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.
And today might just be Keanu-Reevesiest of them all.
Who doesn't love Keanu Reeves?Time and time again, he's proven himself to be the best in Hollywood.
He's certainly one of the nicest men in Hollywood.And totally without a scandal. Impressive stuff!
Whether you love him for his personality...Or his acting skills are what do it for you...
It's a day for Reeves fans to celebrate.Because today marks his birthday!
Tributes have poured in for the star.And it's safe to say the internet is feeling excited!
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1964, Keanu Reeves is much-loved 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 2 slackers traveling 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.
But there's no doubt 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 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.
He encountered grief at a very young age.
via: Getty ImagesKeanu's father walked out on the family when he was just 3-years-old, and he was ultimately arrested for possession of drugs in 1994, leading to Keanu not wanting to ever contact his father again.
Keanu looks back on that time in pain.
via: Getty Images"The story with me and my dad’s pretty heavy. It’s full of pain and woe and f****** loss and all that s***," he told Rolling Stone in 2000.
Despite leaving high school without a diploma...
via: Getty ImagesKeanu went on to make his big break in acting during the 1980s, and it's safe to say he managed to do pretty well for himself whilst dealing with difficulties in his family life.
But in 1991...
via: Getty ImagesHis younger sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia aged just twenty-five. Keanu devoted himself to her care, suspending filming 2 Matrix sequels to be by her side.
Thankfully, she was in remission by 1999...
via: Getty ImagesAnd this was around the time Keanu met actress Jennifer Syme at a party for his rock band Dog Star.
The pair fell in love and were expecting a baby together.
via: Getty ImagesThey had already named their unborn daughter, Ava, when tragedy struck. The baby was stillborn on Christmas eve, which was a month before the due date.
The pair were crushed.
via: ShutterstockHeartbroken, Jennifer is said to have suffered post-natal depression before grief tore her and Keanu apart. They split soon after but were rumored to have been trying to work things out just before her sudden death in 2001, aged just twenty-eight.
Keanu was completely broken by grief.
via: ShutterstockJennifer was killed instantly in a car accident en route to a party at Marilyn Manson's house. A grief-stricken Keanu carried her coffin as she was laid to rest beside their daughter.
But Reeves didn't let this tragedy make him bitter.
via: Getty ImagesInstead, 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."
Keanu has an open outlook on grief...
via: Getty ImagesIn 2006, he opened up in an interview about the agonizing depths of his pain: "Grief changes shape, but it never ends. 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."
When his domestic dreams shattered, he embraced a rootless existence.
via: ShutterstockKeanu is known to have remained single for years and he even lived out of his suitcase in hotel rooms for a long period of time.
Keanu settled with this temporary lifestyle.
via: Getty ImagesFor 4 years he called Los Angeles' Châteaux Marmont home. "Sounds quite bohemian and gypsy-like, doesn't it?" he joked of his lifestyle in 2010, "I'm down to one bag now, and smaller rooms in hotels."
He has now settled in his Hollywood Hills...
via: Getty ImagesPeople deal with grief in very different ways, and by living out of his suitcase, Keanu dealt with his grief quietly and privately.
Reeves has been fairly quiet on the acting scene in recent years.But that's all set to change in the coming months as Reeves gains notoriety in his role as John Wick.
He's kept his private life very private.
via: Getty ImagesIncluding what's going on with him romantically. Or so we thought. Because late last year, Keanu walked the red carpet at the ACMA Art + Film Gala, and he wasn't alone.
For the first time ever ...
via: Getty ImagesReeves made a public appearance with his long-term girlfriend, Alexandra Grant (who looked totally gorgeous, by the way).
Grant is a full-time visual artist.
And, even cuter?
via: AmazonReeves and Grant have actually collaborated on some creative projects together. This includes the 2011 "grown-ups picture book" Ode to Happiness, written by Reeves and with illustrations by Grant.
The couple actually have a range of ventures together.
via: X Artists' BooksThey run a small press called X Artists' Books, which they describe as "a small publisher of thoughtful, high-quality, artist-centered books that fit within and between genres."
But also, just look at them.
via: Getty ImagesThis is one of the cutest couples we've ever seen - and it seems the internet agrees. Images of the two being generally adorable are cheering everybody up.
The relationship timeline of the pair is largely unknown.
via: TwitterThe two first met in 2011, when they began their artistic collaboration. It's clear they became close - but quite how close is not yet known.
They've been photographed together over the years.
via: TwitterBut whether their touchy-feeliness was friendship or something more, we can't be sure.
But one thing's for sure.
via: TwitterThe pair are very much together now. And a source close to Keanu has offered some adorable insights into his new love story.
It seems after years of solitude...
via: TwitterKeanu is ready to open his heart again. “Keanu wants to openly share his life with her," a source told PEOPLE.
"He is extremely happy and grateful to have Alex in his life."
via: TwitterAnd as for when the two made the leap from friends to lovers? According to the source, they “started dating earlier this year, but have wanted to keep it quiet."
And now we've been given more details on Reeves and Grant's relationship.
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the adorable story about how the longtime collaborators fell in love.
And, as you could probably guess, the story is just too cute.
via: Getty ImagesSpeaking to Life & Style Weekly, a source candidly spoke about how Keanu fell for the "spiritual, sensitive and kind" Alexandra.
The pair became close as Grant was such a good listener during Keanu's grief.
via: Getty Images"She's one of the few people who's managed to get Keanu to open up about his emotions and past."
"He was in such a dark place for so long."
via: Getty Images"But Alexandra's positive outlook and support have played a huge part in helping him turn his life around."
"Some say she's not only stolen his heart but she's also saved him."
via: Getty Images"She is kind, warm and spiritual, and she is a great communicator." Only the best for the internet's favorite man.
And now, Keanu has proven yet again why we love him so much.The adorable actor is turning 56 today!
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