Oh my goodness YES!! I think about him everyday (I've had a poster of him on my ceiling since I was 13, lol)!!! Not only the greatest actor of his generation, but one of the most down to earth, good hearted people who ever lived.
I always knew he was a huge humanitarian (especially when it came to animal and environmental issues) since he was a kid, and that that was as synonymous with his image as acting was. But a while back I was watching a video of him on Donahue and now that I'm older than he was when he gave the specific interview I realized how extremely wise beyond his years and mature he was for his age (or any age) (& how extremely immature I seem in contrast, lol). Definitely an extraordinarily special and unique individual in any environment, but ESPECIALLY for an A list young star in Hollywood (esp in the 80s and early 90s). He cared about those things 20 years before today's Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon, and he gets no credit for it (Leo??? Please!!! lol) And then of course theres the more "serious" issue of how drop dead gorgeous he was (especially in MOPI). ♥♥♥♥Swoon♥♥♥♥
Such a huge loss to Hollywood (& the world), yet his death seems to have tragically eclipsed all the things he accomplished in his brief life. At least in Hollywood's all too short memory. That may be the greatest loss of all. Sometimes I try to imagine what things would be like if just a few of today's celebs were as talented, kind, caring, and proactive as River was. Totally alternate universe and alot more role models for kids to look up too.
And I'd even be willing to bet he would've had few shiny gold statues under his belt by now as well. RIP RJP