The Tragically Heartbreaking and Uplifting Life of Keanu Reeves Revealed

Ironically, as the career of Keanu Reeves was blasting-off—by way of The Matrix, which grossed over $463 million at the box office alone—many aspects of his personal life were grounded. Now a member of the 50-and-older club, it’s been decades upon decades since Keanu’s father walked out on him at the age of three, and even decades since Keanu went to four different high schools without ever graduating from secondary school. He experiences and lives with dyslexia, but this doesn’t prevent him from maintaining his status as an avid reader. When he best friend River Phoenix died of an overdose, Keanu honoured him at a Reddit AMA: “He was a remarkable human person and actor. We got along very well, and I miss him. I think of him often.”



Unfortunately, Keanu’s life has contained far more tragedies and heartbreaks:

1998: He experienced love-at-first-sight with Jennifer Syme.

1999: Jennifer became pregnant with Keanu’s baby—but the baby was born stillborn.

2000: Their relationship ended—and Jennifer died in a car accident shortly after.

2006: Keanu realizes that “Grief . . . never ends.”

More specifically, Keanu told Parade Magazine in 2006 that, “Grief changes shape, but it never ends.” This seems like a sad revelation to make, but anyone who has ever suffered a significant loss likely would not dispute it. However, Keanu somehow managed to persevere, and because of this he’s gained many new perspectives; he’s become one of the most charitable actors in Hollywood, and he gave $80 million of his $114 million from The Matrix movies to the special effects and makeup employees. What’s more, Keanu has also sacrificed full-pay while helping to create The Replacements and The Devil’s Advocates in order to allow actors such as Gene Hackman and Al Pacino to join the projects.

Of course, sometimes the best way to judge someone’s character is on a more personal scale, from individuals who are in close contact with people who have been directly impacted by the character in question. Fortunately, a Reddit user named Kahi has provided us with the type of insight we require: “A family friend builds movie sets, doesn’t design, is one of the poor dudes that just builds. Anyways he worked on the set for the Matrix and Keanu heard about family trouble he was having and gave him a $20,000 Christmas bonus to help him out. He also was one of the only people on the set that genuinely wanted to know people’s names, would say hello and mean it, and would talk to people as if they were his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set. I’ve never heard anyone say Keanu is a douche, seems like the nicest person in Hollywood from a second hand experience.” After you take everything else into consideration, it isn’t difficult to imagine these words are 100% accurate—and deserved.

Although Keanu is generally humble, what he told Hello! Magazine in 2003 demonstrates that he can also be direct and blunt: “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.” And it’s not an act: Keanu still utilizes public transportation even though he maintains a six-figure bank account. Keep this in mind as you watch the video below—it really is almost unbelievable.



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