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Who is Keanu Reeves?

Born Charles Reeves on the 2nd September 1964, in Beirut, Lebanon, he is an actor, perhaps best known to the world as Neo in the film trilogy “Matrix” (1999-2003), and most recently as John Wick in the film trilogy of the same name, of which two films have been released. He has had a number of other notable roles throughout his career, appearing in over 90 film and TV titles so far.


Where is Keanu Gone? Is He Dead?

Well, Keanu is very much alive, though his film enemies aren’t. In his most recent film “John Wick” first and second part, Keanu or John has killed them all. He is now working on the third part and has several other projects in store, such as the crime-thriller film “Siberia” (2018), then the sci-fi mystery film “Replicas”, and the TV mini-series “The Rain”, scheduled for release in 2019.

Keanu Reeves Bio: Early Life, Family, and Education

Of mixed ancestry, Keanu is of Irish, English, Chinese, Hawaiian and Portuguese ancestry, the son of Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr. and Patricia née Taylor. Keanu had a hard childhood, moving from one country to other, while his father spent time in jail for selling heroin at Hilo International Airport. Samuel left Keanu and his mother when Keanu was only three years old, though Keanu kept in touch with him until he turned 13. He lived in Sydney, New York City, and then Toronto, Ontario Canada. His mother remarried three times, each of which required another move, so that he was eventually brought up by grandparents and nannies. His troubles in childhood reached a whole new level in his adolescence; he suffered from dyslexia which caused poor grades and other problems, so that he never finished high school, but instead focused on acting. He actually wanted to become a hockey player, and earned the nickname of The Wall in his early career, but after he suffered an injury, his dreams of becoming a professional player disappeared.

Career Beginnings

Keanu’s career actually started when he was only nine years old, when he featured in a theater production of “Damn Yankees”. Six years later he made another stage appearance, this time as Mercutio in the play “Rome and Juliet”, performed at the Leah Posluns Theatre. He moved to Los Angeles when he turned 20, after obtaining a green card through one of his stepfathers, and living with Paul Aaron, also one of his stepfathers, Keanu started attending auditions, and in 1984 made his screen debut in the TV series “Hangin’ In”. He then focused on commercials, and appeared in one for Coca-Cola, before returning to the stage in the play “Wolfboy”. Erwin Stoff became his manager and agent, when Paul Aaron convinced him to take Keanu under his wing. It was in 1986 that he felt the first rays of success, when he was cast in the drama film “River’s Edge”. After that appearance, Keanu began his uprising, and before the ‘80s ended, he featured in a number of prominent films, such as the romantic dramas “Permanent Record” then “Dangerous Liaisons”, both  in 1988, while in 1989 he starred as Ted in the comedy film “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, next to Alex Winter and George Carlin.

Rise to Prominence

He started the ‘90s with the lead role in the action thriller film “Point Break” in 1991, while the same year he reprised the role of Ted in the sequel “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey”, and then played Jonathan Harker in the horror film “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”. Throughout the ‘90s, Keanu enjoyed success with such roles as Siddhartha in the film “Little Buddha” in 1993, then as Jack Traven in the action film “Speed” (1994), while in 1995 he was Johnny Mnemonic in the film of the same name. Before the ‘90s ended, Keanu had one of his most prominent roles, as Neo in the sci-fi action thriller film “Matrix”, written and directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, and also starring Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss, and which became an instant hit, winning four Oscars, and more than 30 other prestigious awards. He repeated the role of Neo in the sequels “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”, both in 2003, and certainly it was the role of Neo that launched him to prominence, and from here it became quite easy for Keanu to continue his career.

Continual Success

Keanu started the next decade with the lead roles in a couple of romantic drama films, such as “Sweet November” in 2001, co-starring Charlize Theron and Jason Isaacs, and then “Something’s Gotta Give” in 2003, with Jack Nicholson, and Diane Keaton. In 2006 he was the star of the animated crime-drama film “A Scanner Darkly”, with Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr. next to him, while in 2008 he was Klaatu in the remake of the sci-fi thriller film “The Day the Earth Stood Still” from 1951. After that, his career entered into a slump, and with roles in such films as “Henry’s Crime” in 2010, and “47 Ronin” (2013), which haven’t been well welcomed by the critics and public in the whole, his career stagnated for a few years.

Career In Recent Years

His career resurrected with the role of John Wick in the film of the same name in 2014 – although controversial for its screenplay, it won several awards and the public was delighted with the film. Most recently, “John Wick: Chapter 2” was released, and became even more popular than the first part, so the producers decided to make the third installment. Aside from the role of John Wick, Keanu had a notable role in the drama film “To the Bone” in 2017.

Keanu Reeves Awards

Keanu’s efforts in the acting industry have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including the Teen Choice Award for the film “The Lake House”, and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for “The Matrix”. He has also been awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2005, among many other differing awards.

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Keanu Reeves Net Worth

Since launching his career, Keanu has appeared in a number of successful films, which have benefited his wealth, and even those which failed commercially still benefited his net worth. Some of the most profitable films in which he appeared include the “Matrix” trilogy which grossed over $1 billion at the box office, while “John Wick” first part grossed over $130 million with only a $20 million budget, while the second part grossed over $150 million with a $40 million as a budget. So, have you ever wondered how rich Keanu Reeves is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, Keanu’s net worth is as high as $350 million. Rather impressive, right?

Keanu Reeves Personal Life, Wife, Children, Affairs, Interests

Keanu suffered a personal tragedy when his girlfriend, Jennifer Syme gave birth to a stillborn child in the eighth month of pregnancy, a tragic event which apparently caused the couple to eventually break up. Jennifer died in a car crash in 2001. Since then, Keanu has been seen with several beauties from Hollywood, including Charlize Theron and Jamie Clayton. However, he is currently still single. Keanu is not a religious person and often calls himself an atheist though has said that he is rather spiritual, but has never revealed his practice to the public, saying that it is personal and private.
His pictures have become internet memes, most recently the one of him on a horse chasing a motorcyclist, a scene from the upcoming film “John Wick 3: Parabellum”. Also, a picture of him sitting on a bench looking rather depressed became a meme with sayings such as “Sad Keanu” or “Keanu is Sad”; a holiday was created by a Facebook fan page, as the 15th of June was named as Cheer-up Keanu Day.

Philanthropic Activities

Aside from career, Keanu has found time to contribute to the community; he has supported such organizations as PETA, then the SickKids Foundation, and Stand Up to Cancer among others. In interviews, Keanu stated that he isn’t fond of money, and has given away most of his earnings from “Matrix” and other films. He said that he has earned enough to live on for the next few centuries.

Motorcycle Enthusiast

Motorcycles have been Keanu’s passion, and he was looking to start his own motorcycle company; it was in 2007 that he met Gard Hollinger after Keanu wanted to make some changes on one of his bikes. This meeting resulted in a further collaboration, and in 2011 Keanu and Gard started the motorcycle manufacturing company Arch Motorcycle.

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