Birthday: 09/02/1964 Year
Age: 50 years
Place of birth: Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality: United States
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Original name: Keanu Charles Reeves
Long road to glory
Keanu Reeves has acquired cult fame after the release of ‘The Matrix’. Since then, representatives of cyberpunk adore and idolize actor. However, the fame he got back in the early ’90s, playing in the action adventure “Speed.” This film made Reeves real star and one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood.
Childhood and adolescence
Keanu Reeves was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, the Lebanese capital. That’s where parents met Reeves. His mother, an Englishwoman by birth, was a dancer and costume designer, and his father worked as a geologist. He was born in Hawaii and is a family Hawaiian, Irish, British and Chinese roots.
When Keanu was 3 years old, his father left the family, leaving his three sisters and foster mother. Soon they moved to Australia and then to New York. There Reeves mother married a Hollywood director Paul Aaron. They moved to Toronto, but the marriage lasted only until 1971.
As a child, Keanu dyslexic, so his training was held with great difficulty. But he was very fond of chess and always played hockey. Reeves even dreamed speak for Team Canada at the Olympics, but the injury ruined his plans. Some time Keanu visited free alternative school, but then dropped it, and not receiving secondary education.
Actor Keanu Reeves career began at age 9, playing in the theatrical production of the comedy ‘Damn Yankees’. In 15 years, he has actively acted in short films, commercials and on the stage of Toronto. His passion for cinema was so strong that he even thought about another profession.
The path to glory
In 1985, Keanu Reeves went in search of work in Los Angeles. His stepfather Paul Aaron, who had connections in Hollywood, he found the manager and made a few screen tests. In 1986, Reeves landed a role in the teen film ‘On the banks of the river. ” The painting was a success not only from the audience but also the critics, who drew attention to the young actor and wrote several positive reviews.
Starring in the thriller “Point Break” (1991) and then in a low-budget drama “My Own Private Idaho” (1991), Reeves has proved that it has a multi-faceted talent. He received the MTV award as ‘most coveted actor’ and was awarded numerous accolades. These early works have opened the way to Hollywood actor.
Nationwide fame Keanu Reeves received after the release of militants ‘Speed’ (1994). The film had an impressive budget and was shot novice director, and last known operator Jan de Bont. Despite the skepticism of critics to shoot this thriller, the film was more than successful. He had an incredible box office success and did lead actors Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves stars of the first magnitude.
One day, Reeves just woke up famous. The company without hesitation invited the actor to play in the continuation of ‘Speed’, but he suddenly abandoned in favor of a theatrical production ‘Hamlet’. And, as it turned out, for good reason. Theater critic Roger Lewis wrote that Hamlet by Keanu – one of the best he had ever seen. Just because he is Hamlet.
Playing in the theater, of course, did not bring that income, which would like Reeves, and he returned to the cinema. After several unsuccessful roles Keanu starred in the thriller “Devil’s Advocate” (1997), with Charlize Theron and Al Pacino, and returned to his authority. For the sake of the film played Pacino, actor even agreed to reduce its fees. The film was a critical success, although some were talking about the game featureless Reeves.
Recent work and personal life
Cooperation with the Wachowski brothers was a risky move, so many discouraged Reeves from filming the movie ‘The Matrix’ (1999). Little-known directors were going to put on a fantastic blockbuster utopian world of the future in which humans live in illusions. The idea of ??’The Matrix’ Reeves was so impressed that he signed without hesitation. The role of Neo has become one of the most important in the career of an actor, providing him not only fame but also a good income. Two sequels ‘The Matrix’, which came out in 2003, consolidated the success of Keanu and returned it to the center of public attention.
The following works were successful actor, too. His role in the film ‘Something’s Gotta Give “(2003),’ Constantine ‘(2005),’ A Scanner Darkly ‘(2006),’ The Day the Earth Stood Still ‘(2008) received favorable reviews from critics and was enthusiastically received by the audience.
In recent years, Keanu Reeves was not only active in films, but also engaged in their own projects. In 2013, Reeves directed the thriller “Man of Tai Chi ‘. Now the actor is busy filming the psychological horror-thriller ‘Tuk-Tuk’, which is scheduled for 2015.
His personal life Keanu Reeves does not hide. Since the beginning of his career in Hollywood, he preferred to live in hotels and rented houses. In 2003, the actor bought a house in Los Angeles, and later bought an apartment in New York.
Keanu Reeves has never been married. For some time he dated actress Jennifer Syme, who was pregnant by him. They were so happy that they will have a girl even gave her the name Ava Archer. However, their daughter was born dead. And in 2001 in a car accident killed herself, Jennifer. These deaths have had a psychological blow to Keanu, he is still afraid to start a relationship with women.
Reeves does not only movies but also music. In the 1990s, he played bass guitar in a rock band ‘Dogstar’, and in the 2000s, often performed with the team ‘Becky’. In addition, the actor is interested in racing cars and motorcycles. In 2011, together with the mechanic Gard Hollinger corporation he founded the ‘Arch Motorcycle’ for the production of motorcycles.
Keanu Reeves comfortable with his fame and is well aware that people are not interesting as a person and as an actor. Although he is an ordinary man who loves to play guitar and drink beer with friends.
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