From playing a dazed and confused teenager to portraying a reality-bending action hero, Keanu Reeves has been entertaining his legions of fans around the world with his movies as well as his memes. Take a look at some major milestones from the star’s life and career so far.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon on Sept. 2, 1964, Keanu Charles Reeves’s dad is of Chinese-Hawaiian origin and a geologist by profession while his mother was a performer as well as a costume designer. His first name is Hawaiian for “cool breeze over the mountains.”
After his parent’s separation, Reeves moved with his mom and sister to New York City, New York, U.S., and then Toronto, Canada, where he developed a love for hockey. However, he soon dropped the sport and turned to acting, making his debut on Canadian TV series “Hangin’ In” in 1984 and on the big screen in the movie “One Step Away” a year later.
Reeves’ foray into Hollywood began with minor roles in star-studded films such as “Youngblood” (1986) and “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988).
In 1989, he co-starred with Alex Winter (2nd R) in the rib-tickling time-traveling comedy, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” Immensely popular, the movie spawned a franchise which saw an animated TV series as well as a live-action one, a sequel in 1991, video games and comic books. On popular demand, a third installment of the series is under planning, titled “Bill & Ted Face the Music” (2020).
Despite facing harsh criticism on his deadpan delivery and limited acting skills, Reeves went on to star in a wide range of movie genres, ranging from engaging drama such as “My Own Private Idaho” (1991), “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992) and “A Walk in the Clouds” (1995) to breakneck action thrillers such as “Point Break” (1991), “Speed” (1994) and “Chain Reaction” (1996).
(Pictured) With Sandra Bullock in a still from “Speed.”
Between 1999 and 2003, Reeves starred in a groundbreaking sci-fi action trilogy – the “Matrix” series –wherein he plays a hacker who saves the humanity with his super heroic abilities and powers. The immensely popular franchise not only changed the way the world perceived CGI-heavy action flicks, but immortalized his character, Neo, as one of the most popular action heroes of all time.
In 1998, he got married to Jennifer Syme, a celebrity personal assistant by profession. The following year, she gave birth to a stillborn daughter, Ava. The incident put heavy strain on their marriage and the couple separated soon after. In April 2001, Syme was killed in a car accident. In a 2006 interview with Parade magazine, Reeves commented, “Grief changes shape, but it never ends… People have a misconception that you can deal with it and say, ‘It’s gone, and I’m better.’ They’re wrong. When the people you love are gone, you’re alone.”
Throughout the 2000s, Reeves continued experimenting with his selection of films. In 2003, he starred in the Jack Nicholson-Diane Keaton romance drama, “Something’s Gotta Give.” In 2005, he portrayed one of DC Comics’ darkest superheroes in “Constantine.” In 2006, he followed it up with the dystopian animated thriller, “A Scanner Darkly” (pictured) and the fantastical romance, “The Lake House.” In 2008, he played a mysterious alien visitor in the remake of the 1951-classic, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”
In early 2010s, Reeves became an internet phenomenon. A photo of his surfaced on the net sitting on a park bench and eating alone, seemingly looked sad. The image soon went viral, over blogs and news sites, giving birth to the “Sad Keanu” memes. A Facebook fan page even declared June 15 as the unofficial “Cheer Up Keanu Day.”
In 2013, he donned the director’s hat as he worked on the action drama, “Man of Tai Chi.” The movie was appreciated by fans and critics alike for remaining loyal to the classic treatment of martial arts films.
In 2014, he rebooted his action hero image with the surprise hit, “John Wick.” Playing a troubled hitman out for revenge over his dog’s murder, the film led to two sequels in 2017 and 2019 and tasted immense commercial success on a global scale.
While shooting for “Destination Wedding” (2018), Reeves discovered that he might be legally married to co-star Winona Ryder. Ryder clarified later that while they were filming a wedding scene for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992), a real Romanian priest was called in to conduct a full ceremony.
In 2019, he played a weird, evil version of himself in the Netflix rom com, “Always Be My Maybe,” garnering immense appreciation from fans for the hilarious portrayal.
(Pictured) With co-star Ali Wong.
Apart from acting, Reeves dabbled in different form of arts from time to time. As a bassist, he played in the bands Dogstar and Becky. In 2011, he wrote for a “grown-up picture book” titled “Ode to Happiness.” An avid motorcycle enthusiast, he teamed up with designer Gard Hollinger (R) to form Arch Motorcycle Company in the same year.
His latest silver screen venture was “Toy Story 4” (2019), where he played stuntman toy Duke Caboom. His upcoming projects include films such as “John Wick: Chapter 4,” “Rain,” “Rally Car” and “The Matrix 4.” He would also be a part of the much-awaited video game “Cyberpunk 2077” (2020), where he would portray the series’ most polarizing character, Johnny Silverhand.
(Pictured) A screenshot of “Cyberpunk 2077” during the announcement of the game at E3 2019.
Keanu Reeves has been dating girlfriend Alexandra Grant “for years”, according to her actress pal Jennifer Tilly.
The couple made its red carpet debut in November, prompting bloggers to suggest the actor had found love with the visual artist, but it seems the pair has been an item for a long time.
“I remember a couple years ago, about a year and a half ago, she (Alexandra) said, ‘Keanu Reeves is my boyfriend’, and I’m like, ‘Wait. What…?'” Tilly told Page Six. “She was so cool, I thought she was a lesbian.
“It’s really astonishing to me how, in the last five months, all of a sudden, she goes to an event with him and everybody goes insane, like, ‘It’s his new girlfriend’, because she had gone to a lot of events with him. It’s just suddenly surfaced that he’s been dating her for several years.”
And Tilly insisted they are perfect for one another.
“I saw him at her last art opening, and he’s not, like, wanting the spotlight, because he’s a really low-key guy, too, and I think why everybody went crazy is that they’re sort of the perfect couple,” the 61-year-old gushed. “I think everybody wishes that they had something like that. It’s not a razzle, dazzle Hollywood romance.”
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Lady Gaga and Michael Polansky
The pop star made her relationship with the businessman official on Instagram on Feb. 3 with a photo of them cuddling on a yacht. “We had so much fun in Miami. Love to all my little monsters and fans, you’re the best! ❤️,” she wrote. The couple reportedly started dating in December 2019.
Sienna Miller and Lucas Zwirner
The actress is engaged to her boyfriend after one year of dating, Us Weekly reported on Feb. 3. “They’re so in love. Her daughter [Marlowe] has a nice and close relationship with Lucas too. They’re excited for this new chapter,” a source told the publication. The couple was first spotted together in December 2018 while attending Miller’s ex-fiance Tom Sturridge’s birthday party. Miller and Zwirner reportedly began dating a month later and were spotted together in New York City, New York U.S.
Ariana Grande and Mikey Foster
The pop star and the musician are reportedly dating. According to People magazine, the couple was seen together at Disneyland in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Feb. 1.“ They are dating and have been since [around] June,” a source told Us Weekly. The couple first sparked dating rumors in August 2019 after the release of their collaborative music video “Boyfriend.”
Avril Lavigne and Pete Jonas
The singer was spotted with Jonas, a musician, at Clive Davis and the Recording Academy’s pre-Grammys gala in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Jan. 25. According to E!News, they “were seen holding hands and cuddling” at the event. Lavigne and Jonas were first spotted out together in November. The two are yet to confirm the status of their relationship.
Channing Tatum and Jessie J
After a brief split, the “Magic Mike” actor and the British singer are back together, reported E! News on Jan. 22. An insider told the publication: “They took a few weeks apart but ultimately decided they really care about each other… Jessie has been staying at Channing’s house this past week. They are super giddy around each other.” The couple parted ways in December 2019 after dating for over a year.
Amber Heard and Bianca Butti
The “Aquaman” actress (L) and cinematographer Butti were spotted kissing during a trip to Palm Springs, California, U.S., on Jan. 14. They were also seen holding hands while arriving at the 2020 Women’s March in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Jan. 18. According to Just Jared, it is not yet confirmed how long the duo have been dating.
Anna Faris and Michael Barrett
Allison Janney confirmed rumors that her “Mom” co-star Faris is engaged to the cinematographer. Speaking with Us Weekly at the “Troop Zero” premiere in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Jan. 13, Janney revealed: “I know she’s been engaged for a long time. I kept it very quiet, I’ll have you know! So, I celebrated with them a long time ago.” Faris first sparked engagement rumors in November 2019 when she was seen with a diamond ring on her left hand. The couple reportedly first met while filming the movie “Overboard” (2018).
Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz
Beckham, a budding photographer and the son of David and Victoria Beckham, and the “Transformers: Age of Extinction” actress made their relationship “official” on Instagram with a series of pictures from their travel, including a New Year’s kiss photo. The pictures were uploaded by Beckham and Peltz on their respective Instagram accounts on Jan. 12. “i (sic) wanna travel everywhere with u 💛,” Peltz captioned the photos. The two were first spotted together in October 2019 during Halloween.
Liam Hemsworth and Gabriella Brooks
The “Independence Day: Resurgence” actor and the model were spotted kissing on Australia’s Byron Beach, in photos published by local magazine New Idea on Jan. 12. The two first sparked romance rumors in December last year, when they were photographed eating lunch with his parents. “Liam feels comfortable with Gabriella,” a source told Us Weekly.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik
The singer and the supermodel were pictured walking together arm-in-arm in New York City, New York, U.S., on Jan. 11. Quoting a source, E! News reported that Hadid and Malik, who broke up in January 2019, came back together in December. “Zayn has been reaching out to Gigi for the last month, and she is giving him another chance,” the source told E! News. The couple has been in an on and off relationship since 2015.
Ariel Winter and Luke Benward
The “Modern Family” actress and the “Dumplin’” actor have been dating each other since December 2019, reported Us Weekly on Jan. 6. “Ariel is really happy with Luke and thinks he is a great match for her. She loves his energy and charisma and feels very comfortable around him. Ariel is trying to keep her relationship with Luke somewhat private and isn’t telling a ton of people that they’re dating, but they are,” a source told Us Weekly. The couple was reportedly spotted together at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party on Jan. 5.
Bill Hader and Rachel Bilson
The “Barry” actor and “The O.C.” actress confirmed their relationship by making their red carpet debut at the 77th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Jan. 5. The pair held hands and posed together as they arrived for the awards ceremony. The couple was first rumored to be dating in late 2019, when they were spotted together in a restaurant in Los Angeles, California.
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev
The former WWE star and the Russian dancer are engaged after almost a year of dating. Bella made the announcement on Instagram on Jan. 3 alongside a photo in which she is seen kissing Chigvintsev and wrote: “Excited for 2020 and the next decade with you @theartemc ❤️ I said yes in France in November! We have been trying to keep it a secret but really wanted to share our excitement for the New Year!”
Peter Facinelli and Lily Anne Harrison
The “Twilight” actor got engaged to his actress-writer girlfriend over the holidays. “Peter and Lily got engaged over the holiday during a romantic getaway to Mexico. Both are beyond elated and are very much looking forward to all that the New Year will bring,” Facinelli’s representative told Us Weekly in a statement on Jan. 2. Facinelli proposed to Harrison during a romantic beach side dinner at the Estrella del Mar Beach and Golf Resort. The couple began dating in September 2016.
Wilmer Valderrama and Amanda Pacheco
The “That ’70s Show” star and his girlfriend Pacheco got engaged on New Year’s Day. Valderrama shared the photo of the proposal on Instagram, captioning it, “‘It’s just us now’ 01-01-2020.” The couple were first linked to each other in April 2019, after being spotted together in Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Kathy Griffin and Randy Bick
The comedian married her longtime boyfriend on Jan. 1. The wedding was officiated by actress Lily Tomlin. Griffin shared the news on Twitter with a video from the ceremony and wrote: “The entire ceremony was just under 14 minutes but I have to give you guys the uncut first 75 seconds. LOVE IT! We promised you atypical. We are in love and we cannot stop laughing. Thank you @LilyTomlin and Jane Wagner!#HappyNewYear.” Griffin began dating the marketing executive in 2011.
Alex Pettyfer and Toni Garrn
The “Magic Mike” star got engaged to his model girlfriend on Christmas Eve but waited till New Year’s Eve to reveal the news to their fans. On Dec. 31, 2019, Pettyfer posted a video on Instagram of him and Garrn kissing, alongside a caption that read: “Some people marry their best friend … Some people marry their soulmate … I got both.” Garrn also posted an Instagram story with her fiancé with the caption, “I still can’t believe it. … Onto 2020 as a wifey.”