Biographic by Steve McGarry for December 08, 2013
Biographic Steve McGarry Keanu Reeves His credits span Shakespeare to sci-fi, airhead to action hero...he is one of the highest-paid stars in Hollywood, yet retains his Canadian citizenship...he has even been known to put his acting career on hiatus to play bass in a rock band! The enigmatic Keanu Reeves may well be one of Hollywood's most unpredictable movie stars! Keanu Charles Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 2, 1964. After his parents split up, he moved to New York with his mother and sister, eventually settling in Toronto, Canada. Keanu began pursuing an acting career in his teens. Stage work and appearances in a number of small film and television productions led to a role in the 1986 Rob Lowe movie "Youngblood." Keanu then left Canada for Hollywood, where his star began to rise. Credits ranged from his critically acclaimed performance in "River's Edge" to the role of Jack-be-nimble, opposite Drew Barrymore, in "Babes in Toyland." His commercial breakthrough came with 1989's "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." Over the next few years, Keanu struggled to shake off the airhead dude persona of Ted Logan, despite roles as diverse as a surfing FBI agent in "Point Break," the hustling Scott in "My Own Private Idaho," Don John in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and Prince Siddhartha in "Little Buddha." He starred opposite Sandra Bollock in the 1994 blockbuster "Speed" and followed up with such movies as "Johnny mnemonic," "A Walk in the Clouds" and "The Devil's Advocate," in which he was cast opposite Al Pacino. in 1999, he struck box-office gold once more when he starred as Neo in the sci-fi smash "The Matrix." The movie took in more than $450 million worldwide and spawned two hit sequels. Exhibiting the same independent streak that saw him turn down the lead in "Platoon" and later decline to star in the sequel to "Speed," Keanu has continued to mix roles in small projects - such as the indie comedies "Thumbsucker" and "Ellie Parker" - with starring roles in the mainstream fare like "Something's Gotta Give," "Constantine," "the Lake House" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still." This holiday season sees the release of his samurai action movie "47 Ronin."