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Biography for Keanu ReevesKeanu Charles Reeves (kay-AH-noo, often mispronounced as kee-AH-noo; born sep. 2, 1964 (49 years ago)) is a Canadian-American-British actor best known for his portrayals of Ted Logan in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Officer Jack Traven in Speed, and Neo in the action movie trilogy The Matrix. Other notable roles include starring as Siddhartha Gautama in Little Buddha; as Scott Favor in the drama My Own Private Idaho opposite River Phoenix; as the title character in the sci-fi movie Johnny Mnemonic opposite Dolph Lundgren; as Kevin Lomax in the supernatural thriller The Devil's Advocate opposite Al Pacino; the chevalier Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons; and starring roles in Chain Reaction, Constantine and the surf drama Point Break opposite Patrick Swayze. He played bass guitar in the grunge band Dogstar during the 1990s, and more recently in the band Becky. In an ET online survey in 2006 (7 years ago), he was included in the "Top Ten of America's Favorite Stars". On Jan. 31, 2005 (8 years ago), Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Early lifeReeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), a costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist. Reeves's mother is English, and his father is an American of Hawaiian and Chinese descent. Reeves's mother was working in Beirut when she met his father. Reeves' father worked as an unskilled laborer and earned his GED while imprisoned in Hawaii for selling heroin at Hilo International Airport. He abandoned his wife and family when Reeves was three years old, and Reeves does not currently have any relationship with him. Reeves is named after his uncle, Henry Keanu Reeves. Keanu is a Hawaiian word which means cool breeze over the mountains. When Reeves first arrived in Hollywood, his agent thought his first name was too exotic, so during the early days of his movie career he was sometimes credited as K.C. Reeves.
Reeves has one biological sister named Kim (born 1966 (47 years ago) in Australia) who was diagnosed with leukemia in the early 1990 (23 years ago). Additionally, through his mother he has a half-sister named Karina Miller (born 1976 (37 years ago) in Toronto) and through his father another half-sister named Emma Rose Reeves (born 1980 (33 years ago) in Hawaiʻi).
Reeves experienced an unstable childhood moving around the world frequently and living with various stepfathers. His parents divorced in 1966 (47 years ago). His mother became a costume designer and moved the family to Australia and then to New York City. There she met and married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director. The couple moved to Toronto but divorced in 1971 (42 years ago). Reeves' mother then married Robert Miller, a rock promoter, in 1976 (37 years ago), but the couple divorced in 1980 (33 years ago). Her fourth husband, Jack Bond, was a hairdresser. That marriage broke up in 1994 (19 years ago). Grandparents and nannies babysat Reeves and his sisters.
Reeves grew up primarily in Toronto. Within a span of five years, he attended four different high schools, including the Etobicoke School of the Arts, from which he was later expelled. Half-jokingly, Reeves says that he was expelled "because I was greasy and running around a lot. I was just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often. I was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school. I was just getting in their way, I guess."
Reeves excelled more in hockey than in academics, as his educational development was challenged by dyslexia. He was a very successful goalie at one of his high schools (De La Salle College "Oaklands"). His team nicknamed him "The Wall," and voted him MVP. Reeves says that he would dream of becoming an Olympic hockey player for Canada. After leaving De La Salle College, he attended a free school (Avondale Alternative), which allowed him to obtain an education while working as an actor; he later dropped out, never obtaining his high school diploma.
Personal lifeFor nearly a decade following his initial rise to stardom, Reeves preferred to live in rented homes and hotels and was a long term resident of the Chateau Marmont. Reeves bought his first house in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles around 2003 (10 years ago), and also has an apartment on Central Park West in New York City.
Although born in Lebanon, Reeves is not a Lebanese citizen, because his parents were not Lebanese. Instead, he is a naturalized Canadian citizen who also holds American and British citizenship through the principle of Jus sanguinis.
Reeves has never been married. In dec. 1999 (14 years ago), Reeves' girlfriend Jennifer Syme gave birth to a stillborn daughter who was named Ava Archer Syme-Reeves. In Apr. 2001 (12 years ago), 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.
In 2008 (5 years ago) Reeves was sued, unsuccessfully in Los Angeles Superior Court for $711,974 by paparazzo Alison Silva for allegedly hitting and injuring him with his Porsche after visiting a relative at a Los Angeles medical facility. The paparazzo's lawsuit took a year and a half to make it to trial, with all 12 jurors rejecting the case in just over an hour.
CareerReeves began his acting career at the age of nine. He appeared on stage at a production of Damn Yankees. At 15, he played Mercutio in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet at the Leah Posluns Theatre. Reeves made his screen acting debut in a CBC TV comedy series, Hangin' In. Throughout the early 1980s, he appeared in commercials (including one for Coca-Cola), short movies including the NFB drama One Step Away and stage work such as Brad Fraser's cult hit Wolf Boy in Toronto. In 1984 (29 years ago), he was a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV youth program Going Great.
Reeves' first studio movie appearance was in the Rob Lowe ice hockey movie Youngblood, which was filmed in Canada. In it, he played a Québécois goalie. Shortly after the movie's release, Reeves drove to Los Angeles in his 1969 (44 years ago) Volvo. His ex-stepfather Paul Aaron, a stage and TV director, had convinced Erwin Stoff to be Reeves' manager and agent before he even arrived in Los Angeles. Stoff has remained Reeves' manager, and has coproduced many of his films.
After a few minor roles, Reeves received a more sizable role in 1986's River's Edge. Following the film's success, he spent the late 1980 (33 years ago) appearing in a number of movies aimed at teenage audiences, including Permanent Record, and the unexpectedly successful 1989 (24 years ago) comedy, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, which, along with its 1991 (22 years ago) sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, typecast Reeves as a sweet-natured teen. Much of his subsequent portrayal in the press and much of the response to his acting has been influenced by his portrayal of the airheaded Ted. Reeves has said, "I used to have nightmares that they would put 'He played Ted' on my tombstone".
During the early 1990s, Reeves started to break out of his teen-film period. He appeared in high-budget action movies like Point Break, for which he won MTV's "Most Desirable Male" award in 1992 (21 years ago). He was also involved in various lower-budget independent films, including the well-received 1991 (22 years ago) film, My Own Private Idaho with his close friend, the late River Phoenix.
In 1994 (19 years ago), Reeves' career reached a new high as a result of his starring role in the action movie Speed. His casting in the movie was controversial since, except for Point Break, he was primarily known for comedies and indie dramas. He had never been the sole headliner on a film. The summer action movie had a fairly large budget and was helmed by novice cinematographer-turned-director Jan de Bont. The unexpected international success of the movie made Reeves and co-star Sandra Bullock (13 walls) into A-List stars.
Reeves' career choices after Speed were eclectic: despite his successes, Reeves has never stopped accepting supporting roles, and he has always been willing to support experimental efforts. He scored a hit with a romantic lead role in A Walk in the Clouds. He made news by refusing to take part in Speed 2: Cruise Control and choosing to play the title role in a Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Reeves got surprisingly good reviews for his interpretation of one of Shakespeare's most famous characters. Roger Lewis, the Sunday Times critic, wrote, "He quite embodied the innocence, the splendid fury, the animal grace of the leaps and bounds, the emotional violence, that form the Prince of Denmark...He is one of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he * is* Hamlet."
Reeves' other choices after A Walk in the Clouds, however, failed with critics and audiences. Big-budget movies such as Johnny Mnemonic and Chain Reaction were critically panned and failed at the box office, while indie movies like Feeling Minnesota were also critical failures.
Reeves started to climb out of his career low after starring in the horror/drama The Devil's Advocate alongside Al Pacino (6 walls) and Charlize Theron. Reeves deferred his salary for The Devil's Advocate so that Pacino would be cast, as he would do later for the less successful The Replacements, guaranteeing the casting of Gene Hackman. The Devil's Advocate did well at the box office, received good reviews, and proved that Reeves could play a grown-up with a career although many critics felt that his poor performance detracted from an otherwise enjoyable movie.
Reeves with Scott Derrickson promoting The Day the Earth Stood Still at Mexico in 2008 (5 years ago).The 1999 (14 years ago) science fiction hit, The Matrix, solidified Reeves's place as an international superstar. In between the first Matrix movie and its sequels, Reeves received positive reviews for his portrayal of an abusive husband in The Gift. Aside from The Gift, Reeves appeared in several movies that received mostly negative reviews and unimpressive box office grosses, including The Watcher, Sweet Nov. and The Replacements. However, the two Matrix sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (21 walls) and The Matrix Revolutions, Something's Gotta Give, and the 2005 (8 years ago) horror-action film, Constantine, proved to be box office successes and brought Reeves back into the public spotlight. His 2006 (7 years ago) film, A Scanner Darkly, based on the science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick, received favorable reviews, and The Lake House, his romantic outing with Sandra Bullock (13 walls), did not do well at the box office.
Reeves played the main character in two 2008 (5 years ago) films, Street Kings and The Day the Earth Stood Still. In Feb. 2009 (4 years ago) The Private Life of Pippa Lee -where Reeves starred alongside with Robin Wright Penn, Julianne Moore, Alan Arkin, Winona Ryder (4 walls), Maria Bello, Monica Bellucci (49 walls), Zoe Kazan, Ryan McDonald, Blake Lively (8 walls), Robin Weigert-, was presented at Berlinale.
In Jan. 2009 (4 years ago), it was revealed that Reeves will star in the live-action movie adaptation of the anime series Cowboy Bebop, slated for release in 2011 (2 years ago).
Other rumoured upcoming projects include the samurai movie 47 Ronin, Chef - story by Reeves and written by Steven Knight - and as producer and star for the space drama Passengers, written by Jon Spaihts.
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