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Real Name: Keanu Charles Reeves
Birthday: September 2, 1964
Place of Birth: Beirut, Lebanon
Education: De La Salle College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Biography and Filmography:

A soaring, fine-looking to the point actor, Keanu Reeves shot to distinction in the 1980's and cemented his status as a major celebrity star in the 1990's with roles in movies like "Speed" with Sandra Bullock (1994) and "The Matrix" (2000). Born in Beirut and raised in Australia, New York and Canada, the actor crafted his talent on stage and television in Toronto before making his debut in the movie "Youngblood" in 1986. He first grabbed attention as the young looking pot head whose buddy killed his girlfriend in the flick "River's Edge" (1987). 

While his resume included such young teen flicks like "Permanent Record" and "The Prince of Pennsylvania" (1988), the actor tried to grow as a romantic music teacher in the movie "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), he was over shadowed by old hand stars like John Malkovich and Glenn Close. The following year, director Stephen Herek hired the young star for his breakthrough role as Theodore Logan, the Southern California ocean and beach lover who time travels with his friend, in the innocent and entertaining summer hit "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure". He was so believable as the goofy sidekick that many believed that was his natural personality. It also didn't help that his next project was a role of similar type "Parenthood" with Steve Martin (1989) and "I Love You to Death" (1990). When he tried to take on more significant projects, like the intense undercover cop in "Point Blank" (1991), viewers and critics were not willing to believe him.

Director Gus Van Sant made great use of his one of a kind screen allure when he cast him as the mayor's son who exchanges his lush life style for an existence as a street hustler in "My Own Private Idaho" (1991). Partnered in the project with River Phoenix, he gave a wonderful and tender performance. Casting agents and directors now saw Keanu as leading man material and tapped him to play Jonathan Harker in Francis Ford Coppola production of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), a role he does not speak of  often for some reason. 

More successful was a astounding venture into Shakespeare as Don Juan in Kenneth Branagh's movie "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993), with Kate Beckinsale. Critics may have felt the actor and the Bard would make an odd combination, but he did well and proved the tabloids wrong.

Next, he accepted the role of Siddhartha in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Little Buddha" (1994), a role that scarcely taxed his acting talent. He made great action adventure hero in the bomb on a bus action adventure thriller "Speed" (1994) along side Sandra Bullock, which increased his Hollywood standing.  He then surprised everyone by going back to Winnipeg and working on one of the industries most demanding roles - "Hamlet". Feedback was mixed, although most reviews were courteous. But film critics were not as friendly about his next performances, thinking he was miscast as a WWII fighter in the comedy "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995), and then as an engineer in the action adventure film "Chain Reaction" in 1996. 

Reeves offered a solid and enjoyable performance as a southern attorney caught up by money, celebrity and Satan in "The Devil's Advocate" with Al Pacino (1997), which might be summarized as "The Exorcist" meets John Grisham. Despite the nonsense, his character was very believable as a successful trail lawyer. Following a few years of relaxation to unwind, he once again returned to his action adventure hero character of Neo, an exceptional computer hacker who is hired by mystifying hoodlums and shown "The Matrix" (1999).

In 2000, he was hired to play a former football quarterback recruited to play in the major leagues during the 1987 NFL strike in "The Replacements", and a serial killer hunted by a federal FBI agent (James Spader) in "The Watcher". He continued to play darker roles on the wicked side by playing the part of a wife abuser, opposite Hilary Swank, in "The Gift" featuring Katie Holmes, about a woman with extrasensory perception who is asked to help find a young woman who has gone missing. 

The next year he joined Charlize Theron who played his wife in "Devil's Advocate", for the remake of the romantic movie "Sweet November" and was barley seen as the unenthusiastic Little League coach in "Hard Ball," a poor attempt at combining the "Mighty Ducks" style filmmaking with too much moral and principled nuance. Following the smash box office success of the runaway hit movie, "The Matrix", he was back with the anticipated sequels "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). 

He next played a minor role in the romantic comedy "Something's Gotta Give" (2003), playing Jack Nicholson's captivating heart doctor, and romantic rival when he falls in love with Nicholson's love interest Diane Keaton.

In his next project, he starred with Sandra Bullock, their first on-screen partnership since the movie “Speed”, for “The Lake House” (2006), a silly romantic drama film based on “Il Mare”, about a pair of lovers who trade letters while living in the same tranquil lake house, only one of them exists two years into the future. Though the supernatural ingredient added a new twist to a standard love story, “The Lake House” did only moderately well at the box office, and suffered from a slow script and a lack of magic between the two main stars. 

Meanwhile, the actor appeared in Richard Linklater’s reworking of Philip K. Dick’s classic science fiction tale, “A Scanner Darkly” (2006), playing an unenthusiastic undercover narcotics cop who investigates his alter ego, a drug addicted street thug trying to introduce of a dangerous new drug. Next was the comedy "Thumbsucker" (2005), about a man Justin, who throws himself and everyone around him into pandemonium when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb. Another action adventure film followed with "Constantine" (2005) with Shia Labeouf, and based on the DC comic book "Hellblazer" and written by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Capello, Constantine told the story of rude supernatural detective John Constantine, who has literally been to hell and back. 

He then took a year off from film making, but returned in 2008 with the crime thriller "Street Kings" (2008) about a veteran LAPD cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him. 

Next was the dramatic science fiction film "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (2008) with Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates, a remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth. Wrapping up the year, Reeves was cast and hired for the role of Chris in the dramatic movie "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" (2009) about a woman who after her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, she engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown. 


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