Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor, producer, director, and musician. This John Wick star is known for his blockbuster performances and unmatched acting skill.
September 2, 1964
Samuel Nowlin Reeves J
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Keanu Reeves is a multitalented actor with extraordinary skills. He got recognition from the movie Bill and Trade franchise (1989-1991). Keanu is the kind of actor who has shown his well-versed talent almost in every genre like humor, action, horror, etc. Reeves made his directorial start from the movie ‘‘Man of Tai Chi’ in 2013. He is known for his humbleness and heart full of gold.
Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut in Lebanon. His mother Patrica was a costume designer and English showgirl. Reeves father Samuel Nowlin was an Asian American Geologist of Hawaiian and Chinese accent. At the age of three, his parents parted their ways. Her mother got married several times that is the reason Keanu had many stepfathers. After his parent’s official divorce procedure, Keanu along with his mother got shifted to Sydney, Australia. His mother got married a second time to Director Paul Aaron in New York. They all moved to Toronto with his stepfather and attained Canadian citizenship. Even after that Keanu’s mother further got re-married. Due to all this shifting Actor and his sisters were raised by grandparents and baby sitters. As because of, frequent traveling Keanu had to change many high schools. As a student, he wasn’t good at studies however he was great in sports and other activities. While taking part in other curricular activities Reeves simultaneously developed his interest in drama.
Career and Work-Life
He began professional acting from his teenage days. Keanu did his screen debut from a TV show, ‘hangin’ in’.He even played his role in several commercials. Then at the age of 20, he initiated to take his acting career in the long run and decided to move to Los Angeles. With the help of the agent, Keanu tried his luck in Hollywood. Like any other actor, even his starting years in the industry were full of struggles. His first noticeable role was in the drama movie ‘River edge’. After that movie, he started getting different offers for more different roles. In starting of his journey, he mainly Used to get play characters of a young age. The media started giving him titles as ‘Idealistic teen’ and so on. In 1989, He did his first major film ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’. This film gave him a lot of fame and recognition in Hollywood. He always used to play bad teenage boy’s roles, so to break this stereotype he chooses to act something different in his next movie. Keanu played the role of a young rich boy who used to spend more time with lower-class people in the movie
‘My Private Idaho’.
In 1994, He changed people’s mindset regarding him and did an action thriller movie which left his fans speechless. There was another science fiction-action trilogy, The Matrix that blew away everyone’s praises and wonderful feedbacks. After that, There was no looking back as he gave back to back hits of his career. In 2006 his romantic movie with Sandra Bullock also gained huge attention at the box office. The Matrix star did an action thriller movie ‘John Wick’ in which he played the role of ‘John’ in 2014. Another chapter of the same movie got released up in 2017. Till date, he is known widely by his character John wick’s name among his fans
Keanu Reeves life was never simple and smooth going. Right from childhood, he has seen many ups and downs in the family. At first, when he was very young, at that time his parents got divorced. In 1993, Reeves co-star River Phoenix who was also his best friend just passed away. This news devastated the actor very badly. Five years after his best friend’s death, Keanu met Jennifer Syme in 1998. The couple instantly fell in love with each other and gave birth to a stillborn baby in 2000. They named their daughter Ava Archer Symes- Reeves. The news of losing a baby gradually created differences between him and his girlfriend which ended up in the breakup.
A year and a half later to this incidence Jennifer met with a car accident and lost her life. The broken Reeves said in of his 2006 interview that “Grief changes shape, but it never ends,” Actor even added “People have a misconception that you can deal with it and say, ‘It’s gone, and I’m better.’ They’re wrong. When the people you love are gone, you’re alone.” After losing his beloveds, Keanu Reeves avoided being involved in serious relationships. In 2008 there were reports that Reeves is dating an actress China Chow but they broke up really soon. All this parting away events never made Keanu go rude and mean to live. He even ended up being more grounded and humble to the world. His good deeds are one of the main reasons that it’s been almost 30 years of him in Hollywood yet he is favorite of all.
Awards and Achievements
In his unbeatable acting career, Keanu has won many awards.
He won three awards for a single movie ‘The Matrix’ which includes Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor, MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance, and MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.
Even grabbed award as Most desirable male in 1992
For Point Break.
In 1995 he was there in the list of top 50 Most Beautiful People on earth reported by People’s magazine.
Did You Know
Reeves is dyslexic. He was trained in Martial arts before starting the movie ‘The Matrix’. Besides acting he loves horse riding, ballroom, and surfing. His name ‘KEANU’ means ‘soft breeze raising’ in Hawaiian. He worked as a manager in a pasta shop when he was in Toronto. At the age of 17, he was dropped out of high school in the urge to becoming an actor. From three decades he is there in Hollywood but still, he maintains his Canadian citizenship and passport. His younger sister Kim Reeves is Keanu’s Best friend by so far.
Keanu Reeves is one of the most generous actors in Hollywood. Reeves took care of his sister during her lengthy battle with leukemia. He has even supported such organizations as Stand Up To Cancer and PETA.