As far as Hollywood actors go, very few can go toe to toe with the Canadian actor and the world’s most beloved man, Keanu Reeves. Not only is he a talented actor who has carved out a niche for himself, but he is also a good man whose acts of love is a deep contrast to what many of his colleagues are known for.
To say that there is plenty to learn about Keanu is a gross understatement of the life he has lived since he was born in September 1964. However, there are still a few details that stand out amidst the deluge of facts about the actor, particularly in his career and relationships.
Keanu Reeves Began His Career at the Age of Nine
One of the less salient facts about Keanu Reeves is that he was a child actor. The Canadian actor, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, first stepped out as an actor at the age of nine when he appeared in a stage production of Damn Yankees. He did not, however, make a life of it until he was 17 years old when he dropped out of high school and relocated to Los Angeles.
He made another appearance in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the age of 15 before he made his onscreen debut in an episode of Hangin’ In in 1984. In the same year, he made another appearance as a biker in an ad for Coca-Cola.
River’s Edge was his Breakout Film
Considering he is mostly known for his action roles, very few could have guessed that Keanu Reeves’ breakout performance was in a drama. After several minor roles following his onscreen debut in 1984, he got a significant role as Matt in the 1986 drama, River’s Edge.
The film was a critical success, earning nominations and victories at the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards. His role made him a popular figure among teenage audiences, leading to significant roles in other films like Permanent Record, and one of his most popular trilogies to date – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Reeves has more than 100 credits to his name
Considering he was born in 1964, age is still very much on Keanu’s side as an actor, but he has already achieved what only a few actors have recorded in their career. In more than three decades as an actor, Keanu Reeves has more than 100 credits to his name, a long filmography that includes some of the most popular titles ever released in each decade.
In his 100+ credits are films like the Matrix series, the John Wick series, Speed, Constantine, and several others. His long filmography includes works on film and television, both live-action and animation.
His films have made more than $5 billion at the Box Office
Being a superstar actor is about how much your movies fetch in the box office, and although it has been a journey of ups and downs for Keanu, it has been mostly upwards. In more than 43 films where he played the leading role, Keanu Reeves has earned more than $3.8 billion at the global box office, with $1.6 billion coming from North America box office sales. When he has played a supporting role, his films have earned an additional $1.4 billion, bringing his total box office earnings to more than $5.2 billion.
With several more popular titles up ahead for the actor, you can expect those figures to rise significantly in the future.
Keanu Reeves has more than 25 Award Nominations
Awards might be the one place where Keanu pales in comparison to other globally recognizable names in the industry, but he still has a resume he can be proud of. Since he made his acting debut, he has been nominated for more than 25 awards, and he has won at least 12 of them.
Some of the awards he has either won or been nominated for include the Saturn Awards, MTV Movie + TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted in 2005. However, not all of his awards have been positives. The actor has been nominated for seven Razzie Awards.
He has never been married
In more than five decades on the planet, Keanu Reeves has never been married, despite having been in more than three known relationships. His first known relationship was with Jill Schoelen, whom he met on the set of Babes in Toyland. They were together for three years before they parted ways.
Since then, he has been involved with Sofia Coppola, China Chow, and Claire Forlani. His most significant relationship, however, was with Jennifer Syme. The two of them began dating in 1998 until she died in a car crash 2000. Before her death, Keanu Reeves and Jennifer suffered a stillbirth in 1999. An event that led to bouts of depression for both of them.
Reeves is currently dating Alexandra Grant
After years of keeping to himself and just being an all-round nice guy, Keanu has finally found love in the arms of Alexandra Grant. The two of them met for the first time in 2009 at a dinner party. Since then, they became friends and have worked together on a book.
Their friendship and professional relationship eventually blossomed into a romantic relationship in November 2019 when they were spotted together at a public event. They have since confirmed they are together as a couple. Here is hoping this is it for the beloved actor.