Keanu Reeves is one of the most beloved Canadian actors in the Hollywood industry and has been part of a lot of blockbuster roles since until today. He’s well known for his starring roles in movies like “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, “The Matrix”, and “John Wick”.
Although the actor had a rough childhood as his father left him resulting in his mother remarrying thrice, it didn’t stop him to become one of the biggest names in the film industry.
He remains humble and down to earth to everyone around him and even tries to help out the people he’s working with.
When he’s able to stay away from the limelight, Keanu usually tries to enjoy his hobbies like ballroom dancing, surfing, and motorcycles which he made it into a business and built his own company.
If you want to know more about the actor then keep reading as we’ll talk more about his career, personal life, net worth, and more.
Keanu Reeves Early Life and Education
Keanu Reeves was born on the 2nd of September 1964. His birthplace is in Beirut, Lebanon.
His parents were Nowlin and Patricia Reeves and both of them filed for divorce while Keanu was only 3 years old which led him to stay with his mom during his childhood while moving to different places every few years.
His mother got remarried and divorced several times and also gave Reeves three sisters where all of them were raised by grandparents and babysitters.
Reeves had been going in and out of different high schools as he was kept being expelled in all of them due to how unrestrained he was during his classes.
He then went on and proceeded to college but eventually dropped out as he wanted to pursue a career in acting. This led him to work part-time as an actor while studying at Avondale Secondary Alternative School.
Building up His Career and Becoming an Actor
Acting became a part of Keanu’s life since he was still at the age of nine where he appeared in a theatre production of “Damn Yankees”.
This gave him a spark for acting as he kept playing in theatres and stage plays like when he took the role of “Mercurio” in a stage production of “Romeo and Juliet” when he was still fifteen.
He also worked for a while in the “Going Great” youth program of the “Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV” as a correspondent.
He then had a breakthrough when he starred in several popular movies such as, “Parenthood” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”.
Keanu Reeves Rise to Stardom
As Keanu started to gain a lot of popularity as an actor, he wanted to change his laid back persona that he got from“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and focus on more serious roles.
This didn’t take long as he was able to star in films such as the buddy cop film “Point Break” where both of them gained massive box office success.
By 1994, the actor gained mainstream success with his role in the blockbuster film “Speed”. This was then followed up in 1999, where Keanu starred as “Neo” in the sci-fi action film “The Matrix” which became one of his most iconic movies and made Reeves’ a household name.
Reeves then kept on being starred in several hit films such as the 2005 dark thriller “Constantine”, the 2008 sci-fi thriller “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, and the 2013 3D fantasy film “47 Ronin”.
In 2014, the actor then made another comeback when he took part in one of his current famous roles “John Wick” int the action thriller film of the same name which became a critical and commercial success and even made it into a franchise.
Keanu Reeves Business Ventures
Aside from acting, Keanu also has been getting himself into business ventures where he co-founded “Arch Motorcycles” from his own love of the two-wheeled motorsport.
He created it alongside moto-designer Gard Hollinger back in 2011 and it’s currently growing and making good sales while being based in Hawthorne, California.
Keanu Reeves Awards and Achievements
With a lot of successful movies that the actor has managed to star in throughout his career, Keanu Reeves has managed to get more than 11 award nominations and has also won about 9 of them.
His movies like the matrix helped him get “Best Fight” in the MTV Movie Awards, “Best Actor in a Leading Role” in the Csapnivalo Awards, and “Favorite Actor in a Sci-fi/Action Film”
He also had his own star cemented in the Hollywood Star Walk of Fame during 2005 which let him be part of thousands of other celebrity names and literally cemented his name int the Industry.
Keanu Reeves Philanthropic Work
The actor has also been doing a lot of philanthropic work during his spare time. He has set up his own private cancer foundation after his sister was battling leukemia.
He’s a well known PETA supporter, and has also given up his more than $80 million from his earnings from the movie “The Matrix” to the makeup and special effects are of the production of the movie.
How much is Keanu Reeves’ net worth?
With all of the movies and business ventures that Keanu has made during his career as an actor, he was able to gain a net worth of $360 million dollars.
Keanu Reeves Personal Life and Relationships
Back in 1999, Keanu dated Jenifer Syme for 2 years and both of them also had a daughter named Ava Archer Syme-Reeves who was stillborn.
The couple then broke up a few weeks after the death of their child and in 2001, Syme then suddenly died due to a car accident in Los Angeles.
Keanu then kept on dating several famous celebrities like the model-actress China Chow who he dated within 2008 and his current girlfriend Alexandra Grant where they met at a dinner party in 2009. The couple has been dating since the spring of 2019.