- His parents were missionaries with the controversial Children of God cult.
- Started doing TV commercials at the age of 8 to earn money for his family.
- Formed the rock band Aleka's Attic with his sister Rain.
- Was a vegan and supporter of PETA.
- Died of a drug overdose on October 31, 1993, outside the Viper Room, a club on Hollywood's Sunset Strip co-owned by Johnny Depp.
- 1988, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1991, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
- 1992, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Winner
- Arlyn Dunetz Phoenix — Mother
- Summer Phoenix — Sister
- John Phoenix — Father
- Rain Phoenix — Sister
- Liberty Phoenix — Sister
- Joaquin Phoenix — Brother