If there's one thing that the internet can agree on, it's that Keanu Reeves is an all-around great guy. From his roles in some of our favorite action thrillers, to his more dramatic roles in films like Dracula, he's a multi-talented actor, sure - but that's not why the internet loves him so much. He's also known for being one of the nicest (and least problematic) celebrities on the planet.
Reeves has lived a life marred by tragedy and has only ever come out of it with generosity and kindness for the world around him. Which makes the fact his past has been so tragic all the more heartbreaking...
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1964, Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor.
via: Getty ImagesHe currently resides in the Hollywood hills after gaining fame in an impressive range of massively successful movies.
He first rose to fame in a pretty unlikely franchise.Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) told the story of two slackers travelling through time. It was so successful that it was followed by a sequel: Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey in 1991.
But Reeves has never stuck to just one genre.In 1992, he starred in Gothic horror-romance, Bram Stoker's Dracula - although his performance in this rather overblown movie has been pretty much universally panned.
Reeves is perhaps primarily known for his roles in action movies.He starred in buddy-cop thriller, Point Break, in 1991, alongside Gary Busey and Patrick Swayze. It was a commercial smash and went on to garner a cult following.
He continued this trend in 1994's Speed.The suspenseful thriller told the tale of a rigged bus that would explode if it slowed down. Reeves starred alongside Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper, but has since shaded the film by refusing to star in the sequel. His reason? "The movies I wanted to make were movies I wanted to see." Ouch.
But there's no doubting where Reeves gained most of his fame.His role as Neo in The Matrix franchise is what really made Keanu Reeves into a household name. The movies are still thought of as touchstones within the science fiction genre.
But Reeves isn't just an actor.He's also a talented musician and spent many years playing bass for alternative rock band, Dogstar, in the '90s.
There are many strings to his bow.He's made a name for himself particularly because of his versatility, playing leading men, brooding heroes, and goofy losers with equal panache.
But aside from his professional achievements, Reeves hasn't had such an easy life.
via: ShutterstockHe's faced a life that one wouldn't wish on their worst enemy.
His whole life has been marred by tragedy.
via: ShutterstockAnd it's almost too much for fans to bear!
But Reeves hasn't let this tragedy make him bitter.
via: ShutterstockInstead, he's become an incredible philanthropist. He's well known for supporting a wide range of charitable causes, from PETA to Stand Up To Cancer.
And that isn't all.It was recently revealed that Reeves gave all his profits from the sequel from The Matrix to the crew. And he didn't even want credit for it, saying, "I’d rather people didn’t know that. It was a private transaction. It was something I could afford to do, a worthwhile thing to do."
But, in spite of his fame, Reeves is known for being fairly private.But details of his tragic life have still managed to surface.
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So let's start from the top.
via: ShutterstockReeves grew up in a pretty tumultuous household.
His father was consistently involved in the world of drugs.
via: Shutterstock"The story with me and my dad's pretty heavy. It's full of pain and woe and f****ing loss and all that s**t," he said.
"I've had a vagabond life."
via: Shutterstock"There is a bit of the gypsy in me, and living that way seemed to make sense. I couldn't settle down."
Reeves faced another tragedy in his youth, too.
via: ShutterstockThe death of his good friend, River Phoenix.
Phoenix died aged just 23 of a drug overdose.
via: Shutterstock"We brought good out in each other. He was a real original thinker. He was not the status quo. In anything," Reeves has said of his late friend.
And things continued to get worse for Reeves.
via: ShutterstockHis girlfriend Jennifer Syme miscarried their daughter, Ava.
The loss put a large strain on the pair's relationship.
via: ShutterstockAnd in 2001, tragedy struck again when Syme was killed in a car accident.
"Grief changes shape, but it never ends."
via: Shutterstock"People have a misconception that you can deal with it and say, 'It's gone, and I'm better.' They're wrong."
"When the people you love are gone, you're alone."
via: Shutterstock"I miss being a part of their lives and them being a part of mine. I wonder what the present would be like if they were here — what we might have done together. I miss all the great things that will never be."
Alongside these personal woes, Reeves has also suffered professionally, too.
via: ShutterstockThere have been long periods in Keanu's life where he's struggled to find work.
"So I haven't been getting many offers from the studios."
via: Shutterstock"It sucks, but it's just the way it is."
And it seems there was a reason behind his dip in popularity.
via: ShutterstockLike ... being blacklisted by Fox, for example?
After the huge success of Speed, Fox wanted to make a sequel.
via: ShutterstockBut Reeves turned them down for a stage production of Hamlet.
Fox did not like this.
via: Shutterstock"I didn't work with [Fox] again until The Day the Earth Stood Still," he said.
"[Speed 2] was just a situation in life where I got the script and I read the script and I was like 'Ugggghhh.'"
via: Shutterstock"It was about a cruise ship and I was thinking, 'A bus, a cruise ship ... Speed, bus, but then a cruise ship is even slower than a bus and I was like, 'I love you guys but I just can't do it.'"
Another reason it's kind of tough to be Reeves?
via: ShutterstockHe simply doesn't seem built for the life of fame.
He's basically the ultimate introvert.
via: Shutterstock"I'm not interested in showing anybody what's behind the curtain," he's explained.
And in spite of seeming strangely youthful?
via: ShutterstockReeves has also explained that now he's really feeling his age.
"Man, it's a struggle. I want to get married. I want to have kids."
via: Shutterstock"That's at the top of the mountain. I've got to climb the mountain first. I'll do it. Just give me some time."
But it does seem as though things are turning around for Reeves.
via: ShutterstockScroll on to learn about how he found love later in life...