Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves


He has worked under major directors, such as Stephen Frears (in the 1988 period drama Dangerous Liaisons); Gus Van Sant (in the 1991 independent film My Own Private Idaho); and Bernardo Bertolucci (in the 1993 film Little Buddha). Referring to his 1991 film releases, The New York Times’ critic, Janet Maslin, praised Reeves’ versatility, saying that he “displays considerable discipline and range. His mother was English and his father was a Hawaiian-born American of English, Irish, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese descent. There she met and married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director.
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His performance in the title role in a Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet was praised by Roger Lewis, the Sunday Times, who declared Reeves “. one of the top three Hamlets I have seen, for a simple reason: he is Hamlet.” On January 31, 2005, Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), a costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist. His mother was English and his father was a Hawaiian-born American of English, Irish, Portuguese, Hawaiian, and Chinese descent. Reeves’ father worked as an unskilled laborer and earned his GED while imprisoned in Hawaii for selling heroin at Hilo International Airport. After his parents divorced in 1966, his mother became a costume designer and moved the family to Sydney, Australia and then to New York City. There she met and married Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director. After leaving De La Salle College, he attended an anarchistic free school (Avondale Alternative), which allowed him to obtain an education while working as an actor; he later dropped out, never obtaining his high school diploma.
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves


Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of Patricia Bond (née Taylor), a costume designer/performer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., a geologist. His mother was English and his father was a Hawaiian-born American of English, Irish, Portuguese, Hawaiian, and Chinese descent. The couple moved to Toronto; they divorced in 1971. Reeves’ mother married Robert Miller, a rock promoter, in 1976; the couple divorced in 1980. She subsequently married her fourth husband, Jack Bond, a hairdresser, a marriage that broke up in 1994. Reeves began his acting career at the age of nine, appearing in a theatre production of Damn Yankees. Reeves made his screen acting debut in a CBC Television comedy series entitled Hangin’ In. Throughout the early 1980s, he appeared in commercials (including one for Coca-Cola), short films including the NFB drama One Step Away and stage work such as Brad Fraser’s cult hit Wolfboy in Toronto.

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