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

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

'''Keanu Charles Reeves''' (born September 2, 1964) is a popular Canadian action star and 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 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 believes 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 ''The Gift'' and ''Film/TheWatcher'' (and now ''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 a [[{{Imageboards}} certain website]] 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 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.
!!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/PointBreak'' -- He actually smiles in this one!
* ''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.
* The {{Remake}} of ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008''
* ''TheDevilsAdvocate''
* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic''
* ''Film/StreetKings''
* ''Film/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' -- the Creator/KennethBranagh adaptation
* ''Film/TheWatcher''
* ''The Lake House''
* ''Hard Ball''
* ''Film/AScannerDarkly''
* ''The Gift'' -- 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.
* ''My Own Private Idaho'' -- 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/TheReplacements''
* The 1986 version of ''Film/BabesInToyland''
* ''Film/ManOfTaiChi'' -- his directorial debut, in which he also plays the BigBad
* ''Film/FortySevenRonin''
* ''Film/JohnWick''
* ''Film/KnockKnock''
* 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.
** ChewingTheScenery: As Ted, and during the angry rants of ''Film/JohnWick''.
* DyeingForYourArt: Has fattened, bulked, and even shaved his head for some roles.
* FakeAmerican: He was born in Lebanon and raised in Canada, but most of his roles are this.
* FakeBrit: In ''BramStokersDracula'', with an inconsistent accent many reviled.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 sodomised by [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Big Daddy's]] drill! ''Bogus!''