Top 10 Facts About Keanu Reeves

There are several lists about Keanu Reeves that show people know his movies and roles.
I made this list because there are some less known facts about his life and personality.
But the list isn't limited to less known facts only, I just began with them. You can also add well known facts, if you wish.

Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor, director, producer and musician, born September 2, 1964.
He holds Canadian citizenship and identifies as such although he's entitled to British citizenship through his English mother and holds an American green card.

The Top Ten

1 He founded a rock band (Dogstar) and played bass guitar from 1991 to 2002 (grunge, alternative rock)

Dogstar was founded by Reeves and another actor (Robert Mailhouse, drums). Dogstar released 2 albums and an EP, played live worldwide, even opened for Bon Jovi and David Bowie. They performed at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, UK. Weezer and Rancid were Dogstar's opening acts. In fact, Weezer's first gig was opening for Dogstar!
Dogstar also appeared in two movies: Ellie Parker and Me and Will.
Dogstar's last performance was in 2002 in Japan, and the group folded afterwards.
Reeves left the band because of his working schedule. But he and his bandmate Mailhouse later performed together in band Becky. Besides, Keanu still jams with Mailhouse and Bret in Mailhouse's basement studio. - Metal_Treasure

2 Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon

Reeves was only born there but his parents aren't Lebanese. His mother was working in Beirut when she met his father. - Metal_Treasure

3 His father is an American man from Hawaii (of Chinese, English, Native Hawaiian, and Portuguese ancestry)

His father abandoned them when Reeves was 3 years old but Reeves knew him until he was 6. They last met when Reeves was 13.
Reeves said, "My grandmother is Chinese and Hawaiian so I was around Chinese art, furniture, and cuisine when I was growing up." - Metal_Treasure

4 His mother was an English costume designer and performer from Essex
5 His educational development was challenged by dyslexia

Dyslexia, aka reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. - Metal_Treasure

6 Reeves grew up primarily in the Yorkville neighborhood of Toronto, Canada

My best friend's family knows Keanu Reeves' family. :-) - clusium

7 A Filipina actress adopted the stage name Keanna Reeves as his feminine version

Born Janet Derecho Duterte in 1970. - Metal_Treasure

8 Reeves was expelled from Etobicoke School of the Arts (Toronto)

Reeves stated he was expelled because he was "just a little too rambunctious and shot [his] mouth off once too often... [he] was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school". - Metal_Treasure

9 He dropped out of high school at 17 and never obtained a high school diploma

Later, Avondale Secondary Alternative School in Toronto allowed him to obtain an education while working as an actor but he dropped out again and did not obtain a high school diploma. - Metal_Treasure

10 He was a successful ice hockey goalie at one of his high schools and earned the nickname "The Wall". He dreamed of playing hockey for Canada but an injury ended his hopes

When he was a student at De La Salle College "Oaklands". - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 He has his own band
12 His band Dogstar was originally called Small Fecal Matter, and then BFS (Big F**king S**t, or Big F**king Sound)
13 As a child, Keanu Reeves moved around the world frequently and lived with various stepfathers
14 His acting career began at the age of 9, appearing in a theatre production of Damn Yankees
15 His father was imprisoned in Hawaii for selling heroin at Hilo International Airport
16 His first movie appearance was Youngblood (1986, with Rob Lowe) in which he played a Québécois goalie
17 Born in Beirut Lebanon
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Top Remixes

1. Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon
2. He founded a rock band (Dogstar) and played bass guitar from 1991 to 2002 (grunge, alternative rock)
3. His father is an American man from Hawaii (of Chinese, English, Native Hawaiian, and Portuguese ancestry)


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