Keanu Reeves’ biographyKeanu Reeves is one of the most extraordinary actors in modern Hollywood. Of course, most people primarily know him as Neo from “The Matrix” trilogy, but he has so many other roles under his belt: both in blockbusters and independent films. He portrayed a cynical lawyer in the mystical thriller “The Devil’s Advocate”, a weird undercover detective in the animated film “A Scanner Darkly”, a mediator between Heaven and Hell, master of darkness in “Constantine” and the list goes on.
ChildhoodKeanu Reeves was born in Beirut, the capital of hot Lebanon, to a geologist Samuel and a showgirl Patricia Bond. He is of mixed heritage and that is where he got his interesting looks from. His father is of Hawaiian and Portuguese descent and his mother has English and Irish roots. And such an unusual boy’s name came from Hawaiian and means “cool breeze over the mountains”.
After this mishap, Keanu’s family moved to Sydney and later relocated to New York, where his mom, who turned to costume design by then, married a Broadway director Paul Aaron (not to be confused with Aaron Paul). Only after that, the Reeves family settled in Toronto – and Keanu considered hospitable Canada to be his homeland ever since.
Keanu was a reluctant pupil and struggled in the majority of classes due to his dyslexia, which means that his perception of oral and written information was distorted. He had trouble with reading and writing and, as a consequence, couldn’t really study. As a result of his classmates’ bullying and teachers’ contempt he soon became very closed off and insecure but managed to resolve his issues as he grew older.
Despite his dyslexia, Keanu Reeves used to play chess at a decent level and often challenged adults, charging them a dollar for every game.
First rolesAt 15 years old Keanu Reeves got his first role in “Wolfboy” a production of the local theater – Leah Posluns Theatre.
In 1986 he got his first movie role in Peter Markle’s “Youngblood”, where he portrayed a goalie. After the movie’s release, Keanu got a Green Card and moved to Los Angeles. His ex-stepfather, Paul Aaron, helped him to settle into the city and even found him an agent. The agent considered Keanu’s name to be too exotic and that is why the actor is credited as Noman Reeves, K.C. Reeves and even Chuck Spadina in his early works.
That same year Keanu was offered the role of Private Chris in Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” about the Vietnam War. But being a convinced pacifist, he turned it down, and the leading role went to Charlie Sheen.
Reeves had his big break in “Bram Stocker’s Dracula”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1992. The young actor was cast as Jonathan Harker, who was a captive of a wicked vampire (Gary Oldman), who fell in love with his fiancée (Winona Ryder). In 1993 Keanu portrayed one of Buddha’s reincarnations in “Little Buddha”, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
“The Matrix”. New popularity milestoneKeanu Reeves obtained his true cult status as an actor only after the premiere of the first part of the cyberpunk trilogy “The Matrix” (1999), directed by the Wachowskis. His character, hacker Thomas Anderson, who goes by alias “Neo”, discovers that the reality is nothing but fiction, created by machines to enslave humans after the triumph of artificial intelligence. Disillusioned, Neo becomes one of the leaders in mankind’s struggle for liberation.
The next career peakAfter “The Matrix” success, according to critics, Keanu Reeves starred in a number of unfortunate projects. “The Gift”, “Hard Ball”, “Sweet November”, “Thumbsucker”, “Ellie Parker”, “Something’s Gotta Give” – movies not entirely bad, but the actor of that caliber was expected to be cast in films of a different level.
Keanu Reeves’ personal lifeKeanu Reeves was distinguishably shy as a kid and was quite closed-off even when he got older. Many girls were captivated by his candid gloominess and found special charm in it, but Keanu never let anyone close to his heart, although he had a number of flings and casual relationships.
The baby girl was supposed to be born on 8 January 2000. The couple even chose a name – Ava Archer Syme-Reeves. But during a follow-up exam one week before she was due, the doctor found out that the baby’s heart stopped beating.
Keanu Reeves NowAn action film about a “polite assassin” John Wick was so well-received that the sequel didn’t take long to come out: “John Wick: Chapter 2” was released in 2017 and a “John Wick: Chapter 3” came on screens in 2019.
Moreover, he gave his face to one of 'Cyberpunk 2077' game characters – a guitar-man with a silver hand. During the game presentation, someone called him 'breathtaking'. Keanu said 'No, you're breathtaking' and gave birth to the new web meme.