18. River Phoenix
Notable Roles: Stand By Me (1986); Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989); My Own Private Idaho (1991); The Mosquito Coast (1986)
One of the best and gone all too soon, River's was a passionate story that ended abruptly. A talented musician, animal rights activist, and environmentalist, acting just ended up being what River is best known for. His style in My Own Private Idaho is emblematic of the early '90s and so influential that it also inspired one of renowned Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita's collections for his number (n)ine line.