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- Includes a brief bio on Keanu and links to buy Keanu-related merchandise
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Birthday: September 2, 1964
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Father: Samuel Reeves
Marital Status: Single
Biography from 1989 Excellent Adventure
Ted, the eternal optimist of the team, who logically observes that their
rock band will improve when they have triumphant tee-shirts – and learn to
play musical instruments – is portrayed by KEANU REEVES.
Like his character, Reeves has done a bit of traveling. Born in Beirut,
Lebanon, to globetrotting parents, he grew up in Hawaii, New York and Canada
before settling down in the California beach town of Venice.
It was during his Toronto, Ontario, period that Reeves began his acting
career. Just 16 at the time, he was cast in the Canadian television series,
"Hanging In." Enrolling for studies with drama coach Jasper Deeter (a
founding member of the Provincetown Players), Reeves continued to polish his
craft with performances on Canadian stages as well.
American audiences first saw him in the television films "Under the
Influence," "Babes in Toyland" and HBO’s "Act of
Vengeance." Since his motion picture debut opposite Rob Lowe in the 1986
ice-hockey drama, "Youngblood," Reeves has appeared in "The Night
Before," "I Wish I Were Eighteen Again," and the controversial
"River’s Edge," for which he is perhaps best known.
Biography from 1991 Bogus Journey Press Kit
KEANU REEVES (Ted) is one of the busiest young actors currently working in
motion pictures, having co-starred in such recent films as "Point
Break," "Parenthood," "Dangerous Liaisons" and "I
Love You to Death." He also completed a starring role in Gus Van Sant’s
upcoming "My Private Idaho."
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Reeves grew up in Hawaii and Canada before moving
to Los Angeles. He began his acting career in Toronto, performing in various
local theatre productions and on television. He then spent a summer at the
Hedgrow Theatre in Pennsylvania, studying acting with Jaspar Deeter (a founding
member of the famed Provincetown Players) and performing such classic stage
roles as Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet."
But Reeves’ motion picture career quickly grew. He delivered a
particularly moving portrayal of a troubled teenager in "The River’s
Edge." For his performance as Matt, the only member of a suburban teenage
gang to step forward with information about the senseless murder of one of its
members, Reeves received wide critical acclaim and an array of starring roles in
In a vastly different performance, he was next seen as the comic Ted in
"Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure." He starred in Marisa Silver’s
drama of teen suicide, "Permanent Record," and opposite Fred Ward and
Amy Madigan in the comedy, "Prince of Pennsylvania." More recently, he
appeared with Barbara Hershey and Peter Falk in "Tune in Tomorrow."
In the theatre, Reeves recently appeared in the Shakespeare & Company
production of "The Tempest" in Lenox, Massachusetts.
What can be said about Keanu Reeves which hasn't been said already? By
the time Bogus Journey was released there was already a strong sense that
Keanu was destined for amazing things. Keanu shows a knack for choosing
film projects which are unique, challenging and vastly entertaining. He's
taken risks, starring in art films like My Own Private Idaho, embraced
films with a simple kindness about them as in A Walk in the Clouds, and
has had the incredible opportunity to work with some of the most noted directors
of our time, including Francis Ford Coppola (Dracula), Bernardo
Bertolucci (Little Buddha) and Sam Raimi (The Gift).
Things changed dramatically for Keanu when he accepted the part of Jack
Traven in the 1994 blockbuster-to-be Speed directed by Jan de Bont.
Keanu Reeves as an action star? While Hollywood had embraced Keanu as a
superbly talented actor early on, it still seemed to take the industry by
surprise when he proved himself capable of playing a macho-yet-tender police
officer in what became one of the most popular summer hits of the 90's.
This film really launched Keanu into the realm of superstardom.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Keanu continued to explore and expand his
career. He accepted the lead in Hamlet and performed on stage in
Manitoba, Canada, at a time when Hollywood scripts were piling up outside his
manager's door. He turned down Speed 2 (didn't like the script) and
instead leapt into the very unique Johnny Mnemonic. Another action
picture, Chain Reaction, and a oddball cult comedy, Feeling Minnesota,
were made while Keanu spent time moonlighting as the bassist for the band
In 1997 Keanu turned in what has to be one of his most impressive acting
turns in the dark yet poignant The Devil's Advocate, co-starring Al
Pacino. His role of a southern lawyer who is tempted into a fast world of
questionable litigation and greed proved those who recognized the spark of
brilliance in such early endeavors as The River's Edge and Permanent
Record correct. And who knew the best was yet to come?
If Speed launched Keanu into superstardom, The Matrix movies
launched him into film immortality. The brilliant Wachowski brothers
changed the landscape of filmmaking forever and launched a new era of sunglasses
and trenchcoat chic. More importantly, the movie delved into some very
spiritual themes which touched people on a very intimate level. Keanu's
role as Neo is classic, and the dedication Keanu showed in preparing for the
role, learning martial arts and training seriously, showed once again Keanu is
more than just a movie star . . . he's an actor dedicated to his craft and doing
the best work he can in each and every project.
Keanu's personal life has long been the speculation of reporters and fans
alike, but Keanu is an actor who understands the very big difference between his
private life and his personal life, two totally separate things. While
elusive and shy around reporters (sometimes coming across to the press as being
somewhat dim because of his tendency to not talk much or embrace publicity),
Keanu devotes his time and energy to his craft. Anyone who questions his
mental capabilities need only look back on his diverse and well thought-out
career. Keanu is anything but the dim-bulb the press continually likes to
saddle him with (they just can't seem to look beyond "the Ted
In the past few years Keanu has continued to work steadily, appearing in such
films as Sweet November, Hard Ball and Something's Gotta Give and
more recently the dark but compelling Constantine based on the popular
Hellblazer graphic comics.
He continues to perform musically as well, having now joined the band Becky
(co-founded by former Dogstar drummer Rob Mailhouse).
Keanu appeared in an offbeat film by Mike Mill's called Thumbsucker
and in the past years starred in the films Constantine, A Scanner Darkly and
Lake House. In 2008, Keanu starred in the films Street Kings and
the Earth Stood Still. In 2009, Keanu appeared in the film The
Private Lives of Pippa Lee and the television series Easy to Assemble.
He also starred in the dark comedy film Henry's Crime.
Upcoming projects for
Keanu include roles in the films Generation Um, 47 Ronin and
Man of Tai Chi (which he is also directing!) He
has also produced and narrates the fascinating documentary
entitled Side by Side, which compares the difference
between making films in either the digital or old celluloid
Last updated: 4/6/12
For a list of Keanu's acting credits,
please visit the
Internet Movie Database