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->''"I'm sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime."''
-->-- '''Keanu Reeves'''

->''"Whoa."''
-->-- '''Keanu Reeves''', in pretty much every movie he's ever been in.

Keanu Charles Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor popularly associated with [[DullSurprise having very little range of facial or vocal emotion]], but a very precise and expressive physical style of acting. But none of that really matters because [[Franchise/TheMatrix he knows]] [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Kung Fu]].

Has been creatively showcased in his more prominent films as TheStoic Loner who [[IAmWho possesses tremendous powers beyond the comprehension of mortals]] and is out to [[SavingTheWorld save the world]]. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And]] [[Film/BillAndTed Ted]].

Popularly believed to be dumb (most likely due to his [[Film/BillAndTed breakout role]] and shyness in interviews), he is actually [[BadassBookworm ridiculously well-read and contemplative]]. He often talks about the philosophical meaning he sees in his characters, even the silly ones. He's also famous as an incredibly NiceGuy and purportedly one of the most normal, well-adjusted people in Hollywood. How far this is based on fact, only his friends can say, but one possible translation of his first name is "[[AwesomeMcCoolname The Coolness]]", so...

[[DoingItForTheArt He is notable for believing that every project, no matter the subject matter, should have the highest quality cast possible and will frequently give up his upfront salary so that films can hire top-level talent that wouldn't be affordable otherwise.]]

He's slated to play Spike Spiegel in a live-action adaptation of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' produced by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, but the project has remained in DevelopmentHell. He is excited for the role, after all [[OneOfUs he is a fan]]. Besides, check out that picture -- he looks like Spike, if nothing else.

Also seems incapable of making a movie without saying "whoa" at least once. See above quotation.

He's a good comic actor, and his turns in ''Film/TheGift2000'', ''Film/TheWatcher'' and ''Film/ManOfTaiChi'' show that he has a little-utilized or recognized talent for playing very scary, creepy heavies. Despite this, Hollywood insists on casting him as LeadingMan ActionHero, contributing to his reputation for a limited range. He garnered considerable if not surprising acclaim for his role in the 2012 documentary film ''Side by Side''.

He gained minor [[MemeticMutation memetic status]] on Website/FourChan after they discovered [[TearJerker his history]] of being one of the biggest [[TheWoobie Woobies]] in Hollywood. [[http://i.imgur.com/2fonu.jpg Sniff.]] [[labelnote:explanation]]He has had a rough life with hardly knowing his dad, his daughter was stillborn and the mother died in a car accident a few years later. He also lives very conservatively and tends to donate most of his salary to charity. Various pictures show him looking sad and contemplative, contrasting the idea that he is [[TheStoic a stoic]].[[/labelnote]] Unsurprisingly, he is annoyed by the attention this has garnered him, though he's also [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1ouqge/keanu_reeves_ask_me_if_you_want_almost_anything/ccvu9dq stated]] that he found the meme itself [[ActuallyPrettyFunny funny]].

Also rumoured to be [[http://www.keanuisimmortal.com/ an immortal.]]

He frequently wagers [[Series/SaturdayNightLive eleventy billion dollars]].

In 2013 he directed his first film, ''Man of Tai Chi'', which received strong reviews. His next movie, the martial arts extravaganza ''47 Ronin'', came out on Christmas Day 2013 to very bad reviews and flopped miserably. Win some, lose some.

Most recently, he's starred in the 80's/90's style gun-crazy-vengeance flick ''Film/JohnWick'' (out October 2014) which has been released to far more favorable reviews overall. Helps that it makes full use of his aforementioned ability to play terrifying badasses.

Outside of movies, he's [[LeadBassist a bassist]], most famously for the defunct band Dogstar.
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!!Has starred in:
* ''{{Film/Bill And Ted}}'s Excellent Adventure'' and its sequel (which is almost the opposite of his roles to come, and actually showed his best range).
* ''Film/ILoveYouToDeath''
* ''Film/{{Speed}}''
* ''Film/PointBreak1991'' -- He actually smiles in this one!
* ''Film/{{Freaked}}'' -- uncredited and unrecognizable, he's the one playing Ortiz the [[HalfHumanHybrid Dog Boy]] under heavy makeup.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'' and [[Film/TheMatrixReloaded its]] [[Film/TheMatrixRevolutions sequels]]
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}''
* ''The Night Before''
* ''River's Edge''
* ''Young Again''
* ''Film/{{Parenthood}}''
* ''Film/ChainReaction'' -- playing an actual emotional student after a project for Hydrogen-based powers goes horribly awry. Played opposite Creator/MorganFreeman. (And it's not to be confused with [[Series/ChainReaction the game show about chains of words.]])
* The {{Remake}} of ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008''
* ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate''
* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic''
* ''Film/StreetKings''
* ''[[Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing1993 Much Ado About Nothing]]'' -- the Creator/KennethBranagh adaptation
* ''Film/TheWatcher''
* ''Film/TheLakeHouse''
* ''Hard Ball''
* ''Film/AScannerDarkly''
* ''Film/TheGift2000'' -- playing against type as a rather frightening redneck and abusive husband.
* ''Little Buddha'' -- yes, he actually played Buddha. And a damn hot Buddha at that.
* ''Film/MyOwnPrivateIdaho'' -- in which he actually did a pretty good job.
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula''
* A [[http://www.uoguelph.ca/shakespeare/essays/reeves.cfm stage production]] of ''Hamlet''.
* ''Film/TheReplacements2000''
* The 1986 version of ''Film/BabesInToyland''
* ''Film/ManOfTaiChi'' -- his directorial debut, in which he also plays the BigBad
* ''Film/FortySevenRonin''
* ''Film/JohnWick''
** ''Film/JohnWickChapter2''
* ''Film/{{Knock Knock|2015}}''
* ''Film/{{Keanu}}''
* ''Film/TheNeonDemon''
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!!Associated Tropes:
* AdamWesting: He has so many well-known roles with MemeticMutation that almost any of his appearances or interviews are immediately filled with a bunch of jokes and references to the Matrix or Bill and Ted.
* ChewingTheScenery: As Ted, and during the angry rants of ''Film/JohnWick''.
* DullSurprise: A common criticism of his acting. He really manages to make it work for him in ''Film/ManOfTaiChi'', where it makes his character come off as even more sociopathic, in ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008'', where it helps him come across as an alien emissary [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith wearing a human suit]], and most of all, in ''Film/JohnWick'' where he can turn DullSurprise in a terrifying amount of TranquilFury.
* FeaturelessProtagonist: Several sources have pointed out that part of the appeal of Reeves as a hero is that he provides a blank slate that's easy to project onto. His somewhat ambiguous ethnicity[[note]]He has Hawaiian, Irish, English, Portuguese and Chinese blood.[[/note]] helps as well.
* HiddenDepths: Some of his performances, particularly as an abusive redneck in ''The Gift'' may show such for those who are only familiar with the style he's known for.
* IKnowKarate: [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2j4ce1/keanu_reeves_hello/cl8a8p1 Somehow averted in real life]] even as it shows up frequently in his career.
* NiceGuy: For someone with millions of dollars to his name, he's nothing short of kind-hearted and humble. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMB1EOnUwX8 He once relinquished his seat on a subway to a total stranger]], even though it meant he would have to stand up.
* OneManArmy: His characters in action movies very often play directly with this, turning his into ShowyInvincibleHero with a phlegmatic poker face that methodically destroys hordes of enemies. In particular, in the second Matrix, Neo literally single-handedly kick the ass to hundreds of enemies in one fight.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Hasn't aged much since the 90's. It's theorized that he may be an immortal.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Whenever he's supposed to do something different (British in ''Dracula'', Southern US in ''Devil's Advocate'') Keanu's Canadian accent will slip through at some point.
* PlaysGreatEthnics: Reeves' mixed ancestry allows for this. He's mostly played Caucasians or characters of [[AmbiguouslyBrown uncertain ethnicity]] but has played a couple of Asians as well.
* PrettyBoy: He could seldom be described as a {{Hunk}} (except perhaps in ''Speed'') but his looks have nonetheless been admired by many. His more Asian features could also place him under {{Biseinen}}.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: Neo, John Wick and Constantine are TropeCodifier of this.
* TheStoic: He tends to have quite the poker face.
* TotallyRadical: As Ted in ''Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure''. A very common way of parodying his later works is to have him acting like Ted from ''Bill and Ted'' rather than his usual monotone. For example, from ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'':
-->'''Neo''': Whoa! I'm, like, totally being sodomized by [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Big Daddy's]] drill! ''Bogus!''
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