Keanu Reeves is a Hollywood actor, born on September 2, 1964. He’s become globally known for his iconic role as Neo in the action film The Matrix and its sequels.
He usually plays roles where he portrays a tough character with little emotions or is more of a quiet kind of guy. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Patricia Taylor (maiden name Pota) and Samuel Nowlin Reeves Sr. His father left them when Keanu was five years old and they split up soon after that leaving Keanu with his mother until she died in 2009 of heart failure.
Why Keanu is Famous in Hollywood
He’s also known for being a producer. Which makes it amazing that he was able to become so popular in Hollywood. It can only be imagined how long he has struggled with acting, but it was all worth it when he got his first major role in the 1994 film Speed alongside Sandra Bullock where he played the role of Jack Traven. Although not many people know this, Keanu taught himself to read and write in his native language of Greek before learning English from his mother as a young child. He also has 3 sisters who were all born in Lebanon.
His first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” which is why many call him that nickname. He was born in his mother’s hometown of Beirut, Lebanon and he grew up there until he was five.
Famous Roles for him
Keanu Reeves had quite a few roles that were highly controversial. His most notably when it came to his roles in the movie The Matrix and The Replacements. Although, nothing compared to the controversy that surrounded him for playing the character of Neo in 1999’s The Matrix. Keanu played Neo and he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He’s also been nominated for an Emmy Award and four Teen Choice Awards for that role as well.
Although he wasn’t that popular before he played Neo, the movie led to him becoming one of the most recognized actors in the world.
In 2000, Keanu was seen in a video for MTV where he and his friends at UCLA had to pretend they were locked inside their dorm rooms and they had only two hours to solve an intricate mystery or else they would get locked inside for another two hours. The video also starred Emma Watson who is now famous enough that she has her own movie coming out next year.
Keanu Reeves relationship
First little ups down in marriage
Keanu Reeves met Jennifer Syme at the party of band Dogstar in 1998. At that time she was the assistant of David Lynch. Later in 1999, she got pregnant but their child was stillborn. That incident hurt their relationship which resulted in couples parting their ways. But the couple reunited after some time.
In 2001, Jennifer died due to a car accident. Her vehicle crashed into three parked cars in LA. The driver of the vehicle was inexperienced and intoxicated.
Keanu Reeves-Alexis relationship
In 2002 Keanu met his second wife, Alexis Arquette. The couple first met at the party of Charlize Theron in 2001 that was thrown for her winning an Oscar for Best Actress in Monster. This love affair continued for 5 years from 2002 to 2007 which resulted in the marriage of this pair on October 10, 2003. The ceremony took place in a small church in Beverly hills. Their marriage lasted up to July 15th, 2007 when they divorced due to their conflicting views about children and other issues.
Keanu Reeves Charities
He donates to many charities. His sister was diagnosed with leukemia after that he established a cancer foundation. With the help of the foundation, he funded money for cancer research and also helps children in hospitals suffering from cancer.
He donates some of his money earned by The Matrix film to the special effects and makeup crew of that film as a reward for their hard work. He also reduced his price for other matrix movie parts so that producers can put more money in special effects.
Keanu owned Business
He is a big fan of Motorcycles. Reeves started a company named Arch Motorcycle which provides custom motorcycle designs and manufacturing. He is an owner of the company along with Gard Hollinger. Arch Motorcycle is based in Santa Cruz, California.
Reeves also joined in as an executive producer of the MTV television series Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. The show is hosted by retired professional wrestler Steve Austin and Reeves wanted to work on a reality show that was different from other ones like Jackass or Punked because those shows weren’t well-thought-out; some people might have thought the show’s title was just about breaking somebody’s skull but it actually had a wide scope that included other challenges like endurance contests and tests of knowledge.
Media about Him
One famous magazine once called him “Hollywood’s ultimate introvert”. Keanu Reeves often acted in drama, romance and action films but it’s hard to find out who he is. Let’s reveal some news about him through the articles from different media.
“Chill out, I’m just an ordinary guy who likes to act”, Keanu Reeves told Esquire Magazine in 1996. And as a matter of fact, he is – or at least that’s what his acquaintances say about him.
In the 1990s he was known for being one of Hollywood’s ultimate introverts but it didn’t stop him from making a career in acting that lasted more than three decades and included memorable roles in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Point Break, Speed, and The Matrix Trilogy.