Joaquin Phoenix and family on River Phoenix’s legacy and influence

  • Published: 13 January 2020
  • In an interview with 60 Minutes, the Golden Globe winner and his family say they still feel River’s presence in their lives. For the full interview, click here:

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Comments • 1 903

  • 1978TVP
    1978TVP  5 minutes back

    during a break in the recording, when the tv crew went for a coffee, river and cooper turned from the set into an invisible forest alley for 30 minutes .... LOL

    • Kaylee Adamson
      Kaylee Adamson  13 minutes back

      I don't know how his mother can sit there and act like she played no role in River's death. She exposed him to a cult, the poor boy was involved in sexual acts at 4. His Mum & Dad let him be abused. That isn't love. He might not of been looking for an escape if his parents didn't put him through all the abuse and look to him to be the sole bread winner of the family. He was supporting them all, during his very short acting career. She is an evil woman

      • PrincessofErised
        PrincessofErised  52 minutes back

        It has been 19 years since River died. In the flashes of grief, it was only yesterday.

        • Marienkaefer4
          Marienkaefer4  55 minutes back

          One of my favorite actors!

          • Jeremy Baker
            Jeremy Baker  1 hours back

            He's had good directors.

            • Upama Rai
              Upama Rai  1 hours back

              This is all that is or will have a longer version. Love his awkward, weird, real vibes.

              • sammeo
                sammeo  1 hours back

                Interviewing Joaquin Phoenix is probably the hardest thing to do.

                • SJ S
                  SJ S  2 hours back

                  Very poignant, such a beautiful family, totally spot on about grief, it never goes, you just learn to live with it and some days it feels like it just happened. Huge respect to them.❤

                  • Hotlikewasabi
                    Hotlikewasabi  3 hours back

                    River Phoenix, what an awesome memory he has left behind.

                    • ohmightywez
                      ohmightywez  3 hours back

                      My absolute favorite River Phoenix movie is Dogfight. It’s such a small story, intent on the two main characters and how they connect, and it is so painful and powerful and so beautiful. I cry every time I see it.

                      • Mollie Smith
                        Mollie Smith  3 hours back

                        This is the most authentic interview I have watched in a very, very long time.

                        • kessler003
                          kessler003  3 hours back

                          Hiking with Kevin Nealon... I mean, Anderson Cooper.

                          • S T
                            S T  4 hours back

                            love Joaquin in Signs and Ladder 49.

                            • Brian Lucey
                              Brian Lucey  5 hours back

                              For me his performance in Parenthood was phenomenal. The scene when he calls his dad to see if he can stay with him is heartbreaking and incredibly acted. A true talent in his craft.

                              • True Facts
                                True Facts  5 hours back

                                Cooper loves it in his pooper!

                                • jaime tonche
                                  jaime tonche  6 hours back


                                  • Cole's World_2k19
                                    Cole's World_2k19  6 hours back

                                    This is all so full circle. To think River, in a way, helped steer his brother to where he is today. Smh I love them both as actors.

                                    • Kevin J
                                      Kevin J  6 hours back

                                      Beautiful Soul, Joaquin is pure class

                                      • Telma Elma
                                        Telma Elma  6 hours back

                                        I hate Anderson, this vanderbilt trust fund baby, who than worked for the CIA and than decided to be a journalist.... that is unfair to people who are much more qualified than him. And Joachim is so full of himself

                                        • Alisha Archuleta
                                          Alisha Archuleta  7 hours back

                                          I still miss River ... ♥

                                          • PolyRon
                                            PolyRon  7 hours back

                                            I guess that hypnotherapy to quit smoking didn't work.

                                            • PolyRon
                                              PolyRon  7 hours back

                                              When Hollywood calls someone weird

                                              • Lauryn Michelle
                                                Lauryn Michelle  7 hours back

                                                It's sad to think that some people are only noticing Joaquin now because of Joker. He has always been an amazing actor.

                                                • Alt LYH
                                                  Alt LYH  7 hours back

                                                  2:34 🌹

                                                  • andrew m
                                                    andrew m  7 hours back

                                                    Final fantasy 8 used river's likeness for the main character in final fantasy 8. One of my favorite games ever

                                                    • Aarogance
                                                      Aarogance  7 hours back

                                                      5:17 Joaquin didn't seem to fond of that comment lol

                                                      • Caligula Germanicus
                                                        Caligula Germanicus  7 hours back

                                                        Anderson cooper had the gay hots for river

                                                        • Jimmy Gambino
                                                          Jimmy Gambino  7 hours back

                                                          Jockstrap Phoenix and Anderson pooper the dynamic duo

                                                          • David V
                                                            David V  7 hours back

                                                            How would u act losing my brother ? Huh ? How Fu

                                                            • David V
                                                              David V  7 hours back

                                                              I never knew u till . Signs

                                                              • dootdootoo shahhh
                                                                dootdootoo shahhh  7 hours back

                                                                Fake story fake Hollywood family

                                                                • dootdootoo shahhh
                                                                  dootdootoo shahhh  7 hours back

                                                                  Female to Male

                                                                  • Ang Lovetree
                                                                    Ang Lovetree  8 hours back

                                                                    The Phoenix family sure has had a strange tragic history & it was a great honor for me to have met River in 1990.

                                                                    • SLAVES2 SOCIETY
                                                                      SLAVES2 SOCIETY  8 hours back

                                                                      REST EASY RIVER PHOENIX

                                                                      • Scott Pothan
                                                                        Scott Pothan  8 hours back

                                                                        River was just this shimmering orb of an actor. Nothing like him had appeared since Monty Clift.

                                                                        • guezcisco
                                                                          guezcisco  9 hours back

                                                                          Anderson cooper blows....I mean he blows as an interviewer . He's gay so he blows on a regular basis.

                                                                          • Melanie Mathews
                                                                            Melanie Mathews  9 hours back

                                                                            I lost my best friend/sister to a drug over dose. I feel the same as the mom when she says she will be driving when the grief just hits her. It is a wound in your heart that feels like it is healing only to rip back open. It helps to remember the laughs.

                                                                            • Jay
                                                                              Jay  10 hours back

                                                                              Am I the only one that thinks he kinda looks similar to Adam Pally? Especially if adam was older

                                                                              • shayla flores
                                                                                shayla flores  10 hours back

                                                                                he was raised in the child sex cult children of god parents left cult and within years both sons r child stars river blew up had questionable death at johnny deeps nightclub mother is a casting agent amazing actor but hollywerid does exist i question how their parents got them into big movies so quickly

                                                                                • Clap Saddle
                                                                                  Clap Saddle  10 hours back

                                                                                  I`m awkward and him to putting himself out there is making me feel good.

                                                                                  • Irene Schoder
                                                                                    Irene Schoder  10 hours back

                                                                                    I mean they didnt know what was going on with River til ir was too late sad

                                                                                    • Irene Schoder
                                                                                      Irene Schoder  10 hours back

                                                                                      Ok where was Jaquin and his sister at the time River was in the bathroom doing this deadly speedball???

                                                                                      • izm GM
                                                                                        izm GM  10 hours back

                                                                                        Why is Juaquin talking to the CIA?

                                                                                        • Frond
                                                                                          Frond  11 hours back

                                                                                          0:14 put it at 0.25

                                                                                          • Juju B
                                                                                            Juju B  11 hours back

                                                                                            I see River in his mother. Sweet, kind mannerisms.

                                                                                            • Jorge C.
                                                                                              Jorge C.  12 hours back

                                                                                              Thank you Anderson.

                                                                                              • amy parker
                                                                                                amy parker  12 hours back

                                                                                                I hope he donates a lot of money to the victims of the Colorado theater .

                                                                                                • Stephie Calligraphy
                                                                                                  Stephie Calligraphy  12 hours back

                                                                                                  This is so awkward to me. You see shots of them doing an interview but you're basically just getting the recap of the interview from someone who is not Joaquin Phoenix..? 😂