Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

Male 1964 -    Has 2 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Keanu Reeves 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 2 Sep 1964  Beirut, Lebanon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I373805  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2019 

    Father Samuel Nowlin Reeves 
    Mother Patricia Taylor 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F148383  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Living 
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F148368  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Amanda de Cadenet,   b. 19 May 1972, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 25 May 2002 
    Family ID F148878  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Living 
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F148387  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Keanu Reeves
    Keanu Reeves

  • Notes 
    • One of the most inscrutable actors to ever hit it big, Keanu Reeves has been by turns adored, reviled, and grudgingly respected by the movie-going public. As the controversy over his talent rages on, his career choices and paychecks show him inching toward A-list status.
      His first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian
      Keanu moved with his mother and younger sister Kim to New York City, then Toronto.
      Reeves never reconnected with his biological father
      In high school, Reeves was lukewarm toward academics but took a keen interest in ice hockey (as team goalie, he earned the nickname "The Wall") and drama. He eventually dropped out of school to pursue an acting career. After a few stage gigs and a handful of made-for-TV movies, he scored a supporting role in the Rob Lowe hockey flick Youngblood (1986), which was filmed in Canada. Shortly after the production wrapped, Reeves packed his bags and headed for Hollywood. Reeves popped up on critics' radar with his performance in the dark adolescent drama River's Edge (1986), but his first popular success was the role of totally rad dude Ted Logan in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). The wacky time-travel movie became something of a cultural phenomenon, and audiences would forever confuse Reeves's real-life persona with that of his doofy on-screen counterpart.
      Over the next few years, Reeves tried to shake the Ted stigma with a series of highbrow projects. He played a slumming rich boy opposite River Phoenix's narcoleptic male hustler in My Own Private Idaho (1991), an unlucky lawyer who stumbles into the vampire's lair in Dracula (1992), and Shakespearean party-pooper Don Jon in Much Ado About Nothing (1993). In 1994, the understated actor became a big-budget action star with the release of Speed (1994). Its success heralded an era of five years in which Reeves would alternate between largely unwatched small films, like Feeling Minnesota (1996) and Last Time I Committed Suicide, The (1997), and unwatched big films like Johnny Mnemonic (1995) and Chain Reaction (1996). After all this Reeves did the unthinkable and passed on the Speed sequel, but he struck box-office gold again a few years later with the Wachowski brothers' cyberadventure The Matrix (1999).
      Despite his deadpan delivery style and reputation as an oaf, Reeves continues to reel in choice roles and fat paychecks. Whatever he knows, he's not telling the public--his self-deprecating interview tactics and mysterious private life provide little insight into his artistry. As far as Reeves is concerned, it seems, he's just a regular guy who rides a motorcycle, plays in a band (Dogstar), and shows up every now and then for a movie shoot.


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