He would often say his brother Joaquin was a far better actor than River himself was and "better than all of us."
River Jude Phoenix was named after the river of life in Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha, and The Beatles' song "Hey Jude".
The death of River Phoenix is listed at #16 on the "E!: 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment".
River had 4 nephews and a niece, but only lived to see one of them born. His nephews are: Jonas Winter (born February 7th, 1993 to sister Rain), Rio Everest Phoenix (born June 12, 1997to sister Liberty), Indigo Orion Phoenix (born November 9, 1999 to sister Liberty), and Indiana August Affleck (born May 31, 2004 to sister Summer) and his neice is Scarlette Jasmine Phoenix-Asch (born July 2, 2001 to sister Liberty). Liberty's oldest son Rio, and Summer's son Indiana are named after River.
River's sister Summer is married to actor, Casey Affleck.
River was nominated in 1988 for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his film "Running on Empty"
River didn't like flying and tried to travel everywhere by car or train.
River's ashes were scattered at his family's Florida ranch.
Before his death, River was scheduled to play the role of the Interviewer in the 1994 film "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" but Christian Slater took his place, and donated his entire paycheck from the movie to all of River's favourite charities.
The 1994 R.E.M. album "Monster" is dedicated to River in the liner notes because lead singer Michael Stipe was friends with him.
When he died, River was still filming the movie "Dark Blood" and since it had not finished filming, the film was deemed incomplete and a lawsuit against River's family was filed.
River's film debut was in the 1985 film "Explorers", also featuring actor Ethan Hawke.
River's dad John was a carpenter and his mother Arlyn was a secretary when he was born.
River was 5'11".
River was born in Madras, Oregon.
In 2002 A&E made a biography about River titled "Eclipsed by Death: The Life of River Phoenix".
River sung one song on John Frusciante's album "Smile from the Streets You Hold".
The song "Transcending" on the Red Hot Chili Peppers album "One Hot Minute" is dedicated to River Phoenix.
River was in a band called Aleka's Attic with his sister Rain.
River was a strict vegan.
River was born at 12.10 pm-PDT.
River was a member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
River is well-known for his role as the young Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr during the opening sequence of the film "Indiana Jones And the Last Crusade".
River: I would rather quit while I was ahead. There's no need in overstaying your welcome.
River: If I have some celebrity, I hope I can use it to make a difference. The true social reward is that I can speak my mind and share my thoughts about the enviroment and civilisation itself. There's so much shit happening with people who are exploiting their positions and creating a lot of negativity.
River: I want kids, a family of my own. I'd like to give them the first eight years of their lives in the country. Then I'd want them educated, which I wasn't formally, although I had a tutor once when I was twelve. At times I miss a formal education, but at others I thank God for everything else I have now. What I have got from my childhood aren't toys, but memories. And happy memories are better than any toy.
River: I project a definite innocence. A lot of that is just the way I grew up.
River (about "Stand by Me"): I realized that what I was creating was going to live on far longer than anything of me as a person. The characters are more powerful than the person that creates them.
River: I would get songs sung to me, like 'Old Man River, 'or kids would call me Mississippi and things like that. At the time, I wished I had a name that blended in more with my surroundings. Now, though, I've really learned to love it. From fifteen, I really liked it. It felt appropriate. Before that, I don't think it quite fitted me. I had to grow into it.
River (from The Animals' Voice Magazine - 1989): We need an extreme movement because what is happening to animals is so extreme. Some misinformed people claim that animal rights activists are terrorists, but these people are simply ignorant of who the real terrorists are - the companies and industries that torture literally billions of animals each year.
River (about his interpretation of Indiana Jones): I would just look at Harrison: he would do stuff and I would not mimic it, but interpret it younger. Mimicking is a terrible mistake that many people make when they play someone younger, or with an age difference. Mimicking doesn't interpret true because you can't just edit it around.
River: Everything is ironic to me. There are moments I find hysterical, but I'm probably the only one who would find that, except for a few people.
River: I like girls who are natural because I am natural in everything I do. If I meet a girl who is snobby and wants special treatment, she's not going to get it from me because she hasn't earned it. But I've been basically lucky because I've met mostly nice girls - and that's what attracts me.