How tall is River Phoenix ?

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River Phoenix's Height is 5ft 10in (178 cm)

US Actor from Stand By Me and Sneakers.
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dci said on 6/May/15
Autopsy programme on now states 5t10
Byron T. said on 6/Jan/15
In ''The Thing Called Love,'' he had a couple of inches on Dermot Mulroney (both of them were wearing cowboy boots). I'd say River Phoenix was 5'10.5.''

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Sam said on 9/Dec/14
Rob, how tall do you think he was while filming Indiana Jones?
He looked shorter, maybe like 5'8?
He was like 18-19 at the moment.
Sam said on 8/Nov/14
He looks a little taller in movies like My Own Private Idaho & The Thing Called Love .. like 5'11 at least. But in MOPI he wears boots which gives him about 2 inches in height.
There's a pic of River and Keanu walking (probably from the movie shoot) together, and River looks around 3 inches shorter.

After watching Dark Blood i find it hard to believe he's above 5'10.
I can buy 5'10.5, but that's it.
Jo said on 1/Nov/14
That license is an interesting little piece of actor ephemera.

Anyway, I think that he was 5'10, maybe a bit above that, Rob?
Realist said on 22/May/14
If he was still alive this would have been one talented family. His brother is probably the best actor in Hollywood currently.
guest said on 14/Mar/14
I wanted to add that the coroner stated he was "70 inches". There wouldn't be any reason to lie on an official autopsy report.
[Editor Rob: there are going to be some reports which can be off, I know this isn't set in stone, but generally I think around that range was fair for River.]
Sam said on 6/Mar/14
Dude, that sounds then more likely.
guest said on 4/Mar/14
Sam, I don't think it's a real license. Real ones usually list weight and hair & eye color. This is probably just a photo one for fans, I have a fake Elvis one given to me by someone that had visited Graceland a few years back.
Sam said on 6/Dec/13
Take a look at this, Click Here
Is it real?

River was 18-19 years old in '88 and he didn't really look 5'11 back then.
He was probably measured with shoes or boots on, if it's not fake.
Sarah said on 3/Dec/13
Good listing. River with 5'2" Lili Taylor(in heels): Click Here
He was 5'10, possibly 5'10.5".
Henri_Plonk said on 27/Jul/13
Watching my own private idaho at the moment, River seems to be wearing 1 and a half, maybe 2" heels and looks to be just under 6ft. So i would say 5ft 10 seems spot on really. Great site Rob. It always makes an interesting read & much more accurate than the other height sites
Sam said on 23/Jun/13
His official height seems to be 5'10 (178 cm), and also it says 70 inches on his autospy. He might have been 180 cm in 93, but i stick with 179 cm. 5'10.5.
Anonymous said on 24/Mar/13
River did NOT have a different father than his siblings. There is a half-sister named Jodean, who was the oldest (b. 1964), and was from a previous relationship of the father.
Jeff said on 7/Feb/13
His autopsy stated he was 70 inches (5' 10") 159 lbs and muscular
Lisa said on 22/Sep/12
River was so talented. *sigh* I think that he was. 5'10.5". Also, he had a different father than his siblings.
daryl said on 3/Aug/12
I would say more 5ft11. As much as i would love to believe we were the same hight, he looks like he would have an inch on me in the least
Carol said on 12/Feb/12
Why was river phoenix so different from his siblings? I can't find any similaridade and I'm not talking about the way they are, just about the face and hair...
Some people say that is just diffent genes, but I don't believe it because all of them (4 of them) look alike and he is totally diferent!
Lee said on 11/Feb/12
You need to change your heading of 5 ft 10 inches, which is wrong. River Pheonix was just under 6ft tall, and taller than Keanu Reeves when neither was wearing shoes with a heel. This is a fact.
RICHARD said on 29/Jan/12
River Phoenix is more in the 5'11 range for sure.Watch him in 'I Love You To Death',and he stands next to William Hurt,Keanu Reeves,and Kevin Kline and isn't dwarfed by them at all,though they all had 2-3 inches on him,so 1.80 cm seems fair for him.
RZA said on 28/Jul/07
okay- I just read River's biography and it says that from Stand By Me to My Own Private Idaho he grew 4 inches and lost 20 pounds. To me that looks right, he was baby faced and short in Stand By Me and I would say Mary-Kay is right at 5'6" in Stand By Me. Also the difference between he and Joaquim isnt that big my brothers and I differ in height a couple inches and that's not abnormal. River's family was pretty jacked but it never says anything about them having different father's even though Rain and Joaquim look really different.
Mary-Kay said on 10/Jun/07
in stand by me i think he was about 5'6" because teddy(corey feldman) is 5'4" and corey stopped growing when he was about the time he was in stand by me or so i read in an article
alex said on 7/May/07
anyone know how tall he was when he did stand by me?
Hannah said on 24/Jan/07
I ment to say Samantha Mathis**
Hannah said on 21/Jan/07
I have actually seen River one time. Not actually talked to him or met him. I was shopping with my friends and all the sudden we see a paparazzi and we go to check it out and it was River Phoenix with his girlfriend Samantha Mavis. He looked pretty tall i would say he was some where around 5-foot-11 to 6-foot and his girlfriend was around 5-foot-5 or something. But i don't know the exact measurments.
Editor Rob said on 13/Sep/06
In 1986 article (when he is 16) mentioned "Now, he stands 5-foot-8. He said 5-foot-11 "would be cool if I get that high"
sam said on 3/Sep/06
wow. thats cool you got to meet him jess. i know this is out of subject, but still..that would of been so awsome!!
Glenn said on 26/Aug/06
I could be wrong.I never met him.just going by stories.
Gotxo said on 25/Aug/06
Glenn are you sure?
To me he looked taller than his brother, and 5'10" doesn't sound odd to me.
I could go along with 5'11" too, but a single inch is not matter for a discussion
(well maybe here :) but still terrible hard to gauge without a metric tape)
Viper652 said on 25/Aug/06
5-10 looks right for him.
Glenn said on 25/Aug/06
Autopsy said 5-10.once in a blue you here 5-9,which clearly he wasnt.I dont think he was 5-11 either.
jessica said on 23/Aug/06
i met river once and he is about 5'10 maybe 5'11 im 5'4 and i fort he was quite tall
Aleka said on 15/Mar/06
About River's Hieght, he was 5'10 1/2. And he was 149lbs at the time of his death. If anyone doesn't believe me, zoom in on the biography "Eclipsed by Death: River Phoenix" they show the REAL autopsy report. You can buy it on !
L. said on 31/Dec/05
The reason River and Joaquin do not look much alike, he that Joaquin has a different father than River. Joaquin and I have the same dad. Our father was only 5'7, and Joaquin, my other older brother and I look just like our dad.
riverfan said on 3/Jul/05
I don't think he was only 5'9. Just look at his later movies, he looks really tall and lanky. I think 5'10 at least, or aproaching 5'11. I wonder why is brother is so short???

[Editor Rob: unless they fluffed the autopsy measurement, I'm sticking to what they reported him to be measured at...5ft 10.]
JS said on 10/Jun/05
So in conjunction with my statement below. if the autopsy said 5'10.. I'd think he was closer to 5'9 in actual height when standing, etc.
riverfan said on 9/Jun/05
ok, the autopsy report is listed on,
go under river phoenix and you can see the exact print of the report.
becareful not to look at his coffin photo as it is EXREMELY disturbing

[Editor Rob: I couldn't see it - there's the death certificates, but the actual autopsy report???. In any case I find out that People Magazine published an article (January 94) about the autopsy and they mentioned the details - River was 159 lbs and measured 70 inches according to People, or 5ft 10. I couldn't find the actual report though...if anybody can find it lemme know.]
JS said on 7/Jun/05
Keep in mind the body will be roughly an inch longer when measured in such a state as the space between the vertebrae will expand.
Mr. R said on 6/Jun/05
If I am correct, I think that his autopsy report listed him closer to 5-9. Rob see if you can find his autopsy results. I know that I have seen them.

[Editor Rob: I had a look but unfortunately couldn't find it...]

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