Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor who was born to Patricia Taylor and Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr on September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr is an American of Hawaiian, Chinese, English, Irish, and Portuguese descent and Patricia Taylor who is Keanu Reeves’ mother is a costume designer and performer.
Patricia Taylor was working in Beirut when she met Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr but later on he abandoned her and the entire family when Keanu Reeves was only three years old. After the separation , Keanu Reeves relocated to Sydney and then to New York City.
She divorced a Broadway and Hollywood director, Paul Aaron in 1971 even though they had just married in 1970. In all, Keanu Reeves has three sisters; Kim and Karina from his mother and Emma who was given birth to by his father and another woman.
At the age of 9, Keanu Reeves took part in the theatre production of Damn Yankees and whilst nurturing his love for acting, his stepfather, Paul Aaron recommended him to a job at Hedgerow Theater in Paul Aaron.
Keanu Reeves had a checkered educational journey as he attended four different high schools and got sacked. He had dyslexia and as such he had a challenge in reading. Even though he was a good ice hockey goalkeeper and wanted to become a professional in that field, he opted to be an actor when he turned 15.
He enrolled at Avondale Secondary Alternative School which allowed him to combine school work and acting but at age 17, Keanu Reeves dropped out of High School.
Determined to realize his dream as an actor, Keanu Reeves started acting in television films and theatre productions and eventually had his debut appearance in a feature film entitled Youngblood in 1986.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in 1989 offered him his breakthrough and he was subsequently recognized for his role in Own Private Idaho. Keanu Reeves’ career as an actor went a notch higher when he landed leading roles in Point Break(1991) and Speed(1994). As a matter of emphasis, Keanu Reeves has been deeply involved in several films over a long period of time.
Keanu Reeves Wife
Keanu Reeves is currently not married. However , he is in a serious relationship with Alexandra Grant and they have been dating since 2019. Alexandra Grant was born on April 4, 1973 in Ohio and she is an American visual artist.
She is based in Los Angeles and as a visual artist, she uses painting, drawing, sculpture, video as well as other media to examine language and other written texts.
Alexandra Grant’s father was a Scottish geology professor and her mother was an American political science professor, diplomat and an educational administrator who was mainly based in the Middle East and Africa.
Alexandra Grant graduated from Swarthmore College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Studio Art. She continued her education at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting. Alexandra Grant has a height of 1.84m and weighs 66kg.
Some of the honors and awards to her credit include the following :
2011: California Community Foundation, Fellowship for Visual Artists, FVA fellow – Mid-Career Artist Grant
2013:18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica, CA), Residency
2015:Benis Centre for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), Residency
2015:City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, COLA 2015, Individual Artists Fellowship
2018: SOMA (Mexico City, Mexico), Residency
2019:Vermont Studio Center, (Johnson, VT), Visiting artist