Keanu Reeves Bio
Charles Reeves was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon to Patricia
and Samuel Nowlin Reeves. Keanu's mom was a showgirl from England; his dad
was a Chinese-Hawaiian geologist. The couple name their son Keanu,
translation "cool breeze over the mountains," after a Hawaiian
ancestor. Keanu's sister Kim was born in 1966; their parents divorced
took Keanu and Kim to New York City where they lived for a short time before
relocating to Toronto, where Keanu grew up. Patricia married stage and
film director Paul Aaron, but the marriage lasted less than a year. Two
more marriages followed, one of which brought Keanu and Kim another sister,
Karina, in 1976.
Never much for academics, Keanu devoted his time in school to drama and ice
hockey, a sport in which his performance as goalie earned him the nickname
"The Wall." He continued to visit his biological father in
Hawaii until he was about thirteen. His father was convicted on drug
charges in 1994 and served prison time. Keanu and his father have never
Keanu dropped out of high school at seventeen to pursue acting. His
performances in stage productions and TV movies eventually led to a role in the
1986 hit Youngblood with Rob Lowe, which was filmed in Canada. The film's
success led Keanu to pack for Hollywood.
Keanu received critical attention for River's Edge (1986). However, it was
not until Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure came out in 1989 that the public
took notice. After that, Keanu's career meandered through an unmemorable
succession of films for the next several years, during which time he tried to
distance himself from the Ted persona.
The blockbuster hit Speed, with Sandra Bullock, would distinguish Reeves as a
big budget action star. However, this triumph would be followed by another
slump, this one lasting five years, in which Keanu made another string of
forgettable films. In 1997, Keanu passed on the sequel to Speed, unheard
of in Hollywood for an essentially out of work actor. Keanu felt the
script was poorly written. The film's reviews would vindicate his
Keanu's patience paid off. In 1999 he starred in The Matrix, another big
action blockbuster. Feeling that the scripts to the sequels were well done
this time, Reeves has starred in Matrix Revolutions and Matrix Reloaded.
For the most part, Keanu Reeves has managed to keep his private life his own.
Unfortunately, when his name has appeared in the media, aside from his acting
career, it has often been associated with tragedy. In 1999, Keanu and
girlfriend Jennifer Syme lost their baby just weeks before the due date.
The couple later separated, but were reportedly rekindling their relationship
when Syme was killed in a car accident in April, 2001. Keanu's sister Kim,
with whom he has always been very close, suffers from leukemia. Keanu has
done much to help his sister and others afflicted with the disease.
Keanu maintains his Canadian citizenship, residing in Toronto, but also
maintains a home in LA. His hobbies include surfing and horseback riding,
both inspired by movie roles. Keanu played bass for several years in the
band Dog Star, with whom he released three CD's. His new band, Becky,
features his longtime friend Rob Mailhouse and MTV's Rebecca Lord, Mailhouse's