Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born in Beirut, Lebanon on September 2, 1964. He is the son of English-born Patricia Taylor, a showgirl, and American-born Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portu...

Born on September 02, 1964

Beirut, Lebanon

Height 1.86m / 6' 1"

Biography

Keanu Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born in Beirut, Lebanon on September 2, 1964. He is the son of English-born Patricia Taylor, a showgirl, and American-born Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese ancestry. After their marriage dissolved, Keanu moved with his mother and younger sister, Kim Reeves, to New York City, then Toronto. Stepfather #1 was Paul Aaron, a stage and film director - he and Patricia divorced within a year, after which she went on to marry (and divorce) rock promoter Robert Miller and hair salon owner Jack Bond. Reeves never reconnected with his biological father. In high school, Reeves was lukewarm toward academics but took a keen interest in ice hockey (as team goalie, he earned the nickname "The Wall") and drama. He eventually dropped out of school to pursue an acting career.After a few stage gigs and a handful of made-for-TV movies, he scored a supporting role in the Rob Lowe hockey flick Youngblood (1986), which was filmed in Canada. Shortly after the production wrapped, Reeves packed his bags and headed for Hollywood. Reeves popped up on critics' radar with his performance in the dark adolescent drama, River's Edge (1986), and landed a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated Dangerous Liaisons (1988) with director Stephen Frears.His first popular success was the role of totally rad dude "Ted Logan" in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). The wacky time-travel movie became something of a cultural phenomenon, and audiences would forever confuse Reeves's real-life persona with that of his doofy on-screen counterpart. He then joined the casts of Ron Howard's comedy, Parenthood (1989), and Lawrence Kasdan's I Love You to Death (1990).Over the next few years, Reeves tried to shake the Ted stigma with a series of highbrow projects. He played a slumming rich boy opposite River Phoenix's narcoleptic male hustler in My Own Private Idaho (1991), an unlucky lawyer who stumbles into the vampire's lair in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and Shakespearean party-pooper Don John in Much Ado About Nothing (1993).In 1994, the understated actor became a big-budget action star with the release of Speed (1994). Its success heralded an era of five years in which Reeves would alternate between small films, like Feeling Minnesota (1996) and The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997), and big films like A Walk in the Clouds (1995) and The Devil's Advocate (1997). (There were a couple misfires, too: Johnny Mnemonic (1995) and Chain Reaction (1996).) After all this, Reeves did the unthinkable and passed on the Speed sequel, but he struck box-office gold again a few years later with the Wachowski siblings' cyberadventure, The Matrix (1999).Now a bonafide box-office star, Keanu would appear in a string of smaller films -- among them The Replacements (2000), The Watcher (2000), The Gift (2000), Sweet November (2001), and Hardball (2001) - before The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) were both released in 2003.Since the end of The Matrix trilogy, Keanu has divided his time between mainstream and indie fare, landing hits with Something's Gotta Give (2003), The Lake House (2006), and Street Kings (2008). He's kept Matrix fans satiated with films such as Constantine (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). And he's waded back into art-house territory with Ellie Parker (2005), Thumbsucker (2005), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009), and Henry's Crime (2010).Most recently, as post-production on the samurai epic 47 Ronin (2013) waged on, Keanu appeared in front of the camera in Side by Side (2012), a documentary on celluloid and digital filmmaking, which he also produced. He's also directing another Asian-influenced project, Man of Tai Chi (2013).Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Intense contemplative gaze

Deep husky voice

Trivia

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1995).

Was nicknamed "the wall" by high school hockey team De La Salle College "Oaklands".

Had job sharpening ice skates.

Ex-stepson of film and stage director Paul Aaron.

Named after his uncle Henry Keanu Reeves. "Keanu" is a derivation of Reeves' great-great-uncle Keaweaheulu, whose name means "the soft breeze raising" in Hawaiian.

Younger sister, Kim Reeves (born in Australia in 1966). Through his mother, he has a half-sister named Karina Miller (born 1976 in Toronto). Through his father, he has a half-sister named Emma Reeves (born 1980 in Hawaii).

He owns at least two Norton Commando motorcycles whose engines were available in both 750cc and 850cc capacities, the high-compression version being the Combat Commando.

Loves ballroom dancing.

Arrested in Los Angeles, California; charged with drunk driving. [May 1993]

Ranked #23 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Quotes

What would happen if you melted? You know, you never really hear this talked about much, but spontaneous combustion? It exists!...[people] burn from within...sometimes they'll be in a wooden chair and the chair won't burn, but there'll be nothing left of the person. Except sometimes his teeth. Or the heart. No one speaks about this, but its for real.

I'm Mickey Mouse. They don't know who's inside the suit.

[when asked if he had any fears] I used to have nightmares that they would put "He played Ted" on my tombstone.

[on drugs] I've had wonderful experiences. I mean really wonderful. In teaching. Personal epiphanies. About life. About a different perspective -- help with different perspectives that you have. You know what I mean? Relationships to nature. Relationships with the self. With other people. With events.

[on being a star] It can still be very surreal. It's easy to become very self-critical when you're an actor. Then you get critiqued be the critics. Whether you agree with them or not, people are passing judgment on you.

I'm sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime.

I'm a meathead, man. You've got smart people, and you've got dumb people. I just happen to be dumb.

[when told he'd have to "bite the bullet"] Yes, but I don't have to eat the whole rifle.

When I don't feel free and can't do what I want I just react. I go against it.

My name can't be THAT tough to pronounce!

Salaries

Youngblood  Youngblood  $ 3,000
The Matrix Revolutions  The Matrix Revolutions  $ 15,000,000 + 15% of the gross
The Matrix Reloaded  The Matrix Reloaded  $ 15,000,000 + 15% of the gross
The Matrix  The Matrix  $ 10,000,000 + 10% of the gross
The Devil's Advocate  The Devil's Advocate  $ 8,000,000
Johnny Mnemonic  Johnny Mnemonic  $ 2,000,000
Speed  Speed  $ 1,200,000
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Filmography

Today Today Himself-Guest(1episode,2014)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color MichaelRiley,Age17(1episode,1986)
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(11episodes,2008-2014)
Brigade de nuit Brigade de nuit Mugger/...(2episodes,1985)
Act of Vengeance  Act of Vengeance  BuddyMartin(asKeannuReeves)
Babes in Toyland  Babes in Toyland  JackFenton/Jack-be-Nimble
The Brotherhood of Justice  The Brotherhood of Justice  Derek
Flying  Flying  TommyWarneki
River's Edge  River's Edge  Matt
Youngblood  Youngblood  Heaver
The Tracey Ullman Show The Tracey Ullman Show JesseWalker(1episode,1989)
Permanent Record  Permanent Record  ChrisTownsend
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself-Guest(5episodes,2003-2014)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure  Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure  Ted'Theodore'Logan
Parenthood  Parenthood  Tod
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures TedLogan(13episodes,1990)
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey  Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey  Ted
My Own Private Idaho  My Own Private Idaho  ScottFavor
Point Break  Point Break  JohnnyUtah
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(9episodes,1993-2008)
Bram Stoker's Dracula  Bram Stoker's Dracula  JonathanHarker
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself-Guest/...(6episodes,1994-2008)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues  Even Cowgirls Get the Blues  JulianGitche
Much Ado About Nothing  Much Ado About Nothing  DonJohn
Speed  Speed  JackTraven
Cinema 3 Cinema 3 Himself(1episode,2008)
Johnny Mnemonic  Johnny Mnemonic  JohnnyMnemonic
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself-Guest(2episodes,1997-2001)
Chain Reaction  Chain Reaction  EddieKasalivich
Feeling Minnesota  Feeling Minnesota  JjaksClayton
The Devil's Advocate  The Devil's Advocate  KevinLomax
The Last Time I Committed Suicide  The Last Time I Committed Suicide  Harry
The View The View Himself-Guest(1episode,2003)
The Matrix  The Matrix  Neo
Howard Stern Howard Stern Himself-Guest(2episodes,1997)
Me and Will  Me and Will  Dogstar/Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning CBS News Sunday Morning Himself(1episode,2015)
The Word The Word Himself(3episodes,1991-1994)
American Playhouse American Playhouse Kip(1episode,1989)
Trying Times Trying Times Joey(1episode,1987)
Film 2016 Film 2016 Himself(2episodes,2004-2005)
Action Action Himself(1episode,1999)
Getaway Getaway Himself-CelebrityTraveller(1episode,2006)
One Step Away  One Step Away  RonPetrie
Mayor of the Sunset Strip  Mayor of the Sunset Strip  Himself
Sweet November  Sweet November  NelsonMoss
The Matrix Reloaded  The Matrix Reloaded  Neo
Caiga quien caiga Caiga quien caiga Himself(1episode,2005)
The Matrix Revolutions  The Matrix Revolutions  Neo
Extra Extra Himself(2episodes,2014-2015)
Rove Live Rove Live Himself(1episode,2003)
Breakfast Breakfast Himself-Guest(1episode,2011)
1999 MTV Movie Awards  1999 MTV Movie Awards  Himself
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Himself-Guest(2episodes,2001-2003)
1995 MTV Movie Awards  1995 MTV Movie Awards  Himself
Enter the Matrix  Enter the Matrix  Neo(voice)
God kveld Norge God kveld Norge Himself(1episode,2003)
Richard & Judy Richard & Judy BobArctor(1episode,2006)
Life Under Water Life Under Water Kip
HypaSpace HypaSpace Himself(1episode,2006)
HBO First Look HBO First Look Himself(6episodes,1994-2008)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself-Guest(4episodes,2008-2015)
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years  Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years  OfficerJackTraven(archivefootage)
The Animatrix  The Animatrix  Neo(segment"Kid'sStory")(voice)
Lost in Translation  Lost in Translation 
Hangin' In Hangin' In TeenClient(1episode,1984)
The Making of 'Speed'  The Making of 'Speed'  Himself
Rank Rank Himself(1episode,2002)
Comedy Factory Comedy Factory Crackers(1episode,1985)
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards  2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards  Himself
The Sharon Osbourne Show The Sharon Osbourne Show Himself-Guest(2episodes,2003-2004)
The 75th Annual Academy Awards  The 75th Annual Academy Awards  Himself-Presenter:BestVisualEffects
Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute  Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute  Himself
Filmland Filmland Himself(1episode,2003)
Player$ Player$ Himself(1episode,2003)
Constantine  Constantine  JohnConstantine
The Gift: A Look Inside  The Gift: A Look Inside  Himself
Filmography Filmography Himself(1episode,2005)
2003 MTV Movie Awards  2003 MTV Movie Awards  Himself
Making 'The Matrix'  Making 'The Matrix'  Himself
Kid's Story  Kid's Story  Neo(voice)
Corazón, corazón Corazón, corazón Himself(1episode,1999)
Tinseltown TV Tinseltown TV Himself(1episode,2003)
Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves Himself(archivefootage)
Días de cine Días de cine Himself(2episodes,1995-2008)
Tavis Smiley Tavis Smiley Himself-Guest(2episodes,2012)
Unscripted Unscripted Himself(1episode,2005)
E! 101 Most Starlicious Makeovers  E! 101 Most Starlicious Makeovers  Himself(archivefootage)
Le grand journal de Canal+ Le grand journal de Canal+ Himself(1episode,2014)
Omg! Insider Omg! Insider Himself(3episodes,2014-2016)
Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself-Guest(1episode,2012)
The Matrix: The Movie Special  The Matrix: The Movie Special  Himself
The Burly Man Chronicles  The Burly Man Chronicles  Himself
Quelli che... il calcio Quelli che... il calcio Himself(1episode,2008)
The Matrix: Path of Neo  The Matrix: Path of Neo  Neo(archivefootage)
The Colbert Report The Colbert Report Himself-Guest(1episode,2013)
Grin & Barrett Grin & Barrett Himself(1episode,2005)
Corazón de... Corazón de... Himself(2episodes,2005)
E! True Hollywood Story E! True Hollywood Story Himself(3episodes,2002-2008)
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Web and News

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