These days Keanu Reeves is best known for his unforgettable role in "The Matrix" trilogy.
But the actor has been making movies for more than two decades including such diverse films as "Dangerous Liaisons," "Speed," and "Something's Gotta Give."
In his latest movie, the supernatural thriller "Constantine," Reeves plays a reluctant demon hunter.
Constantine's strange circumstances and embittered attitude are part of what attracted Keanu Reeves to the story and its title role. "It is one of the best scripts I've read," he says. "It has humor, intelligence, vitality, and I especially appreciated how everything was not obvious. There's mystery and contradiction. Constantine himself has a strong sense of morality yet his ethics are a little blurry. He's trying to right some wrongs but he doesn't always go about it in the nicest way. He's an anti-hero I've never seen before."
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Some Facts About Keanu Reeves Keanu Charles Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon on Sept. 2, 1964.Reeves moved from New York City to Toronto with family when he was 6.Reeves attended High School for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; failed acting class and left after one year.In 1979, Reeves made his television acting debut in a guest appearance on the CBC production "Hanging In."In 1984, Reeves made his professional stage debut in the Toronto production of "Wolfboy"; played a street tough in the short film "The Prodigal."In 1985, Reeves made his debut in a Shakespearean play, "Romeo and Juliet" in Toronto. He made his U.S. television debut in "Letting Go."In 1986, Reeves made his film acting debut in "Youngblood"; cast alongside Rob Lowe as a hockey player; appeared as Jack Be Nimble in the ABC television remake of "Babes in Toyland," which starred Drew Barrymore.In 1987, Reeves had his first starring role in the movie "River's Edge."In 1988, Reeves played Chevalier Danceny, a music teacher infatuated with Uma Thurman's Cecile de Volange, in "Dangerous Liaisons."In 1989, the actor was offered a memorable turn as a teenage hippie in Ron Howard's "Parenthood"; co-starred with Andre Gregory in "The Tempest"; Reeves made his breakthrough in movies as Ted, half of the dim-witted, time-traveling pair in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure."In 1991, Reeves starred as a politician's son who becomes a street hustler in Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho"; reprised the time-traveling Ted for the inferior sequel "Bill and Ted's
Bogus Journey."In 1992, Reeves was featured as Jonathan Harker in "Bram Stoker's Dracula."In 1994, Reeves reteamed with Gus Van Sant for a supporting role in "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"; portrayed Siddhartha in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Little Buddha"; shot to superstardom as an explosives expert attempting to defuse a bomb-rigged bus in the thriller "Speed."In 1995, Reeves appeared as the title character in a Winnipeg production of "Hamlet"; played a WWII veteran who pretends to be married in "A Walk in the Clouds."In 1997, Reeves played a lawyer tempted by success and Satan in "The Devil's Advocate."In 1999, Reeves starred as Neo, a computer expert who joins forces with a rebel underground to pursue "The Matrix."In 2000, the actor was featured as the quarterback of a football team during a 1987 players' strike in the sports comedy "The Replacements"; played a wife-beating accused murderer in "The Gift."In 2001, cast as advertising executive opposite Charlize Theron in the remake of "Sweet November"; played a ticket scalper with big gambling debts who takes a job coaching a little league team in Chicago's Cabrini Green in the feature "Hardball"In 2003, following the phenomenal box-office success of the stylish 1999 sci-fi thriller, "The Matrix" Reeves was back in demand with the highly-anticiapted but far inferior sequels "The Matrix Reloaded" as well as "The Matrix Revolutions," directed by the Wachowski Brothers. Also in 2003 he took a less central role in the much lighter romantic comedy "Something's Gotta Give," playing Jack Nicholson's charming cardiologist and eventual romantic rival when he becomes besotted with Nicholson's inadventant love interest Diane Keaton.In the fall of 2005, he will be seen in the live action, highly stylized, animated adaptation of "A Scanner Darkly," directed by Richard Linklater, starring opposite Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson and Winona Ryder. Also is the independent feature "Thumbsucker." Directed by newcomer Mike Mills, "Thumbsucker" also stars Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vince Vaughn and Benjamin Bratt.
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