Keanu Reeves has become a lot of people’s favourite actor after appearing in some of the most iconic franchises like The Matrix and John Wick. His acting and personality has garnered him respect, love and adoration from his fans.
Keanu Reeves started to pursue acting from a young age. In 1984, he was a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) youth television program Going Great. That same year, he made his acting debut in an episode of the television series, called Hangin’ In.
In 1985, Reeves played the role of Mercutio in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet at the Leah Posluns Theatre in North York, Ontario. He made further appearances on stage, including Brad Fraser’s, hit Wolfboy in Toronto. He then appeared in a Coca-Cola commercial and in the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) short film One Step Away.
Keeves Reeves made a foray into television films in 1986, including NBC’s Babes in Toyland, Act of Vengeance and Brotherhood of Justice. His first motion picture appearance was in Youngblood and another low-budget drama, Flying. He played a role in River’s Edge which received a positive response.
Towards the end of the 1980s, Reeves starred in several dramas including The Night Before and Permanent Record. The latter received mixed reviews. Other films include Dangerous Liaisons, which became extremely successful. In 1989, he appeared in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure which became a box office hit.
In 1989, Keanu Reeves starred in Parenthood, and I Love You to Death in 1990. He also appeared in Tune in Tomorrow in the same year. In 1991, Reeves starred in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, with his co-star Alex Winter. The film received positive reviews and the actor’s film was praised.
The rest of 1991 marked a significant transition for Reeves’ career as he undertook adult roles. He starred in My Own Private Idaho, alongside River Phoenix. The film did extremely well and the actor was praised for his performance.
Reeves starred alongside Patrick Swayze, Lori Petty and Gary Busey in the action thriller Point Break (1991), directed by Kathryn Bigelow. To prepare for the film, Keanu Reeves and his co-stars took surfing lessons with professional surfer Dennis Jarvis in Hawaii.
Upon its release, Point Break was generally well-received, and a commercial success, earning $83.5 million at the box office. Reeves’ performance was praised by critics and the audience. After that, he received the Most Desirable Male award at the 1992 MTV Movie Awards.
In 1991, Keanu developed an interest in a music career; he formed an alternative rock band called Dogstar, consisting of members Robert Mailhouse, Gregg Miller and Bret Domrose. Reeves played the bass guitar.
A year later, he played a role in Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Starring alongside Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins, the film was critically and commercially successful.
In 1993, he had a role in Much Ado About Nothing, based on Shakespeare’s play of the same title. The film received positive reviews, even though Reeves was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor. In that same year, he starred in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Little Buddha, both of which garnered a mixed-to-negative reception.
Keanu Reeves next starred in the action thriller Speed alongside Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper. To look the part, Reeves shaved all his hair off and spent two months in the gym to gain muscle mass. The film received a critical acclaimed upon its release.
In 1995, Keanu played a role Johnny Mnemonic. The film received mainly negative reviews from critics and the audience. He next appeared in the romantic drama A Walk in the Clouds, which also garnered mixed-to-negative reviews.
Reeves briefly move to the theatre and played the role of Prince Hamlet in a 1995 Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet. His performance received positive reviews. He next appeared in Chain Reaction in 1996 with co-stars Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn and Brian Cox.
He also appeared in Feeling Minnesota which also did badly at the box office and critically. In 1997 he played a role in The Last Time I Committed Suicide. Reeves’ performance gained mixed reviews from critics. In the same year, he starred in The Devil’s Advocate alongside Al Pacino and Charlize Theron. The film attracted positive reviews from critics.
In 1999, Keanu Reeves starred in the critically acclaimed science fiction film The Matrix. The actor had to prepare by reading several books. The principal cast underwent months of intense training with martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping to prepare for the fight scenes. The Matrix proved to be a box office success; several critics considered it to be one of the best science fiction films of all time.
After that, he appeared in The Replacements in 2000. Keanu Reeves’ next film was The Watcher, which critically panned. That year, he had a supporting role in Sam Raimi’s The Gift. The film grossed $44 million worldwide, and Reeves was praised for his performance.
In 2001, he played a role in Sweet November, a remake of the 1968 film of the same name. This was his second collaboration with Charlize Theron and the film was met with a generally negative reception. His next film was Hardball which didn’t do well either.
By 2002, his professional music career had come to an end after his band, Dogstar, disbanded. The band had released two albums during their decade together; Our Little Visionary in 1996 and Happy Ending in 2000.
Reeves returned to The Matrix sequels in 2003 with The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, which garnered mostly favourable reviews and a mixed reception. Something’s Gotta Give was Reeves’ last release of 2003. He co-starred with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, and the film received generally favourable reviews as well.
In 2005, Keanu Reeves played a role in Constantine. The film was a respectable box office hit, grossing $230 million worldwide from a $100 million budget but attracted mixed-to-positive reviews. He next appeared in Thumbsucker, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.
Reeves and the rest of the cast garnered positive critical reviews. His next film was A Scanner Darkly. The film attracted generally favourable reviews. His next role was in 2006’s The Lake House. Despite its box office success, the film received moderate reviews. Towards the end of 2006, he co-narrated The Great Warming with Alanis Morissette, a documentary about climate change mitigation.
Next, in 2008, Keanu Reeves collaborated with director David Ayer on Street Kings. The film grossed a moderate $66 million worldwide. Reeves starred in another science fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still, which did extremely bad.
Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee was Keanu Reeves’ sole release of 2009 and received positive reviews from critics. In 2010, he starred in Henry’s Crime. The film was not a box office hit. Reeves’ only work in 2011 was Ode to Happiness, which he wrote.
Reeves co-produced and appeared in a 2012 documentary, Side by Side. He interviewed filmmakers including James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan for it. Next, the actor starred in Generation Um…, which critically panned.
In 2013, Reeves starred in his directorial debut, the martial arts film Man of Tai Chi. The film received positive reviews but did moderately well at the box office. In 2013, Reeves also played a role 47 Ronin. The film failed to gain traction with audiences; reviews were not positive. 47 Ronin was a box office flop and was mostly poorly received.
Keanu Reeves career rebounded in 2014 after he played a role in John Wick, directed by Chad Stahelski. John Wick proved to be a box office success, grossing $86 million worldwide, and Reeves received positive reviews for his performance.
Next, Reeves starred in Knock Knock in 2015. His other releases of that year were the documentaries Deep Web, about crime on the dark web, and Mifune: The Last Samurai. Reeves appeared in five film releases in 2016. The first was Exposed, which received negative reviews, and Reeves was criticized for his acting.
His next release, the comedy Keanu, was better received. He then had a minor role in The Neon Demon. His fourth release of that year was The Bad Batch, and the final release was The Whole Truth. Reeves also appeared in Swedish Dicks, a two-season web television series.
In 2017, Reeves agreed to reprise his role for a sequel in the John Wick franchise, John Wick: Chapter 2. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $171.5 million worldwide, more than its predecessor. His next film was To the Bone, and the early reviews were positive. In 2017 Reeves also made a cameo in the films A Happening of Monumental Proportions and SPF-18.
Keanu Reeves reunited with Winona Ryder in the 2018 comedy Destination Wedding. Reeves also co-produced and starred in two thrillers Siberia and Replicas. Siberia was critically panned and Replicas did not fare well with critics either. Returning to the John Wick franchise, Reeves starred in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in 2019.
The film was another box office hit, grossing $171 million in the United States and more than $155 million internationally. The actor next then voiced Duke Caboom in 2019’s Toy Story 4, the fourth instalment of Pixar’s Toy Story franchise.
Finally, in 2020, Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third film in the franchise was released. The critics expressed their disappointment in Reeves’ performance. He also appeared in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and as Johnny Silverhand in the video game Cyberpunk 2077.
Date of Birth: 9th June, 1963
1985: One Step Away
1986: Youngblood, Flying, River’s Edge
1988: The Night Before, Permanent Records, The Prince of Pennsylvania, Dangerous Liaisons
1989: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Parenthood
1990: I Love You to Death, Tune in Tomorrow
1991: Point Break, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journeym My Own Private Idaho
1992: Bram Stroker’s Dracula
1993: Much Ado About Nothing, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Freaked, Little Buddha
1995: Johnny Mnemonics, A Walk in the Clouds
1996: Chain Reaction, Feeling Minnesota
1997: The Last Time I Committed Suicide, The Devil’s Advocate
1999: The Matrix, Me and Will
2000: The Replacements, The Watcher, The Gift
2001: Sweet November, Hardball
2003: The Matrix: Reloaded, The Animatrix, The Matrix Revolutions, Something’s Gotta Give
2005: Constantine, Thumbsucker, Ellie Parker
2006: A Scanner Darkly, The Lake House, The Great Warming
2008: Street Kings, The Day the Earth Stood Still
2009: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
2010: Henry’s Crime
2012: Side by Side, Generation Um…
2013: Man of Tai Chi, 47 Ronin
2014: John Wick
2015: Knock Knock, Deep Web, Mifune: The Last Samurai
2016: Exposed, Keanu, The Neon Demon, The Bad Batch, The Whole Truth
2017: To the Bone, John Wick: Chapter 2, A Happening of Monumental Proportions, SPF-18
2018: Siberia, Destination Wedding, Replicas
2019: John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum, Always Be My Maybe, Toy Story 4, Already Gone, Between Two Ferns: The Movie
2020: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, Bill & Ted Face the Music
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Q. Is Keanu Reeves Married?
A. The actor was married to Jennifer Syme but they broke up after their kid was a stillborn. Sometime later, Syme was also killed in a car crash. However, now Keanu Reeves is in a relationship with Alexandra Grant.
Q. What is Keanu Reeves net worth?
A. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Keanu Reeves’ net worth is $360 million.
Q. What are Keanu Reeves upcoming movies?
A. The Matrix Resurrections, John Wick 4, DC League of Super-Pets