Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
Born, September 2, 1964 (age 58)
Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality Canadian
Occupation(s) Actor, musician
Years active 1984–present
Works: John Wick
Partner(s) Jennifer Syme
(1998–2001; her death)
Alexandra Grant
(c. 2018–present)
Children 1 (deceased)

Keanu Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor. Born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Toronto, Reeves began acting in theatre productions and in television films before making his feature film debut in Youngblood (1986).

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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 after he played the role of 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).

Following another commercially down period, Reeves made a successful 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 endeavors including writing and philanthropy.

The son of Patricia (née Taylor), a costume designer and performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr. His mother is English, originating from Essex.[9]

His American father is from Hawaii and is of Native Hawaiian, Chinese, English, Irish, and Portuguese descent.[5][10][11] His grandmother from his father’s side is Chinese Hawaiian.[12]

His mother was working in Beirut when she met his father,[13] who abandoned his wife and family when Reeves was three years old. Reeves last met his father on the Hawaiian island of Kauai when he was 13.[14]

After his parents divorced in 1966, his mother moved the family to Sydney, Australia[14] and then to New York City, where she married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director, in 1970.[14]

The couple moved to Toronto and divorced in 1971. When Reeves was nine, he took part in a theatre production of Damn Yankees.[15]
Aaron remained close to Reeves, offering him advice and recommended him for a job at the Hedgerow Theater in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania which is a small borough west of Philadelphia.[14]
Reeves’s mother married Robert Miller, a rock music promoter, in 1976; the couple divorced in 1980. She then married her fourth husband, a hairdresser named Jack Bond; the marriage dissolved in 1994.
Reeves and his sisters grew up primarily in the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto, with a nanny caring for them frequently.[14][16] His grandmother was Chinese and Hawaiian; he grew up with Chinese art, furniture, and cuisine.[17]
Reeves watched British comedy shows such as The Two Ronnies and his mother imparted English manners which he continues to use.[18]
Describing himself as a “private kid”,[19] 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”.[20] Reeves has dyslexia and has said, “Because I had trouble reading, I wasn’t a good student”.[21]
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.[22] 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.[23] He obtained a green card through his American stepfather and moved to Los Angeles three years later.[14] Reeves holds only Canadian citizenship.


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