Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Charles Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor, author, comic book writer, director, and musician. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Reeves grew up in Toronto. He began acting in theatre productions, and in television films before making his mainstream film debut in Youngblood (1986). He had a supporting role in Stephen Frears‘ Dangerous Liaisons (1988), with Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, Peter Capaldi, and Uma Thurman. He gained recognition in his breakthrough role as Ted “Theodore” Logan in the science fiction comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), with Alex Winter as Pill S. Preston, Esq. and George Carlin.

This was followed by a supporting role in Ron Howard‘s comedy Parenthood (1989), Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Joaquin Phoenix (credited Leaf), Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, and Dianne Wiest, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Point Break (1991), with stars Patrick Swayze, Lori Petty and Gary Busey, a sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991), and Gus Van Sant‘s independent drama My Own Private Idaho (1991), with River Phoenix, where playing a street hustler received critical praise for his performance. He had a supporting role in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins (which was nominated for four Academy Awards); and Much Ado About Nothing (1993), with Kenneth Branagh (who also directed), Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Kate Beckinsale, and Brian Blessed.

The action thriller Speed (1994), with Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels; in which Reeves was cast as a police officer, garnered critical and commercial success, and helped Reeves gain further recognition. He followed this with a series of films box office failures, including: Johnny Mnemonic (1995), with with Dolph Lundgren, Takeshi Kitano, Ice-T, and Dina Meyer; Chain Reaction (1996), with Morgan Freeman, Rachel Weisz, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn and Brian Cox; and The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997), with Thomas Jane, Adrien Brody, Gretchen Mol, and Claire Forlani. However, his performance in the supernatural horror The Devil’s Advocate (1997), with Al Pacino and Charlize Theron; was well received.

Global stardom followed soon after with his lead role as computer hacker Neo in The Wachowskis science fiction thriller The Matrix (1999), with Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. The film was a commercial success and won four Academy Awards, although its sequels, Reloaded and Revolutions (both in 2003) were met with a mixed reception.

Other notable films in the 2000s include The Replacements (2000), with Gene Hackman, Orlando Jones, Rhys Ifans, Jon Favreau, and Jack Warden; Sam Raimi‘s The Gift (2000), with Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, and J.K. Simmons; Hardball (2001), with Diane Lane and Michael B. Jordan (in one of his first roles); and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), with Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet, and Favreau.

Notable films in the mid 2000s include Constantine (2005), with Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Peter Stormare; Thumbsucker (2005), with Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kelli Garner, Benjamin Bratt, and Vince Vaughn. Richard Linklater‘s animated film A Scanner Darkly (2006), with Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Ryder; The Lake House (2006), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), with with Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Jon Hamm, and Kathy Bates; Street Kings (2008), with Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Common and The Game; Rebecca Miller‘s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009), with Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Maria Bello, Monica Bellucci, Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, and Ryder. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with Man of Tai Chi. Although he was praised for his direction, the film was a box-office bomb.

In 2014, Reeves played the titular assassin in the neo-noir action thriller John Wick, which was a commercial success and was generally well-received. He returned to the John Wick franchise in the commercially successful sequels, John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019).

He also starred in Knock Knock (2015) and narrated two documentaries, Deep Web (directed by Winter) and Mifune: The Last Samurai. 2016 saw Reeves star in five films, including The Neon Demon, The Bad Batch, and The Whole Truth. He also starred in a web television series Swedish Dicks. In 2019, Reeves voiced Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4 (2019). Besides acting, he played bass guitar for the band Dogstar and pursued other endeavours such as writing and philanthropy.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Letting Go (1985) – directed by Jack Bender – TV movie
  • One Step Away (1985) – directed by Robert Fortier – short
  • Youngblood (1986) – directed, co-produced, and co-written by Peter Markle
  • Act of Vengeance (1986) – directed by John Mackenzie – TV movie
  • Young Again (1986) – directed by Steven Hilliard Stone – TV movie
  • Flying (1986) – directed by Paul Lynch
  • The Brotherhood of Justice (1986) – directed by Charles Braverman – TV movie
  • River’s Edge (1986) – directed by Tim Hunter
  • Under the Influence (1986) – directed by Thomas Carter – TV movie
  • Babes in Toyland (1986) – directed by Clive Donner – TV movie
  • The Night Before (1988) – directed by Thom Eberhardt
  • Permanent Record (1988) – directed by Marisa Silver
  • The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988) – directed by Ron Nyswaner
  • Dangerous Liaisons (1988) – directed by Stephen Frears
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – directed by Stephen Herek
  • Life Under Water (1989) – directed by Jay Holman – TV movie
  • Parenthood (1989) – by Ron Howard
  • I Love You to Death (1990) – directed by Lawrence Kasdan
  • Tune in Tomorrow (1990) – directed by Jon Amiel
  • Point Break (1991) – directed by Kathryn Bigelow
  • Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) – directed by Peter Hewitt
  • My Own Private Idaho (1991) – directed by Gus Van Sant
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) – directed by Kenneth Branagh
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) – directed by Gus Van Sant
  • Freaked (1993) – directed by Tom Stern & Alex Winter – uncredited cameo
  • Little Buddha (1993) – directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Speed (1994) – directed by Jan de Bont
  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995) – directed by Robert Longo
  • A Walk in the Clouds (1995)* – directed by Alfonso Arau
  • Chain Reaction (1996) – directed by Andrew Davis
  • Feeling Minnesota (1996) – directed by Steven Baigelman
  • The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) – directed by Stephen T. Kay
  • The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – directed by Taylor Hackford
  • The Matrix (1999)** – directed by The Wachowskis
  • Me and Will (1999) – directed by Melissa Behr & Sherrie Rose – uncredited cameo as himself
  • The Replacements (2000)* – directed by Howard Deutch
  • The Watcher (2000) – directed by Joe Charbanic
  • The Gift (2000) – directed by Sam Raimi
  • Sweet November (2001) – directed by Pat O’Connor
  • Hardball (2001) – directed by Brian Robbins
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – directed by The Wachowskis
  • The Animatrix (2003) – directed by Kōji Morimoto, Shinichiro Watanabe, Mahiro Maeda, Peter Chung, Andy Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, & Takeshi Koike – anthology
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)* – directed by The Wachowskis
  • Something’s Gotta Give (2003)* – directed by Nancy Meyers
  • Constantine (2005) – directed by Francis Lawrence
  • Thumbsucker (2005) – directed by Mike Mills
  • Ellie Parker (2005) – directed by Scott Coffey
  • A Scanner Darkly (2006) – directed by Richard Linklater
  • The Lake House (2006) – directed by Alejandro Agresti
  • The Great Warming (2006) – directed by Michael Taylor – narrator – documentary
  • Street Kings (2008) – directed by David Ayer
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) – directed by Scott Derrickson
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) – directed by Rebecca Miller
  • Henry’s Crime (2010) – directed by Malcolm Venville
  • Side by Side (2012) – directed by Christopher Kenneally – also producer – documentary
  • Generation Um… (2012) – directed by Mark L Mann
  • Man of Tai Chi (2013) – also director
  • 47 Ronin (2013)* – directed by Carl Rinsch
  • John Wick (2014) – directed by Chad Stahelski
  • Knock Knock (2015) – directed by Eli Roth – also executive producer
  • Deep Web (2015) – directed by Alex Winter – narrator – documentary
  • Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015) – directed by Steven Okazaki – narrator – documentary
  • Exposed (2016) – directed by Gee Malik Linton (credited as Declan Dale) – also producer
  • Keanu (2016)* – directed by Peter Atencio – voice cameo
  • The Neon Demon (2016) – directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
  • The Bad Batch (2016) – directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
  • The Whole Truth (2016) – directed by Courtney Hunt
  • To the Bone (2017) – directed by Marti Noxon
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)* – directed by Chad Stahelski
  • A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2017) – directed by Judy Greer – cameo
  • SPF-18 (2017) – directed by Alex Israel – cameo as himself
  • Siberia (2018) – directed by Matthew Ross – also producer
  • Destination Wedding (2018) – directed by Victor Levin
  • Replicas (2018) – directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff – also producer
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)* – directed by Chad Stahelski
  • Always Be My Maybe (2019) – directed by Nahnatchka Khan
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)* – directed by Josh Cooley
  • Already Gone (2019) – directed by Christopher Kenneally – executive producer only
  • Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) – directed by Scott Aukerman – cameo as himself
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) – directed by Tim Hill
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)* – directed by Dean Parisot
  • Matrix 4 (2022) – directed by Lana Wachowski