Keanu Reeves

Actor, Musician, Pasta chef
Few moviegoers would have guessed from his laconic and occasionally blissed-out performances in films like "River's Edge" (1986) and "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) that in less than a decade, Keanu Reeves ... Read more »
Born: 09/01/1964 in Lebanon

Filmography

Actor (97)

Knock Knock 2015 (Movie)

Evan (Actor)

Passengers (Columbia Pictures) 2015 (Movie)

Jim Preston (Actor)

21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Daughter of God 2014 (Movie)

Detective Scotty Galban (Actor)

Deep Web 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Wick 2014 (Movie)

John Wick (Actor)

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Whole Truth 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

47 Ronin 3D 2013 (Movie)

Kai (Actor)

Generation Um... 2013 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Man of Tai Chi 2013 (Movie)

Donaka Mark (Actor)

Henry's Crime 2011 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Bollywood Hero 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 2009 (Movie)

Chris Nadeau (Actor)

Street Kings 2008 (Movie)

Detective Tom Ludlow (Actor)

The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 (Movie)

Klaatu (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

A Scanner Darkly 2006 (Movie)

Bob Arctor (Actor)

Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 Teen Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Warming 2006 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Lake House 2006 (Movie)

Alex Wyler (Actor)

Constantine 2005 (Movie)

John Constantine (Actor)

Ellie Parker 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Thumbsucker 2005 (Movie)

Perry Lyman (Actor)

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Movie House 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something's Gotta Give 2003 (Movie)

Dr Julian Mercer (Actor)

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Matrix Reloaded 2003 (Movie)

Neo (Actor)

The Matrix Revolutions 2003 (Movie)

Neo (Actor)

Animatrix 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Neo (Actor)

Hardball 2001 (Movie)

Conor O'Neill (Actor)

Sweet November 2001 (Movie)

Nelson (Actor)

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Action 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift 2000 (Movie)

Donnie Barksdale (Actor)

The Replacements 2000 (Movie)

Shane "Footsteps" Falco (Actor)

The Watcher 2000 (Movie)

Griffin (Actor)

Me & Will 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Matrix 1999 (Movie)

Neo (Actor)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Kevin Lomax (Actor)

The Last Time I Committed Suicide 1997 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Chain Reaction 1996 (Movie)

Eddie Kasalivich (Actor)

Feeling Minnesota 1996 (Movie)

Jiaks Clayton (Actor)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

Paul Sutton (Actor)

Great American Music: A Salute to Fast Cars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hi-Octane 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Mnemonic 1995 (Movie)

Johnny Mnemonic (Actor)

Legendary Trails 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994 (Movie)

Julian Gitche (Actor)

Little Buddha 1994 (Movie)

Prince Siddhartha (Actor)

Speed 1994 (Movie)

Jack Traven (Actor)

Freaked 1993 (Movie)

(uncredited) Juan the Dog Boy (Actor)

Much Ado About Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Don John--Don Pedro's Half Brother (Actor)

The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (Movie)

Jonathan Harker (Actor)

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 1991 (Movie)

Ted "Theodore" Logan (Actor)

My Own Private Idaho 1991 (Movie)

Scott Favor (Actor)

Point Break 1991 (Movie)

Johnny Utah (Actor)

I Love You to Death 1990 (Movie)

Marlon (Actor)

Save the Planet: A CBS/Hard Rock Cafe Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Tune in Tomorrow... 1990 (Movie)

Martin Loader (Actor)

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989 (Movie)

Ted "Theodore" Logan (Actor)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

Tod (Actor)

Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

Chevalier Danceny (Actor)

Permanent Record 1988 (Movie)

Chris Townsend (Actor)

The Night Before 1988 (Movie)

Winston Connelly (Actor)

The Prince of Pennsylvania 1988 (Movie)

Rupert Marshetta (Actor)

Babes in Toyland 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Influence 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Flying 1986 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

River's Edge 1986 (Movie)

Matt (Actor)

Youngblood 1986 (Movie)

Heaver (Actor)

Fast Food 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Letting Go 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Act of Vengeance (TV Show)

Actor

Brotherhood of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Cowboy Bebop (Movie)

Spike Spiegel (Actor)

Life Under Water (TV Show)

Actor

Moving Day (TV Show)

Actor

Young Again (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Knock Knock 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Passengers (Columbia Pictures) 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Daughter of God 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Sweet November 2001 (Movie)

("Time After Time") (Song Performer)
Director (1)

Man of Tai Chi 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Few moviegoers would have guessed from his laconic and occasionally blissed-out performances in films like "River's Edge" (1986) and "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) that in less than a decade, Keanu Reeves would be one of Hollywood's most popular and bankable leading men. He had to first endure a long, awkward period, during which he struggled to find his footing in big-budget features like "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and independent fare like "Little Buddha" (1993); in the eyes of most critics and pundits, he was ill-equipped for both. But his turn as a determined and resourceful police officer in 1994's "Speed" proved him to be a capable action hero, which he underscored by playing Neo, the reluctant Messiah figure in the science fiction blockbuster "The Matrix" (1999) and its two sequels, as well as "Constantine" (2003). Perhaps sensing that his acting abilities remained in the crosshairs of many pundits, he strove to maintain a presence in quieter dramas and the occasional comedy, which received mixed results.

Relationships

Paul Aaron

Step-Father
Divorced Reeves' mother after six months of marriage

Jack Bond

Step-Father
Divorced Reeves' mother in 1994

Lynn Collins Actor

Companion
Dated for three months after meeting on the set of "The Lake House" (2006) No longer together

Amanda De Cadenet Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged in 1996 No longer together

Diane Keaton Actor

Companion
Co-starred in 2003's "Something's Gotta Give" Although rumored to have dated in 2005, both their reps denied the romance

Autumn MacIntosh Actor

Companion
Rumored to have dated in 2004 No longer together

Karina Miller

Half-Sister
Born in 1976 in Toronto; daughter of Patricia Taylor and Robert Miller

Robert Miller

Step-Father
Married to Reeves' mother from 1976-80; had a daughter together

Carrie-Anne Moss Actor

Companion
Reportedly became involved during the filming of "The Matrix" (1999) No longer together

Emma Reeves Actor

Half-Sister
Born in 1980 in Hawaii; father, Samuel Nowlin Reeves

Samuel Reeves

Father
Of Hawaiian and Chinese descent; abandoned his wife and family when Reeves was two; sentenced to 10 years in prison for cocaine and heroin possession in 1994; served time in a Hawaiian jail; paroled in 1996

Ava Reeves

Daughter
Born stillborn in 2000; mother, Jennifer Syme

Kim Reeves

Sister
Born in 1966 in Australia; diagnosed with leukemia in the early 1990s

Jennifer Syme Actor

Companion
Gave birth to Reeves' stillborn daughter in 2000, who was named Ava Archer Reeves Killed in a car accident on April 2, 2001

Patricia Taylor

Mother
English

EDUCATION

De La Salle College

Toronto , Ontario
Attended for one year; voted Most Valuable Player as goalie on the hockey team

Hedgerow Theatre

Moylan , Pennsylvania
Studied acting with Jasper Deeter

High School for the Performing Arts

Toronto , Ontario
Failed acting class and left after one year

Etobicoke School of the Arts

Etobicoke , Ontario
Expelled

Jessie Ketchum Public School

Toronto , Ontario
Attended from kindergarten through eighth grade

Milestones

2009

Played Robin Wright Penn's lover in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," written and directed by Rebecca Miller

2008

Starred in the remake of the 1951 science fiction movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

2008

Played a veteran LAPD officer who is framed for murder in "Street Kings"; written and directed by David Ayer

2006

Re-teamed with Bullock in the romantic drama, "The Lake House"; a remake of the Korean film "IL Mare"

2006

Starred in the Richard Linklater directed, "A Scanner Darkly"; adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick

2005

Played the title role in "Constantine" based on the DC/Vertigo comic book Hellblazer

2005

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Jan. 31)

2003

Reprised role of Neo in "The Matrix Reloaded"

2003

Again portrayed Neo in the third installment of the trilogy "The Matrix: Revelations"

2003

Co-starred with Diane Keaton in the Nancy Meyers directed comedy "Something's Gotta Give"

2001

Cast as advertising executive opposite Charlize Theron in the remake of "Sweet November"

2000

Portrayed a wife-beating accused murderer in "The Gift"

2000

Starred in the sports comedy "The Replacements"

1999

Starred as Neo, a computer expert who joins forces with a rebel underground to pursue "The Matrix"

1997

Cast as a lawyer tempted by success and Satan in "The Devil's Advocate"

1995

Appeared as the title character in a Winnipeg production of "Hamlet"

1995

Played a WWII veteran who pretends to be married in "A Walk in the Clouds"

1994

Re-teamed with Van Sant for a supporting role in "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"

1994

Shot to superstardom as an explosives expert attempting to diffuse a bomb-rigged bus in "Speed"

1994

Portrayed Siddhartha in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Little Buddha"

1992

Portrayed Jonathan Harker in Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula"

1991

Reprised the time-travelling Ted for the inferior sequel "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey"

1991

Starred as a politician's son who becomes a street hustler in Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho"

1990

Last major TV acting appearance to date, in the "Two Lost Souls" segment of "The Tracey Ullman Show" (Fox)

1990

Had featured role, alongside Ullman and Kevin Kline in the black comedy "I Love You to Death"

1989

Breakthrough screen role, as Ted, half of the dim-witted, time-travelling pair in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"

1989

Offered memorable turn as a teenage hippie in Ron Howard's "Parenthood"

1988

Played Chevalier Danceny, a music teacher infatuated with Uma Thurman's Cecile de Volange in "Dangerous Liaisons"

1987

First starring role, "River's Edge" playing a burned out dope-smoking teen

1986

Film acting debut in "Youngblood"; cast alongside Rob Lowe as a hockey player

1986

First Canadian-produced feature, "Flying/Dream to Believe"

1986

Appeared as Jack Be Nimble in the ABC small screen remake of "Babes in Toyland" starring Drew Barrymore

1986

Moved to Los Angeles to pursue career

1985

US TV debut, "Letting Go" (ABC)

1985

Debut in a Shakespearean play, cast as Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet" in Toronto

1984

Played a street tough in the short film "The Prodigal"

1984

Professional stage debut in Toronto production of the homoerotic drama "Wolfboy"

1980

At age 16, danced in a Coca-Cola commercial

1979

TV acting debut, "Hanging In" (CBC)

Moved from NYC to Toronto with family when he was six

Bonus Trivia

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Various sources list either September 2 or September 4 as his date of birth (one lists August 2); since the majority indicate September 2, that is the date this database is listing.

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His first name, Keanu, means 'cool breeze over the mountains.'

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Reeves has an abdominal scar which is the result of a motorcyle accident.

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Reeves was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child.

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The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, began a class called "The Films of Keanu Reeves" as of January 1994.

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He performs with his band Dogstar, formed in 1993 with Bret Domrose and actor Robert Mailhouse.

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"He has only three possessions of any consequence. A bass guitar, so he can play with his folk-rock band, Dogstar, and two Norton motorcycles, British-made in the 1970s." - Michael Shnayerson on Keanu in Vanity Fair magazine, August 1995

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"I'm Mickey Mouse. They don't know who's inside the suit." - Reeves on fame in Vanity Fair magazine, August 1995

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"Listen, I'm an actor, not a movie star. The worry for me is that you never know where your next gig is coming from. To me the nature of the beast is that you finish working and then wonder if you'll ever work again. That feeling never goes away. Hopefully I'll be successful enough that people will be able to hire me. But I give my thanks for my life so far. It's been incredible. Do I want it to continue? Yeah, I really love it." - Reeves to the Chicago Sun-Times, March 28, 1999

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"Playing live is fun. It is completely different to acting, but they are both imaginative, creative and emotional acts. Sometimes I think of playing full time, but it's a passing phase. Acting is home for me, that is where I live." - Reeves to the London Times, Jan. 11, 1998

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"I've always considered that there's the role, and there's the actor. These two entities come together, and in the process I learn about the role, and the role learns about me. So you’re holding the mirror up to nature, but that nature is your own." - Reeves to Premiere magazine, February 2005

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"He's so fuckin' hard on himself, that it's to the point of depression. It's beyond art or work for him. If he feels he's bad in a scene, he'll go home pissed off, wake up pissed off, come back to the set pissed off, and then he'll try to focus. As soon as his take is done, you can see his whole body rest." - Shia LaBeouf on Keanu quoted to Premiere magazine, February 2005

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"I'm trying not to be alone so much," says Reeves. "And man, it's a struggle. I want to get married. I want to have kids. That's at the top of the mountain. I've got to climb the mountain first. I'll do it. Just give me some time." - Reeves to Parade magazine, June 2006

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In the June 2006 issue of Parade magazine, Reeves talks about his late girlfriend Jennifer Syme, whom he met in 1998 and who later gave birth to their stillborn baby daughter. Reeves and Syme remained best friends until April 2001, when Syme died in a car crash.

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