Keanu Reeves

BirthDay:

02 Sep 1964

BirthPlace:

Beirut, Lebanon

BirthName:

Keanu Charles Reeves

Bio:

Keanu Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1964, the son of English-born Patricia Taylor, a showgirl, and American-born Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese ancestry. After their marriage dissolved, Keanu moved with his mother and younger sister, Kim Reeves, to New York City, then Toronto. Stepfather #1 was Paul Aaron, a stage and film director - he and Patricia divorced within a year, after which she went on to marry (and divorce) rock promoter Robert Miller and hair salon owner Jack Bond. Reeves never reconnected with his biological father. In high school, Reeves was lukewarm toward academics but took a keen interest in ice hockey (as team goalie, he earned the nickname "The Wall") and drama. He eventually dropped out of school to pursue an acting career.

After a few stage gigs and a handful of made-for-TV movies, he scored a supporting role in the Rob Lowe hockey flick Youngblood (1986), which was filmed in Canada. Shortly after the production wrapped, Reeves packed his bags and headed for Hollywood. Reeves popped up on critics' radar with his performance in the dark adolescent drama, River's Edge (1986), and landed a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated Dangerous Liaisons (1988) with director Stephen Frears.

His first popular success was the role of totally rad dude "Ted Logan" in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). The wacky time-travel movie became something of a cultural phenomenon, and audiences would forever confuse Reeves's real-life persona with that of his doofy on-screen counterpart. He then joined the casts of Ron Howard's comedy, Parenthood (1989), and Lawrence Kasdan's I Love You to Death (1990).

Over the next few years, Reeves tried to shake the Ted stigma with a series of highbrow projects. He played a slumming rich boy opposite River Phoenix's narcoleptic male hustler in My Own Private Idaho (1991), an unlucky lawyer who stumbles into the vampire's lair in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and Shakespearean party-pooper Don John in Much Ado About Nothing (1993).

In 1994, the understated actor became a big-budget action star with the release of Speed (1994). Its success heralded an era of five years in which Reeves would alternate between small films, like Feeling Minnesota (1996) and The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997), and big films like A Walk in the Clouds (1995) and The Devil's Advocate (1997). (There were a couple misfires, too: Johnny Mnemonic (1995) and Chain Reaction (1996).) After all this, Reeves did the unthinkable and passed on the Speed sequel, but he struck box-office gold again a few years later with the Wachowski siblings' cyberadventure, The Matrix (1999).

Now a bonafide box-office star, Keanu would appear in a string of smaller films -- among them The Replacements (2000), The Watcher (2000), The Gift (2000), Sweet November (2001), and Hardball (2001) - before The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) were both released in 2003.

Since the end of The Matrix trilogy, Keanu has divided his time between mainstream and indie fare, landing hits with Something's Gotta Give (2003), The Lake House (2006), and Street Kings (2008). He's kept Matrix fans satiated with films such as Constantine (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). And he's waded back into art-house territory with Ellie Parker (2005), Thumbsucker (2005), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009), and Henry's Crime (2010).

Most recently, as post-production on the samurai epic 47 Ronin (2013) waged on, Keanu appeared in front of the camera in Side by Side (2012), a documentary on celluloid and digital filmmaking, which he also produced. He's also directing another Asian-influenced project, Man of Tai Chi (2013).
Filmography

Actor ( 166 credits )

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick
Replicas (2017)
To the Bone (2017) Dr. William Beckham
The Whole Truth (2016)
The Bad Batch (2016) Rockwell
The Neon Demon (2016)
Keanu (2016) Keanu (voice)
Swedish Dicks (2016)  Tex (1 episode, 2016)
Jay Leno's Garage (2015)  Himself - Arch Motorcycle Company (1 episode, 2015)
John Wick (2014) John Wick
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2016)
47 Ronin (2013) Kai
Man of Tai Chi (2013) Donaka Mark
Stroumboulopoulos (2013)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2013)
The Frame (2013)  Neo (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Interrogations Gone Wrong (2013)  Keanu Reeves (1 episode, 2015)
Generation Um... (2012) John
Comix from the Underground (2012)  Neo (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Scott Favor / ... (archive footage) (5 episodes, 2012-
Sunset Strip (2012) Himself
Side by Side (2012) Himself - Host
The Frollo Show (2011)  Ted Theodore Logan (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
A Man's Story (2010) Himself
Henry's Crime (2010) Henry Torne
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Officer Jack Traven / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) Chris Nadeau
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Bollywood Hero (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Klaatu
Street Kings (2008) Detective Tom Ludlow
Easy to Assemble (2008)  Vorste Feirron (2 episodes, 2009-2012)
Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007) Scott Favor (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008)
A Scanner Darkly (2006) Bob Arctor
The Lake House (2006) Alex Wyler
The Great Warming (2006) Narrator
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2011)
Echo (2005) Narcissus
Constantine (2005) John Constantine
Thumbsucker (2005) Perry Lyman
Ellie Parker (2005) Dogstar
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Unscripted (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
20 to 1 (2005)  Jack Traven (1 episode, 2006)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Grin & Barrett (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
L'hebdo cinéma (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Matrix Reloaded Revisited (2004) Himself
Something's Gotta Give (2003) Julian Mercer
The Matrix Revolutions (2003) Neo
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003) Himself
The Animatrix (2003) Neo (segment "Kid's Story") (voice)
Kid's Story (2003) Neo (voice)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) Neo
MythBusters (2003)  Johnny Utah (1 episode, 2007)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2012)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
The Sharon Osbourne Show (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Filmland (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Player$ (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
HypaSpace (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Silenci? (2002)  Ted Logan (1 episode, 2005)
The Art Show (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Hardball (2001) Conor O'Neill
Sweet November (2001) Nelson Moss
Filmography (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Rank (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Matthew's Best Hit TV (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
I Love 1980's (2001)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2001)
The Gift (2000) Donnie Barksdale
The Watcher (2000) Griffin
The Replacements (2000) Shane Falco
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Ahora (2000)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
The Wright Stuff (2000)  Himself - Actor (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Me and Will (1999) Dogstar / Himself
The Matrix (1999) Neo
Action (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Comedy Lab (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
God kveld Norge (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Devil's Advocate (1997) Kevin Lomax
The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) Harry
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
Before They Were Famous (1997)  (advert 'Kelloggs Cornflakes' 1987) (1 episode, 1999)
Feeling Minnesota (1996) Jjaks Clayton
Chain Reaction (1996) Eddie Kasalivich
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2001)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Jet 7 (1996)  Himself (1997)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 2002-2008)
A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Paul Sutton
Johnny Mnemonic (1995) Johnny Mnemonic
Speed (1994) Officer Jack Traven
Howard Stern (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1997)
Extra (1994)  Himself - John Wick (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014
Hi Octane (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Little Buddha (1993) Siddhartha
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) Julian Gitche
Freaked (1993) Ortiz the Dog Boy (uncredited)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Don John
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
Quelli che... il calcio (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Corazón, corazón (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) Jonathan Harker
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (6 episodes, 1994-2008)
Getaway (1992)  Himself - Celebrity Traveller (1 episode, 2006)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself - The Matrix (1 episode, 1999)
My Own Private Idaho (1991) Scott Favor
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Ted
Point Break (1991) Johnny Utah
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (2 episodes, 1995-2008)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2001-2003)
Providence (1991) Eric
Tune in Tomorrow... (1990) Martin Loader
I Love You to Death (1990) Marlon James
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990)  Ted Logan (13 episodes, 1990)
The Word (1990) (1 episode, 1991)
Parenthood (1989) Tod Higgins
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) Ted 'Theodore' Logan
Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny
Permanent Record (1988) Chris Townsend
The Night Before (1988) Winston Connelly
The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988) Rupert Marshetta
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (4 episodes, 2003-2008)
Biography (1987)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
The Tracey Ullman Show (1987)  Jesse Walker (1 episode, 1989)
Trying Times (1987)  Joey (1 episode, 1987)
River's Edge (1986) Matt
Flying (1986) Tommy Warneki
Youngblood (1986) Heaver
One Step Away (1985) Ron Petrie
Night Heat (1985)  Mugger / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
Comedy Factory (1985)  Crackers (1 episode, 1985)
CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1995)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Going Great (1982)  Co-Host (season 3 only)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (11 episodes, 2008-2014)
American Playhouse (1981)  Kip (1 episode, 1989)
Hangin' In (1981)  Teen Client (1 episode, 1984)
Canada A.M. (1972)  Alex Wyler (1 episode, 2006)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Michael Riley, Age 17 (1 episode, 1986)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Exposed (0) Detective Scott Galban
Knock Knock (0)
Rally Car (0) (rumored)
Bill & Ted 3 (0) Theodore Logan
Bill & Ted 3 (0) Theodore Logan
Untitled Bill & Ted Project (0) Ted 'Theodore' Logan

Producer ( 6 credits )

Replicas (2017) producer
John Wick (2014) executive producer
Side by Side (2012) producer
Henry's Crime (2010) producer (uncredited)
Exposed (0) producer
Knock Knock (0) executive producer

Director ( 1 credit )

Man of Tai Chi (2013)