KEANU CHARLES REEVES (/kiːˈɑːnuː/ kee-AH-noo ; born September
2, 1964) is a Canadian actor, director, producer, and musician.
Reeves is best known for his acting career, beginning in 1985 and
spanning more than three decades. He gained fame for his starring role
performances in several blockbuster films including comedies from the
Bill and Ted franchise (1989–1991); action thrillers Point Break
(1991), Speed (1994), and the
John Wick franchise ; psychological
thriller The Devil\'s Advocate (1997); supernatural thriller
Constantine (2005); and science fiction/action series The Matrix
(1999–2003). He has also appeared in dramatic films such as
Dangerous Liaisons (1988),
My Own Private Idaho (1991), and Little
Buddha (1993), as well as the romantic horror Bram Stoker\'s Dracula
Since becoming active in the film industry, Reeves has earned
critical acclaim. One
New York Times
New York Times critic praised Reeves'
versatility, saying that he "displays considerable discipline and
range... he moves easily between the buttoned-down demeanor that suits
a police procedural story and the loose-jointed manner of his comic
roles". However, Reeves has spent much of his later career being
typecast . A recurring character arc in many roles he has portrayed is
one of saving the world, as can be seen in the characters of Ted Logan
Buddha , Neo , Johnny Mnemonic ,
John Constantine , and Klaatu . His
acting has garnered several awards, including a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame .
During his film career, Reeves has engaged in several forms of
artistic expression. Active as a musician for over a decade, he played
bass guitar for the bands Dogstar and Becky. Acting onstage, he
Prince Hamlet for the
Manitoba Theatre Centre 's
Hamlet . He wrote the text for a picture book, Ode to
Happiness, illustrated by
Alexandra Grant . He has also produced a
documentary, Side by Side , and directed the martial arts film Man of
Tai Chi .
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 1980s: Early career
* 2.2 1990s: Widespread popularity
* 2.3 2000s: Continued successes
* 2.4 2010s: New artistic roles
* 2.5 Future projects
* 3 Personal life
* 3.1 Legal issues
* 3.2 Philanthropy and community outreach
* 4 Filmography
* 4.1 Film
* 4.2 Television
* 5 References
* 6 Further reading
* 7 External links
Keanu Charles Reeves was born in
Beirut on September 2, 1964, the son
of Patricia (née Taylor), an English costume designer and performer
Essex , and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., an American man from
Hawaii . His father is of Chinese , English, Native Hawaiian , and
Portuguese ancestry. Reeves has said, "My grandmother is Chinese
and Hawaiian so I was around Chinese art, furniture, and cuisine when
I was growing up." He has also spoken of his English ancestry,
mentioning happily watching British comedy shows such as The Two
Ronnies during his childhood, and how his mother imparted English
manners that he has maintained into adulthood. Reeves' mother was
Beirut when she met his father.
Reeves' father earned his GED while imprisoned in
Hawaii for selling
Hilo International Airport
Hilo International Airport . He abandoned his wife and
family when Reeves was three years old, but Reeves knew him until he
was six. They last met on the island of
Kauai when Reeves was 13.
Reeves moved around the world frequently as a child, and lived with
various stepfathers. After his parents divorced in 1966, his mother
became a costume designer and moved the family to
Sydney , and then
New York City
New York City , where she married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and
Hollywood director, in 1970. The couple moved to
Toronto and divorced
in 1971. When Reeves was 15, he worked as a production assistant on
Aaron's films. Reeves' mother then 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 ended in 1994. Grandparents and nannies babysat Reeves and
his sisters, and Reeves grew up primarily in the Yorkville
neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario .
Within five years, Reeves attended four high schools, including the
Etobicoke School of the Arts , from which he was expelled . Reeves
stated he was expelled because he was "just a little too rambunctious
and shot mouth off once too often... was not generally the most
well-oiled machine in the school". Reeves excelled more in sports
than in academics, as his educational development was challenged by
dyslexia . He was a successful ice hockey goalie at one of his high
schools (De La Salle College "Oaklands" ), and earned the nickname
"The Wall". Reeves dreamed of playing hockey for Canada but an
injury ended his hopes for a hockey career. After leaving De La Salle
College, he attended
Avondale Secondary Alternative School , which
allowed him to obtain an education while working as an actor. He later
dropped out and did not obtain a high school diploma.
1980S: EARLY CAREER
Reeves began his acting career at the age of nine, appearing in a
theatre production of
Damn Yankees . At 15, he played
Mercutio in a
stage production of
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet at the Leah Posluns Theatre.
Reeves dropped out of high school when he was 17. He obtained a green
card through his American stepfather and moved to Los Angeles three
years later. He lived with his ex-stepfather, Paul Aaron, who was a
stage and television director. Reeves made his screen acting debut in
an episode of Hangin\' In . In the early 1980s, he appeared in
commercials (including one for
Coca-Cola ), short films including the
NFB drama One Step Away and stage work such as
Brad Fraser 's cult
Wolfboy in Toronto. In 1984, he was a correspondent for the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV youth program
Going Great .
His first studio movie appearance was Youngblood (1986) in which he
played a Québécois goalie. Shortly after the movie's release, Reeves
drove to Los Angeles in his 1969
Volvo . His stepfather had convinced
Erwin Stoff in advance to be Reeves's manager and agent. Stoff has
remained Reeves's manager, and has co-produced many of his films.
After a few minor roles, Reeves received a sizeable role in the 1986
drama film River\'s Edge , which depicted how a murder affected a
group of teens. Following this film's critical success, he spent the
late 1980s appearing in a number of movies aimed at teenage audiences,
including Permanent Record , and the unexpectedly successful 1989
comedy, Bill & Ted\'s Excellent Adventure , along with its 1991
sequel, Bill "> Reeves' star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
In between the first Matrix film and its sequels, Reeves received
positive reviews for his portrayal of an abusive husband in The Gift .
Aside from The Gift, Reeves appeared in several films that received
mostly negative reviews and unimpressive box office grosses, including
The Watcher , Sweet November , and The Replacements . However, the two
The Matrix Reloaded and
The Matrix Revolutions , along
with Something\'s Gotta Give and the 2005 horror-action film,
Constantine , were box office successes and brought Reeves back into
the public spotlight. Reeves performed with the band Becky for a year,
but quit in 2005, citing his lack of interest in a serious music
In early 2005, Reeves' accomplishments in Hollywood were recognized
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star located at 6801 Hollywood
His appearance in A Scanner Darkly (2006), based on the dystopian
science fiction novel by
Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick , received favourable reviews,
and The Lake House , his romantic outing with Sandra Bullock, was a
success at the box office. He went on to play the lead character in
two 2008 films,
Street Kings and The Day the Earth Stood Still . In
February 2009 he starred in director
Rebecca Miller 's film The
Private Life of Pippa Lee , which premiered at
2010S: NEW ARTISTIC ROLES
Reeves promoting The Day the Earth Stood Still in Mexico in
Beginning in 2008, Reeves began pre-production on his directorial
Man of Tai Chi . The film is a multilingual narrative, partly
inspired by the life of his friend, stuntman
Tiger Chen . Filming
occurred on mainland China and Hong Kong. During Man of Tai Chi's five
years of scripting and production, Reeves acted in several B movies
with lead roles as Henry in 2010's Henry\'s Crime and John in 2012's
Generation Um... . During that time, Reeves also played Kai in the
critically panned 47 Ronin . Critics widely attribute the film's poor
performance to its direction, pacing, focus on special effects, and
In 2011, he returned to other artistic mediums of expression. Having
played music earlier in his career, he forayed into literature by
writing the text for a "grown-up picture book" entitled Ode to
Happiness. The text was complemented by Alexandra Grant's
illustrations. In 2011, he produced the documentary Side by Side
about the supplanting of photo-chemical film by digital camera
technology; Reeves interviewed several celebrated directors including
James Cameron ,
Martin Scorsese , and
Christopher Nolan .
Reeves's first directorial film,
Man of Tai Chi , premiered in 2013
with showings at the Beijing Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival .
The work was awarded in Beijing and praised by recognized director of
action genre films,
John Woo .
Reeves has continued acting while exploring other forms of artistry.
In October 2014, he played the title role in the action thriller John
Wick . The film, which stars Reeves as a retired hitman, opened to
positive reviews and performed well at the box office. He reprised
the role in John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), which was also well received.
In 2016, Reeves appeared in the horror thriller
The Neon Demon and
the dystopian romance
The Bad Batch .
Reeves had a cameo in the
Jordan Peele /
Keegan-Michael Key action
comedy Keanu where he voiced the eponymous kitten. Keanu director
Peter Atencio revealed that the filmmakers had contacted Reeves'
management about Reeves appearing in the film, who declined on his
behalf. When Reeves' sister showed him the trailer, Reeves contacted
the filmmakers directly about appearing in the film. As the film had
been mostly completed, they decided to have a scene where he voices
In January 2009, it was announced that Reeves would star in the
live-action film adaptation of the anime series
Cowboy Bebop ,
initially slated for release in 2011. Because of budgeting problems,
the script was sent for a rewrite, and the project's status is
In April 2011, Reeves referenced that a third instalment of the Bill
& Ted series was possible. He further elaborated on the film in
December 2013 during a taping of NBC's
The Today Show . "I'm open to
the idea of that...I think it's pretty surreal, playing 'Bill ">
Reeves leaving the press conference for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
In 2008, Reeves was sued in Los Angeles Superior Court by paparazzo
Alison Silva. The unsuccessful $ 711,974 suit claimed Reeves
allegedly hit and injured Silva with a
Porsche concluding a family
visit at a Los Angeles medical facility. The lawsuit took a year and
a half to make it to trial, during which time Silva continued to
attack Reeves and demand payment. At the trial, all 12 jurors rejected
the suit, needing only an hour of deliberation to reach their verdict.
In 2014, two stalkers trespassed upon Reeves'
Hollywood Hills home.
On September 12, 2014, Reeves awoke and found a female stalker in his
library, who told him that she was there to meet him. While Reeves
calmly talked to her, he called 9-1-1 and alerted the police. They
arrived, arrested her and took her in for psychological evaluation.
Three days later, a second female stalker made her way into his home
through a gate that was left unlocked by a cleaning company. The
intruder undressed and took a shower in Reeves' bathroom and then
proceeded to swim naked in his swimming pool. The cleaning crew became
suspicious and alerted Reeves, who was not at home. He then notified
the police and the stalker was remanded.
PHILANTHROPY AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Reeves set up a cancer charity, choosing not to attach his name to
the organization; he has also supported
PETA , the SickKids Foundation
and Stand Up To Cancer. His sister Kim has battled leukemia for more
than a decade.
Reeves is quoted as saying "Money is the last thing I think about. I
could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries."
It has been reported that Reeves gave approximately US$80 million of
his US$114 million earnings of
The Matrix sequels,
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions , to the special effects and makeup staff.
The story has been denied by special effects staff themselves as an
urban legend. The story likely had its roots in a back-end deal
Reeves made with the producers of
The Matrix Reloaded relinquishing
his contractual right to a percentage of the earnings from the ticket
sales. Reeves reportedly did so to allow producers the flexibility for
an extensive special effects budget. The value of Reeves' foregone
share of the ticket profits has been estimated as US$38 million, which
was added to the overall movie budget, rather than going directly to
Reeves co-founded a production company, Company Films. The company
helped produce Henry\'s Crime , a film in which Reeves stars.
An avid motorcyclist, he co-founded Arch Motorcycle Company. The
business builds and sells custom motorcycles .
One Step Away
Act of Vengeance
The Prince of Pennsylvania
The Night Before
Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny
Life Under Water
Bill & Ted\'s Excellent Adventure
Ted "Theodore" Logan
I Love You to Death
Tune in Tomorrow
Special Agent John "Johnny" Utah
MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male
Bill also producer
Man of Tai Chi
Also executive producer
Nominated – Razzie Redeemer Award
Detective Scott Galban
The Neon Demon
The Bad Batch
The Whole Truth
To the Bone
Dr. William Beckham
John Wick: Chapter 2
Episode: "Happiness is a Warm Grover"
Mugger / Thug #1
Episode: "Fast Foof"
Stereo Teen 1
The Disney Sunday Movie
Michael Riley (Age 17)
Episode: "Young Again"
Under the Influence
Brotherhood of Justice
Babes in Toyland
Episode: "Moving Day"
Episode: "Life Under Water"
The Tracey Ullman Show
Episode: "Two Lost Souls"
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