Born River Jude Bottom in Madras Oregon, River was born to poverty. His parents were missionaries. He and his family were also strict vegans. He and his siblings were forced to work as street performers in order to help support the family.
He had an extremely promising career in film, and a music band. He starred in 17 movies on television and the big screen from 1984-1994. He died ofan overdose of heroine and cocaine, with his brother present.