Keanu Charles Reeves
September 2, 1964
Keanu Charles Reeves parents were Samuel Nowlin Reeves (half-Hawaiian, half-Chinese) and Patricia (English). Keanu (Key-ah-nu) means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian. Sister, Kim (1966) and Karina (1976) were born in Australia. After his parents' divorce, he moved with his mother and sister to New York City and after his mother's marriage to director Paul Aaron they moved to Toronto -- Keanu still retains his Canadian citizenship.
Keanu attended Jesse Ketchum Public School, Toronto and attended four high schools (including De La Salle College and the Toronto School for the Performing Arts) before dropping out at age 17.
Keanu worked odd jobs and did stage work -- Wolfboy in 1984 was his stage debut, and some bit television parts. His motion picture debut was in the Canadian film, Dream To Believe. Keanu's first US feature film was Youngblood in 1986. After his move to California in 1986, he landed River's Edge (1987), one of his best roles. A string of movies followed in which he played troubled or misfit teens. As the size of his parts grew, he attracted attention of mainstream directors -- landing films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1987), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), and Little Buddha (1993).
With the completion of Johnny Mnemonic and A Walk in the Clouds in 1985 Keanu returned to Canada to fulfill a dream of playing the title role in Hamlet on stage. Keanu continues to act in feature films like The Matrix (1999) and independent films such as The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) and tour with his band, Dogstar