Keanu Reeves is not only a famous actor but also a star with no haters. He has acted in numerous films, from adventurous movies to big action hits like ‘John Wick’. Keanu is undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s biggest names, but his personal life, especially his relation to Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr., is what people talk about a lot. So many people are complimenting him for being such a nice person.
The Teenage Years Of Keanu Reeves
Born in 1964 to an English mother and American father, Keanu Reeves has his traces from different nationalities. His father, Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr., was of Hawaiian, Portuguese and Chinese descent. Keanu’s dad met his mother in Beirut when they were in their early 20s. Keanu was the firstborn of the family and later on welcomed his younger sister Kim.
Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr., Keanu’s father, actually had his struggles with substance abuse. He left the family when Keanu was still very young. Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr. was soon arrested for selling drugs in Hawaii in 1992. The struggles continued to weigh down on the marriage of Keanu’s parents, and they split ways in 1966. After that, Keanu and his mother, younger sister, Kim Reeves, moved to Australia and later New York City.
Out of her marriage with Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr., Keanu’s mother remarried director Paul Aaron, who made his name in Broadway and Hollywood. The new family settled down in Toronto, and Keanu identifies himself as a citizen of Toronto. This affects Keanu Reeves’ characteristics heavily, even before he started his acting career.
During his teenage years in Toronto, Keanu struggled in academic schools before auditioning and enrolling in a performing arts high school. Though Keanu always knew he was passionate about acting, his first career choice was to be a professional hockey player. After a severe injury, Keanu took a New York City trip to let off some steam, and he changed his mind about his dream career.
A New Star Was Born
Keanu Reeves appeared in a summer camp production called “Damn Yankees” at the age of nine. He committed seriously to the acting career at the age of 17 or 18. His first breakthrough was thanks to the comedy “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” in 1989. Though the comedy received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, Keanu received compliments for his overall performance. It was so successful that Keanu reprised his Ted Logan role again in the 1991 sequel to the original film.
“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” marks the start of Keanu’s acting career. Image: denofgeek
In the same year, Keanu found his spotlight in the family drama “Parenthood”. He acted alongside stars like Steve Martin, Joaquin Phoenix, and Martha Plimpton. During these years, Keanu found his side interest in playing bass for the rock band ‘Dogstar’. He stayed on the band for several years before its disbandment.
The years went on as Keanu achieved more successes with his acting. His performance in the blockbuster film “Speed” alongside Sandra Bullock brought him to a whole new stardom level. Despite the pain of losing his close friend River Phoenix during the filming of “Speed”, Keanu pulled off his role perfectly.
Keanu’s role in “Speed” pushed him closer to being a Hollywood star. Image: screenrobot
However, Keanu’s status as a Hollywood A-lister was only possible with his role ‘Neo’ in the ‘Matrix’ franchise. The 1999 sci-fi action film is, to date, considered the most iconic work of Keanu’s. Everything seems to be going in the right direction until tragedy finds Keanu.
“Neo” in “The Matrix” is the most iconic role of Keanu’s. Image: Triple M
And The Heartaches Began.
In 1998, Keanu met Jennifer Syme at a promo party for the band Dogstar, of which Keanu was a bassist. The two heated up shortly after, and Keanu shared he had thoughts of settling down to start a family of their own. In 1999, Jennifer shared the good news of pregnancy.
The couple knew they were expecting a baby girl and hence prepared a name. They were to call their first daughter Ava Archer Syme-Reeves. Sadly, baby girl Ava Archer Syme-Reeves never made it to meet her parents. She was stillborn in December 1999. The heartache and depression led Jennifer Syme down a grieving path. And the couple chose to break up but remained friends.
Keanu with Jennifer Syme during their happier times. Image: rowladyland
Unfortunately, misfortunes never come alone. Jennifer died in a car accident. This incident completely changed Keanu. He took time off acting despite The Matrix’s successful sequels to find himself some inner peace. From this point on, Keanu has changed his view of life, and hence his whole personality.
He Stood Up After Tragedies
Keanu has received numerous compliments for not living like the star he is. He never flaunts a luxurious lifestyle or thinks highly of himself despite his massive success. Keanu lives a humble, down-to-earth life and cherishes life as he knows firsthand how precious it is.
His great personality shines in various ways, and sometimes very unexpectedly. For example, when he appeared on “The Late Show” with host Stephen Colbert to promote “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”, his answer had the whole internet melted. Host Stephen Colbert jokingly asks Keanu what he thinks happens after we pass away. To this, Keanu paused for a moment to think and then answered with care. Keanu said, ‘I know that the ones who love us will miss us.”
His reply was so wise, thoughtful, and heart-warming that the audience busted into both applause and emotional cheering. The answer won respect from the show host and took the internet by storm. The question-and-answer clip got retweeted more than a hundred thousand times, reaching more countries than Keanu ever traveled.
Keanu’s date to Oscar was his mom. Image: wonderwall
Keanu Reeve’s Kind Heart
Besides, there are more stories from daily life proving Keanu is genuinely a kind heart. Despite his stardom, Keanu takes the subway and gladly offers his seat to female commuters. He sometimes spends his free time playing hockey with strangers on the street and befriends them as if he is no Hollywood star. There was also a time he drove fifty miles out of his route just to drop a stranded woman back home. He did it selflessly because the woman had no cell phone on her, and she was stranded on an LA highway.
On another note, Keanu Reeves is famous for his charity works. Earning $70 million from The Matrix sequels, Keanu offered $50 million to the special effects and makeup staff. That is not only proof of his golden heart but also an excellent example of caring for people around you. Maybe, after losing his most beloved ones, Keanu wants to make sure he loves everyone around him enough so that he never has to regret it.
Keanu secretly Runs Secret Cancer Foundation & Funds Kids’ Hospitals. Image: sajatya
A famous incident that might sound surreal is when Keanu sat down to hang out with a homeless person. There was no reason but just Keanu being who he is. He genuinely wanted to hear the story of the homeless man, enjoyed a day with him just because he could. If anything, Keanu learned his lessons to live in the moment and make the most of his time.
Keanu spent time chilling with a homeless man like they were good friends. Image: awsimages
Keanu’s Admirable Way Of Living Life
On the Phoenix List of actor age, Keanu Reeves is 56 years old. He’s a professional actor who loves to support people in behind-the-scenes positions.
He offers help to anyone whenever he can, expecting nothing in return. Despite the absence of a good father figure and multiple tragedies in his personal life, Keanu Reeves strives to become a better person every day. He lives his life humbly and loving while releasing his extraordinary works to entertain his audiences. Keanu Reeves is one of a kind, partly because of the people in his life and how he lost them.
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