Living an emotionally unstable childhood, Keanu Reeves might have never thought to be the highest-paid leading man in Hollywood and an International star of all times, but his destiny led him the way to great success. Keanu Reeves is an American actor, producer, musician, and philanthropist having the nationality of Lebanon, and Canada. He was born on September 2, 1964.
He has gained worldwide fame for playing lead roles in several blockbuster movies. The movies he had starred include comedy from the Bill and Ted franchise 1989, Speed in 1994, the action thrillers Point Break in 1999, and psychological thriller The Devil’s Advocate in 1997, sci-fi action series The Matrix that was released in 1999, a supernatural action horror Constantine in 2005, and the John Wick franchise 2014. Keanu has also portrayed great roles in drama films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), My Own Private Idaho (1991), and Little Buddha in 1999, as well as the romantic horror Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992.
In his 40 years old acting career, Keanu has performed several remarkable roles in TV shows and films. Keanu appeared in the stage production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ at the Leah Posluns Theater in the year 1979, when he was only 15 years old. After making a successful appearance on stage, he debuted on a TV show with CBC Television’s sitcom ‘Hangin’In’.
He was also hired for branding Coca Cola short films like ‘One Step Away’ and Wolfboy in 1980. He had also corresponded for ‘Going Create’ a TV youth program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. River’s Edge is the first drama film, he acted in, in the year 1986. The movie was a great success that gave Keanu an identity in the film industry.
The electronic and print media started to discuss him as an’ idealist teen’. He had been labeled to play some typical roles, and now he tried to break his stereotypical image and moved forward from the teen movies, He played a young rich boy who spends his more time with people from the lower levels in the movie ‘My Private Idaho’. The movie received great appreciation from the critics and worked well towards breaking his current image as a spaced-out teenager.
He worked in the ‘Point Break’ that got him the MTV award for the ‘Most Desirable Male’. Keanu continued to play meaningful and serious roles like he played the role of an unlucky lawyer who ends up into a vampire’s burrow in ‘Dracula’ in 1992. He has also appeared in various TV shows and two video games as entering the Matrix, and Cyberpunk 2077.
He acted in various low-budget films, including “My Own Private Idaho” In 1994. And he portrayed the leading role in “Speed”. Which became a breakthrough role for Reeves since he had previously acted only in different quirky and comedies films. He denied the offer of $11 million to star in Speed 2 and went on tour with his band. And performed in a theater production of “Hamlet” in Canada.
He had also acted in many supporting roles and smaller independent films. Like “The Last Time I Committed Suicide,” and “Feeling Minnesota” none of which ranked highly with critics and general audiences. Though after getting low points in his career because of these movies, yet the role in “The Devil’s Advocate” helped make him regain more popularity. His renowned appearance in the science-fiction movie “The Matrix” came in 1999.
Keanu played the role of the computer hacker as Neo, which combined with his success in other more-serious films, and helped Reeves become better respected as an adult actor in the film industry. When he had finished filming “The Matrix,” in 2000, he appeared in ‘The Gift’ and “The Replacements” as well as “Sweet November” and “Hard Ball” in 2001.
It was the time when the Wachowski brothers announced that “The Matrix” was the first part of a trilogy. The audiences throughout the country and the world went wild to listen to the news. Keanu’s fans weren’t disappointed when, in 2003, both “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” were released. His roles in ‘Constantine’ and ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ along with the success of “The Matrix” films, made him even more popular worldwide.
Here is a small list of awards won by Keanu Reeves in his acting career.
In 1992, he was chosen as Most Desirable Male for the movie Point Break. In 1995, he got the Best On-Screen Duo Award for the movie Speed. He got two awards for Matrix. One for Best Male Performance for Matrix and second the Best Fight in the movie.
Keanu is earning more than $15 million annually from the Hollywood film industry; and undoubtedly owns a net worth of $350 million. Though we know that The Matrix film came out in 1999, yet we don’t know that The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions collectively earned more than $1.6 billion worldwide.