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River Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American film actor, musician, and activist. He began acting at age 10 in television commercials. He appeared in diverse roles, making his first notable appearance in the 1986 film Stand by Me, a hugely popular coming-of-age film based on a novella by Stephen King.
Phoenix received his middle name from The Beatles' song "Hey Jude".