Keanu Reeves, 57, is regarded as one of Hollywood’s nicest gentlemen. Aside from being a movie star, he’s also been known as “the internet’s boyfriend” in recent years due to how much netizens like him. He’s a true action star whose credits include “The Matrix” and “John Wick” franchises, as well as films like “The Lake House.” Not only for his talent, but also for his heart, Reeves is one of Hollywood’s most admired performers.
There are plenty such examples that demonstrate why Reeves is regarded as such a funny guy. There’s the time he gave up his metro seat for a stranger, as well as the countless times he’s spent on the streets listening to homeless people’s stories.
He has also made numerous charitable contributions and shared his fortune with the film crews that have assisted him in the production of his films.
While Reeves is regarded for being one of the most well-liked, approachable, and down-to-earth performers, he also has a troubled history filled with trials and heartbreak. His father abandoned him when he was a child, his childhood goal was shattered by an injury, and he has struggled with unfathomable pain as a result of the loss of loved ones.
Despite this, Reeves has continued to demonstrate his generous nature to others while establishing himself as a legendary actor. He now uses his platform to help a variety of people he encounters improve their lives. Continue reading to learn more about Reeves’ terrible beginnings and how he rose to fame.
Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 2, 1964. His father was absent from his life from a young age, abandoning the family during Reeves’ early childhood. Reeves’ father was still a part of his life until he was 13, according to Snopes, after which he didn’t hear from him for around ten years.
During his childhood, Reeves lived in Hawaii, Australia, New York, and Canada, among other places. Reeves has three stepfathers as a result of his mother’s three remarriages. He also walked out of school when he was just 17 years old, citing dyslexia as a barrier to his enjoyment of study, but according to Snopes, he performed “OK academically.”
The now-well-known actor previously aspired to be a professional hockey player. According to Sportscasting, Reeves was on his way to a professional hockey career and had already had tryouts. His hopes, however, were destroyed when he sustained an injury. Fortunately, Reeves took a vacation to New York City shortly after his accident, which gave him a boost in his acting career.
Tragically, just as he was starting to find work and establish a name for himself, disaster struck. In “My Own Private Idaho,” he co-starred with his good buddy River Phoenix. Reeves was so determined to make sure his pal got the job that he went over 1,000 miles on his motorcycle to hand deliver the film’s screenplay to Phoenix, according to Showbiz CheatSheet. Phoenix died in 1993.
Reeves met Jennifer Syme five years after his best friend died. In 1999, the couple fell in love and had a child. His daughter, however, was stillborn, and Reeves and Syme battled to cope with their grief while maintaining their relationship, finally breaking up. Syme was tragically killed in a vehicle accident in April 2001.
Kim Reeves, Reeves’ sister, was diagnosed with leukemia in 1991. In 1999, she was thankfully in remission. According to Snopes, Reeves has since used his fortune to benefit others, particularly cancer patients. In 2009, Reeves stated:
“I have a private foundation that has been helping a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research over the past five or six years.” I prefer not to put my name on it; instead, I trust the foundation to do its job.”
Despite his numerous trials, Reeves has continued to achieve success in the acting profession and is able to enjoy certain comforts. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Reeves earned almost $200 million from the “Matrix” franchise, bringing his total net worth to around $380 million. According to Velvet Ropes, the actor has three homes: one in Hawaii, one in Malibu, and one in Hollywood, as of April 2021. Leonardo DiCaprio and Calvin Klein are among his renowned neighbors.
However, this has had no effect on Reeves’ good nature, as he is still quite down to earth. According to Snopes, he has a couple motorcycles and expensive cars but still uses the metro on occasion. Reeves has also taken time out of his day, according to the India Times, to sit and converse with homeless individuals merely to hear their experiences.