Keanu Reeves Biography
Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor and musician. Among his repertoire are comedies from the Bill and Ted franchise (1989–2020); the action thrillers Point Break (1991), Speed (1994) and the John Wick franchise (2014–2019); the psychological thriller The Devil’s Advocate (1997); the supernatural thriller Constantine (2005); and the sci-fi action trilogy The Matrix (1999-2003). He has also participated in dramatic films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), My Own Private Idaho (1991), and Little Buddha (1993), as well as in the horror-romance film Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).
September 2, 1964
Jennifer Syme (1998–2000)
$ 360 million
Keanu Reeves has earned critical acclaim for his performance. A New York Times critic praised his versatility, saying he “displays considerable discipline and range… He easily moves between the buttoned-down attitude that fits the story of a police procedure and the carefree manner of her comic roles.” However, he has spent much of his career being typecast. A recurring arc of his characters in many roles he has played in saving the world, as can be seen in Ted Logan, Siddhartha Buddha, Neo, Johnny Mnemonic, John Constantine, and Klaatu. The John Wick franchise represented a return to Reeves’ critical accolades and commercial success. He has won several awards and has a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.
On stage, he acted as Prince Hamlet for the Manitoba Theater Center production of Hamlet. He is a musician and played bass for the band’s Dogstar and Becky. 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.
Keanu Reeves Wife and Children
Born in Lebanon, Keanu Reeves is a Canadian citizen. For almost a decade, he lived in rented houses and hotels and resided at Chateau Marmont for a time. He bought his first home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles in 2003 and owned an apartment near Central Park West in New York. He considers himself non-religious but is nevertheless interested in Buddhism.
He has never been married. In December 1999, her partner Jennifer Syme, twenty-seven, gives birth to a stillborn daughter called Ava Archer Syme-Reeves. The couple separated a few weeks later. In April 2001, Jennifer Syme died in a car accident while possibly driving under drugs and alcohol. She is buried next to her daughter in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Family and Early Life
Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 2, 1964, to Patricia Taylor and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., geologist. Keanu’s mother is British, and his father is American of Hawaiian descent. His mother was working in Beirut when she met his father. His father worked as an unskilled laborer and graduated when he was incarcerated in Hawaii at the Hilo International Airport for heroin trafficking.
He abandons his wife and family when Keanu is three, and Keanu currently has no contact with him. Keanu also has the name of his uncle, Henry Keanu Reeves. He and his father are seen for the last time when Keanu only.
Reeves experiences a volatile childhood, moves frequently and lives alongside successive stepfathers. Following his parent’s divorce in 1966, his mother became a designer, and his family moved to Sydney, Australia, and then to New York, United States. There, he meets Paul Aaron, a Hollywood director. The couple moves to Toronto, Canada. Reeves’s mother then married Robert Miller, a promoter, in 1976; the couple divorced in 1980. He finally settled down with his fourth husband, Jack Bond, a make-up artist; the marriage ended in 1994.
His grandparents and several nannies took care of Reeves and his sisters; then, Reeves spent most of his childhood in Toronto. Within five years, he attended four high schools, including the Etobicoke School of the Arts; will be returned.
Reeves shines in ice hockey in the studies because he had dyslexia. He forged an outstanding reputation as a goalkeeper at De La Salle College in Toronto and earned the nickname “The Wall”. Reeves dreamed of representing Canada in professional hockey, but an injury ends his dream. After leaving De La Salle College, he studied at Avondale Secondary Alternative School, which subsequently enabled him to pursue his acting career. He abandoned after that and failed to graduate.
Keanu Reeves has a biological sister named Kim (born 1966 in Australia) who had leukemia in the early 1990s. On his mother’s side, he also has a half-sister called Karina Miller (born 1976 in Toronto), and on his father’s side, another half-sister called Emma Rose Reeves (born 1980 in Hawaii).
Acting debut (1980s)
Keanu Reeves began his acting career at the age of nine. He appears in the Damn Yankees production. At fifteen, he played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, a romantic tragedy at the theater by Leah Posluns. Keanu made his screen debut in a comedy series on CBC, Hangin’ In. In the early 1980s, he appeared in commercials (including one for Coca-Cola), short films including a drama on NFB One Step Away, and finally, the cult hit of Brad Fraser Wolfboy. In 1984, he played in the Going Great series.
Keanu Reeves’ first notable film was Youngblood, an ice hockey movie by Peter Markle, starring Patrick Swayze and Rob Lowe, filmed in Canada. He played a Quebec goalie. Shortly after the film’s release, he left for Los Angeles in 1969, Volvo. After a few minor roles, a more important role appeared in 1986 in The River of Death. Following the film’s success.
Keanu spent the late 1980s appearing in several teen films, including Permanent Record and the 1989 hit comedy, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, with its sequel in 1991, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. This role marked Keanu a lot. He said, “I used to have nightmares where you put Ted [he played Ted] on my gravestone.” He plays a secondary role in the same period in an adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons by Stephen Frears.
International revelation (the 1990s)
In the early 1990s, Reeves began to break out of his teenage film period. The action film Point Break, where he finds Patrick Swayze, sounds like a farewell to youth and recklessness despite his commercial success. The feature film will become a cult.
In 1999, the revolutionary Matrix the Wachowski gives new life to his career. This special effect masterpiece will remain one of the biggest successes in the history of science fiction cinema.
Business failures, directing and producing (2000)
- At the London premiere of The Lake House, in September 2006.
- From 2000 Keanu Reeves decides to play the bad boys by interpreting a serial killer in The Watcher of Joe Charbanic and an abusive husband in The Gift of Sam Raimi. He then played in 2001 as the coach of a young baseball team in Hardball. With Constantine, the actor plays this time a smoking and depressed exorcist.
- In 2003, he can count on Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions to stay at the box office’s top.
- In 2006, he remained in the sci-fi register for the experimental A Scanner Darkly, which received good reviews. The same year, he also reunites with Sandra Bullock for a fantastic romance, The Lake House, by Alejandro Agresti.
- In 2008, he defended two projects: first, the thriller At the end of the night, then a science-fiction blockbuster, The Day the Earth Stopped. Two critical and commercial flops.
- In February 2009, he was surprised with a small role in the independent dramatic comedy The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. The feature film is presented at the Berlinale.
- In January 2009, rumor had it that the actor will take on the role of Spike Spiegel in the adaptation of the Japanese animated series Cowboy Bebop, scheduled for 2011. The project will not materialize. In 2010, he starred in a crime film, Heist in New York, where he was partnered with Vera Farmiga and James Caan, and on which he made his debut as a producer.
- The actor at The Man of Tai Chi premiere at TIFF 2013.
- In 2013, he co-wrote and directed and starred in the martial arts film The Man of Tai Chi, alongside Tiger Hu Chen, which finally allowed him to reconnect with criticism, but failed commercially.
- It is confirmed in a cinema influenced by Asian culture with blockbuster 47 Rōnin, but this time it is a critical and commercial failure.
Return to the foreground (since 2014)
In early 2014, he was chosen by director Eli Roth to play the main character of his next project as a director, the independent thriller Knock Knock, which he also produced, and which revealed Ana de Armas, was released in 2015. Reviews are bad.
But the year before, the actor made a noticeable comeback wearing the John Wick action flick by Matrix Trilogy stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. The actor returns to the genre that made him famous, but in the role of a bad guy: in fact, he plays a former hitman in search of revenge after the theft of his car and the murder of his dog, the last gift from his deceased wife.
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