Where Is The Cast Of "Stand By Me" Today? The cult teen film "Stand By Me" was a worldwide box office hit in 1986. The adaptation of Stephen King's novella "The Body" (1982) was nominated for an Oscar and two Golden Globes. River Phoenix had his big breakthrough starring in "Stand By Me" and was viewed as one of Hollywood's up-and-coming stars. In 1989 he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the film "Running on Empty". Critics everywhere also praised his performance in "My Private Idaho" In 1993 River died when he was just twenty-three from a heroin overdose Corey Feldman was a very in-demand teen star in the eighties. Since then he has not managed to emulate his former success. He has voiced "Slash" in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" films since 2012. He last appeared on screen in 2015 in "Sharknado 3" Wil Wheaton starred in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from 1987 to 1994. He is still an in-demand actor, voice actor and author today and has appeared in numerous TV series, including "The Big Bang Theory" and "Eureka" "Stand By Me" was Jerry O'Connell's first big film. Since appearing in the teen movie he has gone from strength to strength and has starred in countless films and TV series. He last appeared in the TV series "Billions"