Keanu Reeves Biography, Age, Facts, Girlfriends, Net Worth, Movies & Shows, Awards

Everything you need to know about Hollywood’s nicest star Keanu Reeves!

Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his roles as Neo in The Matrix series. He is a beloved Hollywood actor and is adored by fans worldwide.

Quick Facts about Keanu Reeves

Full Name: Keanu Charles Reeves

Other Popular Names: Keanu Reeves

Birthday: September 2, 1964 (56 years)

Place of Birth: Beirut, Lebanon

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Height: 6′ 1″ (185.42 cm)

Popular as: Actor

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Who is Keanu Reeves?

Keanu Reeves is a Hollywood actor who has been an integral part of the tinsel world for a long time. He has not only earned a name for himself in Hollywood as a remarkable actor but has also won million hearts as a kind and genuine human being. He is probably the most respected actor in Hollywood to date. And even at 56-years of age, he is still going strong. Keanu Reeves’ noteworthy talents as an actor and his good reputation have kept him immortalized in the hearts of his fans.

Early Life & Childhood

Keanu Charles Reeves was born on September 2, 1964, in Beirut, Lebanon. His mother, Patricia Taylor, was a showgirl and costume designer, while his father, Samuel Nowlin Reeves, was a geologist. He also has a younger sister, Kim Reeves. After his parents divorced, Keanu Reeves moved with his mother and sister first to New York City and then to Toronto, Canada. He also has had three stepfathers, Paul Aron, who is a stage and film director, was his first stepfather, Rock promoter Robert Miller was his second step-dad, while Jack Bond, a hair salon owner is his third.

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Keanu Reeves although not being too interested in academics was rather highly intrigued by ice hockey and drama. He initially planned to become an Olympic ice hockey player for Canada, however, this dream soon came to an end when he suffered a serious injury. He soon dropped out of high school to pursue a career in acting.

Early in his career, Keanu Reeves worked for theater productions. He starred in the TV series called Hanging In. He was also involved in acting in Coca-Cola commercials.

Career

Keanu Reeves made his debut as a film actor in the hockey flick, ‘Youngblood’ (1986) directed by Rob Lowe where he filled in for a supporting role. The movie was filmed in Canada itself. After the production of this film was completed, Keanu Reeves flew to Hollywood to make his dreams of being a star translate into reality. He gained critiques’ attention for acting in the dark fantasy movie ‘River’s Edge’ (1986). He also managed to score a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated movie ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ (1988) directed by Stephen Frears.

However, Keanu Reeves’ first major success came with his role as Ted “Theodore” Logan in the sci-fi comedy movie ‘Bill & Ted‘s Excellent Adventure’ (1989). He also came back for his role in the movie’s sequels. Soon after this, Reeves starred in movies like ‘Parenthood’ (1989) directed by Ron Howard and ‘I Love You To Death’ (1990) directed by Lawrence Kasdan.

Keanu Reeves didn’t have to look back after this. He went on to star is blockbuster hit movies like ‘My Own Private Idaho’ (1991), Dracula (1992) and the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (1993).

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In 1994, Keanu Reeves reached the pinnacle of his career by starring in the movie ‘Speed’. In the next five years, he appeared in both small-budget movies like ‘Feeling Minnesota’ (1996) and ‘The Last Time I Committed Suicide’ (1997), and big-budget ones such as ‘A Walk in the Clouds’ (1995) and ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ (1997). Later on, Keanu Reeves decided to let of reprising his original role in the ‘Speed’ sequel, although he signed up for what would go on to become his most memorable role, the character of Neo in ‘The Matrix’ (1999) franchise directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski.

In the 2000’s Keanu Reeves, appeared in smaller movies like, ‘The Replacements’ (2000), ‘The Watcher’ (2000), ‘The Gift’ (2000), ‘Sweet November’ (2001), and ‘Hardball’ (2001). He also came back for The Matrix sequels of 2003 as Neo, in ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’.

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Keanu Reeves has also appeared in a number of other movies since then, namely, ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ (2003), ‘The Lake House’ (2006), and ‘Street Kings’ (2008). He also appeared in other popular movies such as, ‘Constantine’ (2005), ‘A Scanner Darkly’ (2006), and ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (2008). He has also starred in other art films like ‘Ellie Parker’ (2005), ‘Thumbsucker’ (2005), ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee’ (2009), and ‘Henry’s Crime’ (2010).

Keanu Reeves’ most recent acting gigs include, 47 Ronin (2013), ‘Side by Side’ (2012), a documentary on celluloid and digital filmmaking which he also helped produce. And not just acting, Reeves has also tried his hands at film direction, the most notable movie which he directed being, ‘Man of Tai Chi’ (2013).

In 2014, Keanu Reeves came back to the big screen, this time acting in the role of John Wick, in the titular action revenge movie. He came back in the same role for the movie’s sequel which was released in 2017, titled, ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’.

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The actor is also set to reprise his role as Neo in an upcoming fourth rendition of The Matrix films, set to be released in December 2021.

Keanu Reeves is also a philanthropist aside from being a renowned actor, and is involved with several causes and charities. He set up a cancer charity, although he didn’t attach his own name to this cause. He also supports PETA, Stand up to Cancer, and the SickKids Foundation.

Besides being an actor Keanu Reeves was also the bassist for the band Dogstar for many years in the ’90s. He is also a passionate motorcyclist and co-founded a custom motorcycle building company known as Arch Motorcycle Company. He is also the co-founder of a production company called Company Films. He also founded a small press called X Artists’ Books. He has also written two books himself, titled, ‘Ode to Happiness’ and ‘Shadows’ respectively.

Keanu Reeves Movies & Shows

Keanu Reeves made his debut in the sports film ‘Youngblood’ (1986). In the same year, he appeared in the movie called ‘River’s Edge’. He has also acted in movies like ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ (1988), ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ (1989) and in its sequels, ‘Parenthood’ (1989) ‘I Love You To Death’ (1990), ‘My Own Private Idaho’ (1991), Dracula (1992) and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (1993). He appeared in the blockbuster action hit, ‘Speed’ in 1994 and went on to appear in movies like, ‘Feeling Minnesota’ (1996) and ‘The Last Time I Committed Suicide’ (1997), ‘A Walk in the Clouds’ (1995) and ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ (1997). He gained the most attention through his character of Neo in ‘The Matrix’ (1999), and its sequels, ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ (2003) and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ (2003).

He also appeared in movies like ‘The Replacements’ (2000), ‘The Watcher’ (2000), ‘The Gift’ (2000), ‘Sweet November’ (2001), and ‘Hardball’ (2001), ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ (2003), ‘The Lake House’ (2006), and ‘Street Kings’ (2008). He is popular for his roles in films such as, ‘Constantine’ (2005), ‘A Scanner Darkly’ (2006), and ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (2008). He has also acted in several smaller art-house films like ‘Ellie Parker’ (2005), ‘Thumbsucker’ (2005), ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee’ (2009), and ‘Henry’s Crime’ (2010).

His recent gigs include the movies ‘John Wick’ and its sequel, ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’.

Awards & Achievements

  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards – In the category of Best Actor – International for The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  • MTV Movie + TV Awards – In the category of Best Male Performance and Best Fight for The Matrix (1999)
  • MTV Movie + TV Awards – In the category of Best On-Screen Duo for Speed (1994) shared with Sandra Bullock
  • Teen Choice Awards – In the category of Movies – Choice Liplock for The Lake House (2006)
  • Walk of Fame for Motion Picture
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Personal Life & Family

Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant

Keanu Reeves has been dating artist Alexandra Grant since at least 2019, the actor is usually extremely private about his love life. The couple took to the red carpet together in November 2019 although initially, they have collaborated together as well. Alexandra Grant illustrated Reeves’ book, Ode to Happiness.

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Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Syme

The pair started dating in 1999. They soon announced that Jennifer was pregnant however, the aftermath was tragic since she gave birth to daughter Ava who was stillborn at eight months in January 2000. The pair broke up after this and in April 2001, Jennifer Syme also lost her life in a car accident.

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Keanu Reeves and Sofia Coppola

Keanu Reeves dated director Sofia Coppola before splitting up in 1992. The two met on the set of the movie ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ directed by her father Francis Ford Coppola.

Keanu Reeves and Jill Schoelen

Keanu Reeves reportedly dated American actress Jill Schoelen for three years after meeting each other on the set of ‘Babes in Toyland’ (1986), one of Reeves’ early films.

Keanu Reeves Net worth

Keanu Reeves’ total net worth is $360 million. His upfront salary for his role in The Matrix was $10 million. Keanu Reeve’s share of the profits was worth $35 million, given the success of the movie. With the sale of the DVDs for The Matrix, along with the successes of the second and the third movies in the franchise, Keanu Reeves became the highest paid actor for a single franchise. He earned at least $120 million in bonuses from the second and third installments of the movie franchise. His total earnings from The Matrix is worth $200 million.

The actor earned $3000 for his film debut in Youngblood (1986). He earned $95,000 for his role in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and $1.2 million for Speed (1994). He also earned $2 million for Johnny Mnemonic and $8 million for The Devil’s Advocate.

Keanu Reeves Facts

  • Keanu Reeves’ first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian.
  • He earned the nickname “The Wall” as the goalie of his school’s ice hockey team.
  • He was once arrested in Los Angeles, California for drunk driving in May, 1993.
  • He also worked as the manager of a pasta shop in Toronto, Canada.
  • He was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1995 by People magazine.
  • He is also known to love ballroom dancing.

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