Keanu Reeves, Bio, Age, Relationships, Family
Get to know Keanu Reeves
From ridiculous time-traveling teen to supernatural sci-fi Superman, Keanu Reeves has played a wide range of characters on the big screen. In spite of that, critics sometimes still question his acting talent. Reeves has, in any case, maintained his superstar status with his many box office hits over his successful Hollywood career.
Get to know Keanu Reeves: The man. The star. The legend.
How old is Keanu Reeves?
Keanu was born on September 2, 1964, in Beirut, Lebanon. As of September 2020, he is 56 years old. His zodiac sign is Virgo, and his birthstone is Sapphire.
How tall is Keanu Reeves? Physical stats
Reeves’ height is 6 ft 1¼ in or 186 cm, and he weighs 84 kg or 185 lbs. His hair is black, and his eye color is hazel. Keanu’s biceps measure 14 in or 35.5 cm, and his waist is 35 in or 89 cm. His chest is 43 in or 109 cm wide.
Keanu Reeves family
Who is his father?
His father is Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr. He left Keanu when he was just three years old.
Who is his mother?
Keanu’s mother is Patricia Taylor, who is a costume designer and performer.
Who are his siblings?
He has three siblings: Kim Reeves, his younger sister, and two younger half-sisters, Karina Miller and Emma Reeves.
Other family members
His stepfather Paul Aaron is an actor. Robert Miller, his stepfather, is a music promoter. Jack Bond, his last stepfather, is a hairdresser. Samuel Nowlin Reeves is his grandfather. And, Sarah Monilani Victor is his grandmother.
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Keanu Reeves love life
Who is Keanu dating? Current and former loves
Keanu is rumored to have dated actress Melissa Reigel.
Jill Schoelen (1986-1989)
Keanu began dating with on-screen character Jill Schoelen in 1986. They had supposedly grown close while working in a motion picture. They dated for a bit around three years before Jill got enamored with another Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt. She even got wedded to him in 1989 for three months.
Sofia Coppola (1991-1992)
Reeves began seeing the screenwriter Sofia Coppola in 1991. They met on the sets of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which was coordinated by Sofia’s father Francis Ford Coppola, and Keanu cast in a crucial part. During their relationship, she was regularly spotted on the rear seat of his bicycle, cruising around in Hollywood. They separated after being in a relationship for a bit under a year in 1992.
Sandra Bullock (1993)
Reeves had hooked up with performing artist Sandra Bullock while they were working in the motion picture, Speed. Even though they went out for a short time, they have remained close companions over a long time. After the collapse of her marriage with Jesse James in November 2011, Bullock had found comfort in Keanu’s arms. The rumors of their link-up picked up steam when they were spotted on a supper date at Craig’s Restaurant in Los Angeles.
Amanda De Cadenet (1996-1997)
Keanu began dating controversial British beauty Amanda De Cadenet in 1996. Their first open appearance was at the debut of the play, Four Dogs and a Bone. She took a flight out to New Zealand where Reeves was playing with his band, Dogstar. Afterward, they were pictured sitting outside a café in Beverly Hills.
Jennifer Syme (1998-2000)
Keanu’s relationship with on-screen character Jennifer Syme was likely the most troublesome he had ever had. He was introduced to her at a party in 1998 and right away fell in love with her. Inside a year of the origin of their affair, she was fruitful with his child. In January 2000, she gave birth to a stillborn child (named Ava Archer Syme-Reeves). Syme endured deep postnatal sadness, and Reeves too battled with his despair. They broke up a few weeks afterward but remained close. In April 2001, Reeves had to persevere another catastrophe as Syme died in an accident.
Rachael Jones (2001)
Keanu had a whirlwind sentiment with customary English young lady Rachael Jones in Sydney. They had met at a little bar, Tatler, in Sydney’s harborside region. He went to her room after taking off the bar at around 3 am, and he ended up remaining in her modest loft. From there on, they seemed inseparable as they were regularly spotted at elite eateries and pubs in Sydney. She was also photographed in his hotel room’s balcony. Their affair finished by the end of the year as he relocated back to Los Angeles, and she went back to Birmingham in England.
Autumn Macintosh (1990’s and 2004)
Reeves first began dating on-screen character Autumn Macintosh in the early 1990s. They were said to have started their relationship again in May 2004. In August, he had proposed to her in a little Los Angeles-based eatery. In any case, Keanu jeered at these statements.
Claire Forlani (2004-2006)
Keanu allegedly began dating on-screen character Claire Forlani in 2004. In 2006, it was even affirmed that Keanu had proposed to her, which eventually turned out to be an untrue rumor. The same year they chose to go separate ways. In any case, they remained on good terms over the years.
Lynn Collins (2005)
In 2005, Reeves was said to be going out with on-screen character Lynn Collins. They had started seeing amid the first half of the year and continued their relationship for three months before he left her for Diane Keaton.
Diane Keaton (2005)
Keanu was first introduced to Diane Keaton on the sets of the motion picture, Something’s Gotta Give. The rumors of them dating began circulating in August 2005 after Diane was spotted going by his home late at night on a few occasions.
Kelli Garner (2005)
Keanu was rumored to go out with performing artist Kelli Earn in 2005.
Keanu’s relationship with Hallie Meyers-Shyer was uncovered in October 2007 after they were spotted kissing in New York City after getting lunch at French bistro Pastis. It was afterward discovered that Hallie’s mother was Nancy Meyer, who was Something’s Gotta Give director. It was, moreover, affirmed that they had been dating since 2005.
Martha Higareda (2007)
Reeves was connected up with youthful Mexican on-screen character Martha Higareda in April 2007 after they were located out on a date at the Moscow eatery in Los Angeles.
Winona Ryder (2008)
Keanu was first introduced to Winona Ryder in 1992 while working in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the horror-thriller. They were reported to be in a relationship by mid-2008. It was alleged that they had fallen in love while working on the new motion picture, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. She was too spotted at the bachelor pad in New York City.
Parker Posey (2008)
By the beginning of 2008, Keanu was going out with Parker Posey. These dating rumors were started by their date at a swanky Los Angeles eatery in February. They dated for approximately six months before going separate ways by the completion of the year.
China Chow (2008)
Keanu was told to have hooked up with British on-screen character China Chow in 2008. In June, first, they were pictured skipping on a shoreline in French Riviera. Chow was topless, and he was shirtless. A day afterward, they were spotted having lunch in Sanremo along the Mediterranean coast of Italy.
Trinny Woodall (2008)
Towards the end of 2008, Keanu was connected with British TV celebrity Trinny Woodall after she was located on the back seat of his bicycle while cruising around in L.A. They had allegedly met through a common companion, British craftsman Amanda Eliasch.
Cameron Diaz (2009)
Keanu began dating on-screen character and model Cameron Diaz in August 2009. First seen together on a date in Los Angeles, they were photographed heading to an auditorium. They had already worked together for the 1996 release, Feeling Minnesota.
Charlize Theron (2010)
In May 2010, Keanu was in an affair with the South African goddess Charlize Theron. After having supper at upscale restaurant Bouchon, they were pictured hugging and kissing outside Beverly Hills eatery.
Alexandra Grant (2019)
The latest reports are that Keanu is quietly dating artist Alexandra Grant.
Keanu Reeves Filmography
Keanu has acted in many movies. These films are One Step Away, Youngblood, Flying, River’s Edge, The Night Before, Permanent Record, The Prince of Pennsylvania, Dangerous Liaisons, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, I Love You to Death, Parenthood, Tune in Tomorrow, Point Break, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, My Own Private Idaho, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Much Ado About Nothing, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Freaked, Little Buddha, Speed, A Walk in the Clouds, Johnny Mnemonic, Feeling Minnesota, Chain Reaction, The Last Time I Committed Suicide, The Devil’s Advocate, The Matrix, Me and Will, The Replacements, The Watcher,
The Gift, Sweet November, Hardball, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix, The Matrix Revolutions, Something’s Gotta Give, Constantine, Thumbsucker, Ellie Parker, A Scanner Darkly, The Lake House, The Great Warming, Street Kings, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Henry’s Crime, Side by Side, Generation Um…, Man of Tai Chi, 47 Ronin, John Wick, Knock Knock, Deep Web, Mifune: The Last Samurai, Exposed, The Neon Demon, Keanu, The Whole Truth, To the Bone, The Bad Batch, John Wick: Chapter 2, A Happening of Monumental Proportions, SPF-18, Siberia, Destination Wedding, Replicas, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Always Be My Maybe, Toy Story 4, Already Gone, and Between Two Ferns: The Movie.
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TV series by Keanu include Hangin’ In, Letting Go, Night Heat, Fast Food, The Disney Sunday Movie, Babes in Toyland, Act of Vengeance, Brotherhood of Justice, Under the Influence, Trying Times, Life Under Water, The Tracey Ullman Show, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures, and Bollywood Hero.
Keanu Reeves Salary
Johnny Mnemonic (1995):
The Devil’s Advocate (1997):
The Matrix (1999):
$10,000,000 + 10% of the gross
The Replacements (2000):
The Matrix Reloaded (2003):
$15,000,000 + 15% of the gross
The Matrix Revolutions (2003):
15,000,000 + 15% of the gross
Keanu Reeves Net Worth
As of 2019, Keanu Reeves’ net worth is estimated at $360 million. He earned most of this from his acting career.
Keanu Reeves Quotes
[I am trying to give up] smoking. I didn’t even start until I was 30—I got hooked, making Feeling Minnesota and now it’s a prison, but I want to stop.
I don’t know the law, the kind of law of quantity and quality, but I think the opportunity of people being able to express themselves and to have the means of production is a great thing. It’s also changing how we’re telling stories.
It’s the journey of the self, I guess. You start with this kind of a loner, outside guy, which a lot of people can relate to, and he goes out into the world.
I mean, if you didn’t get it or if you didn’t feel like you enjoyed it, sometimes that experience can change.
But, you know, it’s still a drag to get your picture taken when you’re eating a sandwich. It’s a downer.
I don’t shop a lot, but I do like nice clothes and, I guess, if I have a look it is suits and T-shirts with casual boots. [He explains] I like to have a suit that fits well—I wear Kiton, Costume National, and Gucci once in a while.
What would happen if you melted? You know, you never really hear this talked about much, but spontaneous combustion? It exists!…[people] burn from within…sometimes they’ll be in a wooden chair, and the chair won’t burn, but there’ll be nothing left of the person. Except sometimes his teeth. Or the heart. No one speaks about this, but it is for real.
[when told he would have to “bite the bullet”] Yes, but I don’t have to eat the whole rifle.
Sure, I believe in God and the Devil, but they don’t have to have pitchforks and a long white beard.
But I did ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.’ They made a cereal out of it, so once you’ve had a cereal, it doesn’t get much more surreal than that. Surreal cereal.
People were saying that David Geffen and I had gotten married, and it just blew me away. Not that they thought I was gay, but that they thought I could land a guy that hot.
My name can’t be *that* tough to pronounce!
Keanu Reeves quotes on love and relationships
It’s always wonderful to get to know women, with the mystery and the joy and the depth. If you can make a woman laugh, you see the most beautiful thing on God’s Earth.
When the people you love are gone, you’re alone.
It’s fun to be hopelessly in love. It’s dangerous, but it’s fun.
I believe in love at first sight. You want that connection, and then you want some problems.
On a good night, I get underwear, bras, and hotel-room keys thrown onstage… You start to think that you’re Tom Jones.
Lying in bed with my lover, riding my bike, sports, happy times with my friends, conversation, learning, the earth, dirt, a beautiful repast with friends, family with wine and glorious food and happy tidings and energy and zest and lust for life. I like being in the desert, in nature, being in extraordinary spaces in nature, high in a tree or in the dirt, hanging out with my family, my sisters.
When I don’t feel free and can’t do what I want, I just react, I go against it.
I love riding my bike through Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast Highway. I also go to the Santa Monica Mountains. It is like losing myself, like playing a musical instrument or any other pastime that takes away regular cares and responsibilities.
Keanu on his public image
I read a lot. I have just finished Proust’s A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu and John Updike’s Rabbit novels. That was cool, reading literature looking at America over the past 40 years.
I’m a meathead man. You’ve got smart people, and you’ve got dumb people. I just happen to be dumb.
I’m Mickey Mouse. They don’t know who’s inside the suit.
I am not handsome or sexy. Of course, it’s not like I am hopeless.
On being a star
It can still be very surreal. It’s easy to become very self-critical when you’re an actor. Then you get critiqued by the critics. Whether you agree with them or not, people are passing judgment on you.
I never cared about the money, that’s not why I started acting, and I never liked the fame. The paparazzi culture is more pervasive than it used to be, kind of: ‘Let’s watch the actor pump gas.’ It’s nice not to have to worry about bills, though. It’s a cliche that money doesn’t buy you happiness, but it does buy you the freedom to live your life the way you want. Knock on wood; I’ve been very fortunate: I’ve been able to earn a really good living and start a charity foundation, which is nice.
As a kid, I didn’t dream of becoming a movie star. No, I dreamt of traveling to distant planets in flying machines.
I’ve had wonderful experiences. I mean really wonderful. In teaching. Personal epiphanies. About life. About a different perspective — help with different perspectives that you have. Do you know what I mean? Relationships to nature. Relationships with the self. With other people. With events.
On his age
Here comes 40. I’m feeling my age, and I’ve ordered the Ferrari. I’m going to get the whole mid-life crisis package.
Mortality is very different when you’re 20 to when you’re 50.
On living in L.A.
L.A. has been my place of abode for seven years, and I have a little place in New York City. I don’t even have a house, but I have been living in the same place in Los Angeles for a couple of years, and it’s just now becoming a home, I like to be free and unfettered, I like the option of being able to do anything and go anywhere, anytime, I like to have my house open. A lot of my friends have keys to my houses, and I like to have everything, you know, ‘What’s mine is yours,’ and to drink wine, talk and hang out.
Keanu Reeves quotes on his movies
How do people relate to movies now, when they’re on portable devices or streaming them? It’s not as much about going to the movies. That experience has changed.
I’ve been really fortunate to be able to do different kinds of films in different scales, different genres, different kinds of roles, and that is important to me.
I am waiting for the right story to tell. Just like ‘Man of Tai Chi’ just seemed to be the right story to tell. So I’m looking for that. Because I really love directing. I love developing the story, I love the actors, I love the cinema of it, the way that you tell a story visually.
I’ve been pleased to work with so many wonderful stars throughout the years. This has been an amazing journey. I hope it continues.
When we talk about how movies used to be made, it was over 100 years of film, literal, physical film, with an emulsion that we would expose to light, and we would get pictures.
And of course, to work with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, and work with a wonderful, beautiful script directed by Nancy Meyers, it was really for me a dream come true.
I want to make a good, solid, kung fu movie.
On River Phoenix
You can’t blame Hollywood for what happened to River. Kids are doing drugs everywhere in the world. He had his own very personal problems I will never discuss with the press. They’re just way too personal. The River had a self-destructive side to his personality. He was angry and hurt that he couldn’t have a private life once he became famous. He just couldn’t deal with having his private life on the front page all the time.
River was a remarkable artist and a rare human being. I miss him every day.
Looking back on his career
You know what, I’d done an interview show when I was like 16 or 17 — one of my first jobs. I did interviews for this television show in Toronto.
We were doing I Love You to Death (1990), and we got the Idaho script [My Own Private Idaho]. We were driving in a car on Santa Monica Boulevard, probably on the way to a club, and we’re talking really fast about the whole idea—we were excited. It could have been like a bad dream, a dream that never follows through because no one commits, but we just forced ourselves into it. We said, “Okay, I’ll do it if you do it. I won’t do it if you don’t.” We shook hands. That was it.
I have definitely been curious and involved in the process, even as a young actor. I was always looking at where the camera was, what story it was telling. And as my experience grew, I wanted to know even more.
Working in Hollywood quotes
On Patrick Swayze and working with him on Point Break (1991)
He was a beautiful person, an artist! Patrick, he just wanted to experience life, and, for his work, he wanted to take the opportunity of the film, and it gave him that sense. There were some sky diving sequences in this film we did together, and as filming was going on, it came to be that Patrick was jumping out of airplanes all the time. I think he had over 30 jumps during the course of filming and so the production served him with a cease and desist, which he listened to until they got to Hawaii.
He jumps out of planes and did the flips and falling to the ground, and he did it with an open heart. I’ll always remember his buddy for lighting up a room with his presence. I can say what I know that he lived life to the fullest.
from 1995, on My Own Private Idaho (1991)
You know what’s great? Right after I finished Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), I went to Paris to visit a couple of friends, shipped over one of my Norton’s, my ’72 750 with California plates, and just hung out for two-and-a-half weeks. My Own Private Idaho (1991) had just opened at a theater right near my friend’s house where I was staying. I got stopped by a couple of American students who’d seen it, and they bought me a beer.
Which is what you should do in Paris: sit in cafés, talk, hang out. I had miraculous weather, so it didn’t rain on my parade. Then, I went to New York to visit friends, sat down, hung out, and the same sort of thing happened there. So, do I want more movies that lead to experiences like that? Yes, please.
On auditioning for Oliver Stone’s The Doors (1991)
I auditioned a few times, but I don’t think I was ever seriously in the running, I was terrified, I just read some of Jim Morrison’s poetry and listened to some of his music and did what I could.
 It’s only very recently that I’ve been approached with, ‘Would you like to do this?’ Mostly, I’m still auditioning, which there’s something to be said for. Up to now, my only real choices have been: ‘Hmmmm, an audition, go or not go? Go!’ I auditioned seven times for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1900), and all the ‘finalists’ had to read with everyone else-me, Pauly Shore, Josh Richman, Alex Winter, and others. I met with Francis Ford Coppola three times before he asked me if I wanted to play a part in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).
Thoughts on acting
On directing himself as a villain in Man of Tai Chi (2013)
The first day was not fun, because one is so objective and one is so subjective. As an actor, you only have your responsibility for your role within the whole, and the director has a responsibility to the whole and you in it. So it’s a different mindset. And you’re literally, physically, in two different spaces.
On the possibility of Bill and Ted 3
It’s a long story. There are lots of subterfuge and conspiracy theories. There’s a whole thing… I might have to do one of those independent press, conspiracy, other-name kind of [statements] explaining why it hasn’t happened yet because it’s pretty dark out there… There is [a script]. There are all sorts of stuff and it just can’t – it’s just – there’s darkness out there that’s keeping it from happening… It’s that part of the story where it’s looking grim. It’s the dark period of the idea!
On turning down Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
They said, “You’ve got to do this,” And I said, “I read the script and I can’t. It’s called Speed, and it’s on a cruise ship.” I didn’t work at Fox for 15 years.
On why he turned down the opportunity to reprise his role as Jack Traven for Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
I didn’t get to be in that. Well, I decided not to be in that. I loved working with Jan de Bont and Sandra, of course. It was just a situation in life where I got the script, and I read the script, and I was like “ugh.” 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.
Words of wisdom
The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.
I do think there must be some kind of interaction between your living life and the life that goes on from here.
Letters are something from you. It’s a different kind of intention than writing an email.
Keanu Reeves on his legacy
[when asked if he had any fears], I used to have nightmares that they would put “He played Ted” on my tombstone.
I’m sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime.
What’s next for Keanu Reeves? Upcoming movies
Be sure to watch for Reeves in the upcoming new movies: Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020), The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) and John Wick 4 (2021).
— Claire Evans
Claire writes about pop culture, entertainment, and movies.
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