Definition of River Phoenix from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

River Phoenix

 
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(1970-93) a US actor who became a cult figure (= a person who is fashionable with a particular group) among young people after he accidentally took too many drugs and died at the age of 23. He played sensitive characters, and his films include Stand By Me (1986), Running on Empty (1988), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Sneakers (1992).