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Actor, musician, producer, and philanthropist Keanu Reeves has a net worth of $380 million. Reeves got his first major break in the 1986 film “Youngblood,” playing the role of Québécois goalie.
He then moved to Los Angeles and landed a breakthrough role in “River’s Edge” in 1986. Reeves continued to work steadily, appearing in films like “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Point Break,” “My Own Private Idaho,” “A Walk in the Clouds,” “The Devil’s Advocate,” and “The Replacements.” However, the pinnacle of his career has been “The Matrix” and the “John Wick” franchises.
Reeves has played several iconic roles throughout his career, including Ted in “Bill and Ted’s Adventure,” Johnny Utah in “Point Break,” Jack in “Speed,” and Neo in “The Matrix.”
Despite his fame, Reeves is notoriously private and shy and is even the subject of a 4Chan meme (Sad Keanu).
However, he is also a notable philanthropist and his generosity has become so famous that it almost reads like an urban legend.
Reeves has inspired people to live their “most excellent” life through his acts of kindness and generosity.
|Full Name||Keanu Charles Reeves|
|Birth Place||Beirut, Lebanon|
|Birth Date||September 2, 1964|
|Ethnicity||Hawaiian, Chinese, Irish, English, Portuguese|
|Profession||Actor, Musician, Director, Writer, Producer|
|Education||Avondale Secondary Alternative School, De La Salle College|
|Parents||Samuel Nowlin Reeves, Jr., Patricia Taylor|
|Net Worth||$380 million|
Keanu Reeves Early Career
Keanu Reeves began his acting career with minor roles on Canadian television, commercials, and stage productions.
His first appearance on the big screen was in 1986’s “Youngblood,” followed by co-starring roles in various films, including the critically-acclaimed “River’s Edge.”
Reeves gained unexpected box office success with the 1989 hit “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” which grossed over $40 million domestically.
He then starred in mainstream and independent movies, such as the drama “Point Break” and the cult-favorite “My Own Private Idaho.”
Keanu Reeves Success
Following his success in the 1994 action film “Speed,” which grossed total revenue of $350.5 million worldwide and earned two Academy Awards, Keanu Reeves ascended to A-list status.
He further cemented his place in Hollywood with his role in the sci-fi action trilogy “The Matrix,” which earned a total gross revenue of $1.6 billion.
Reeves received acclaim for portraying Neo, and the movie became immensely popular.
Reeves continued to shine in his 2014 starring role as a retired hitman in the action thriller “John Wick,” which was an acclaimed box-office success.
He reprised his role in two subsequent movies, and the franchise generated more than $500 million at the box office. His movies have grossed more than $4.6 billion at the global box, adjusted for inflation.
In 2019, Glasgow, Scotland, hosted Europe’s first Keanu Reeves film festival, dubbed “KeanuCon.” The festival, held over two days on April 27th and 28th, featured nine of Reeves’ movies.
Keanu Reeves’s Earnings From The Matrix
Keanu Reeves landed the role of Neo in “The Matrix” after Will Smith turned it down. Reeves was initially set to receive a salary of $10 million, but he was also given a portion of the backend.
Due to the movie’s unexpected success, Reeves earned $35 million for the first installment, equivalent to around $53 million after adjusting for inflation. In August 2019, Warner Bros. announced a 4th Matrix movie.
Thanks to the massive box office earnings of the second and third movies and the DVD sales of the first movie (one of the best-selling DVDs of all time), Reeves’ backend bonuses made him the highest-paid actor for a single franchise in Hollywood history.
Reeves earned at least $120 million in bonuses from the second and third movies alone. His total earnings from “The Matrix” franchise, including all sources, exceed $200 million.
Keanu Reeves Salary Highlights
Keanu Reeves earned a meager $3,000 for his first film role in 1986’s “Youngblood.” However, he received a significant raise for his next big hit, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” earning $95,000 for his performance.
In 1994, Reeves was paid $1.2 million for his lead role in “Speed,” which amounts to roughly $2 million today after adjusting for inflation.
Reeves turned down an offer of $11 million to appear in the sequel, citing his unavailability due to his band’s tour schedule.
Reeves earned $2 million for his “Johnny Mnemonic” role and $8 million for “The Devil’s Advocate.”
Keanu Reeves Cars
Keanu Reeves has a keen interest in cars and is an avid collector of several luxury vehicles. He has been photographed driving various new model cars, such as the Porsche 911 Carrera, Ferrari California T, Bentley Continental GT, Bugatti Veyron, and the Ferrari LaFerrari.
Keanu Reeves House
Keanu Reeves’s house is relatively modest, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, covering an area of 5,607 square feet. Apart from this house, Keanu Reeves is also the owner of several other lavish properties.
Keanu Reeves’s Performance In John Wick: Chapter 4
As per The Wall Street Journal, Keanu Reeves’ character in John Wick: Chapter 4 has few lines, as his actions speak louder than words.
Throughout the 169-minute film directed by Chad Stahelski, Reeves reportedly only spoke 380 words, with almost a third of Wick’s dialogue consisting of one-word responses like “Yeah.”
This is a significant drop from the first John Wick movie, where Reeves delivered 484 words in a 101-minute runtime. The director revealed that Reeves removed half of the discussion written for his personality in the initial script.
Despite the lack of dialogue, John Wick: Ch: 4 has opened to a franchise record of $73.5 million domestically and $137.5 million globally, indicating that audiences respond positively to the film.