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Also Known As: Keanu Charles Reeves Died:
Born: September 2, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lebanon Profession: actor, musician, skate sharpener, pasta chef, tree cutter

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Few moviegoers would have guessed from his laconic and occasionally blissed-out performances in films like "River's Edge" (1986) and "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) that in less than a decade, Keanu Reeves would be one of Hollywood's most popular and bankable leading men. He had to first endure a long, awkward period, during which he struggled to find his footing in big-budget features like "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and independent fare like "Little Buddha" (1993); in the eyes of most critics and pundits, he was ill-equipped for both. But his turn as a determined and resourceful police officer in 1994's "Speed" proved him to be a capable action hero, which he underscored by playing Neo, the reluctant Messiah figure in the science fiction blockbuster "The Matrix" (1999) and its two sequels, as well as "Constantine" (2003). Perhaps sensing that his acting abilities remained in the crosshairs of many pundits, he strove to maintain a presence in quieter dramas and the occasional comedy, which received mixed results.

Few moviegoers would have guessed from his laconic and occasionally blissed-out performances in films like "River's Edge" (1986) and "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) that in less than a decade, Keanu Reeves would be one of Hollywood's most popular and bankable leading men. He had to first endure a long, awkward period, during which he struggled to find his footing in big-budget features like "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and independent fare like "Little Buddha" (1993); in the eyes of most critics and pundits, he was ill-equipped for both. But his turn as a determined and resourceful police officer in 1994's "Speed" proved him to be a capable action hero, which he underscored by playing Neo, the reluctant Messiah figure in the science fiction blockbuster "The Matrix" (1999) and its two sequels, as well as "Constantine" (2003). Perhaps sensing that his acting abilities remained in the crosshairs of many pundits, he strove to maintain a presence in quieter dramas and the occasional comedy, which received mixed results.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Whole Truth, The (2015)
2.
 Daughter of God (2015)
3.
 Passengers (2015)
4.
 47 Ronin (2013)
5.
 Man of Tai Chi (2013)
6.
 Henry's Crime (2011)
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10.
 Lake House, The (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved from NYC to Toronto with family when he was six
1979:
TV acting debut, "Hanging In" (CBC)
1980:
At age 16, danced in a Coca-Cola commercial
1984:
Professional stage debut in Toronto production of the homoerotic drama "Wolfboy"
1984:
Played a street tough in the short film "The Prodigal"
1985:
Debut in a Shakespearean play, cast as Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet" in Toronto
1985:
US TV debut, "Letting Go" (ABC)
1986:
Film acting debut in "Youngblood"; cast alongside Rob Lowe as a hockey player
1986:
First Canadian-produced feature, "Flying/Dream to Believe"
1986:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue career
1986:
Appeared as Jack Be Nimble in the ABC small screen remake of "Babes in Toyland" starring Drew Barrymore
1987:
First starring role, "River's Edge" playing a burned out dope-smoking teen
1988:
Played Chevalier Danceny, a music teacher infatuated with Uma Thurman's Cecile de Volange in "Dangerous Liaisons"
1989:
Offered memorable turn as a teenage hippie in Ron Howard's "Parenthood"
1989:
Breakthrough screen role, as Ted, half of the dim-witted, time-travelling pair in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"
1990:
Last major TV acting appearance to date, in the "Two Lost Souls" segment of "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)
1990:
Had featured role, alongside Ullman and Kevin Kline in the black comedy "I Love You to Death"
1991:
Starred as a politician's son who becomes a street hustler in Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho"
1991:
Reprised the time-travelling Ted for the inferior sequel "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey"
1992:
Portrayed Jonathan Harker in Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
1994:
Re-teamed with Van Sant for a supporting role in "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
1994:
Portrayed Siddhartha in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Little Buddha"
1994:
Shot to superstardom as an explosives expert attempting to diffuse a bomb-rigged bus in "Speed"
1995:
Appeared as the title character in a Winnipeg production of "Hamlet"
1995:
Played a WWII veteran who pretends to be married in "A Walk in the Clouds"
1997:
Cast as a lawyer tempted by success and Satan in "The Devil's Advocate"
1999:
Starred as Neo, a computer expert who joins forces with a rebel underground to pursue "The Matrix"
2000:
Starred in the sports comedy "The Replacements"
2000:
Portrayed a wife-beating accused murderer in "The Gift"
2001:
Cast as advertising executive opposite Charlize Theron in the remake of "Sweet November"
2003:
Reprised role of Neo in "The Matrix Reloaded"
2003:
Again portrayed Neo in the third installment of the trilogy "The Matrix: Revelations"
2003:
Co-starred with Diane Keaton in the Nancy Meyers directed comedy "Something's Gotta Give"
2005:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Jan. 31)
2005:
Played the title role in "Constantine" based on the DC/Vertigo comic book <i>Hellblazer</i>
2006:
Re-teamed with Bullock in the romantic drama, "The Lake House"; a remake of the Korean film "IL Mare"
2006:
Starred in the Richard Linklater directed, "A Scanner Darkly"; adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick
2008:
Played a veteran LAPD officer who is framed for murder in "Street Kings"; written and directed by David Ayer
2008:
Starred in the remake of the 1951 science fiction movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
2009:
Played Robin Wright Penn's lover in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," written and directed by Rebecca Miller
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Education

High School for the Performing Arts: Toronto , Ontario -
De La Salle College: Toronto , Ontario -
Etobicoke School of the Arts: Etobicoke , Ontario -
Hedgerow Theatre: Moylan , Pennsylvania -
Jessie Ketchum Public School: Toronto , Ontario -

Notes

Various sources list either September 2 or September 4 as his date of birth (one lists August 2); since the majority indicate September 2, that is the date this database is listing.

His first name, Keanu, means 'cool breeze over the mountains.'

Reeves has an abdominal scar which is the result of a motorcyle accident.

Reeves was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child.

The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, began a class called "The Films of Keanu Reeves" as of January 1994.

He performs with his band Dogstar, formed in 1993 with Bret Domrose and actor Robert Mailhouse.

Reeves has offered this description of himself: "A bourgeois, middle-class white boy with an absent father, a strong-willed mother, and two beautiful younger sisters."

"He has only three possessions of any consequence. A bass guitar, so he can play with his folk-rock band, Dogstar, and two Norton motorcycles, British-made in the 1970s."---Michael Shnayerson on Keanu in in Vanity Fair, August 1995.

"I'm Mickey Mouse. They don't know who's inside the suit." --Keanu on fame quoted in Vanity Fair, August 1995.

"Listen, I'm an actor, not a movie star. The worry for me is that you never know where your next gig is coming from. To me the nature of the beast is that you finish working and then wonder if you'll ever work again. That feeling never goes away. Hopefully I'll be successful enough that people will be able to hire me. But I give my thanks for my life so far. It's been incredible. Do I want it to continue? Yeah, I really love it."---Reeves to Chicago Sun-Times, March 28, 1999.

"Playing live is fun. It is completely different to acting, but they are both imaginative, creative and emotional acts. Sometimes I think of playing full time, but it's a passing phase. Acting is home for me, that is where I live."---Keanu Reeves to the London Times, January 11, 1998.

" ... I had driven across the country, and the day that I arrived on these shores, I was informed that my manager and my agent at the time were having trouble getting me in to see some casting agents because of my name. It had an ethnicity to it that they found was getting in the way. And so they said to change my name. And that freaked me out completely. I came up with names like Page Templeton III. And Chuck Spidina. My middle name is Charles. Eventually, they picked K.C. [Shivers] Ugh, terrible. When I would go to auditions, I'd tell them my name was Keanu anyway."---Keanu in US, March 1995.

"I've always considered that there's the role, and there's the actor. These two entities come together, and in the process I learn about the role, and the role learns about me. So you're holding the mirror up to nature, but that nature is your own."---Keanu to Premiere, February, 2005.

"He's so fuckin' hard on himself that it's to the point of depression. It's beyond art or work for him: If he feels he's bad in a scene, he'll go home pissed off, wake up pissed off, come back to the set pissed off, and then he'll try to focus. As soon as his take is done, you can see his whole body rest."---Shia LaBeouf on Keanu quoted in Premiere, February 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Amanda De Cadenet. Actor, model. Reportedly romanticaly involved; no longer together.
companion:
Carrie-Anne Moss. Actor. Co-starred together in "The Matrix"; reportedly became involved during filming.
companion:
Jennifer Syme. Former assistant to David Lynch; appeared in "Lost Highway", directed by Lynch; was pregnant with Reeves' child but lost the baby; died in car accident on April 2, 2001.
companion:
Autumn MacIntosh. Actress. Reportedly dating as of April 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Samuel Nowlin Reeves. Geologist. Left when Keanu was two; of Hawaiian-Chinese descent; sentenced to 10 years for cocaine and heroin possession in 1994; paroled in 1996.
mother:
Patricia Bond. Costume designer. English.
step-father:
Paul Aaron. Theater director. Divorced Reeves' mother after six months of marriage.
step-father:
Robert Miller. Rock promoter. Married to Reeves mother for five years.
step-father:
Jack Bond. Hair salon owner. Divorced Reeves' mother in 1994.
sister:
Kim Reeves. Horse breeder. Born in 1966 in Australia.
half-sister:
Karina Miller. Born c. 1976; father, Robert Miller.
daughter:
Ava Syme. Mother, Jennifer Syme; stillborn in December 1999.
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