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  • Updated: September 02, 2022

Keanu Reeves At 58: Five Facts About The 'Matrix' Star

One of the most well-known names in Hollywood and has been for many years is undoubtedly Keanu Reeves.

The actor is famous for his famous performance as Neo in The Matrix, the action hit John Wick and a wide range of other projects.

On the occasion of his birthday, here is a dossier of facts you might not have known about the star.

1. Keanu Reeves Is Not An American Citizen

Despite being born in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, Keanu Reeves is a Canadian citizen.

As a child, he frequently moved between Australia and the USA, in New York City, before finally settling in Toronto, Canada. As a result of this, Keanu Reeves got his Canadian citizenship by naturalisation.

However, he was able to procure a green card through his American stepfather and consequently moved to Los Angeles. 

Despite being a Hollywood icon, he never went through the process of obtaining his American citizenship.

2. His Love For Motorcycles Is Unmatched!

Keanu Reeves is a huge fan and collector of motorcycles. Initially, he learned to ride a motorcycle while shooting a film in Germany and eventually brought himself one.

He is known for collecting various kinds of motorcycles. One of his all-time favourite bikes includes the 1973 Norton Commando.

He also co-founded a custom motorcycle dealership named Arch Motorcycle Company which is based in Canada. 

3. He Is An Excellent Ice Hockey Player

Another lesser-known fact about Keanu Reeves is also an excellent ice hockey player. Added to the surprise, he has also co-coached a hockey club while studying in Toronto. 

During his school days, Keanu Reeves had aspirations to become a professional ice hockey player and even had the opportunity to try out for the Windsor Spitfires, a hockey team in Ontario Hockey League.

However, at the age of 15, Keanu Reeves was set on becoming an actor since he believed his future lay in the performing arts. 

4. Keanu Reeves Is A Published Poet

If you’re quite active on the internet, you might have come across the Sad Keanu Reeves Meme.

Inspired by the meme, Keanu Reeves collaborated with artist Alexandra Grant to create Ode to Happiness, a limited-run book that featured poems written by Reeves which are accompanied by Grant’s illustrations for each line.

The pictures are created to look like they come from a seriously morose children’s book which was exactly what Reeves’ intended to make. 

5. Supports Several Cancer Charities

Keanu Reeves has a younger sister who was afflicted with Leukemia.

In response to her brave battle against the terminal illness, Reeves founded a private cancer foundation to provide adequate funds and research assistance for children’s hospitals.

In June 2020, he volunteered for Camp Rainbow Gold which is an Idaho Children’s, Cancer Charity. 

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