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Keanu Reeves


Keanu Reeves is a 57-year-old actor. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 2, 1964.1)


His mother was a costume designer and showgirl, while his father was a geologist.2)

Father Left

Unfortunately, Keanu's father abandoned his family when he was just three years old. Since then, he has been raised solely by his mother, Patricia.3)


He travelled around a lot as a kid, from Hawaii to Australia to New York to Canada.4)

Alice Cooper

His mother worked as a costume designer in the rock and roll scene after arriving in Toronto, Canada. Surprisingly, Alice Cooper ended up babysitting a young Keanu Reeves.5)

No High School

Keanu went to high school in Canada, but because he was frequently expelled, he ended up attending four separate high schools. He eventually quit out at the age of 17 to pursue acting.6)


Keanu was named after Henry Keanu Reeves, his uncle. In Hawaiian, Keanu means “cold air over the mountains”.7)

Diverse Father Origin

His mother is English, while his father's family is more diversified. His father is a Hawaiian-born American of Chinese-Hawaiian, English, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry.8)


Nonetheless, Keanu is a Canadian citizen and believes himself to be one.9)

Ice Hockey

He pondered playing ice hockey for the Canadian Olympic team in high school, but changed his mind and became an actor instead.10)

First Studio Film

In 1986, he made his first studio film debut as a goalie in “Youngblood”.11)


In 1994, Reeves' career took a turn when he earned the main part in “Speed”. He's been successful enough to be more choosy about his job since this blockbuster hit skyrocketed his career.12)


Keanu was a bassist for the band Dogstar in addition to acting. They were together from 1991 till 2002. They've shared the stage with Bon Jovi, Rancid, and Weezer.13)

River Phoenix

While filming a movie, Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix became close friends. Keanu believed River was a fantastic fit for the character of “My Own Private Idaho” when he viewed the script. He rode his motorcycle over 1,000 miles to bring the screenplay to River and persuade him to take the part.14)

Speed 2

Keanu refused to repeat his part in “Speed 2” because he didn't like the screenplay. Instead, he opted to travel with his band and portray Hamlet in a 798-seat Winnipeg theatrical production.15)

Banned By 20th Century Fox

Reeves was banned by 20th Century Fox for ten years after declining the $11 million dollar part in “Speed 2”.16)

Walk Of Fame

Keanu Reeves eventually earned his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.17)

Arch Motorcycle Company

Keanu, a motorcycle enthusiast, co-founded “Arch Motorcycle Company”, which manufactures and sells custom motorcycles.18)


Keanu Reeves has been known to take salary cuts for movies in order to cover other expenses. He gave $1 million of his salary for “The Devil's Advocate” in order for Al Pacino to be cast. In addition, he took a $38 million salary reduction from his part of ticket earnings for “The Matrix” so that the filmmakers could finance greater special effects.19)

Highest-Paid Actor

Even with the money he's given up, Keanu Reeves is one of the world's highest-paid actors. He made $156,000,000 between “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”. Meanwhile, the majority of the highest-paid performers earn between $20 and $30 million each year.20)

Harley Gifts

Keanu handed each member of “The Matrix” stunt unit a Harley Davidson motorcycle as a present.21)

Sad Keanu

After becoming an online meme known as “Sad Keanu,” Reeves wrote a grown-up picture book titled “An Ode to Happiness” as a joke.22)


There is a group that believes Keanu Reeves is immortal. Fans have observed that Keanu looks quite similar to Paul Mounet, a French actor born in 1847, and that he never appears to age.23)

Not Having A House

Keanu lived in rental houses and hotels for three years while developing prominence as an actor.24)


KeanuCon, the world's first Keanu Reeves film festival, is held in Scotland. They began in 2018 by playing 11 Keanu Reeves films and presenting live performances by Wyld Stallyns (Keanu's spoof band from “Bill and Ted”).25)

Speed Stunts

Since “Speed,” Keanu Reeves has done the majority of his own stunts. The director of “Speed” originally wanted a stuntman, so Keanu rehearsed in private. When it came time to film, he did the stunts himself (some of them were scary for him), which surprised the director. 26)

John Wick Stunts

The devotion of Reeves has been praised by the stunt directors for “John Wick”. Actors often train for a film for 8 weeks. Keanu, on the other hand, practiced for 6 months to perfect everything.27)

No Oscar

Surprisingly, Keanu Reeves has never been nominated for an Academy Award.28)


Keanu Reeves has faced several adversities in his life. River Phoenix, his best buddy, died of a heroin overdose in 1993. Later, he and his partner were expecting a child, who was sadly stillborn, and their relationship dissolved as a result of the pressure. A year later, his then-girlfriend was killed in a vehicle accident. Keanu has avoided meaningful relationships and having children since then.29)


Keanu has stated that he does not worry about money; he claims that he could live off of what he has already made for the next several centuries, which is why he is so kind.30)

keanu_reeves.txt · Last modified: 2022/08/18 07:58 by aga