Spent nomadic childhood travelling the Northwest with parents who were fruit pickers at the time
Moved to Colorado where parents became members of evangelical cult Children of God
Traveled throughout southwestern U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico as missionaries for Children of God
Family moved to South America
Parents left the Children of God; lived in Caracas where River and Rainbow sang religious songs for money and food in the street
Returned to U.S. at age seven; settled in Florida
Family moved to Los Angeles after Rainbow and River won local talent contests
With sister Rainbow, did audience warm-ups for TV show "Real Kids" (date approximate)
Began TV acting career at age 12 on "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (CBS)
Appeared in commercials but quit when he realized that he couldn't ethically support selling a product he didn't use
Made film debut in "Explorers"
Co-starred in Rob Reiner's coming-of-age classic "Stand by Me"
Played the eldest son of a fugitive family in Sidney Lumet's "Running on Empty"
Cast as Young Indy in Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
Co-starred with Keanu Reeves as young hustlers in Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho"
Played in band Aleka's Attic with sister Rain; featured on a compilation album <i>Tame Yourself</i>, made to benefit the animal-rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals)
Joined ensemble cast including Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, and Sidney Poitier in "Sneakers"
Cast in George Sluizer's "Dark Blood"; Phoenix died before filming completed
Final screen appearence, "Silent Tongue" (finished filming, 1992)