KEANU REEVES
FILMOGRAPHY
  • Matrix 1998
  • Devil's Advocate 1997
  • The Last Time I Committed Suicide 1997
  • Chain Reaction 1996
  • Feeling Minnesota 1996
  • Johnny Mnemonic 1995
  • A Walk in the Clouds 1995
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994
  • Speed 1994
  • Much Ado About Nothing 1993
  • Freaked 1993
  • Little Budda 1993
  • Bram Stoker's Drackula 1992
  • Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey 1991
  • My Own Private Idaho 1991
  • Point Break 1991
  • I love You to Death 1990
  • Tune in tomorrow 1990
  • Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989
  • Parenthood 1989
  • Dangerous Liaisons 1988
  • The Night Before 1988
  • Permanent Record 1988
  • The Prince of Pennsylvania 1988
  • River's Edge 1987
  • Act of Vengeance 1986
  • The Brotherhood of Justice 1986
  • Babes in Toyland 1986
  • Under the Influence 1986
  • Youngblood 1986
  • Dream to Believe 1985
  • Flying 1985
  • The Prodigal 1984
BIOGRAPHY

Keanu (Key-ah-nu means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian)
Charles Reeves was born on September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, to
Samuel Nowlin (half-Hawaiian, half-Chinese) and Patricia Reeves (English).
His sister Kim was born in 1966 while the family lived in Australia for
a year. A second (half) sister, Karina, was born in 1976.

After their divorce, Patricia and Samuel went their separate ways:
Patricia and the two kids to New York City, and Samuel to Hawaii. In New
York, Patricia met and married director Paul Aaron. They moved to
Toronto, and took up Canadian citizenship (which Keanu still retains), but
split up less than a year later. Patricia switched partners a few times
more and moved as often. Her third husband was rock promoter Robert
Miller (with whom she had Karina), and her fourth was Jack Bond, whom she
divorced in 1994.

Keanu attended Jesse Ketchum Public School in Toronto from kindergarten
through the eighth grade, and attended four high schools (including De
La Salle College and the Toronto School for the Performing Arts) before
dropping out completely at age 17.

Keanu took on lots of different jobs, including sharpening skates at an
ice rink shop, landscaping, and making pasta. Then came some stage work
and some bit parts on TV. His motion picture debut was in Dream To
Believe in Canada but it was the 1986 TV movie Under the Influence that
earned him his SAG union card. Keanu's first big feature film debut in a
US film was in Young Blood in which he had a small part.

Keanu hit the road for Hollywood in 1986 with $3,000, an old Volvo, and
his stepfather Paul Aaron's address. A few name changes followed as
"Keanu" was considered by his manager to be too exotic. They settled on
K.C. Reeves, but it was short-lived. Keanu it was, and Keanu it was going to be.

Keanu soon landed River's Edge, arguably one of his best roles ever. A
string of movies followed as the troubled (or misfit) teen. His parts
continued to grow, and then he started attracting the eye of more
mainstream directors. He landed films like Dangerous Liaisons, Bram Stoker's
Dracula, Much Ado About Nothing, and Little Buddha. But it was 1994's
Speed that really made everyone stand up and notice. Perhaps not so much
for Keanu's acting, but the fact that this was his first mega-hit,
grossing nearly $300 million at the box office (world-wide). Figures like
that will catch the eye of any studio executive, and Keanu was soon
reportedly being offered sums up to $7 million for his services.

With Johnny Mnemonic and A Walk in the Clouds already in the can, those
offers were put on hold or turned down so that Keanu could return to
Canada and fulfill a dream of playing the title role in Hamlet on stage.
Reviews were mixed, but in general reviewers were kind.

He has also completed a small role in the independent film The Last
Time I Committed Suicide (due for release some time in '97), and the big
action pic, Chain Reaction, which was released to tepid reviews on
August 2nd, 1996.

Keanu is also an active musician. He turned down an offer for a Speed
sequel to tour with his rock band, Dogstar.


GALLERY
Home | Back
Copyright©KhattamDotCom
2002