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Keanu Reeves Biography

Birth Name:
Keanu Charles Reeves
Birth Place:
Beirut, Lebanon
Actor, musician

Fast Facts

  • First name translates to "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian
  • Was invited to try out for the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires before he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting
  • Adapted the stage name K
  • C
  • Reeves for 1986's Young Again but abandoned it soon afterward
  • Followed up his success in the 1994 blockbuster Speed by appearing in a Canadian stage production of Hamlet (in lieu of reprising his role in the ill-fated sequel Speed 2: Cruise Control)
  • Deferred his salary for The Replacements (2000) so that Gene Hackman would appear in the film
  • Presented members of The Matrix Reloaded (2003) stunt crew with Harley-Davidson motorcycles
  • Plays bass and was a founding member of the grunge rock band Dogstar
  • In 2010, the Internet circulation of a photo of a sad-looking Reeves led to the inception of June 15 as "Cheer Up Keanu" day
  • Surfs and rides motorcycles and horses in his spare time


  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Action Movie Actor: nominated
  • 1991MTV Movie Awards-Most Desirable Male: winner