It’s Famous Friday!

Happy Friday Everyone! This week’s famous Friday is focused on actor, producer, and musician Keanu Reeves. Keanu Charles Reeves was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. His mother, Patricia is English while his father is originally from Hawaii.

Reeves proceeded to spend most of his childhood in Canada, where he started acting in theatre productions. Reeves made his first film debut in Peter Markle’s Youngblood. Reeves’ stardom grew and he soon scored roles in films such as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and more. Keanu Reeves most notable role was in the Matrix trilogy, where he was cast as Neo. The science fiction films have become wildly popular and are remarked as some of the best in their genre. Recently, Reeves biggest role has been in the John Wick franchise, where Reeves plays a retired hitman seeking revenge after suffering through the losses of his loved ones. The first John Wick installment was a massive success, grossing over $86 million dollars. The next two entries into the trilogy, John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum were also huge successes.   Together, the John Wick trilogy has grossed over $550 million dollars worldwide.

In addition to being a well-known actor, Reeves is also quite the philanthropist. After seeing his sister battle with cancer, Keanu Reeves founded a private cancer foundation that aids children’s hospitals and cancer research. Reeves has also been a part of the Stand Up to Cancer telethon as well as being involved with PETA.

 Matheson Bossick

Project Race Teens Vice President




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It’s Famous Friday!

Keanu Reeves

Most recently seen in the new John Wick franchise, Keanu Reeves is a very talented multiracial actor. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Reeves grew up with his English mother and Chinese-Hawiian father. His parents were divorced when he was 4 years old. He then moved to Canada with his mother. During his childhood he lived in many places including New York and Australia. Because of this, Reeves was constantly in and out of school during his adolescence.

A big part of Reeves’ cultural outlook on life was shaped by his grandmother. She was both Chinese and Hawiian. Whenever he was with his grandmother, he was surrounded by Chinese art, furniture, and cuisine.  His mother taught him English manners which he continues to practice today. This has helped him understand how multiple cultures can mix together or overlap in a person’s life.

Reeves started his career at the age of 9 and fell in love with theatre. From that point on, he was in multiple plays and musicals until he got his first on-screen acting job in an episode of the show “Hangin’ In.”  His first movie debut was in “Youngblood” as a goalie from Quebec. From there his acting career bloomed and he got larger roles as he starred in movies such as Constantine, Speed, John Wick, and the Matrix. Reeves has also played a minor role in the new Netflix Original “Always be my Maybe.” His versatile acting roles helped him embrace different viewpoints in life and understand how each person can bring something unique to the world.

Alexis Cook, Project RACE Teens Co-President

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