Uplifting And Tragically Touching Life Of Keanu Reeves Revealed
Keanu Reeves would seem to represent the epitome of success, reflected in a film career going back nearly three decades. Already having appeared in the 1994 blockbuster “Speed,” which established him as an action star, Reeves would later be cast in an even bigger hit, “The Matrix.” Considered revolutionary for its special effects, the 1999 film would eventually generate revenues of nearly half a billion dollars. Now 50, Reeves should be basking in his career, marked by these and other success stories. Unfortunately, an actor’s screen persona often differs greatly from his personal life, which in the case of Reeves has been marked by tragedy.
His first tragedy came at the age of 3, when his father left the family. Although he and his father would continue to communicate, their ties would soon become completely severed. Suffering from the learning disorder dyslexia, the young Reeves would attend four different high schools before dropping out, never having received a diploma.
Reeves still in his 20s when fellow actor and close friend River Phoenix died of a drug overdose, and would over the years continue to mourn the loss of someone he considered “a remarkable person and actor.” He would experience another loss when his girlfriend, actress Jennifer Syme, suffered a miscarriage only a month before she was to have given birth to the couple’s child. The couple later separated, and Syme was subsequently killed in a traffic accident. “Grief changes shape, but it never ends,” said Reeves in a 2006 interview.
Despite these tragedies, Reeves continues to thrive on his career, which has made him wealthy. His hits include “The Devil’s Advocate” and “The Replacements,” and in both he agreed to accept a reduction in his own pay so to accommodate famed actors Al Pacino and Gene Hackman into their respective casts. Reeves has shown to be charitable in other ways, giving more than half of his $114 million earnings from “The Matrix” and its sequels to production personnel who worked in the areas of makeup and special effects. In another case, Reeves presented a $20,000 bonus to a set builder who was having family problems.
Overcoming his earlier educational difficulties, Reeves is now an avoid reader. However, his personal efforts seem pale compared to the reputation Reeves has earned for his other qualities. Considered by some as “the nicest person in Hollywood,” Reeves can also be labeled as down to earth. In fact, he can often be seen riding the subway, which is not exactly the normal behavior of someone who is believed to be worth around $100 million.