1. His first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian.
Keanu’s father was born in Hawaii, of British, Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and Chinese ancestry.
2. Reeves attended four high schools in a span of five years and even got expelled once.
When asked about the expulsion, he said: “I was just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often. I was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school. I was just getting in their way, I guess.”
3. He played ice hockey in school.
He played goalie and earned himself the nickname of “the wall”.
4. As a child he had a terrifying ghost encounter.
“I remember just staring at this suit which had no body or legs in it as it came into the room before disappearing. It was a double-breasted suit in white and I looked at my nanny, who was just as shocked as me. I just couldn’t get back to sleep afterwards.”
5. He drove all the way to Hollywood in his 1969 Volvo.
He lived with his ex-stepfather, Paul Aaron, who was a stage and television director.
6. In 1995 his band Dogstar opened for Bon Jovi in Australia.
He played the bass, and in 1999 the band even played at Glastonbury music festival, and music has remained a big part of his life. He went on to play in a band called Becky for a year in the early 2000’s.
7. He turned down a huge paycheck for Speed 2: Cruise Control.
He did this so he could instead tour with his band and appear in a production of Hamlet.
8. In December 1999, Reeves’s girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, gave birth to a stillborn daughter.
Ava Archer Syme-Reeves was born prematurely after an eight-month pregnancy. Only eighteen months later, Jennifer Syme died in an automobile accident.
9. Reeves was paid $10 million upfront to film the first Matrix.
He ended up earning $35 million once the film became the huge hit that it is today.
10. He reportedly gave $80 million of his $114 million earnings for his work on The Matrix sequels to the special effects and makeup staff.
He also gave each member of The Matrix‘s stuntman team a Harley Davidson motorbike as a gift.
11. Reeves is a huge fan of motorcycles himself.
He has recently started manufacturing his own bikes, Arch Motorcycle Company.
12. He also loves ballroom dancing.
And we bet he’s great at it, too!
13. Keanu has read all of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past.
The work is 1,500,000 words long and about 7 volumes. It’s most famously known to be about 3,000 pages long.
14. Keanu’s set up a private cancer foundation to help a number of children’s hospitals.
When his sister, Kim, was diagnosed with leukaemia, he became her main caregiver and has spent $5 million on her treatment. On top of that he supports PETA, the SickKids Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.
15. He is an avid watcher of the Olympics.
‘You know, I don’t have a favorite TV show, but I do know that I love watching The Olympics. Whenever the Olympics are on, I just love watching them, the moments that you get these incredible athletes dedicating so much of their lives to the moments that happen in the Olympics, and it is great to be able to witness that.’
16. Reeves has claimed to be non-religious, but shows a lot of interest in Buddhism.
In September 2013, when asked if he was a spiritual person, he replied with: “I don’t know? I don’t know the spiritual Richter-scale measurement! That’s a weird answer, isn’t it? I don’t know. Do I believe in God, faith, inner faith, the self, passion, and things? Yes, of course! I’m very spiritual … Supremely spiritual … Bountifully spiritual … Supremely bountiful.” Then laughed.
17. He’s had some close encounters with stalkers.
On September 12, 2014, Reeves was awakened by the sound of somebody in his home. When he found a female stalker in his library, she said that she was there to meet him. While he calmly talked to her, he called 911 and alerted the police. They arrived, arrested her and took her in for psychological evaluation.
On September 15, 2014, a second female stalker got into his home through a gate that was left unlocked by a cleaning company. This intruder undressed and took a shower in Reeves’s bathroom and then swam naked in his swimming pool. The cleaning crew became suspicious and alerted Reeves who was not at home. He then notified the police who arrived to arrest the stalker.
18. And, as we all suspect, he is immortal.
Fans have pointed out how closely the star resembles Paul Mounet, a French actor born in 1847, and how remarkably youthful the actor looks for 50.