Keanu Reeves, born on September 2, 1964, is one of the most successful Canadian actors. He started his acting career in theater productions before hitting it big. He made his film debut with the movie titled “Young Blood” and had his breakthrough three years later with “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” He attained iconic status with “The Matrix,” but did better with the “John Wick” film franchise. Join us in celebrating the journey of this legendary actor.
Keanu Charles Reeves
September 2, 1964
Keanu Reeves is one of the best movie actors to come out of Hollywood, and his handsome looks and sweet personality have enchanted millions of fans. He has had a turbulent life, but has held his head high and continues undefeated. Reeves and his mother were abandoned when he was just three years old. He also had to care for his sister as she battled leukemia. However, he has not allowed his difficult circumstances to be an excuse for failure. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon on September 2, 1964. Reeves has British, Chinese, Portuguese, and Native Hawaiian ethnicity. His father’s name is Samuel Reeves, and he is an American national. His mother’s name is Patricia Taylor, and she is an English woman.
He grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he fell in love with hockey. He played the goalkeeper position and hoped to become a professional hockey player. However, he dedicated his future to acting when he turned 15. At 20, he started working as a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (C.B.C.). He also featured in stage plays and, notably, a Coca-cola advert. He got interested in music and helped form Dogstar, a rock band, in 1991.
In 1989, he was featured in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” and the movie did relatively well.
Reeves got married to Jennifer Syme in 1998, but she died in 2001. After a few difficult years, he rose again with “The Devil’s Advocate” in 1997 and delivered a stellar performance. In 1999, he got to play the lead role in “The Matrix,” a uber-successful franchise that has grossed more than three billion dollars. In 2014, he started playing the legendary assassin in the “John Wick” franchise, which has grossed more than half a billion dollars. His music group, Dogstar, was disbanded in 2002.
Reeves partners with other musicians to form Dogstar, an alternative rock band.
He features in the biggest movie project of his career for the first time and goes on to appear in later sequels.
The alternative rock band Reeves helped to form disbands, marking the end of his music career.
Reeves stars in the American neo-noir action thriller film “John Wick,” and also gets to act in the subsequent installments.
Why We Love Keanu Reeves
He set up a cancer charity
Reeves' sister suffered from cancer for a decade. He has since set up a cancer charity, and we appreciate his generosity.
He overcame grief
Reeves has had more than his fair share of grief in life. We are happy that he didn't give up and has found love with Alexandra Grant.
He deliberately takes pay cuts
Reeves takes pay cuts for things he believes in. For example, he took a pay cut so the makers of “The Matrix” could use better effects in the movie.
5 Surprising Facts
He is a Canadian citizen
Reeves has a green card since his biological father is an American, but has also kept the Canadian citizenship he acquired after moving to Canada with his mother.
He is a hockey freak
Reeves played hockey after he moved to Canada, and he would have played it professionally if he didn't love acting more.
He tried to rename himself
He once considered renaming himself "Chuck Spadina" because he felt his name was considered too exotic to pronounce.
He has a dangerous relationship with motorcycles
Reeves loves motorcycles very much, but he's been in many unfortunate accidents.
He got blacklisted
Hollywood had blacklisted Reeves for some time after he turned down a role in “Speed 2.”
Keanu Reeves FAQs
Is Keanu Reeves a billionaire?
No, he is not. In 2022, he was valued at $360 million, which is a long way off a billion dollars.
Did Keanu Reeves have a child?
Yes, he did, and her name was Ava Archer. However, unfortunately, she was stillborn.
Is Keanu Reeves left-handed?
Keanu Reeves is ambidextrous. While he writes with his left hand, he uses his right hand when playing instruments or holding movie props like guns.
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