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Name Keanu Charles Reeves Date of birth September 2, 1964
Marital status Single Birthplace Beirut, Lebanon
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The early years in a nutshell...
Keanu is a real melting pot of nationalities. Born (September 2, 1964) in Beirut to an English-born mother and half-Hawaiian, half-Chinese father. Keanu's mother Patricia met father Samuel Nowlin Reeves (Geologist) while she was working as a showgirl at a local club.

For one year they stayed in Australia where Keanu's younger sister, Kim, was born in 1966. The marriage didn't last long. Patricia and Samuel got divorced. Samuel went to Hawaii.

New York, New York
Patricia moved with Keanu and Kim to New York City, where she married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director.

Toronto, Canada
The 'Aarons family' then moved to the more family-friendly Toronto (hippie section), and took up Canadian citizenship (which Keanu still retains), but Patricia and Paul Aaron split up a year later.

There would be two more husbands. First the rock-and-roll promoter Robert Miller. With whom Patricia had Keanu's second (half) sister Karina in 1976. Her fourth husband would be Jack Bond, a hair salon owner, whom she divorced in 1994. Nowadays Patricia works as a costume designer. She did work for people like David Bowie and Dolly Parton.

Through all his dads Keanu had a wide variety of experiences like wrestling with rocker Alice Cooper or spending time in Jewish summer camp.

Keanu's last visit to his true father Samuel was at the age of thirteen on Hawaii. In 1994 Samuel had to face a ten-year prison sentence for cocaine possession. He was paroled in mid-1996. Keanu described himself as "a bourgeois, middle-class white boy with an absent father, a strong-willed mother, and two beautiful younger sisters."

At a young age, Keanu had his mind set on hockey and theater. He would mix the two by reciting Shakespeare while tending goal during a hockey game. He started acting in Toronto during High School, and began landing roles in plays and commercials.

Keanu was a high school dropout: "He wasn't quite, well... with it", a former teacher of Keanu has said. "He always left his books at home or forgot his homework. But he'd just smile and go back home to get them." After bouncing around to several different high schools, Keanu dropped out to pursue acting full-time at the age of seventeen.

Keanu made with one of his first acting jobs a sensation in Toronto with his role in the homoerotic play "Wolfboy" (1984); he also acted in several Canadian teleplays. When Rob Lowe came to town to film "Youngblood" (1986), Keanu could combine his first loves: hockey and drama.

Los Angeles, California
Keanu took the big step to leave Canada behind and meet up with his stepfather Paul Aaron, the producer, in 1986. A few name changes followed as "Keanu" was considered too exotic by his new manager. They settled on K.C. Reeves, but it was short-lived. Just Keanu Reeves it was, and it was gonna be.

Keanu caught the attention of directors and critics for his performance as a misunderstood teenager in "River's Edge" (1987). Many more feature films and television appearances would follow. Keanu's acting would become big business in the USA.

Keanu's love for music also started at an early age, however, he didn't begin playing the bass until he was twenty-three. Self taught, except for one lesson, he would spend hours a day picking away at the four-stringed bass. Meeting Robert Mailhouse in 1991 lead to his first band experience jamming in his garage, and eventually playing some live shows, then on to what we all know today. (Dogstar!)

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Name: Keanu Reeves (say it Key-ah-nu). Hawaiian for 'Cool breeze over the mountains'. In Honolulu there is also a street called 'Keanu Street'.
Born as: Keanu Charles Reeves. It has been reported that he is named after his great, great-uncle.
Nick Name: The Wall - in response to his amazing performance on the school hockey field.
Also known as: 'Chuck Spidena' and 'K.C. Reeves'
Birth Sign: Sun in Virgo, moon in Leo
Height: 6'1" / 1.85 m
Weight: About 175 lbs / 79 kg
Color Eyes: Hazel brown
Left-handed: Keanu is left-handed, although he plays the bass right-handed.
Education: Keanu attended Jesse Ketchum Public School in Toronto from kindergarten through the eighth grade, and attended several high schools (including De La Salle College; Toronto High School for the Performing Arts and Hedgerow Theatre) before dropping out completely at age 17.
Lives: All over the place, mostly below the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California. He lives in hotels and often flies to the members of his band, Dogstar, to rehearse. May 2003 Keanu bought his first permanent home in the Hollywood Hills built in the 1980s as an art collector's residence.
Scar: Keanu got his abdominal scar from a motorcycle wreck in Topanga Canyon. He was on a "demon ride" (no headlights at night) when he crashed into the side of a mountain. He was hospitalized for a week with broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. When the paramedics came to get him, an emergency medical technician trainee picked up one end of the stretcher ... then dropped it by mistake! "It made me laugh, but I couldn't breathe!"
Fashion: The "I haven't brushed my hair for a year" look.
Previous jobs: Skate sharpener, pasta chef (shop in Toronto) and tree cutter
First acting job: Dancing in a Coca Cola advert
Current jobs: Actor and rock artist

One of Keanu's first stage performances was at a young age in the homoerotic play "Wolfboy" (1984). This made the rumor start that he might be gay.
His status as a cult figure in the gay community grew strong after movies like "River's Edge" (1987) and "My Own Private Idaho" (1991).

A fat rumor in 1995 was his marriage with David Geffen, the entertainment guru. To the gay monthly Out magazine Keanu claimed not to know Geffen personally. In this issue on the front cover: "Keanu Reeves Sets the Record... uh, Straight". It has also been reported Geffen did have a personal assistant that looked similar to Keanu.

Keanu is still not very clear about his sexual orientation. Back in 1990 he declared to Interview magazine that he is straight. But after a short pause joked about it by saying: "But ya never know".

Keanu Reeves to USA Today:
"I don't know why anyone cares [if I'm gay], and I don't know if it matters or not. I just, uh, I don't -- it's, you know, the whole aspect of coming out. I mean, there is a whole -- people, you know, who are gay [who] have decided that it can be -- that whole thing about calling people out -- and you have to share that, because there needs to be an equality and a lack of prejudice, and you need to have a voice, so, I mean, it's important, but I'm not involved in those dynamics and I have no point of view on it."

Keanu Reeves to Vanity Fair:
"There's nothing wrong with being gay, so to deny it is to make a judgement."

Personal quotes:
"My name can't be *that* tough to prounounce"
"When I don't feel free and can't do what I want I just react. I go against it."
When told, "You'll just have to bite the bullet", his reply was, "Yes, but I don't have to eat the whole rifle"
"I'm a meathead man. You've got smart people, and you've got dumb people. I just happen to be dumb."

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Year Title Character
2004 Constantine John Constantine
2004 Thumbsucker Dr. Perry Lyman
2003 Untitled Nancy Meyers Project Julian
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Neo
2003 Mayor of the Sunset Strip Himself
2003 2003 MTV Movie Awards Himself
2003 The Animatrix: Kid's Story Neo
2003 Trier, Kidman og Cannes Himself
2003 Enter the Matrix Neo
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Neo
2003 The Animatrix Neo (voice)
2003 The 75th Annual Academy Awards Himself
2003 Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute Himself
2001 The gift: A Look Inside Himself
2001 The Matrix Revisited Neo
2001 Hard Ball Conor O'Neill
2001 Sweet November Nelson Moss
2000 The Gift Donnie Barksdale
2000 The Watcher David Allen Griffin
2000 The Replacements Shane Falco
1999 Making 'The Matrix' Himself
1999 The Matrix Neo
1998 Me and Will Dogstar/ Himself
1997 The Devil's Advocate Kevin Lomax
1997 The last time I committed suicide Harry
1996 Feeling Minnesota Jjaks Clayton
1996 Chain Reaction Eddie Kasalivich
1995 A Walk in the Clouds Paul Sutton
1995 Johnny Mnemonic Johnny Mnemonic
1994 Speed Officer Jack Traven
1993 Little Buddha Siddhartha
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Julian Gitche
1993 Freaked Ortiz the Dog Boy
1993 Much Ado About Nothing Don John
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula Jonathan Harker
1991 Captivated '92: The Video Collection Jim
1991 Providence Eric
1991 My Own Private Idaho Scott Favor
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Ted Logan/Evil Ted
1991 Point Break FBI Special Agent Johnny 'John' Utah
1990 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Ted (Theodore) Logan
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Martin Loader
1990 I Love You to Death Marlon James
1989 Life Under Water Kip
1989 Parenthood Tod Hawkes
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Ted (Theodore) Logan
1988 Dangerous Liaisons Chevalier Danceny
1988 The Prince of Pennsylvania Rupert Marshetta
1988 Permanent Record Chris Townsend
1988 The Night Before Winston Connelly
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Derek
1986 Flying Tommy
1986 Babes in Toyland Jack/Jack-be-Nimble
1986 Under the Influence Eddie Talbot
1986 River's Edge Matt
1986 Young Again Michael Riley, Age 17
1986 Act of Vengeance Buddy Martin
1986 Youngblood Heaver
1985 One Step Away
1985 Letting Go Client
1982 Going Great Co-Host

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