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Water Music

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Legs
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
Stand By Me Press Kit
Page Five


River Phoenix (l.) and Wil Wheaton (r.) find a special friendship that gives them strength and belief in their own potential in Columbia Pictures' "STAND BY ME." Based on the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, the film was directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans, and produced by Andrew Scheinman, along with Evans and Gideon.

About the Cast...

"Stand By Me" is made distinctive by its young acting ensemble, very skilled actors who bring incredible reality to a story not just for young people, but for all of us who can remember what it was like to be young.

WIL WHEATON portrays Gordie Lachance. An outstanding young actor, Wil comes to the pivotal role of a fledgling writer after three other feature film appearances and a half-dozen major television appearances, which include a guest spot on the popular series, "Highway to Heaven."

The California-born actor, who began with a TV commercial role at the age of 7, landed his first acting role opposite Timothy Hutton in "A Long Way Home," a feature for NBC-TV. "The Shooting," a CBS-TV Schoolbreak Special, followed and this led to his feature film debut opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Susan Sarandon in "The Buddy System." Wheaton, who had guest-starring roles in the ABC-TV pilot, "A Long Time Gone," and the CBS-TV pilot, "13 13th Avenue," recently had a featured role in the television remake of "The Defiant Ones," starring Robert Urich and Carl Weathers. His other feature film roles include "Hambone and Hillie" and "The Last Starfighter."

Most recently, Wheaton guest starred in the television pilot, "The Man Who Fell to Earth."

 

RIVER PHOENIX, who portrays Chris Chambers, made his feature film debut starring as Wolfgang in the Joe Dante-directed adventure, "Explorers." The young Oregon-born actor first broke into show business with a spot playing guitar (he also plays keyboard) and singing on the NBC-TV daytime series, "Fantasy."

He soon landed featured roles in the NBC-TV mini-series, "Celebrity," the ABC-TV Afterschool Special "Backwards--The Riddle of Dyslexia," and the CBS-TV mini-series, "Robert Kennedy and His Times," in which he portrayed Kennedy as a boy. In other television appearances, he co-starred in the ABC-TV pilot, "It's Your Move," and as a series regular for 22 episodes of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" before he was cast in "Explorers."

Most recently, River spent several months on location in Belize in the role of Harrison Ford's son in "The Mosquito Coast" for director Peter Weir.

 

COREY FELDMAN, who portrays Teddy Duchamp, is 14 years old but has more television and feature film credits than many actors twice his age. In the summer of 1985, he emerged as an audience favorite as the character, Mouth, in the Steven Spielberg production of "The Goonies."

Born in Los Angeles, Corey was a precocious youngster who started his career by appearing in a commercial at the age of 4. When other similar assignments followed, it wasn't long before the talented young actor was spotted by perceptive producers to appear in television series, including "Alice," "Eight Is Enough," "Gloria," "When the Whistle Blows" and "Mork and Mindy."

After a spot as a series regular in "The Bad News Bears," he broke into feature film as a character voice for the Disney animated feature, "The Fox and the Hound." His first real film acting experience came in "Time After Time," which he followed with "Born Again" and "Americathon." Corey landed his first feature starring role in "Friday the 13th--The Final Chapter," which he followed with a starring role in "Gremlins" before becoming one of "The Goonies."

Corey lists many television appearances to his credit, some of which are "The Love Boat," "Father Murphy," "I'm a Big Girl Now," "Foul Play," "Open All Night," "Semi-Tough," "Still the Beaver," "Love Natalie," "Cass Malloy," "The Cosby Show," "I Love You, Paul Anka," "Letters" and "Cheers."

He is currently starring in director Joel Schumacher's feature, "Lost Boys."

 

JERRY O'CONNELL, who portrays Vern Tessio, made his feature film debut with a small role in "Daniel," which starred Timothy Hutton. In addition to appearing in numerous television commercials and being photographed for a children's workbook, the native New Yorker began extensive acting training with teacher Maria Greco and with the H.B. Studio. His obvious talent ultimately led to an important role in the off-Broadway production of "Water Music," a musical comedy about the life of legendary Hollywood swim star Esther Williams. He was firmly established with his next acting assignment, an important role in the television feature, "Legs."


Unwilling to take any more teasing, Jerry O'Connell (l.) dares to make his position clear to Corey Feldman (r.) in Columbia Pictures' "STAND BY ME." Based on the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, the film was directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans, and produced by Andrew Scheinman, along with Evans and Gideon.


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