Canadian actor, producer, and musician, Keanu Reeves is a Hollywood heartthrob and success story. While he is most well known for his work in the Matrix trilogy, Reeves’ is a well versed actor staring in comedy, drama, and theater work. His acting credits are long and impressive, making him a seasoned member of Hollywood. However what is little known about the private actor is that his rise to success and fame was ridden with tragedy. What makes his story special is his undying strength and ability to push through loss, tragedy and hardships to make his own success.
He had a difficult childhood
The set backs in Reeves’ life started early with the of his relationship with his father. At the young age of three his parents Patricia Tyler, and Samuel Reeves divorced, leaving Reeves’ with his mother living in New York and Toronto. Though the father and son tried to keep in contact, the relationship eventually fell apart leaving him to grow up without his dad.
While moving around with his mother frequently, Reeves’ attended four different high schools and struggled with dyslexia. School was challenging for the teenager at the time and he eventually dropped out.
He’s surrounded by death
Not letting his struggles and father dictate his future, he went on to pursue a career in acting. His first acting gig was a supporting role in the hockey flick Young Blood. He went on to star in Rivers Edge, Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure.
While filming I Love You To Death in 1990 Reeves’ met River Phoenix and the pair became close friends. They went on to star in the controversial My Own Private Idaho together, however in 1993 Phoenix died of drug overdose at the age of 23. Losing a close friend is hard and emotionally tolling on a person, and unfortunately this was not the last time he would face death in his life.
In 1998, Reeves’ met and fell in love with Jennifer Syme and by 1999 the couple were pregnant with their first child. But the loss in his life continued when at eight months pregnant their child was still born. The loss of the child was heartbreaking and eventually lead to the break down of the couple relationship. 18 months after the pair broke up, Syme died in a car accident.
He’s dealt with cancer
After these two tragic losses Reeves’ went on to film the two final Matrix sequels and star in another 32 features. During this time his sister Kim fell ill due to her battle with leukemia. Reeves’ stayed by her side during her sickness and came to create his own cancer charity, while also donating to Sick Kids foundation and Stand up to Cancer.
But through it all Reeves’ has preserved
Despite the amount of loss and hardships in his life, Reeves’ has persevered. While he has become a hugely success actor through all of the tragedy he has also become a kind and down to earth person. Reeves’ is currently worth an estimated 350 million dollars and one would imagine he would have an ego bigger than his fortune. But he rides the subway, gives up his seat to those who need it, and donates to charities regularly.
Reeves’ story of success through pain is inspiring. He worked through the loss of a father, friend, lover, and daughter to become a successful actor and great person. It shows the world that although tragedy is a part of life, we can overcome it and move forward to great opportunities and success.
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