|Estimated value:||€300 million|
|Country of origin:||Lebanon|
|Source of Wealth:||actor|
Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor who made his first appearances in small theater and television productions before breaking into the motion picture business. In addition to his acting activities, he is also a musician and author. Privately he had to cope with several heavy blows of fate. In the industry he is considered a pleasant person who, despite his success, has remained very approachable and lives quite simply despite his high assets.
Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut. His father is of Hawaiian-Chinese descent. He has one sister and three half-sisters. After staying on different continents, the family first moved to New York and later to Canada. At school, he took acting classes and acting classes, cementing his desire to become an actor. He gained his first stage experience at the age of 8. Reeves dropped out of school at the age of 17 and initially kept his head above water with simple unskilled work until he got his first television and theater roles.
At first, Keanu Reeves played mostly Shakespeare plays at the Toronto City Theater. He had his first television and cinema appearances from 1979 in some low-budget productions. In 1989 he left Canada to try his luck in Hollywood. His breakthrough role was as a distracted teenager in Bill & Ted’s A Journey Through Time. He achieved world fame in 1994 as a police officer in the action film Speed. After that he received salaries in the millions, but could not completely convince film critics. However, this did not detract from his role offers. Thanks to the financial security, Reeves devoted himself again to his music projects as a bass player in a band and theater roles in his native Canada. In 1999, he became one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood, starring in the Matrix trilogy.
Reeves made his film debut in the 1986 film Dream To Believe. The resulting attention gave him access to international agencies and left Canada. His Hollywood breakthrough came in 1989 with the film Bill & Ted’s Madman’s Journey Through Time. In the previous years, he appeared in the films My Private Idaho (1991) and Bram Stroker’s Dracula (1992) before he was able to significantly increase his salary again in 1994 with Speed. He received the first of many MTV awards and various other honors for his role in Dangerous Breakers (1991).
Financially, he reached the top list of Hollywood actors with the trilogy Matrix 1999. For this, too, he received various awards, including for the best fight scenes. From 1996 Keanu Reeves also appeared as a musician with his band Dogstar, with whom he released four albums between 1996 and 2003. Reeves received his star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. In November 2008 he was awarded a Bambi for best international actor.
“Grief changes, but it’s never over.”
“You can get very far just by paying attention.”
“Money means nothing to me.”
“You have to change your life if you’re not happy with it.”
1. Keanu Reeves has English, Irish, Hawaiian and Portuguese roots.
2. His first name means “cold wind over the mountains” and comes from his Hawaiian great-great-uncle.
3. Reeve’s mother was a showgirl. His father a drug dealer.
4. He was a successful ice hockey player in his youth. His plans for a professional career were ruined by a sports accident.
5. The band Dogstar, in which he played bass, plays grunge rock.
6. Reeves wrote a book of sad poems. The “Ode to Happiness” was created as a joke after a photo of him allegedly looking lonely and sad became public.
7. Keanu Reeves is the father of a daughter who was stillborn in 2000. His girlfriend at the time, the child’s mother, died in a car accident just 15 months later.
|Estimated value:||€300 million|