played a young Indy in Indiana Jones The Last Crusade, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Growing up, he and his family spent time living with a religious cult called the Children of God as missionaries. At age ten, he began acting in TV commercials.
His mother, Arlyn Sharon Phoenix, served as the board president of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding. His siblings are Rain, Joaquin, Liberty and Summer Phoenix.
- The meaning of the name Phoenix: Blood Red