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Keanu Reeves, All you want to know about a great actor star

 

Keanu Charles Reeves

born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian[b] actor. Born in Beirut and raised in Toronto, Reeves began acting in theatre productions and in television films before making his feature film debut in Youngblood (1986). He had his breakthrough role in the science fiction comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), and he reprised his role in its sequels. He gained praise for playing a hustler in the independent drama My Own Private Idaho (1991), and established himself as an action hero with leading roles in Point Break (1991) and Speed (1994).

Following several box office failures, Reeves’s performance in the horror film The Devil’s Advocate (1997) was well received. Greater stardom came for playing Neo in the science fiction series The Matrix, beginning in 1999. He played John Constantine in Constantine (2005) and starred in the romantic drama The Lake House (2006), the science fiction thriller The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), and the crime thriller Street Kings (2008).

After several years of poorly reviewed and low grossing films, Reeves made a comeback by playing the titular assassin in the John Wick film series, beginning in 2014.

In addition to acting, Reeves has directed the film Man of Tai Chi (2013). He has played bass guitar for the band Dogstar and pursued other endeavours such as writing and philanthropy.

 

Early life

Keanu Charles Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 2, 1964, the son of Patricia (née Taylor), a costume designer and performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr. His mother is English, originating from Essex. His American father is from Hawaii, and is of Native Hawaiian, Chinese, English, Irish, and Portuguese descent.

His paternal grandmother is Chinese Hawaiian. His mother was working in Beirut when she met his father, who abandoned his wife and family when Reeves was three years old. Reeves last met his father on the island of Kauai when he was 13.

After his parents divorced in 1966, his mother moved the family to Sydney, Australia, and then to New York City, where she married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director, in 1970. The couple moved to Toronto, Canada, and divorced in 1971. When Reeves was nine, he took part in a theatre production of Damn Yankees.

Aaron remained close to Reeves, offering him advice and recommending him a job at the Hedgerow Theater in Pennsylvania, United States. Reeves’ mother married Robert Miller, a rock music promoter, in 1976; the couple divorced in 1980. She subsequently married her fourth husband, a hairdresser named Jack Bond; the marriage lasted until 1994.

Reeves and his sisters grew up primarily in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto, with a nanny caring for them frequently. Because of his grandmother’s ethnicity, he grew up with Chinese art, furniture, and cuisine. Reeves watched British comedy shows such as The Two Ronnies, and his mother imparted English manners that he has maintained into adulthood.

Describing himself as a “private kid”, Reeves attended four different high schools, including the Etobicoke School of the Arts, from which he was expelled. Reeves said he was expelled because he was “just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often…I was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school”.

At De La Salle College, he was a successful ice hockey goalkeeper. Reeves had aspirations to become a professional ice hockey player for the Canadian Olympic team but decided to become an actor when he was 15. After leaving De La Salle College, he attended Avondale Secondary Alternative School, which allowed him to get an education while working as an actor.

He dropped out of high school when he was 17. He obtained a green card through his American stepfather and moved to Los Angeles, United States three years later. Reeves holds Canadian citizenship by naturalization.

 

Personal life

In 1998, Reeves met director David Lynch’s assistant Jennifer Syme at a party thrown for his band Dogstar and they started dating. On December 24, 1999, Syme gave birth eight months into her pregnancy to the couple’s child, Ava Archer Syme-Reeves, who was stillborn. The couple broke up several weeks afterward, but later reconciled. On April 2, 2001, Syme was killed when her vehicle collided with three parked cars on Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles. Reeves told investigators that they were back together.

They were brunching together in San Francisco on April 1, 2001. The next day, Reeves called the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and asked, according to Lt. Mac Willie, if Syme was there. Reeves acted as a pallbearer for Syme, who was buried next to their daughter. He was scheduled to film the sequels to The Matrix the following spring, but sought “peace and time”, according to friend Bret Domrose of Dogstar.

Reeves has also been romantically linked to longtime friend and filmmaker Brenda Davis, whose child he is godfather to, and model-actress China Chow. In 2009, Reeves met Alexandra Grant at a dinner party; they went on to collaborate on two books together. They went public with their relationship in November 2019.

Reeves is discreet about his spiritual beliefs, saying that it is something “personal and private”. When asked if he was a spiritual person, he said that he believes “in God, faith, inner faith, the self, passion, and things”, and that he is “very spiritual” and “supremely bountiful”.

Although he does not formally practice Buddhism, the religion has left a strong impression on him, especially after filming Little Buddha. He said, “Most of the things I’ve come away with from Buddhism have been human—understanding feelings, impermanence, and trying to understand other people and where they’re coming from.”

When asked on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2019 about his views on what happens after death, Reeves replied, “I know that the ones who love us will miss us.”

 

Keanu Reeves Biography

 

Overview

Born in Beirut, Lebanon
Birth Name Keanu Charles Reeves
Nicknames The Wall
The One
Height 6′ 1″ (1.86 m)

 

Mini Bio

Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu’s father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese ancestry, and Keanu’s mother is originally from England. After his parents’ marriage dissolved, Keanu moved with his mother and younger sister, Kim Reeves, to New York City, then Toronto.

Stepfather #1 was Paul Aaron, a stage and film director – he and Patricia divorced within a year, after which she went on to marry (and divorce) rock promoter Robert Miller and hair salon owner Jack Bond. Reeves never reconnected with his biological father. In high school, Reeves was lukewarm toward academics but took a keen interest in ice hockey (as team goalie, he earned the nickname “The Wall”) and drama. He eventually dropped out of school to pursue an acting career.

After a few stage gigs and a handful of made-for-TV movies, he scored a supporting role in the Rob Lowe hockey flick Youngblood (1986), which was filmed in Canada. Shortly after the production wrapped, Reeves packed his bags and headed for Hollywood. Reeves popped up on critics’ radar with his performance in the dark adolescent drama, River’s Edge (1986), and landed a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated Dangerous Liaisons (1988) with director Stephen Frears.

His first popular success was the role of totally rad dude Ted “Theodore” Logan in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989). The wacky time-travel movie became something of a cultural phenomenon, and audiences would forever confuse Reeves’s real-life persona with that of his doofy on-screen counterpart. He then joined the casts of Ron Howard’s comedy, Parenthood (1989) and Lawrence Kasdan’s I Love You to Death (1990).

Over the next few years, Reeves tried to shake the Ted stigma with a series of highbrow projects. He played a slumming rich boy opposite River Phoenix’s narcoleptic male hustler in My Own Private Idaho (1991), an unlucky lawyer who stumbles into the vampire’s lair in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), and Shakespearean party-pooper Don John in Much Ado About Nothing (1993).

In 1994, the understated actor became a big-budget action star with the release of Speed (1994). Its success heralded an era of five years in which Reeves would alternate between small films, like Feeling Minnesota (1996) and The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997), and big films like A Walk in the Clouds (1995) and The Devil’s Advocate (1997).

(There were a couple misfires, too: Johnny Mnemonic (1995) and Chain Reaction (1996).) After all this, Reeves did the unthinkable and passed on the Speed sequel, but he struck box-office gold again a few years later with the Wachowski siblings’ cyberadventure, The Matrix (1999).

Now a bonafide box-office star, Keanu would appear in a string of smaller films — among them The Replacements (2000), The Watcher (2000), The Gift (2000), Sweet November (2001), and Hardball (2001) – before The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) were both released in 2003.

Since the end of The Matrix trilogy, Keanu has divided his time between mainstream and indie fare, landing hits with Something’s Gotta Give (2003), The Lake House (2006), and Street Kings (2008). He’s kept Matrix fans satiated with films such as Constantine (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). And he’s waded back into art-house territory with Ellie Parker (2005), Thumbsucker (2005), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009), and Henry’s Crime (2010).

Most recently, as post-production on the samurai epic 47 Ronin (2013) waged on, Keanu appeared in front of the camera in Side by Side (2012), a documentary on celluloid and digital filmmaking, which he also produced. He also directed another Asian-influenced project, Man of Tai Chi (2013).

In 2014, Keanu played the title role in the action revenge film John Wick (2014), which became popular with critics and audiences alike. He reprised the role in John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), taking the now-iconic character to a better opening weekend and even more enthusiastic reviews than the first go-around.

 

Family

Children None
Parents Reeves, Samuel Nowlin
Patricia Taylor
Relatives Kim Reeves (sibling)
Miller, Karina (half sibling)
Reeves, Emma (half sibling)

 

Trade Mark 

Intense contemplative gaze
Deep husky voice
Known for playing stoic reserved characters
 

Salary

Youngblood (1986) $3,000
Speed (1994) $1,200,000
Johnny Mnemonic (1995) $2,000,000
The Devil’s Advocate (1997) $8,000,000
The Matrix (1999) $10,000,000 + 10% of the gross
The Replacements (2000) $12,500,000
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) $15,000,000 + 15% of the gross
The Matrix Revolutions (2003) $15,000,000 + 15% of the gross

FILMOGRAPHY

 

Movies

CREDIT
No Score Yet No Score Yet John Wick: Chapter 4 John Wick (Character),
Executive Producer
2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet DC League of Super-Pets Batman (Voice) 2022
 63%  64% The Matrix Resurrections Neo/Thomas Anderson (Character) $37.7M 2021
 67%  50% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Sage (Voice) $4.5M 2020
 82%  65% Bill & Ted Face the Music Ted (Character),
Executive Producer
$3.4M 2020
 75%  43% Between Two Ferns: The Movie Self 2019
 97%  94% Toy Story 4 Duke Caboom (Voice) $434.0M 2019
 90%  80% Always Be My Maybe Self 2019
 89%  86% John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum John Wick (Character) $171.0M 2019
 11%  32% Replicas William Foster (Character),
Producer
$4.0M 2018
 51%  58% Destination Wedding Frank (Character) 2018
 12%  16% Siberia Lucas Hill (Character),
Producer
2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hijastras lesbianas Unknown (Character) 2018
No Score Yet  8% SPF-18 Self 2017
 70%  64% To the Bone Dr. William Beckham (Character) 2017
 89%  85% John Wick: Chapter 2 John Wick (Character) $92.0M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Replicas Unknown (Character) 2017
 46%  30% The Bad Batch The Dream (Character) $180.9K 2016
 34%  33% The Whole Truth Ramsey (Character) 2016
 58%  51% The Neon Demon Hanks (Character) $1.3M 2016
 8%  15% Exposed Detective Galban (Character),
Producer
2016
 84%  77% Mifune: The Last Samurai Narrator $61.9K 2015
 79%  71% Deep Web Narrator 2015
 37%  19% Knock Knock Evan (Character),
Executive Producer
$34.0K 2015
 86%  81% John Wick John Wick (Character) $43.0M 2014
 16%  48% 47 Ronin Kai (Character) $38.3M 2013
 71%  50% Man of Tai Chi Donaka Mark (Character),
Director
2013
 0%  23% Generation Um… John (Character) 2012
 93%  86% Side by Side Unknown (Character),
Producer
$28.6K 2012
 42%  25% Henry’s Crime Henry (Character),
Producer
$101.9K 2010
 70%  50% The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Chris (Character) 2009
 20%  27% The Day the Earth Stood Still Klaatu (Character) $79.4M 2008
 36%  58% Street Kings Tom Ludlow (Character) $26.4M 2008
 68%  74% A Scanner Darkly Fred/Bob (Voice) $5.5M 2006
 35%  73% The Lake House Alex (Character) $52.3M 2006
 67%  100% The Great Warming Narrator 2006
 71%  71% Thumbsucker Perry Lyman (Character) $1.3M 2005
 46%  72% Constantine John Constantine (Character) $75.5M 2005
 87%  77% Mayor of the Sunset Strip Self $257.3K 2003
 72%  69% Something’s Gotta Give Dr. Julian Mercer (Character) $124.6M 2003
 35%  60% The Matrix Revolutions Neo/ Thomas A. Anderson (Character) $139.3M 2003
 89%  78% The Animatrix Neo (Voice) 2003
 73%  72% The Matrix Reloaded Thomas A. Anderson/Neo (Character) $281.5M 2003
 41%  70% Hardball Conor O’Neill (Character) $40.2M 2001
 15%  76% Sweet November Nelson Moss (Character) $25.2M 2001
 57%  55% The Gift Donnie Barksdale (Character) $12.0M 2000
 11%  28% The Watcher Griffin (Character) $28.9M 2000
 41%  66% The Replacements Shane Falco (Character) $44.7M 2000
 88%  85% The Matrix Thomas A. Anderson/ Neo (Character) $171.4M 1999
No Score Yet  53% Me & Will Dogstar/Himself (Character) 1998
No Score Yet  43% The Last Time I Committed Suicide Harry (Character) $12.8K 1997
 63%  80% The Devil’s Advocate Kevin Lomax (Character) $61.0M 1997
 14%  27% Feeling Minnesota Jjaks Clayton (Character) $3.1M 1996
 18%  27% Chain Reaction Eddie Kasalivich (Character) $20.6M 1996
 18%  31% Johnny Mnemonic Johnny Mnemonic (Character) $16.7M 1995
 46%  75% A Walk in the Clouds Paul Sutton (Character) $48.0M 1995
 94%  76% Speed Officer Jack Traven (Character) $121.2M 1994
 65%  53% Little Buddha Siddhartha (Character) $2.3M 1993
 18%  28% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Julian Gitche (Character) $1.7M 1993
 90%  86% Much Ado About Nothing Don John (Character) $22.5M 1993
 76%  79% Bram Stoker’s Dracula Jonathan Harker (Character) $82.0M 1992
 70%  79% Point Break FBI Special Agent Johnny ‘John’ Utah (Character) $40.5M 1991
 56%  56% Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey Ted (Character) $38.0M 1991
 79%  80% My Own Private Idaho Scott Favor (Character) $6.4M 1991
 56%  63% I Love You to Death Marlon James (Character) $14.9M 1990
 50%  52% Tune in Tomorrow… Martin Loader (Character) 1990
 91%  76% Parenthood Tod Higgins (Character) $99.6M 1989
 81%  75% Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Ted Logan (Character) $39.1M 1989
No Score Yet  53% The Night Before Winston Connelly (Character) 1988
 14%  49% The Prince of Pennsylvania Rupert Marshetta (Character) 1988
 50%  69% Permanent Record Chris Townsend (Character) $1.6M 1988
 94%  83% Dangerous Liaisons Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny (Character) $32.7M 1988
 88%  76% River’s Edge Matt (Character) $1.2M 1987
No Score Yet  53% Young Again Michael Riley, Age 17 (Character) 1987
No Score Yet  38% Brotherhood of Justice Derek (Character) 1986
No Score Yet  50% Babes in Toyland Jack/Jack-be-Nimble (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flying Tommy Warneki (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Influence Eddie Talbot (Character) 1986
No Score Yet  57% Act of Vengeance Buddy Martin (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Step Away Ron Petrie (Character) 1985

 

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019-2022
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2021
No Score Yet 100% El show de Graham Norton Guest 201720192021
No Score Yet 51% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 20172020
No Score Yet No Score Yet A World of Calm Narrator 2020
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2019
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
83% 85% James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction Guest 2018
No Score Yet 100% Swedish Dicks Tex (Character) 20162018
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2017
No Score Yet 100% Jay Leno’s Garage Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 200820122014-2015
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 20112013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bollywood Hero Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
93% 100% Action Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
60% No Score Yet Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures Ted Logan (Voice) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tracey Ullman Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Heat Unknown (Guest Star) 1985

 

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