Keanu Reeves turns 58: Hollywood’s beloved man who manages to go viral for his good manners and generosity

Keanu Reeves at the premiere The Matrix Resurrections 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

While many Hollywood stars are left with being rich and famous, Keanu Reeves likes to earn a reputation as a good person. His actions are confirmed each year with gestures towards the production teams of the films he works on, as well as with strangers who appear on the road, who do not give credit.

He recently made the news because he attended a wedding of a stranger who had invited him minutes before in a hotel bar in Northamptonshire, England.where he was staying. Girlfriend Nikki Roadnight told Newsweek magazine: “My husband saw him in the bar area and told him he was just married and invited Keanu to come say hi and have a drink with us if he wanted.” And Reeves, she accepted. He said he’d come by later. At the time, in the middle of the party, Reeves shows up in a suit and shirt, as he had promised, to toast the bride and groom. And take photos with them and the guests who wanted it. No one could believe it since the most common thing is that celebrities do not talk to their audience and escape from the photos, while Keanu is from another galaxy. Nikki, who now has the Matrix star on her wedding album, said: “Keanu coming to say hello was out of this world.”

Keanu, the day he went to the wedding invited by strangers in a hotel in the United Kingdom where he was staying, who could not believe that he appeared (@MrsNRoadnight)
Keanu, the day he went to the wedding invited by strangers in a hotel in the United Kingdom where he was staying, who could not believe that he appeared (@MrsNRoadnight)

Last year he went viral for gifting the entire John Wick movie stunt crew with personalized Swiss brand watches worth $7,700 each. The specialist in acrobatics and martial arts, Jeremy Marinas, published that evening in which everyone put on their watches and posed so that their linked arms could be seen, including that of the star. He also showed the legend that he had engraved on the back of the watches, with the name of each one and a thank you: “Thank you … Keanu … JW4 2021 ″.

This attitude of the actor does not have commercial objectives, nor is it about personal marketing. Many already recognize him for his human quality. A fan from Louisiana took advantage of the fact that he was filming Bill and Ted face the music close to her house, on the same street, so that he would know what she thought of him. She resorted to quoting a phrase that another fan had yelled at her at a press conference. And he hung it on a sign in his garden in case it happened. The phrase said: “You are impressive”. One of the members of that family recounted on Twitter after placing the sign that “some cars stopped but then another car stopped, and there he was! “In fact, he stopped. My heaven!” he exclaimed. On the way to the set, he did it again. In addition, he left his signature on the poster and took photos, that is, what he is used to by those who walk around greeting him.

You are impressive, they told him.  And keanu got out of the car to say hello
You are impressive, they told him. And keanu got out of the car to say hello

Rarely does an actor manage to dazzle with his personal qualities over and above his acting talent, which he was able to demonstrate in his successful films such as Punto limit, the Matrix trilogy, The Lake House and John Wick, and many more that oscillate between mass cinema and cinema. indie. His photos flood social networks, sometimes in the form of memes, because photographers surprise him sitting alone on a bench looking at nothing, or running in the rain and the images soon go viral, always from affection. Surely today many will wish him congratulations on networks since he turns 58 today.

When Keanu Reeves makes donations, he does not spread it, even if everything comes to light later. Of what he earned with Matrix, from 1999, a total of 45 million dollars, 70% was allocated for leukemia research, a disease against which his sister Kimberly fought, whom he accompanied and held in the hospital . “My brother is my prince,” she said.

Keanu Reeves alongside Patrick Swayze in Breakpoint, an adrenaline-charged 90s classic
Keanu Reeves alongside Patrick Swayze in Breakpoint, an adrenaline-charged 90s classic

Without saying a word to the media or on networks, he created a non-profit foundation, which, like everything, is finally discovered. In 2009 she explained why she didn’t say anything: “I have a private foundation that’s been around for five or six years, and it helps a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research. I don’t like to put my name on it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”

Simply, from humility, he gives an example that there are other ways of relating to the world as an actor, without the need for talent or money to be linked to vanity. Many of his attitudes may be associated with a life marked by resilience. A childhood with a harmful and absent father, the successive loss of loved ones, such as that of his dear friend River Phoenix, who died of an overdose at the age of 23. And the daughter who was born prematurely did not survive. After such sadness, he also carried the coffin of his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Sime, the baby’s mother, from whom he had finally separated and they had remained as friends. She was returning from a party at Marilyn Manson’s house and crashed her truck into parked cars. The impact was deadly. The young woman was only 28 years old.

Keanu Reeves grew up in Canada, but was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 2, 1964. His name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian.. His mother Patricia Taylor is English, from Essex. And his father, Samuel Reeves, was the one who gave him that torn look that defines him: a Hawaiian with Chinese, Hawaiian, English, Irish, English and Portuguese ancestry.

Keanu Reeves and his mother Patricia Taylor on the red carpet at the Oscars in 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Keanu Reeves and his mother Patricia Taylor on the red carpet at the Oscars in 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The actor grew up without his father. He was two years old when his father left the family. He got to know him when he was six, however, when he appeared it was preferable that he not be there, because he exerted violence on his mother and on him with humiliations. Samuel Reeves was imprisoned for dealing drugs. His item was heroin at Hilo International Airport. From his childhood, the actor recalled having been in contact with Chinese culture, with his art, meals thanks to his Hawaiian Chinese grandmother. Of his mother, he remembered teaching good english manners.

The last time he saw his father, it was when he was 13. Then his mother walked into a string of failed marriagesthat did not lead to anything, that forced the actor to move and change schools and friends. With an aggravated situation, his difficulties in socializing, since he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Reeves did not have good grades and believed himself to be unintelligent. Is that in five years, he attended four high schools. At the Etobicoke School of the Arts he was expelled. He said “generally the best oiled machine in the school.” It is hard to imagine that an Asperger boy can adapt to so many changes. The result was that he was unable to complete high school.

After her parents’ divorce in 1966, her mother became a costume designer and the first destination they moved to was Sydney, Australia, and the next, New York. Later, Patricia began a relationship with Paul Aaron, a Broadway and Hollywood director, whom she married in 1970 with whom she moved to Toronto. They didn’t last more than a year married. Her next husband was a rock music promoter, Robert Miller, and her last, hairdresser Jack Bond. With Paul Aaron she had her first exposure to the film industry working as an assistant on films.

Keanu and his girlfriend Alexandra walking the streets of New York.  Photo © 2022 Splash News/The Grosby Group
Keanu and his girlfriend Alexandra walking the streets of New York. Photo © 2022 Splash News/The Grosby Group

If his first decades of life were unstable, today Reeves has a happy present with a woman who makes him smile in her company. She is about the artist Alexandra Grant, with whom he walks through the streets of New York to the delight of the paparazzi who show how in love she is. Two years ago they made the relationship official. It is believed that they have been together for many years. But since Keanu does not attend social events like a good Asperger, little is known about his love life. Discretion is another of his great qualities.

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