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.
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 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.
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.
'John Wick 2' is a go.
Lionsgate has confirmed a sequel to 2014's critically acclaimed revenge thriller John Wick, with Keanu Reeves returning to avenge more puppies. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will return as directors with Derek Kolstad returning as screenwriter.
Keanu Reeves was avenging the death of his beloved Beagle in John Wick
"With such tremendous fan and critical support for 'John Wick,' we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell," said Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. "We are thrilled that Keanu, David and Chad have re-teamed with us and promise to bring audiences even more excitement the second time around."
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Since his beginning in the late 1980s, Keanu Reeves has been reinventing himself over and over again in his roles of choice.
With every hit movie, pundits triumph the "rebirth" of Keanu Reeves, but the actor has been reinventing himself steadily over his 57 movies. Now at age 50, 'John Wick' proves that there's still a lot of life in him.
Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick'
Born in Beirut to English-American parents and raised in Toronto, Reeves was first noticed by critics at age 22 in the dark teen drama 'River's Edge' (1986). His first change of pace was with the cult classic comedy 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' (1989), after which he had smaller hits with both a thriller and serious drama ('Point Break' and 'My Own Private Idaho', both 1991) before reigniting the box office in the action romp 'Speed' (1994).
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There have been so many awful revenge thrillers lately that we've almost forgotten that it's possible to make a good one, and this is a rare example of striking the right balance of exhilarating action and dark emotion. Yes, there's a high body count, but this isn't a mow-them-down romp: there's a real sense of pain at all of the senseless bloodshed caused by one idiot's inability to conceive that his actions might have repercussions.
The film also gives Keanu Reeves yet another chance to cleverly reinvent himself on-screen as John Wick, a still-feared former mob hitman who left his job to have a happy life with his wife (Bridget Moynahan). But her untimely illness and death have left him a broken man. His only glimmer of hope is her deathbed gift of an adorable puppy to keep him company. Then even this is taken from him, when cocky Russian thug Iosef (Alfie Allen) steals his vintage Mustang and kills the puppy. In need of closure, John resurrects his past, which is a problem because his ex-boss Viggo (Michael Nyqvist) is Iosef's dad, and he knows that John is unstoppable. So Viggo reluctantly offers a massive bounty on John's head, taken up by John's former fellow assassin pals (Willem Dafoe and Adrianne Palicki). But it's doubtful that anyone can stop the legendary John Wick from bringing down the entire Russian mafia.
Intriguingly, everyone in the film knows this legend except the dim-witted moron Iosef, who blithely keeps on carousing while everyone around him prepares for Armageddon. Writer Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski set the story in a fantastical criminal underworld that uses solid gold coins as currency in shimmering underground nightclubs, lavish spas and a mob hotel in which "business" is strictly prohibited. All of this is fiendishly inventive, with a striking visual atmosphere and an even stronger moody tone. At the centre, Reeves gives John a jagged sense of humour as he braces himself wearily for the inevitable carnage, all while trying to control his much deeper emotional pain.
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'John Wick 2' is already in development.
John Wick was undeniably one of the critical hits of 2014. The IMDb synopsis had hinted at a knock-off Taken - if such a thing could exist - though what we got was a taut, stylish, thrilling that served as a dizzying return to form for Keanu Reeves.
John Wick was one of the critical success stories of 2014
As the slew of positive reviews rained in, there was talk of a potential franchise and, now, directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have confirmed that a sequel is already in the works.
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Indie filmmaking is one of the best niches to find super-talented directors and writers; and none more so than Richard Linklater. Having recently received a flood of praise for the extraordinary and innovative 'Boyhood' - a movie filmed over thirteen years with the same actors - actors and movie makers everywhere join this appraising documentary marking 21 years of amazing cinema from this artist. With works including the decade spanning romance trilogy 'Before Sunrise', musical comedy 'School of Rock', animated thriller 'A Scanner Darkly', crime drama 'Bernie' and underdog flicks 'Slacker' and 'Bad News Bears', the Texan cine-hero continues to produce imaginative and totally unique, genre-crossing stories with comedy 'That's What I'm Talking About' and a 'School of Rock' TV series marking his upcoming projects.
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Keanu Reeves re-teamed with old colleagues, stuntmen David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, for 'John Wick'.
Assassin thriller 'John Wick' is one of the most talked-about action flicks this side of 2014, and for leading man Keanu Reeves that isn't surprising - even if we have to experience the trauma of his puppy's untimely demise.
Keanu Reeves has/had the most adorable puppy in 'John Wick'
Keanu Reeves plays the titular former hitman in the film, which sees him come out of retirement and set out on a brutal mission to avenge both his wife, who died some time previously, and his young pup, who was brutally murdered at the hands of some rather unforgiving rivals. The movie serves as the directorial debut of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, whose previous filmset roles where those of stuntmen. 'I first met Chad Stahelski in 1998, he was working as a stuntman on 'The Matrix' and he worked [as the stunt double] for the character I played, Neo', Reeves reveals. 'And then I worked with him on the second two films of the trilogy where I also met [producer] David Leitch there.'
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With Halloween just around the corner, "Ouija" had a clear advantage this weekend.
Clearly, moviegoers are already getting into the Halloween spirit this weekend and the not-so-highly rated horror flick Ouija reigns supreme at the box office. After a highly contested weekend, the film about a group of high-schoolers, who get into trouble after an attempt to contact their dead friend checked in with $20 million. Meanwhile, the Keanu Reeves starrer John Wick (a Tom Cruise-style action flick, except with less plot) came out of nowhere to score second place with $14,1 million (stats according to Box Office Mojo).
Fury, riding on favourable reviews and Brad Pitt-heavy marketing, ended up third, but it was a close race. The psychological war drama… thing checked in with $13 million. This brings Fury’s total to an impressive $46 million – not a great performance outside the winter season, but with a great fan approval rating (90% of fans liked it, according to Rotten Tomatoes) and great critical performance (77% “fresh”) it’s already gathering some early Oscar buzz.
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Can "John Wick" singlehandedly save the action genre? Raise your hand, if you didn't even know it needed saving.
Is the action movie industry in trouble? Keanu Reeves seems to think so. The actor has been sort of absent from the Hollywood scene of late, but he returned this weekend with John Wick. Rather self-righteously, Reeves seems to think that this is the movie that will save the action movie genre. If you weren’t even aware that action movies needed saving, go read Reeves’ interview with Josh Horowitz over on MTV – it’s full of little nuggets of wisdom.
Best Film ever? John Wick features high-speed action and a puppy - don't get too attached.
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Critics are slightly uncertain about Keanu Reeves' latest movie 'John Wick', but audiences have voted with their feet as the movie made over $5 million on its opening night.
John Wick was released in US cinemas on Friday (24th October) and has already been hailed as a financial success, making $5.45 million on its opening night. So if you fancy seeing Keanu Reeves back where he belongs - in full action mode - here's what John Wick is all about and what the critics have to say.
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Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick, a retired New York hit man who returns to his old ways when a gang of thugs destroy the last reminder Wick has of his late wife. Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) star alongside Reeves as the film's protagonists. They are joined by the likes of Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Dean Winters (P.S. I Love You), Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn) and Ian McShane (Deadwood).
The film has been well received by critics who have largely commented on its violent nature. It has been described as the archetypal action film which offers impressive fight scenes and a relatively simplistic storyline. As Vulture's critic wrote John Wick is 'a beautiful coffee-table action movie.' However, others have also criticised the violent element of the film, with one critic remarking John Wick 'is a film where every human being is a sack of meat waiting to be tenderized' (Globe and Mail).
John Wick is violent, sure - but it could be one of the best movies of the year.
Admit it. You thought John Wick was going to be a big, fat flop didn't you? You thought Keanu Reeves was done. Well, surprise. John Wick has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. It's basically the best thing ever made. Sort of.
Liam Neeson wishes he could be John Wick
Reeves plays a retired hitman who comes out of retirement to track down gangsters that took everything from him. It's a fresh take on the assassin genre and is basically everything that the Taken franchise, and Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy, should have been.
'The Matrix' star is growing agitated of not landing roles in big budget productions.
Keanu Reeves is undoubtedly most well known for his lead role in the hugely successful sci-fi trilogy 'The Matrix,' but it seems his days as 'the one' are now over mainly because big movie projects constantly elude him.
Reeves desires more roles in big budget movies
The talented actor, who was last seen in the 2013 action flick '47 Ronin,' recently revealed that he does want to be offered more movie roles in big budget productions.