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Keanu Reeves

Keanu ReevesAKA Keanu Charles Reeves

Born: 2-Sep-1964
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Gender: Male
Religion: Buddhist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: Dude

Keanu Reeves was born in Lebanon. He is one-quarter Chinese, one-quarter Hawaiian, half-English, and a Canadian citizen. He attended four high schools, playing hockey and soccer before dropping out at 17. He was raised in Hawaii, Australia, New York, and Canada, where he did his first professional acting. His name comes from a Hawaiian word loosely translated as "cool breeze over the mountains".

At 16, he was in a Coca-Cola commercial, and featured in the Canadian sitcom Hangin' In. He later did a Kellogg's Corn Flakes commercial, spent a summer studying acting at the Hedgerow Theatre in Pennsylvania. He briefly co-hosted a kids' show in Canada, with Chris Makepeace. At 22, Reeves came to Hollywood, and slept on his former stepfather's couch until he moved on to his own apartment. In early roles, he played hockey with Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze in Youngblood, and played a troubled teen in River's Edge with Crispin Glover and Dennis Hopper. He danced Jack-Be-Nimble in a TV production of Babes in Toyland starring 11-year-old Drew Barrymore. In 1989, still playing a teenager at 25, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure made Reeves a star. In 1994, Speed with Sandra Bullock made him an A-list star.

As a young actor, Reeves' best friend was River Phoenix. They made My Own Private Idaho together, and joked about filming Romeo and Juliet with Reeves as Romeo and Phoenix as Juliet. Reeves was filming Speed when Phoenix died. Reeves' life has had its share of tragedy. His sister Kim is battling leukemia, and Reeves has reportedly spent in excess of $5 million on her medical care. He has long been estranged from his natural father, who served a prison term for selling heroin. He dated a backstage Hollywood worker, Jennifer Syme, who bore his stillborn daughter in 1999. They broke up but remained friends, until she was killed in a 2001 car accident.

During his long career, Reeves has occasionally disappeared from Hollywood for a year at a time, and he turned down a $12 million offer for Speed 2 to do Shakespeare on stage in a small Canadian theater. He is famously generous with his money, lavishing large gifts on charities and for his movies' backstage workers. A Buddhist and a pacifist, he opposes war on principle, and has turned down several films because the part seemed too violent.

Reeves has spoken of using drugs, but is understandably reticent to discuss which drugs he has used. He often says drugs have given him some "amazing" experiences, then pauses, then says "amazing" a second time.


[1] "With Matrix behind him", Associated Press, 5 November 2003.

Father: Samuel Nowlin Reeves (geologist, imprisoned for selling heroin, paroled 1996)
Mother: Patricia Taylor (costume designer)
Sister: Kim Reeves (actress, b. 1966)
Father: Paul Aaron (stepfather, stage and TV director)
Father: Robert Miller (stepfather, music promoter)
Sister: Karina Miller (half-sister, b. 1976, stage director)
Father: Jack Bond (stepfather, salon owner)
Girlfriend: Jill Schoelen (actress, together 1986-90)
Girlfriend: Jennifer Syme (d. 2-Apr-2001 auto accident, one daughter stillborn)
Daughter: Ava Archer Syme-Reeves (stillborn, b. 1999)
Girlfriend: Autumn Macintosh (actress, together early 1990s)
Girlfriend: Lynn Collins (actress, together 3mo in 2005)
Girlfriend:
Diane Keaton (actress, together 2005 according to Daily Mail)

    High School: Etobicoke School of the Arts (presumably expelled)

    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
    Expelled from School
    Driving While Intoxicated May-1993 Los Angeles
    Chinese Ancestry
    English Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Dyslexia, Smoking

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Man of Tai Chi (5-Jul-2013)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    47 Ronin (6-Dec-2013)
    Man of Tai Chi (5-Jul-2013)
    Side by Side (Feb-2012) · Himself
    Generation Um... (2012)
    Henry's Crime (14-Sep-2010)
    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (9-Feb-2009)
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (10-Dec-2008)
    Street Kings (10-Apr-2008)
    The Lake House (16-Jun-2006)
    A Scanner Darkly (25-May-2006)
    Constantine (8-Feb-2005)
    Thumbsucker (23-Jan-2005) · Perry Lyman
    Ellie Parker (2005)
    Something's Gotta Give (12-Dec-2003) · Julian Mercer
    The Matrix Revolutions (27-Oct-2003) · Neo
    Mayor of the Sunset Strip (17-Jun-2003) · Himself
    The Matrix Reloaded (7-May-2003) · Neo
    The Animatrix (17-Apr-2003) [VOICE]
    Hardball (10-Sep-2001)
    Sweet November (12-Feb-2001) · Nelson
    The Gift (20-Dec-2000)
    The Watcher (7-Sep-2000)
    The Replacements (7-Aug-2000)
    Me and Will (19-Oct-1999)
    The Matrix (31-Mar-1999) · Neo
    The Devil's Advocate (17-Oct-1997)
    The Last Time I Committed Suicide (5-Jun-1997)
    Feeling Minnesota (13-Sep-1996) · Jjaks Clayton
    Chain Reaction (2-Aug-1996) · Eddie Kasalivich
    A Walk in the Clouds (27-May-1995)
    Johnny Mnemonic (15-Apr-1995) · Johnny
    Speed (10-Jun-1994) · Jack Traven
    Little Buddha (1-Dec-1993) · Siddhartha
    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (13-Sep-1993)
    Much Ado About Nothing (7-May-1993) · Don John
    Bram Stoker's Dracula (13-Nov-1992) · Jonathan Harker
    My Own Private Idaho (12-Sep-1991)
    Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (19-Jul-1991)
    Point Break (12-Jul-1991) · Johnny Utah
    Tune in Tomorrow... (15-Sep-1990) · Martin Loader
    I Love You to Death (6-Apr-1990) · Marlon
    Parenthood (2-Aug-1989) · Tod
    Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (17-Feb-1989)
    Dangerous Liaisons (16-Dec-1988) · Chevalier Danceny
    The Prince of Pennsylvania (11-Sep-1988)
    Permanent Record (22-Apr-1988)
    The Night Before (15-Apr-1988)
    Babes in Toyland (19-Dec-1986) · Jack Fenton
    Under the Influence (28-Sep-1986)
    River's Edge (10-Sep-1986) · Matt
    Flying (14-May-1986)
    Young Again (11-May-1986)
    Act of Vengeance (21-Apr-1986)
    Youngblood (31-Jan-1986)
    Brotherhood of Justice (1986)

Rotten Library Page:
Keanu Reeves

Appears on the cover of:
Time, 12-May-2003, DETAILS: Secrets of the New Matrix -- We're the first to see the movie and play the video game! If we told you everything, they'd have to kill us (Reeves at the front of a field of other cast members)
Entertainment Weekly, 29-Jun-2002, DETAILS: Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss -- Reload for next year's hottest sequel (photo with Carrie-Anne Moss by Claudio Carpi)

Author of books:
Ode to Happiness (2011, non-fiction)


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