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Also Known As: Died: October 31, 1993
Born: August 23, 1970 Cause of Death: Morphine and Cocaine Overdose (Speedball)
Birth Place: Madras, Oregon, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Spent nomadic childhood travelling the Northwest with parents who were fruit pickers at the time
1972:
Moved to Colorado where parents became members of evangelical cult Children of God
1973:
Traveled throughout southwestern U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico as missionaries for Children of God
1975:
Family moved to South America
1977:
Parents left the Children of God; lived in Caracas where River and Rainbow sang religious songs for money and food in the street
1977:
Returned to U.S. at age seven; settled in Florida
1978:
Family moved to Los Angeles after Rainbow and River won local talent contests
1981:
With sister Rainbow, did audience warm-ups for TV show "Real Kids" (date approximate)
1982:
Began TV acting career at age 12 on "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (CBS)
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Appeared in commercials but quit when he realized that he couldn't ethically support selling a product he didn't use
1985:
Made film debut in "Explorers"
1986:
Co-starred in Rob Reiner's coming-of-age classic "Stand by Me"
1988:
Played the eldest son of a fugitive family in Sidney Lumet's "Running on Empty"
1989:
Cast as Young Indy in Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
1991:
Co-starred with Keanu Reeves as young hustlers in Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho"
1991:
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)
1992:
Joined ensemble cast including Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, and Sidney Poitier in "Sneakers"
1992:
Cast in George Sluizer's "Dark Blood"; Phoenix died before filming completed
1993:
Final screen appearence, "Silent Tongue" (finished filming, 1992)

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