Keanu Charles Reeves
2nd September 1964
Canadian, American, British
Hollywood Hills, California
Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor, producer, director, and musician. Born in Beirut, Lebanon to English and Hawaiian parents, he decided to pursuit an acting career at the age of nine.
He appeared in a theatre production of Damn Yankees in 1973 then played Mercutio in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet in 1979.
After obtaining a green card through his stepfather, Keanu moved to Los Angeles when he was 20. He made his screen acting debut in an episode of Hangin’ In.
Keanu did small roles in commercials and stage productions during the early 1980s. His first studio movie was Youngblood (1986), where he played a Québécois goalkeeper.
Reeves’ stepfather convinced Erwin Stoff to be Keanu’s manager and agent. Since then, Stoff has remained his manager and has co-produced many films of his.
After his minor roles in films, Reeves was cast in the drama film River’s Edge (1986), which was critically successful.
He then went on to act in teenage films, including Permanent Record (1988), Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), and Parenthood (1989).
During the early 1990s, Keanu appeared in high-budget action films like Point Break (1991), which earned him an MTV award for Most Desirable Male.
He was also involved in lower-budget independent films, including My Own Private Idaho, with River Phoenix.
The film was well-received and grossed $6.4 million in North America. In 1992, Reeves played Jonathan Harker in the blockbuster Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Rise to Prominence
In 1994, Keanu was cast as the main character, Jack Traven, in the action film Speed.
The film won two Academy Awards for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing, five MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Duo, Best Villain, Best Female Performance, Best Action Sequence, and Most Desirable Female, two BAFTA Awards for Best Editing and Best Sound, and a Saturn Award for Best Actress.
After refusing to star in the Speed sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Keanu made news and was blacklisted by 20th Century Fox for ten years.
He was offered an $11 million paycheck for the film but declined as to tour with his band, Dogstar.
Many of his later films were failures at the box office and widely criticised, including Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Chain Reaction (1996), and Feeling Minnesota (1996).
Reeves finally started to redeem himself after he starred in the horror-drama The Devil’s Advocate (1997) with Al Pacino and Charlize Theron. The film grossed $153 million at the box office and received good reviews.
In 1999, Reeves played Neo in the sci-fi action film The Matrix, which was a box office success, grossing $465.3 million. The film attracted reviews of praise and positivity.
The two Matrix sequels The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) were both highly successful, garnering huge grosses and great reviews.
Keanu acted in the 2003 romantic comedy “Something’s Gotta Give” with Diana Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
The film won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and a Satellite Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.
In 2005, he played John in the horror-action film “Constantine”. This, along with “Something’s Gotta Give” and the Matrix sequels, brought Reeves back to the public spotlight after his failed and negatively reviewed films in the early millennium.
Keanu earned himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in early 2005.
Keanu is well-known for his experimental and creative methods of acting. His most famous role is the titular character in the John Wick film series.
The first John Wick film was released in October 2014 and grossed $86 million. The second film, Chapter 2, which came out in 2017, made $171.5 million at the box office. Chapter 3 – Parabellum was released in 2019 and grossed $326.7 million.
As of 2021, Keanu Reeves’ net worth is estimated to be $360 million.
Here are some of the luxuries that he spends his millions on:
- $8.1 million Hollywood Hills home (5,607 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, swimming pool, three-car garage, courtyard)
- $6.8 million Hawaii home (sold to undisclosed individual in 2015) – 10,245 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 8 baths, 3 stories, infinity pool, 30 ft waterfall)
- $60,000 Ford Mustang GT350
- $108,000 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
- At least $100,000 worth of motorcycles (Arch KRGT-1, Arch 1s, Arch Method 143).