Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor. Reeves is perhaps best known for his roles in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Speed, and the science fiction-action trilogy The Matrix. He has worked under major directors, such as Stephen Frears ; Gus Van Sant ; and Bernardo Bertolucci. His role as a rookie FBI agent in the 1991 surf drama Point Break was praised by The New York Times critic Janet Maslin, who stated that Reeves “.displays considerable discipline and range.”
In addition to his film roles, Reeves has also performed in theatre. His performance in the title role in a Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet was praised by Roger Lewis, the Sunday Times, who called Reeves “.one of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he is Hamlet.” On January 31, 2005, Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In an ET online survey in 2006, he was included in the “Top Ten of America’s Favorite Stars”.
Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond, a costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist. Reeves’s mother is English, and his father is an American of English, Hawaiian, Chinese, and Portuguese descent. Reeves’s mother was working in Beirut when she met his father. Reeves’ father worked as an unskilled laborer and earned his GED while imprisoned in Hawaii for selling heroin at Hilo International Airport. He abandoned his wife and family when Reeves was three years old, and Reeves does not currently have any relationship with him. Reeves was named for an uncle, Henry Keanu Reeves. “Keanu” in Hawaiian means the coldness. When Reeves first arrived in Hollywood, his agent thought his first name was too exotic, so during the early days of his film career he was sometimes credited as K.C. Reeves. Reeves has one full sister named Kim who was diagnosed with leukemia in the early 1990s. Additionally, through his mother he has a half-sister, Karina Miller and through his father another half-sister named Emma Rose Reeves. Reeves moved around the world frequently as a child and he lived with various stepfathers. After his parents divorced in 1966, his mother became a costume designer and moved the family to Australia and then to New York City. There she met and married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director. The couple moved to Toronto but divorced in 1971. Reeves’s mother married Robert Miller, a rock promoter, in 1976, but the couple divorced in 1980. She subsequently married her fourth husband, Jack Bond, a hairdresser, a marriage that broke up in 1994. Grandparents and nannies babysat Reeves and his sisters, and Reeves grew up primarily in Toronto. Within a span of five years, he attended four different high schools, including the Etobicoke School of the Arts, from which he was later expelled. Reeves stated he was expelled “.because I was greasy and running around a lot. I was just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often. I was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school. I was just getting in their way, I guess.”