Keanu Charles Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Neo in the action film trilogy The Matrix and also for roles in Speed and comedies such as Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. He was also a member of a grunge band, Dogstar, during the 1990s, as a bassist.




Kim & Keanu Reeves


BIOGRAPHY - Early life


Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., an American geologist, and Patricia Taylor, an English showgirl and costume designer who was working in Beirut when she met Reeves' father at a local nightclub.


His paternal grandfather, Samuel Nowlin Reeves, was born in Hawaii to Charles Armistead Reeves, a Tennessee-born Irish American, and Rose Lokalia Miguel, who was of Portuguese and Hawaiian descent. His paternal grandmother, Sarah M. Victor, was of part Chinese descent. Reeves was named after his uncle Henry Keanu Reeves. The name originated with Reeves' great-great-uncle Keaweaheulu, whose name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian. When Reeves first arrived in Hollywood, his agent thought his first name was too exotic, so during the early days of his film career he is sometimes credited as K.C. Reeves, Norman Kreeves or Chuck Spadina.


Reeves has a sister, Kim (born 1966 in Beirut, Lebanon), a half-sister named Karina Miller (born 1976 in Toronto, Canada) and another half-sister named Emma Rose Reeves (born 1980 in Hawaii). Kim Reeves is a devoted horse breeder, as well as an actress.[1] She presently lives in Anacapri, in the north of the island of Capri.


His parents divorced in 1966, and his mother moved to New York City with Reeves and his sister in 1969, where she met, and subsequently married, Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director. The couple, who divorced in 1971, then moved to Toronto, Canada, where Reeves grew up.


Reeves' mother was later married to Robert Miller (between 1976 and 1980) and he has a half-sister, Karina Miller. Reeves grew up in Toronto, and worked at a pasta shop, sharpened skates at an ice rink, and was voted MVP on his high school ice hockey team. Within a span of five years, Reeves attended four different high schools, including a performing arts school from which he was expelled. Reeves began his acting career at the age of 15, appearing in a stage production at a local Jewish community center. After leaving the Catholic boys' high school where he played hockey, he attended a free school which allowed him to obtain an education while working as an actor; he later dropped out, never obtaining his high school diploma.




Keanu Reeves inherited U.S. citizenship through his American father and British citizenship through his English mother [3]. While living in Canada, Reeves became a naturalized Canadian citizen. All three nations—U.S., Britain, and Canada—accept the concept of multiple citizenships, so he is able to bear all three contemporaneously. In general, however, Reeves considers himself a Canadian; Canada being the country where he grew up, went to school, and got his start in show business. Although Keanu Reeves was born in Lebanon, he is not a Lebanese citizen, because his parents were only temporary residents of Lebanon and were not themselves of Lebanese descent (cf. jus soli and jus sanguinis).




Reeves made his screen acting debut in Canada, in a 1979 CBC production, Hanging In. Throughout the early 1980s, he appeared in commercials (including one for Coca-Cola), short films and stage work in Toronto. His first studio movie appearance was in the Rob Lowe hockey flick Youngblood which was filmed in Canada. In it he played a Hockey goalie. Shortly after the movie release Reeves obtained a green card and drove from Toronto to Los Angeles in his 1969 Volvo. His ex-stepfather Paul Aaron, a stage and television director, gave him a place to stay and got him a manager, Erwin Stoff, and agent before he even arrived in LA.




Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure



After a few minor roles gained the notice of the critics in 1986's River's Edge, a teenage drama which received positive reviews. Following the film's success, he spent the late 1980s appearing in a number of movies aimed at teenage audiences, including Permanent Record, a dark film about teenage suicide, and the successful 1989 comedy, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, which typecast Reeves somewhat during the next few years, as much of his subsequent portrayal in the press has been influenced by his portrayal of the comically airheaded character, "Ted". Reeves was originally offered the role of Pvt. Chris Taylor in Platoon (1986) but turned it down as he disliked the violence involved and the role went to Charlie Sheen.


During the early 1990s, Reeves appeared in both high-budget action films like Point Break and lower-budget independent films, including the well-received 1991 film, My Own Private Idaho, and the critically-hated 1994 film, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. In 1994, Reeves also starred in the action film Speed, which was a commercial success and raised his profile, leading to his casting in films like Johnny Mnemonic and Chain Reaction, both of which failed at the box office.


Hitting a low in his career, Reeves then did the unthinkable and turned down the role of Jack Traven in the Speed sequel. He was reportedly offered $11 million dollars for the sequel but opted instead to star in the horror/drama The Devil's Advocate with Al Pacino and Charlize Theron. Reeves deferred his salary for The Devil's Advocate so Al Pacino would be cast, and did the same for The Replacements, guaranteeing the casting of Gene Hackman. In 1995 Reeves performed the title role in a Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


His 1999 science fiction hit, The Matrix, re-established him as a Hollywood leading man, after a few years of films that received only moderate box office and mixed critical reception.


In between the first Matrix film and its sequels, Reeves appeared in several films that received mostly negative reviews and average box office grosses, including The Watcher, Sweet November and Hardball. However, the two "Matrix" sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, as well as his 2005 horror-action film, Constantine, proved to be box office successes, and brought Reeves back into the public spotlight.


On January 31, 2005, Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Reeves accompanied Sandra Bullock to the 2006 Academy Awards, which caused some controversy as Bullock is married to bike builder Jesse James. It was later revealed to be a publicity stunt to coincide with Bullock and Reeves having a movie rolling out that same year.


His upcoming film A Scanner Darkly is set for release on July 7, 2006, shortly after the June 2006 release of The Lake House in which he played a starring role.




Keanu Reeves in Speed



Private life


In December 1999, Reeves' girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, gave birth to a stillborn daughter who was named Ava Archer Syme Reeves. In April 2001, Syme was killed in a car accident. She was buried next to their daughter in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.


Reeves has never reconnected with his estranged biological father [5], who served time in prison; he was paroled after serving two years of a 10-year sentence for selling heroin at Hilo Airport in 1992.


Reeves enjoys riding motorcycles and coined the term "demon ride" to describe how he often rides with no headlights at night. On one of his demon rides in 1988, he crashed near Topanga Canyon and broke several ribs and ruptured his spleen; he has had an abdominal scar ever since – when the paramedics arrived, an emergency medical technician trainee dropped one end of the stretcher by mistake.


For nearly a decade following his initial rise to stardom, Reeves lived a vagabond existence in hotels, opting not to buy a house or find a permanent place of residence, despite earning millions. Reeves has lived in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles since 2003, but also has an apartment in New York City. He does not formally practice any religion, although he has a Christian background and is interested in Buddhism.


Reeves is fond of chess, motorcycles, ice hockey, and table tennis. He is left-handed, but plays the bass guitar right-handed and loves punk rock bands such as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and The Clash, as well as legendary R&B singers such as Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding. In a 1992 New Year's Eve party show, Reeves filled in on bass for punk rock band The Vandals while bassist Joe Escalante was at a wedding. He began playing the bass with the rock band Dogstar, which has now gone "into hibernation." Reeves also had a part in New York thrash metal band Anthrax's "Safe Home" music video. More recently, he played bass in a band called Becky with former Dogstar drummer Rob Mailhouse, guitarist Paulie Costa and singer Rebecca Lord. In early 2005, he announced that he is leaving the band and his musical career for good.


Reeves is reported to be very generous with his time and money, lending both to a variety of causes. He took a significant amount of the profits from his Matrix series and treated the twelve stuntmen who worked on the films to motorcycles, among other things.


His sexual orientation is matter of dispute - bisexual or heterosexual - according to some interviews he has given. Keanu Reeves had always been subjected to the rumors of being homosexual or bisexual, but has always kept a very tight lid on his romantic and private lives. He has denied being homosexual, but refuses to answer if he is bisexual or heterosexual. [6] [7] In June 2006, he said that he would like to get married and to have children.[8]


He has a tendency to re-team with actresses after a number of years:






Actor - filmography

  1. Stompanato (2007) (announced) .... Johnny Stompanato

  2. The Night Watchman (2008) (pre-production)

  3. Fishing for Moonlight (2006) (pre-production)

  4. The Lake House (2006) .... Alex Wyler

  5. A Scanner Darkly (2006) .... Bob Arctor

  6. Constantine (2005) .... John Constantine

  7. Thumbsucker (2005) .... Perry Lyman

  8. Video Hits: Paula Abdul (2005) (V) .... The Boy (segment "Rush, Rush")

  9. Something's Gotta Give (2003) .... Dr. Julian Mercer

  10. The Matrix Revolutions (2003) .... Neo
    ... aka The Matrix Revolutions: The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version (promotional title))

  11. Kid's Story (2003) (voice) .... Neo
    ... aka The Animatrix: Kid's Story (USA: series title)

  12. Enter the Matrix (2003) (VG) .... Neo

  13. The Matrix Reloaded (2003) .... Neo
    ... aka The Matrix Reloaded: The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version (promotional title))

  14. The Animatrix (2003) (V) (voice) .... Neo (segment "Kid's Story")

  15. The Great Warming (2003) (TV) .... Narrator

  16. Hard Ball (2001) .... Conor O'Neill
    ... aka Hardball (Germany) (USA: alternative spelling)

  17. Sweet November (2001) .... Nelson Moss

  18. The Gift (2000) .... Donnie Barksdale

  19. The Watcher (2000/I) .... David Allen Griffin

  20. The Replacements (2000) .... Shane Falco

  21. Me and Will (1999) .... Dogstar/Himself

  22. The Matrix (1999) .... Neo

  23. The Devil's Advocate (1997) .... Kevin Lomax
    ... aka Devil's Advocate (USA: DVD box title)
    ... aka Im Auftrag des Teufels (Germany)

  24. The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) .... Harry

  25. Feeling Minnesota (1996) .... Jjaks Clayton

  26. Chain Reaction (1996) .... Eddie Kasalivich

  27. A Walk in the Clouds (1995) .... Paul Sutton
    ... aka Caminando por las nubes (Mexico)
    ... aka Paseo por las nubes, Un (Mexico)

  28. Johnny Mnemonic (1995) .... Johnny Mnemonic
    ... aka Johnny Mnémonique (Canada: French title)

  29. Speed (1994/I) .... Officer Jack Traven

  30. Little Buddha (1993) .... Siddhartha
    ... aka Little Buddha (France)

  31. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) .... Julian Gitche

  32. Freaked (1993) (uncredited) .... Ortiz the Dog Boy
    ... aka Hideous Mutant Freekz

  33. Much Ado About Nothing (1993) .... Don John

  34. Dracula (1992) .... Jonathan Harker
    ... aka Bram Stoker's Dracula (USA: complete title)

  35. My Own Private Idaho (1991) .... Scott Favor

  36. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) .... Ted Logan/Evil Ted

  37. Point Break (1991) .... FBI Special Agent John 'Johnny' Utah

  38. Providence (1991) .... Eric

  39. Captivated '92: The Video Collection (1991) (V) .... Jim (segment "Rush, Rush")

  40. Tune in Tomorrow... (1990) .... Martin Loader
    ... aka Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

  41. "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures" (1990) TV Series (voice) .... Ted Logan

  42. I Love You to Death (1990) .... Marlon James

  43. "The Word"
        - Episode #2.2 (????) TV Episode

  44. "The Tracey Ullman Show"
        - Two Lost Souls (1989) TV Episode .... Jesse Walker

  45. Parenthood (1989) .... Tod Higgins

  46. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) .... Ted Logan

  47. Life Under Water (1989) (TV) .... Kip

  48. Dangerous Liaisons (1988) .... Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny

  49. The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988) .... Rupert Marshetta

  50. Permanent Record (1988) .... Chris Townsend

  51. The Night Before (1988) .... Winston Connelly

  52. "Trying Times"
        - Moving Day (1987) TV Episode .... Joey

  53. Babes in Toyland (1986) (TV) .... Jack/Jack-be-Nimble

  54. Under the Influence (1986) (TV) .... Eddie Talbot

  55. River's Edge (1986) .... Matt

  56. Young Again (1986) (TV) (as K.C. Reeves) .... Michael Riley, Age 17

  57. Act of Vengeance (1986) (TV) .... Buddy Martin

  58. Youngblood (1986) .... Heaver

  59. Brotherhood of Justice (1986) (TV) .... Derek

  60. Flying (1986) .... Tommy
    ... aka Dream to Believe
    ... aka Teenage Dream (video title)

  61. One Step Away (1985) .... Ron Petrie

  62. Letting Go (1985) (TV) .... Stereo Teen #1

  63. "Night Heat"
        - Necessary Force (1985) TV Episode .... Thug #1
        - Crossfire (1985) TV Episode



Keanu Reeves as Neo in Matrix




Filmography as: Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Himself, Archive Footage

Miscellaneous Crew - filmography

  1. Lost in Translation (2003) (thanks)

  2. The Matrix Revisited (2001) (V) (special thanks)


Filmography as: Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Himself, Archive Footage

Himself - filmography

  1. "Richard & Judy"
        - Episode dated 22 June 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Himself

  2. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
        - Episode dated 12 June 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Himself
        - Episode dated 10 September 2001 (2001) TV Episode .... Himself

  3. The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV) .... Himself - Co-presenter: Best Art Direction

  4. "HypaSpace"
        - Episode #5.36 (2006) TV Episode .... Himself

  5. Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2006) (TV) .... Himself

  6. "Corazón de..."
        - Episode dated 24 October 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Himself

  7. "Magacine"
        - Episode dated 9 September 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Himself

  8. "Grin & Barrett"
        - Episode #1.2 (2005) TV Episode .... Himself

  9. "The Film Programme"
        - Episode dated 14 March 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Himself
        - Episode dated 3 February 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Himself

  10. "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee"
    ... aka Live with Regis (USA: new title)
    ... aka Live with Regis & Kelly (USA: new title)
        - Episode dated 17 February 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Himself
        - Episode dated 7 November 2003 (2003) TV Episode

  11. "Late Show with David Letterman"
    ... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
    ... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
        - Episode dated 15 February 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Himself

  12. "Caiga quien caiga"
        - Episode dated 11 February 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Himself

  13. "HBO First Look"
        - Constantine: Heaven, Hell and Beyond (2005) TV Episode .... Himself
        - The Matrix Revolutions (2003) TV Episode .... Himself
        - The Matrix (1999) TV Episode .... Himself
        - Speed (1995) TV Episode .... Himself

  14. "Unscripted"
        - Episode #1.6 (2005) TV Episode .... Himself

  15. "Ahora"
        - Episode dated 12 January 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Himself

  16. Ellie Parker (2005) .... Himself

  17. St. Richard of Austin (2004) (TV) .... Himself

  18. The Burly Man Chronicles (2004) (V) .... Himself

  19. 2004 Taurus World Stunt Awards (2004) (TV) .... Himself

  20. The Matrix Recalibrated (2004) (V) .... Himself
    ... aka Revolutions Recalibrated (USA)

  21. "The Sharon Osbourne Show"
    ... aka Sharon (USA: short title)
        - Episode dated 10 March 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Himself
        - Episode dated 17 September 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Himself

  22. The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) (TV) .... Himself - Co-presenter: Best Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie and Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie

  23. "Rove Live"
        - Episode #4.37 (2003) TV Episode .... Himself

  24. "Tinseltown TV"
        - Episode dated 1 November 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Himself

  25. Keanu Reeves: Journey to Success (2003) (V) .... Himself

  26. Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003) .... Himself

  27. 2003 MTV Movie Awards (2003) (TV) .... Himself

  28. "Matthew's Best Hit TV"
        - Episode dated 4 June 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Himself

  29. Trier, Kidman og Cannes (2003) (TV) (uncredited) .... Himself

  30. "God kveld Norge"
        - Episode dated 24 May 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Himself

  31. "Filmland"
        - Episode #1.13 (2003) TV Episode .... Himself

  32. "The Charlie Rose Show"
        - Episode dated 13 May 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Himself

  33. The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects

  34. Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2003) (TV) .... Himself

  35. "Player$"
        - Enter the Playtrix (2003) TV Episode .... Himself

  36. "Rank"
        - 25 Toughest Stars (2002) TV Episode .... Himself

  37. The Matrix Revisited (2001) (V) .... Himself/Neo

  38. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
        - Episode dated 15 February 2001 (2001) TV Episode .... Himself
        - Episode dated 15 October 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Himself

  39. Sweet November: From the Heart (2001) (V) .... Himself

  40. The Gift: A Look Inside (2001) (V) .... Himself

  41. 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) .... Himself

  42. The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) (TV) .... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score

  43. Making 'The Matrix' (1999) (TV) .... Himself

  44. "Action"
        - Pilot (1999) TV Episode .... Himself

  45. "Mundo VIP"
        - Show nº162 (1999) TV Episode .... Himself
        - Show nº90 (1998) TV Episode .... Himself

  46. The Matrix: The Movie Special (1999) (TV) .... Himself

  47. "Howard Stern"
        - Episode dated 4 September 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Himself
        - Episode dated 3 September 1997 (1997) TV Episode .... Himself

  48. "The E! True Hollywood Story"
        - Keanu Reeves (????) TV Episode .... Himself

  49. Children Remember the Holocaust (1995) (TV) .... Host
    ... aka Nothing But Sun

  50. The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter: 'Pulp Fiction' Film Clip

  51. 1995 MTV Movie Awards (1995) (TV) .... Himself

  52. The Making of 'Speed' (1994) (TV) .... Himself

  53. 1993 MTV Movie Awards (1993) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter

  54. 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter

  55. "Going Great" (1982) TV Series .... Co-Host (season 3 only)




  • Fortune : $350,000,000 [9]

  • The Matrix Trilogy (1999, 2003) $259,600,000

  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003) $15,000,000 + 15% of the gross ($78,600,000)

  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003) $15,000,000 + 15% of the gross ($125,400,000)

  • The Replacements (2000) $12,500,000

  • The Matrix (1999) $10,000,000 + 10% of the gross ($55,600,000)

  • The Devil's Advocate (1997) $8,000,000

  • Feeling Minnesota (1996) $200,000

  • Chain Reaction (1996) $7,000,000

  • Hamlet (Play - January-February 1995) $2,000/week

  • Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) $10,000,000 (skipped role)

  • Speed (1994) $1,500,000

  • Youngblood (1986) $3,000




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