Keanu Charles Reeves, born September 2, 1964, is a Canadian actor and musician who started his career in the Canadian TV series “Hangin In” (1984). He gained recognition from “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (1989) and became known as an action hero after films like “Point Break” (1991) and “Speed” (1994). His performance in “The Devil’s Advocate” (1997) was notable, but it was his role as Neo in “The Matrix” series starting in 1999 that skyrocketed his fame. Other significant roles include John Constantine in “Constantine” (2005) and the titular character in the “John Wick” series starting in 2014. Time magazine named him among the 100 most influential people in 2022.
Apart from acting, Reeves is a director, musician, writer, and philanthropist. He founded a private cancer foundation after his sister’s leukemia diagnosis and has shown support for various charities, like Camp Rainbow Gold. Despite earning significant amounts from movies, especially “The Matrix”, he is known for prioritizing the film’s quality over personal gains. He has been involved in various charitable actions, including raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Reeves has co-founded multiple ventures, such as the Arch Motorcycle Company, which designs custom motorcycles, and the book publisher X Artists’ Books. He’s authored two books in collaboration with Alexandra Grant.
In 2022, his recitation of a Beat poem for a Tibet House US virtual concert led to the banning of his films from Chinese streaming platforms. Over his extensive film career, he has been associated with many high-rated movies according to Rotten Tomatoes, and he’s been honored with various awards, including four MTV Movie Awards. In 2021, Tae Kwon Do Life Magazine recognized him as the top martial arts movie star globally.