Keanu Reeves is one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors. He has been in the entertainment industry for over three decades and has starred in some of the biggest films, such as The Matrix trilogy, Speed, and John Wick.
Keanu Charles Reeves was born on September 2nd 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon to an English mother and Hawaiian-Chinese father. At age six his family moved to Toronto where he was raised by his mother. He became interested in acting at a young age when he attended high school drama classes with friends. After graduating from high school he dropped out of college to pursue acting full time and began appearing in television shows like “Hangin’ In” (1985) before eventually landing roles in feature films like Youngblood (1986).
Reeves gained international fame after starring as Neo opposite Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus in The Matrix franchise which spawned two sequels: The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). Since then he’s taken on major roles including Ted Theodore Logan from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Johnny Utah from Point Break (1991), Dr. Beck from Speed (1994), Jonathan Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Detective Jack Traven also from Speed (1994), Neo again but this time alongside Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith for The Matrix trilogy, John Constantine for Constantine (2005) and Klaatu for The Day the Earth Stood Still remake (2008).
In recent years Keanu has become known for playing action heroes particularly through his role as hitman John Wick which earned him critical acclaim due to its intense fight scenes that showcased his athleticism along with impressive gunplay skills. The film went on to spawn two sequels; John Wick Chapter 2 released 2017 followed by John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum (2019) both earning rave reviews among fans.
Aside from being an actor Keanu is also a philanthropist having donated millions of dollars towards cancer research charities following the death of River Phoenix whom he had worked closely with during their time together on My Own Private Idaho back 1991. He also supports various other causes including PETA animal rights organization, Stand Up To Cancer charity organization, SickKids Foundation children hospital charity fundraiser amongst others demonstrating how much giving back means to him personally.
As you can see there are many facets that make up Keanu Reeves making him one truly remarkable individual whose work continues inspire audiences all over world today despite already having achieved so much throughout career thus far.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon on September 2nd, 1964 to English parents Patricia Taylor and Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr., Keanu was raised primarily by his mother after she separated from her husband while they were still living in Sydney Australia.
His mother later moved their family to New York City when he was seven before relocating them again to Toronto Canada when he was nine years old. It was here that Keanu began taking acting classes at the age of 15 and eventually got his first big break with a small role on the television show “Hangin’ In”.
Over the past three decades, Keanu has become one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars thanks to numerous iconic movie roles such as Neo from The Matrix trilogy (1999-2003), Ted Logan from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and its sequel Bogus Journey (1991), Johnny Utah from Point Break (1991) as well as John Wick in its eponymous franchise which spawned two sequels so far: John Wick Chapter 2 (2017) and John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019). He also starred in other popular movies such as Speed (1994), Constantine (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006) and The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008).
He donated $5 million dollars towards building a cancer treatment center for children at Los Angeles’s Cedar Sinai Hospital during an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon back in 2017.
His generosity extends even further beyond donations; it’s reported that he gave up part of his salary for both The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions so that other cast members could receive higher paychecks instead.
Overall, whether it be through blockbuster films or philanthropic work, there’s no denying that Keanu Reeves is an icon whose legacy will live on forever within pop culture history.