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Keanu Reeves (born 2.9.1964) 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.

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.

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.

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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Keanu Reeves Reveals What's Needed For The Matrix 4 To Happen


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Keanu Reeves has discussed the possibility of returning as Neo for a fourth Matrix movie.

Reeves starred in the first film in the Wachowskis’ franchise, The Matrix, in 1999, returning for sequels The Matrix Reloaded in May 2003 and finally The Matrix Revolutions, six months later. But 13 years on fans are still wanting more from Neo.

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John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

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Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him: regrouping with his new, as-yet-unnamed dog after taking down the New York mob that he used to work for. Director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad have created another unusually satisfying action thriller, with sharply developed characters and a plot that holds more water than most of these kinds of movies. Obviously, it can't be as fresh as the first film, but it's thoroughly entertaining.

Reeves' John still just wants to be left alone, but after taking care of one loose end, he is contacted by Italian mafioso Santino (Riccardo Scamarcio), who calls in a blood oath. Unable to refuse, John heads to Rome to carry out a hit he knows will make his life exponentially more precarious, especially as it puts him into conflict with his old friend Cassian (Common). Sure enough, he now has an army of goons chasing him, led by mute thug Ares (Ruby Rose). So he returns to New York and gets in contact with an underground guru (Laurence Fishburne) who might be able to offer some respite from the hordes trying to kill him. And manager Winston (Ian McShane) is also willing to help John, as long as he abides by the rules of the criminal underworld.

The film is another superb mix of cool imagery and coherent action that moves briskly from one brutal encounter to the next. Vicious gunfights and car chases abound in this movie, and all are staged with bracing energy and a heightened sense of realism. Through all of this, Reeves maintains a sense of weary dignity in finely tailored suits that are refreshed after each messy encounter. How he keeps walking and fighting after each bruising fight is another question.

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Keanu Reeves Perfected 'Movie Kung Fu' For John Wick Chapter 2


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The original John Wick movie caught the attention both of audience and critics, so a sequel was soon on the cards, and Reeves was happy to dive back in for Chapter 2.

"When we last left John Wick," he says, "he was going off into the sunset - the moonset - with his dog. John Wick Chapter 2 takes place maybe five days after that. Now John is on a mission to reclaim his life. To me, it's about John Wick fighting for John."

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Ruby Rose: 'Keanu Reeves Sets The Tone For John Wick'


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In John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves’ assassin faces a whole new group of enemies that once again force him out of retirement.

But his greatest opponent is Ares, a female assassin played by Ruby Rose. The Australian might be Reeves’ enemy on screen, but off screen she has nothing but praise for the franchise’s star, whose laid back attitude set the tone for life on set.

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Keanu Reeves Rekindles Laurence Fishburne Relationship


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One of the best things about Keanu Reeves returning for 'John Wick: Chapter 2' is that he'll be joined by his old pal Laurence Fishburne with whom he worked on 'The Matrix' series. It's one of those rare reunions that is bound to add some serious chemistry into this action sequel.

Keanu ReevesKeanu Reeves is joined by Laurence Fishburne on 'John Wick: Chapter 2'

Keanu and Laurence first met on the set of 1999's 'The Matrix' in which they starred as allies Neo and Morpheus, and they haven't worked together since until now. In the 'John Wick' sequel though, they are on separate sides with Laurence playing an evil crime lord named The Bowery King.

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Keanu Reeves 'Loves Playing John Wick'


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Keanu Reeves is back as ex-hitman John Wick in the sequel to the 2014 box office smash and he couldn’t be happier.

John Wick: Chapter 2 sees Reeves’ character back out of retirement and on the run, after a bounty is placed on his head. For Reeves, getting to play Wick one more time was a ‘pleasure’ and left him feeling lucky to go to work every day.

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John Wick: Chapter 2 - Featurette Trailer


John Wick returns for round two some time after being forced back into the criminal life he was so determined to abandon. He's still one of the greatest assassins of all his outlaw peers, and this time - with a bounty on his life - he's taking down every single armed crook that gets in his way and threatens to destroy him.

Keanu Reeves, along with director Chad Stahelski and stunt double Jackson Spidell, recently opened up about the intricacies of the action in the second installment in a short featurette, explaining how the actor got back into the fighting, the weapons training and the crazy driving. It's a mixture of different arts, and something that producers have dubbed 'gun-fu'.

'John Wick Chapter 2' arrives in theatres on February 10th 2017. 

Keanu Reeves seen at the 2016 MotoGP of Australia held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Phillip Island, Melbourne, Australia - Saturday 22nd October 2016

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John Wick: Chapter 2 Trailer


Former hitman John Wick is in Rome following events in the first movie where he sought bloody revenge on the man who killed his dog and stole his car. He's still bereaved from the death of his wife Helen (who died before events in the first film) but he has at least got himself a new puppy. While it can be argued that his revenge massacre doesn't necessarily mean he's back in the game even if it did find him in the company of his former associates, this time his vow of retirement is broken for sure. An old friend is trying to takeover over a nefarious group of international assassins, and he is forced to join him because of the blood oath he made many years ago. This is not the kind of job you can quit easily.

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The Whole Truth Trailer


Mike Lassiter finds himself being put on trial for the murder of his father. The Lassiter's are a rich family and Mike lives with his mother Loretta and father Boone. The body of Boone is found with a knife still in the fatal stab wound that killed him, Mike's fingerprints are on the weapon and when he is interviewed by the police he admits to stabbing his father.

With an incredible amount of evidence, the police arrest and charge the teenager with the murder of his father. Mike's mum, Loretta, recruits her attorney friend Richard Ramsay to defend her son and as Richard begins to develop his case more and more facts come to light about that night and Boone Lassiter.

It's uncovered that Boone is a vicious man who could be 'exceptionally cruel' and Mike witnessed events of abuse carried out on Loretta by his father - he'd even threaten his son. As the case proceeds, Richard asks another attorney to come on board and help keep Mike out of prison. Janelle is a young yet enthusiastic lawyer who believes that Mike is protecting his mother from the crime that she committed. It's possible either of the two family members could've killed Boone and what starts out to be a clean cut case for the prosecution soon becomes more convoluted.

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Keanu Reeves' Visit To Parliament Sends Post-Brexit Twitter Into A Meltdown


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Actor Keanu Reeves unexpectedly turned up at Portcullis House on Tuesday (June 28) leaving us all to wonder if he’d come to save the country after Brexit. The actor posed for selfies with MPs during his visit, while Twitter rolled out every Matrix-related Brexit gag you could possibly think of.

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Keanu Reeves seen outside London's Chiltern Firehouse. Over the weekend the actor was spotted at Goodwood Festival Of Speed - Wednesday 29th June 2016

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Actor Keanu Reeves was at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed held at Brands Hatch over the weekend showing off Arch Motorcycle's v-twin KRGT-1 motorbike that he helped design. Kent, United Kingdom - Monday 27th June 2016

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Keanu Reeves - "The Neon Demon" Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 14th June 2016

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Keanu Reeves - Keanu Reeves at the Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance in Beverly Hills standing next to an Arch Motorcycle of which he is co-founder of the company - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 22nd June 2015

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Keanu Reeves

Date of birth

2nd September, 1964

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.86




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John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him:...

John Wick: Chapter 2 - Featurette Trailer

John Wick: Chapter 2 - Featurette Trailer

John Wick returns for round two some time after being forced back into the criminal...

John Wick: Chapter 2 Trailer

John Wick: Chapter 2 Trailer

Former hitman John Wick is in Rome following events in the first movie where he...

The Whole Truth Trailer

The Whole Truth Trailer

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