Less than a month after Celebrity came the ABC Afterschool Special: Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia.
River starred as a young boy who discovers he has dyslexia.
Phoenix's work encompassed 24 films and television appearances, and his rise to fame led to his status as a "teen idol".
He began his acting career at age 10, in television commercials.
In 1982, River was cast in the short-lived CBS television series, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, in which he starred as the youngest brother, Guthrie Mc Fadden.
River arrived at the auditions with his guitar and promptly burst into a convincing Elvis Presley impersonation, charming the show producer.
This was Phoenix's last television role before achieving film stardom.
In October 1986, Phoenix co-starred alongside Tuesday Weld and Geraldine Fitzgerald in the acclaimed CBS television movie Circle of Violence: A Family Drama, which told a story of domestic elder abuse.They married on September 13, 1969, less than a year after meeting.Phoenix's family moved cross country when he was very young.The family officially changed their name to Phoenix, after the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes, symbolizing a new beginning.Back in the United States, Arlyn began working as a secretary for an NBC broadcaster and John as an exteriors architect.He starred in the science fiction adventure film Explorers (1985), and had his first notable role in 1986's Stand By Me, a coming-of-age film based on the novella The Body by Stephen King.