Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves
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Reeves in 2015
Born
Keanu Charles Reeves

(1964-09-02) September 2, 1964 (age 55)
Beirut, Lebanon
ResidenceHollywood Hills, California, U.S.
Citizenship
  • Canada
  • United States
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1984–present
Partner(s)Jennifer Syme (1998–2000)
Children1 (deceased)

Keanu Charles Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor. He is known for his roles in movies like the Bill and Ted series, The Matrix series, and Speed, etc. At age 9, he started his acting career by appearing onstage, and at age 14, he appeared in Canadian television series and commercials. He also appeared in short movies and stage work in early 1980s. Keanu acted his first significant role in River's Edge (1987), and the next year (1988), he appeared in some movies such as Dangerous Liaisons and Permanent Record. In 1989, he appeared in the successful comedy Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, which was one of the Bill and Ted series. In 2008 he played the alien in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Early life[change | change source]

Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), an English-born costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr.[1] His father, who is a Hawaiian-born American, has English, Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry.[2][3][4][5][6] Reeves has said: "My grandmother is Chinese and Hawaiian, so I was around Chinese art, furniture and cuisine when I was growing up".[7] He is named after his uncle, and his first name is a Hawaiian word that means 'cool breeze over the mountains'.

Filmography[change | change source]

Title Year Role(s) Director(s) Notes
One Step Away 1985 Ron Petrie Robert Fortier Short film
Youngblood 1986 Heaver Peter Markle
Flying Tommy Paul Lynch
River's Edge Matt Tim Hunter
The Night Before 1988 Winston Connelly Thom Eberhardt
Permanent Record Chris Townsend Marisa Silver
The Prince of Pennsylvania Rupert Marshetta Ron Nyswaner
Dangerous Liaisons Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny Stephen Frears
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989 Ted "Theodore" Logan Stephen Herek
Parenthood Tod Higgins Ron Howard
I Love You to Death 1990 Marlon James Lawrence Kasdan
Tune in Tomorrow Martin Loader Jon Amiel
Point Break 1991 Johnny Utah Kathryn Bigelow
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Ted "Theodore" Logan Peter Hewitt
My Own Private Idaho Scott Favor Gus Van Sant
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 Jonathan Harker Francis Ford Coppola
Much Ado About Nothing 1993 Don John Kenneth Branagh
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Julian Gitche Gus Van Sant
Freaked Ortiz the Dog Boy Alex Winter and Tom Stern Uncredited cameo
Little Buddha Prince Siddhartha Bernardo Bertolucci
Speed 1994 Jack Traven Jan de Bont
Johnny Mnemonic 1995 Johnny Mnemonic Robert Longo
A Walk in the Clouds Paul Sutton Alfonso Arau
Chain Reaction 1996 Eddie Kasalivich Andrew Davis
Feeling Minnesota Jjaks Clayton Steven Baigelman
The Last Time I Committed Suicide 1997 Harry Stephen Kay
The Devil's Advocate Kevin Lomax Taylor Hackford
The Matrix 1999 Thomas Anderson / Neo The Wachowskis
Me and Will Himself Melissa Behr and Sherrie Rose Uncredited cameo
The Replacements 2000 Shane Falco Howard Deutch
The Watcher David Allen Griffin Joe Charbanic
The Gift Donnie Barksdale Sam Raimi
Sweet November 2001 Nelson Moss Pat O'Connor
Hardball Conor O'Neill Brian Robbins
The Matrix Reloaded 2003 Thomas Anderson / Neo The Wachowskis
The Animatrix Shinichiro Watanabe Voice
The Matrix Revolutions The Wachowskis
Something's Gotta Give Dr. Julian Mercer Nancy Meyers
Constantine 2005 John Constantine Francis Lawrence
Thumbsucker Dr. Perry Lyman Mike Mills
Ellie Parker Himself Scott Coffey Cameo
A Scanner Darkly 2006 Bob Arctor Richard Linklater
The Lake House Alex Wyler Alejandro Agresti
The Great Warming Narrator Michael Taylor Documentary
Street Kings 2008 Detective Tom Ludlow David Ayer
The Day the Earth Stood Still Klaatu Scott Derrickson
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 2009 Chris Nadeau Rebecca Miller
Henry's Crime 2010 Henry Torne Malcolm Venville
Side by Side 2012 Himself Christopher Kenneally Also producer; documentary
Generation Um... John Mark L. Mann
Man of Tai Chi 2013 Donaka Mark Himself
47 Ronin Kai Carl Rinsch
John Wick 2014 John Wick Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (uncredited)
Knock Knock 2015 Evan Webber Eli Roth Also executive producer
Deep Web Narrator Alex Winter Documentary
Mifune: The Last Samurai Steven Okazaki
Exposed 2016 Detective Scott Galban Declan Dale Also producer
Keanu Keanu Peter Atencio Voice cameo
The Neon Demon Hank Nicolas Winding Refn
The Bad Batch The Dream Ana Lily Amirpour
The Whole Truth Richard Ramsay Courtney Hunt
To the Bone 2017 Dr. William Beckham Marti Noxon
John Wick: Chapter 2 John Wick Chad Stahelski
A Happening of Monumental Proportions Bob Judy Greer Cameo
SPF-18 Himself Alex Israel
Siberia 2018 Lucas Hill Matthew Ross Also producer
Destination Wedding Frank Victor Levin
Replicas Will Foster Jeffrey Nachmanoff Also producer
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum 2019 John Wick Chad Stahelski
Always Be My Maybe Himself Nahnatchka Khan
Toy Story 4 Duke Caboom Josh Cooley Voice
Already Gone Christopher Kenneally Executive producer
Between Two Ferns: The Movie Himself Scott Aukerman Cameo
Bill & Ted Face the Music Films that have not yet been released 2020 Ted "Theodore" Logan Dean Parisot Filming
Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

References[change | change source]

  1. "Keanu Reeves Film Reference biography". Film Reference. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  2. "Keanu Reeves: Growing Up on the Move". Choices Magazine. September 1988. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. "Queer Keanu: Race, Sexuality and the Politics of Passing" (PDF). November 15, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  4. Hoover, Will (August 18, 2002). "Rooted in Kuli'ou'ou Valley". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. "Keanu Goes International". January 1997. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  6. http://www.americanancestors.org/assortment-famous-actors/
  7. "Keanu Reeves on directing for the first time". September 20, 2013.

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