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Keanu Charles Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is an MTV award-winning Canadian actor known for his role as Neo in The Matrix franchise, Ted Logan in the Bill & Ted series, and John Wick in the John Wick series.


Early Life[]

Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), an English-born costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr. His father, who is a Hawaiian-born American, has English, Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry.


Reeves began his acting career at the age of nine, appearing in a theater production of Damn Yankees. At 15, he played Mercutio in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet at the Leah Posluns Theater. Reeves made his screen acting debut in a CBC Television comedy series entitled Hangin' In. In the early 1980s, he appeared in commercials (including one for Coca-Cola), short films including the NFB drama One Step Away and stage work such as Brad Fraser's cult hit Wolfboy in Toronto. In 1984, he was a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV youth program Going Great.

The 1999 science fiction-action hit The Matrix, a film in which Reeves had a starring role, was a box office success and attracted positive reviews. In between the first Matrix film and its sequels, Reeves received positive reviews for his portrayal of an abusive husband in The Gift. Aside from The Gift, Reeves appeared in several films that received mostly negative reviews and unimpressive box office grosses, including The Watcher, Sweet November, and The Replacements. However, the two Matrix sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, along with Something's Gotta Give and the 2005 horror-action film, Constantine, proved to be box office successes and brought Reeves back into the public spotlight.

Personal Life[]

Reeves is a U.S. citizen through his American father and also holds Canadian citizenship by naturalization; he grew up as a Canadian and identifies as such. He is also entitled to British citizenship through his English mother.

During his initial rise to stardom, Reeves preferred to live in rental houses and hotels. He was also a long-term resident of the Chateau Marmont. However, around 2003, Reeves bought his first house in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. He has since purchased an apartment in Central Park West, New York City.


Year Title Role Note
1985 One Step Away Ron Petrie Short film
1991 Point Break Johnny Utah
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula Jonathan Harker
1994 Speed Officer Jack Traven
1996 Chain Reaction Eddie Kasalivich
1997 The Devil's Advocate Kevin Lomax
1999 The Matrix Thomas Anderson / Neo
2000 The Replacements Shane Falco
2001 Sweet November Nelson Moss
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Thomas Anderson / Neo
The Animatrix Thomas Anderson / Neo Voice
The Matrix Revolutions Thomas Anderson / Neo
Something's Gotta Give Dr. Julian Mercer
2005 Constantine John Constantine
2006 The Lake House Alex Wyler
2008 Street Kings Detective Tom Ludlow
2014 John Wick John Wick
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 John Wick
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum John Wick
Toy Story 4 Duke Caboom Voice
2021 The Matrix Awakens Himself Voice
Thomas Anderson / Neo
The Matrix Resurrections Thomas Anderson / Neo
2022 DC League of Super-Pets Bruce Wayne / Batman Voice
2023 John Wick: Chapter 4 John Wick

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