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.
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.
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
|Born||in Beirut, Lebanon|
|Birth Name||Keanu Charles Reeves|
|Height||6′ 1″ (1.86 m)|
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.
|Parents||Reeves, Samuel Nowlin
|Relatives||Kim Reeves (sibling)
Miller, Karina (half sibling)
Reeves, Emma (half sibling)
|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|
|No Score Yet||No Score Yet||John Wick: Chapter 4||John Wick (Character),
|No Score Yet||No Score Yet||DC League of Super-Pets||Batman (Voice)||–||2022|
|63%||64%||The Matrix Resurrections||Neo/
|67%||50%||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||Sage (Voice)||$4.5M||2020|
|82%||65%||Bill & Ted Face the Music||Ted (Character),
|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),
|51%||58%||Destination Wedding||Frank (Character)||–||2018|
|12%||16%||Siberia||Lucas Hill (Character),
|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),
|84%||77%||Mifune: The Last Samurai||Narrator||$61.9K||2015|
|37%||19%||Knock Knock||Evan (Character),
|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),
|0%||23%||Generation Um…||John (Character)||–||2012|
|93%||86%||Side by Side||Unknown (Character),
|42%||25%||Henry’s Crime||Henry (Character),
|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/
|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/
|89%||78%||The Animatrix||Neo (Voice)||–||2003|
|73%||72%||The Matrix Reloaded||Thomas A. Anderson/
|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/
|No Score Yet||53%||Me & Will||Dogstar/
|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/
|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|
|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|