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River Phoenix’s Life in Photos

Sipa Press

Today, Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind hits book stores. The book was written by Rolling Stone contributor Gavin Edwards, and gives new insights into the young actor's life, the club scene that catered to so much of the young Hollywood talent and, of course, Phoenix's career — including time spent on one of the most iconic films of the Eighties, Stand by Me, and of the film that would be both his crowning achievement and his personal downfall, My Own Private Idaho.

Check out these photos of his life in film and family.

 

 

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The exterior of the Viper Room the day after the death of actor River Phoenix. Fans are placing flowers, candles and notes at the spot where he collapsed in Los Angeles, California on November 1st, 1993

Martha Plimpton and River Phoenix

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Martha Plimpton and River Phoenix attend the 61st Annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on March 21st, 1989 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. 

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The exterior of the Viper Room the day after the death of actor River Phoenix. Fans have left flowers, candles and notes at the spot where he collapsed in Los Angeles, California on November 1st, 1993

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