Keanu Reeves is one of the most famous action stars today. He has fame, fortune and respect in Hollywood. Many upcoming actors aspire to achieve thesuccess that he’s attained. His IMDB profile has 97 credits and he is one of the richest actors today. However, only a few know of the tragedy that he has survived in his life.
His father’s exit
When Keanu was only 3 years old, his father left their family. Keanu was born in Beirut, Lebanon. His mom was a showgirl named Patricia Taylor while his father was a geologist known as Samuel Reeves. When young Keanu was 3, his dad left them. Since she was a single mom, Patricia moved a lot. She raised Keanu in Australia, Hawaii, Canada and New York. By the time he dropped out at 17, Keanu had attended 4 different high schools. He also suffered from dyslexia so learning was very difficult.
The late River Phoenix was Keanu’s closes friend
One of the most gifted actors of the modern age is the late River Phoenix. In films such as River’s Edge and Stand By Me, he gave widely acclaimed performances. Keanu met Phoenix on the film set of I Love You to Death. Their friendship grew and flourished.
Later on, Keanu saw the script for a film titled My Own Private Idaho. Immediately, he knew that Phoenix would be perfect for the lead role. He got on his motorcycle and rode for more than 1,000 miles to deliver the script personally to Phoenix. During the filming of this movie, Phoenix developed a drug addiction that eventually proved fatal.
Daughter and girlfriend gone
5 years after Phoenix’ death, Keanu met Jennifer Syme. This was in 1998 and she was David Lynch’s assistant. They connected immediately and their first child came along a year later. As Reeves was filming The Matrix, his daughter was born on December 24, 1999. Unfortunately, she was stillborn. The grief strained his relationship with Jennifer and they broke up some weeks later.
One and a half years later, Jennifer was traveling back home after a party at Marilyn Manson’s home. She got involved in a car accident which claimed her life. She died at the age of 28 on April 2, 2001.
In a 2006 interview, Reeves indicated that the deaths of his girlfriend and daughter make him avoid serious relationships and fatherhood.
He isn’t bitter
Despite having gone through hell, Keanu hasn’t become bitter. As a matter of fact, he is more empathetic and compassionate for the world around him. In his latest movie John Wick, he plays an assassin whose motivation is the death of his wife and dog. By channeling his experiences, he gave a stellar performance.