Keanu Reeves
Canadian actor
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor. Reeves is known for his roles in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Speed, Point Break, and the science fiction-action trilogy The Matrix. He has collaborated with major directors such as Stephen Frears; Gus Van Sant; and Bernardo Bertolucci (in the 1993 film Little Buddha).
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In 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne are back together after all these years
LATimes - 9 days
The first time Laurence Fishburne watched the gonzo, mayhem-filled 2014 cult action film “John Wick,” he immediately knew he wanted be involved in any potential sequel. “I was like a kid,” the actor recalled recently. “I was laughing. I was giddy.”  Fortunately for him, he knows a guy: A long while...
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Keanu Reeves Starring As A 'Self-Centered' NASCAR Driver Is An Actual Film That's Happening
Yahoo News - 10 days
John Wick: Chapter 2 will be released in full on Friday, but star Keanu Reeves is already wheeling and dealing for his next starring role. Lionsgate, which is the distribution company behind the John Wick franchise as well, has picked up Reeves’ auto-racing film “Rally Car,” according to Variety. Reeves will star in and produce the film, and it will be directed by Olivier Megaton, who’s action movie director credits include Taken 2, Taken 3 and Transporter 3.
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Keanu Reeves knows gun-fu in the thrillingly disciplined 'John Wick: Chapter 2'
LATimes - 10 days
There is so much beautiful, beautiful killing in “John Wick: Chapter 2,” you can hardly blame the movie for refusing to look away. Audiences will be forgiven for not mustering the same courage. The things that Keanu Reeves does here in the name of an evening’s entertainment — shooting what seems...
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Keanu Reeves gets deadlier in 'John Wick 2,' talks 'Bill & Ted' sequel
Reuters.com - 12 days
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Keanu Reeves did not need much persuasion to reprise his role as a lethal retired hitman whose path to revenge sees him killing dozens more in the upcoming sequel "John Wick: Chapter 2."
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Keanu Reeves returns in 'John Wick: Chapter 2'
CNN - 12 days
Keanu Reeves is back as the hit man you don't want to cross in "John Wick: Chapter 2"
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Sean Spicer just cannot get the Prime Minister of Australia's name right
Yahoo News - 17 days
The Australian Prime Minister's name is Malcolm Turnbull. But White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, referred to him multiple times as "Prime Minister Trumbull," during a Thursday press conference about that disastrous phone call between the two leaders.  Maybe he assumes the headmistress from Roald Dahl's Matilda has taken helm of the Oceanic nation. Or perhaps he presumes it's spelled "Trumble?"  Nobody knows. Whatever the reason, it's wrong. And it's not helping diplomatic relations between the two countries, mate. The press conference was used to underscore Trump's "disappointment" at the refugee deal between the U.S. and Australia, which will now be under review. Perhaps Scott Spicer was just coining Trump & Turnballs celebrity couple name... #Trumble — Peter Helliar (@pjhelliar) February 2, 2017 Baby anteater is best friends with a giant stuffed teddy bear Keanu Reeves and Judd Apatow did standup with jokes written by kids Curious kestrel videobombs a traffic camera for so ...
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Keanu Reeves and Judd Apatow did standup with jokes written by kids
Yahoo News - 17 days
Knock knock. Who's there? Three rising "kid" comedians! Last night on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon , the jokes that had the audience cracking up were all written by real kids ages five through ten. The jokes covered all kinds of topics from kolas falling out of trees to some old school political humor.  The late night host was joined by actor Keanu Reeves and director/producer Judd Apatow; each guy created their own comedian persona to deliver the punch lines. Apparently wearing funky blazers is a requirement when doing standup. Who knew kids could come up with funnier jokes than adults? Stephen Colbert takes on Trump's love of theatrics with 'So You Think You Can SCOTUS' Ellen DeGeneres and Jamie Dornan turn up the heat in an office supply bondage sesh Watch Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert debate the existence of God Unique German words will help you express yourself like a boss
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'John Wick 2' cast hit the red carpet
Reuters.com - 19 days
Keanu Reeves and his 'John Wick Chapter 2' co-stars talk reunions and a third movie at the action sequel's premiere. Edward Baran reports.
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Here Are The Many Movies Netflix And Amazon Bought At Sundance
Huffington Post - 24 days
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Keanu Reeves
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 50
    Reeves was linked to several projects in 2015, including the horror thriller The Neon Demon, dystopian romance The Bad Batch, & maritime romance The Modern Ocean.
    More Details Hide Details Reeves is entitled to British citizenship through his English mother. He holds Canadian citizenship by naturalization. He grew up as a Canadian and identifies as such, and holds an American green card. Reeves' biological father was born in the United States but Reeves required a green card because he was not eligible to claim automatic citizenship by birth abroad to one United States citizen.
  • FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    Reeves has continued acting while exploring other forms of artistry. In October 2014, he played the title role in the action thriller John Wick.
    More Details Hide Details The film, which stars Reeves as a retired hitman, opened to positive reviews and performed well at the box office. It has since been "Certified Fresh" by popular review site Rotten Tomatoes. In January 2009, it was announced that Reeves would star in the live-action film adaptation of the anime series Cowboy Bebop, initially slated for release in 2011. Because of budgeting problems, the script was sent for a rewrite, and the project's status is currently unknown.
    On September 12, 2014, Reeves awoke and found a female stalker in his library, who told him that she was there to meet him.
    More Details Hide Details While Reeves calmly talked to her, he called 9-1-1 and alerted the police. They arrived, arrested her and took her in for psychological evaluation. Three days later, a second female stalker made her way into his home through a gate that was left unlocked by a cleaning company. The intruder undressed and took a shower in Reeves' bathroom and then proceeded to swim naked in his swimming pool. The cleaning crew became suspicious and alerted Reeves, who was not at home. He then notified the police and the stalker was remanded. Reeves set up a cancer charity, choosing not to attach his name to the organization; he has also supported PETA, the SickKids Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer. His sister Kim has battled leukemia for more than a decade. Reeves is quoted as saying "Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries." It has been reported that Reeves gave approximately US$80 million of his US$114 million earnings of The Matrix sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, to the special effects and makeup staff. The story has been denied by special effects staff themselves as an urban legend. The story likely had its roots in a back-end deal Reeves made with the producers of The Matrix Reloaded relinquishing his contractual right to a percentage of the earnings from the ticket sales.
    In 2014, two stalkers trespassed upon Reeves' Hollywood Hills home.
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  • 2013
    Age 48
    He further elaborated on the film in December 2013 during a taping of NBC's The Today Show. "I'm open to the idea of that I think it's pretty surreal, playing 'Bill & Ted' at 50.
    More Details Hide Details But we have a good story in that. You can see the life and joy in those characters, and I think the world can always use some life and joy."
    Reeves is neither Buddhist nor atheist, despite frequent listings to the contrary. He has previously claimed to be non-religious, while also citing an intense interest in Buddhism. In September 2013, when asked if he was a spiritual person, he replied with: "I don't know?
    More Details Hide Details I don't know the spiritual Richter-scale measurement! That's a weird answer, isn't it? I don't know. Do I believe in God, faith, inner faith, the self, passion, and things? Yes, of course! I'm very spiritual... Supremely spiritual... Bountifully spiritual... Supremely bountiful. Laughs. " In 2010, an image of Reeves became an internet meme after photos of him, seemingly depressed while sitting on a park bench eating alone, were posted to a 4chan forum. The images were soon distributed via several blogs and news sites. These pictures led to the "Keanu is Sad" or "Sad Keanu" meme being spread on internet forums. An unofficial holiday was created when a Facebook fan page declared June 15 as "Cheer-up Keanu Day". On the first anniversary of "Cheer-up Keanu Day", Reeves was interviewed for an article in British newspaper, The Guardian.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    In April 2011, Reeves referenced that a third instalment of the Bill & Ted series was possible.
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    In 2011, he produced the documentary Side by Side about the supplanting of photo-chemical film by digital camera technology; Reeves interviewed several celebrated directors including James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan.
    More Details Hide Details Reeves's first directorial film, Man of Tai Chi, premiered in 2013 with showings at the Beijing Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. The work was awarded in Beijing and praised by recognized director of action genre films, John Woo.
    In 2011, he returned to other artistic mediums of expression.
    More Details Hide Details Having played music earlier in his career, he forayed into literature by writing the text for a "grown-up picture book" entitled Ode to Happiness. The text was complemented by Alexandra Grant's illustrations.
  • 2010
    Age 45
    During Man of Tai Chi's five years of scripting and production, Reeves acted in several B movies with lead roles as Henry in 2010's Henry's Crime and John in 2012's Generation Um.
    More Details Hide Details During that time, Reeves also played Kai in the critically panned 47 Ronin. Critics widely attribute the film's poor performance to its direction, pacing, focus on special effects, and editing.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    Beginning in 2008, Reeves began pre-production on his directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi.
    More Details Hide Details The film is a multilingual narrative, partly inspired by the life of his friend, stuntman Tiger Chen. Filming occurred on mainland China and Hong Kong.
    He went on to play the lead character in two 2008 films, Street Kings and The Day the Earth Stood Still.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2009 he starred in director Rebecca Miller's film The Private Life of Pippa Lee, which premiered at Berlinale.
  • 2005
    Age 40
    In early 2005, Reeves' accomplishments in Hollywood were recognized by the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.
    More Details Hide Details His appearance in A Scanner Darkly (2006), based on the dystopian science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick, received favourable reviews, and The Lake House, his romantic outing with Sandra Bullock, was a success at the box office.
    Reeves performed with the band Becky for a year, but quit in 2005, citing his lack of interest in a serious music career.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 35
    In January 2000, Reeves's girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, gave birth eight months into her pregnancy to Ava Archer Syme-Reeves, who was stillborn.
    More Details Hide Details The strain put on their relationship by their grief resulted in Reeves and Syme's breakup several weeks later. On April 2 2001, Syme was driving alone on Los Angeles' Cahuenga Boulevard when she sideswiped three parked cars, rolled over several times and was thrown from the car. Authorities believed she died instantly. She reportedly was being treated for depression and taking two prescription drugs, which police found in her car. Reeves, who was scheduled to begin shooting back-to-back Matrix sequels during the subsequent spring, sought "peace and time to deal with this", according to his friend Bret Domrose, a guitarist in Reeves's alternative rock band Dogstar.
  • 1999
    Age 34
    The 1999 science fiction-action hit The Matrix, a film in which Reeves had a starring role, was a box office success and attracted positive reviews.
    More Details Hide Details In between the first Matrix film and its sequels, Reeves received positive reviews for his portrayal of an abusive husband in The Gift. Aside from The Gift, Reeves appeared in several films that received mostly negative reviews and unimpressive box office grosses, including The Watcher, Sweet November, and The Replacements. However, the two Matrix sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, along with Something's Gotta Give and the 2005 horror-action film, Constantine, were box office successes and brought Reeves back into the public spotlight.
  • 1995
    Age 30
    He made news by refusing to take part in Speed 2: Cruise Control – despite the offered $11 million paycheck, which would have been his largest to date – in favour of touring with his band and playing the title role in a 1995 Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    More Details Hide Details Of his performance, Roger Lewis, the Sunday Times theatre critic, wrote, "He quite embodied the innocence, the splendid fury, the animal grace of the leaps and bounds, the emotional violence, that form the Prince of Denmark... He is one of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he is Hamlet." However, Reeves's choices after A Walk in the Clouds failed with critics and audiences. Big-budget films such as the sci-fi action film Johnny Mnemonic and the action-thriller Chain Reaction were critically panned and failed at the box office, while indie films like Feeling Minnesota were also critical failures. Reeves finally started to climb out of his career low after starring in the horror-drama The Devil's Advocate alongside Al Pacino and Charlize Theron. Reeves took a paycut of $1 million for The Devil's Advocate so that Pacino would be cast, and later took a 90 per cent paycut for the less successful The Replacements to guarantee the casting of Gene Hackman. The Devil's Advocate did well at the box office and garnered good reviews.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 29
    In 1994, Reeves's career reached a new high as a result of his starring role in the action film Speed.
    More Details Hide Details His casting in the film was controversial, since, except for Point Break, he was primarily known for comedies and indie dramas. He had never been the sole headliner on a film. The summer action film had a fairly large budget and was helmed by novice cinematographer-turned-director Jan de Bont. Reeves's career choices after Speed were eclectic: despite his successes, Reeves continued to accept supporting roles and appear in experimental films. He scored a hit with a romantic lead role in A Walk in the Clouds.
  • 1992
    Age 27
    In 1992, he played Jonathan Harker in the Francis Ford Coppola-directed blockbuster Bram Stoker's Dracula, but his performance was received negatively.
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  • 1991
    Age 26
    He was involved in various lower-budget independent films, including the well-received 1991 film, My Own Private Idaho with River Phoenix.
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    From 1991, Reeves played bass guitar in the grunge band Dogstar.
    More Details Hide Details During the early 1990s, Reeves started to break out of his teen-film period. He appeared in high-budget action films like Point Break, for which he won MTV's "Most Desirable Male" award in 1992.
  • 1989
    Age 24
    Following this film's critical success, he spent the late 1980s appearing in a number of movies aimed at teenage audiences, including Permanent Record, and the unexpectedly successful 1989 comedy, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, along with its 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
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  • 1986
    Age 21
    After a few minor roles, Reeves received a sizeable role in the 1986 drama film River's Edge, which depicted how a murder affected a group of teens.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 19
    In 1984, he was a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV youth program Going Great.
    More Details Hide Details His first studio movie appearance was Youngblood (1986) in which he played a Québécois goalie. Shortly after the movie's release, Reeves drove to Los Angeles in his 1969 Volvo. His stepfather had convinced Erwin Stoff in advance to be Reeves's manager and agent. Stoff has remained Reeves's manager, and has co-produced many of his films.
  • 1976
    Age 11
    Reeves's mother married Robert Miller, a rock promoter, in 1976; the couple divorced in 1980. She subsequently married her fourth husband, a hairdresser named Jack Bond. The couple's marriage ended in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Grandparents and nannies babysat Reeves and his sisters, and Reeves grew up primarily in Yorkville, a neighbourhood in Toronto. Within five years, Reeves attended four high schools, including the Etobicoke School of the Arts, from which he was expelled. Reeves stated he was expelled because "I was just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often. I was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school." Reeves excelled more in sports than in academics, as his educational development was challenged by dyslexia. He was a successful ice hockey goalie at one of his high schools (De La Salle College "Oaklands"), and earned the nickname "The Wall". Reeves dreamed of playing hockey for Canada but an injury ended his hopes for a hockey career. After leaving De La Salle College, he attended Avondale Secondary Alternative School, which allowed him to obtain an education while working as an actor. He later dropped out and did not obtain a high school diploma.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Age 1
    After his parents divorced in 1966, his mother became a costume designer and moved the family to Sydney and then to New York City, where she married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director, in 1970. The couple moved to Toronto and divorced in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details When Reeves was 15, he worked as a production assistant on Aaron's films.
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on September 2, 1964.
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