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Keanu Reeves Biography

Keanu Reeves (born 2.9.1964)

Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor, best known for playing Neo in the film The Matrix and Ted in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. Keanu Reeves was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame In January 2005.

Keanu Reeves: Childhood

Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, in Lebanon. He was born to Patricia Taylor and Samuel Reeves Jr. His mother was a costume designer and performer and his father was a geologist. Patricia is English, whilst his father is an American, with a mixture of Portugese, Chinese and Hawaiian descent. Keanu has a sister, Kim b.1966) and two half-sisters, Karina (b.1976) and Emma (b.1980).

Keanu's father abandoned him and his mother when he was 13 and he currently has no relationship with his father.

Although Reeves was moved around a great deal during his formative years, he grew up mainly in Toronto and attended four different high schools. His educational achievements were partly held back by his dyslexia. He attended Avondale Alternative, a school that allowed him to study whilst training as an actor. However, he dropped out of this school before obtaining his high school diploma.

Keanu Reeves: Acting Career

Keanu Reeves started acting aged nine, appearing onstage in a production of Damn Yankees. He made his screen-acting debut in the comedy series, Hangin' In.

The 1980s brought a great deal of advertisement work for Keanu, including an appearance in an ad campaign for Coca-Cola. He also appeared in a number of short films (including One Step Away) and stage performances (including the underground hit Wolf Boy).

The actor's first proper movie was Rob Lowe's Youngblood, filmed in Canada. Following the filming of the movie, he met with his manager to-be, Erwin Stoff. Stoff remains Reeves' manager to this day.

The years that followed brought a number of movie roles aimed at teenage viewers. At the end of the decade, he appeared in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, which was a surprise success, as was its 1991 sequel, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.

Keen to break away from teen-film typecasting, Reeves appeared in Point Break, a high-budget action film as well as more serious independent films such as My Own Private Idaho. His co-star in this film was his close friend River Pheonix.

Reeves' career hit a new peak in 1994 upon the release of Speed, an action film in which he starred alongside Sandra Bullock. It was this film that really propelled Keanu Reeves to A-list stardom. Suprisingly to many members of the world's media, he refused to appear in the film's sequel, choosing instead to take on a theatrical role, playing Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Winnipeg theatre.

Subsequent movie appearances failed to stir the critics. Big budget releases such as Johnny Mnemonic were a commercial and critical failure, as were smaller budget film such as Feeling Minnesota, which also featured Courtney Love.

Reeves's return to grace and critical favour began with his appearance alongside Charlize Theron and Al Pacino in the Devil's Advocate.

In 1999, The Matrix was released and guaranteed Reeves' position as an international star. Its sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions were also huge successes. Other films released around this time, including the horror film Constantine and the science fiction film A Scanner Darkly also received good critical reviews. His re-pairing with Sandra Bullock in The Lake House was also a box-office success.

Keanu Reeves: Music

Keanu Reeves plays bass guitar in his band Dogstar, though the band is now `in hibernation'. In 2005, Reeves announced that he was giving up his musical career.

Keanu Reeves: Personal Life

In 1999, Keanu Reeves' girlfriend of the time, Jennifer Syme, gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. Less than two years later, Jennifer was killed in a car crash. Keanu has spoken very little about the incidents, stating only that he does not believe in the theory that everything happens for a reason.

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The Latest Keanu Reeves News

Ray Winstone Joins Point Break Starring Luke Bracey, Gerard Butler

7th April 2014

Ray Winstone will star in the remake of 'Point Break'.The 'Noah' actor will play Luke Bracey's partner, Agent Angelo Pappas,...

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25th February 2014

Australian actor Luke Bracey is set to take on Keanu Reeves' iconic agent role in the Point Break remake.The G.I....

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23rd January 2014

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Gerard Butler To Star In Point Break Remake

9th January 2014

Gerard Butler is in talks to star in a 'Point Break' remake.The 'Olympus Has Fallen' actor has entered final negotiations...

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Keanu Reeves Footage Film / Movie Reviews

Henry's Crime 2011, Review by Rich Cline

This sleepy comedy is surprisingly entertaining as its plot twists and turns along the way,...

The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee 2009, Review by Rich Cline

As a more emotional take on the themes examined in American Beauty, this internalised drama...

Street Kings 2008, Review by Bill Gibron

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) 2008, Review by Bill Gibron

Remakes are the bane of many a film fan's existence. Some are strident in their...

The Lake House 2006, Review by David Thomas

Director Alejandro Agresti's The Lake House, based on a South Korean film called Il Mare,...

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Keanu Reeves Interviews

Keanu Reeves - 47 Ronin Video Interview

7th January 2014

Keanu Reeves talks about his character Kai in the Japanese film '47 Ronin' and his...

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hi Everybody!! pleas can u send me all you know about the best keanu? he's my favourite actor.. no one his better than keanu..(sorry if my english's not perfect... i'm italian)

8 years 3 weeks ago
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lizabeth816

I met Keanu in when he came to Houston with his band dog star. I got a chance to meet him. It was 3am in the morning and there I was like a groupie. When I saw him he was a bit nervous and I understood why. Hollywood has seen it's share of psycho fans. I told him I liked his music and wished him luck on his tour. He smiled and ran over to where I was to shake my hand. That's what kind of person he is. When I hear of all these people who are trying to sue him it makes me angry. Get a life people. Leave him alone. He must be tired of everyone bothering him. He's good at what he does. Let him entertain. Thank You.

4 years 8 months ago
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Emerald_cameron07

Hi Guys,Whats up! I am one of the avid fan of Keanu Reeves. For me he is the best of all best! I admire him very much. I've heard he is kind & generous to the stunts men who work for him. He is handsome ever!!! Hugs & kisses Keanu!!!Love,Em

7 years 2 months ago
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kartina osman

hey pal,sincerely hopeyou are better now and moving on. looking fwd to your new 2 movies.bisoustinafrom Singapore

6 years 3 weeks ago
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Ellentis

Everyone has forgotten the movie in which Keanu plays a character most like himself. A Walk in the Clouds. Yes, it's a love story, and I'm a die-hard horror/sci-fi fan, but this has got to be my second most favorite movie of all time. First place goes to yet another love story, Gone with the Wind.

7 years 1 month ago
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khushi

Hello 2 all, My name is khushi.M from India juz like all u people m also a big fan of KEANU REEVES but here in India i dont get 2 see all his movies or reviews n most important i dont get see his interiew so i really hope u all send me all information about him at mailkhushi_1208@indiatimes.com.Really hope 2 receive posiive response from u.Thanking you,Khushi.

7 years 5 months ago
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jadedbloss29

I have never been into watching movies in my entire life until I saw Keanu Reeves on big screen. That was Speed if I am not mistaken. Now, I make it a point to watch all of his movies. I wish to see him in a truly touching love story soon... My regards to my favorite Hollywood actor. Sincerely,Jaded

8 years 2 months ago
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i would like u to send me to my e mail all the information about keanu revves all the rumors everything you see im a very big fan of him and id like to know everything bye bye sincerely liliane

8 years 9 months ago
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gikeanu

la verdad yo solo se español, pero me gusto la idea algo entiendo en ingles sus comentarios, la pelicula me parece espectacular, el me encanta me parece marco un antes y un despues, en el cine en todo sentido.tiene un argumento muy interesante y aparte el es hermoso!!!

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