When it comes to movie stars, Keanu Reeves is about as big as they come, and it doesn't hurt that he's got a reputation as one of Hollywood's nicest people, either. Beneath it all, however, is a truly heartbreaking story. This is the tragic truth about Keanu Reeves.
Keanu Reeves has been estranged from his father for a very long time. Samuel Reeves was the son in a wealthy family who was vacationing in Lebanon when he met and married a local showgirl named Patricia. The union resulted in Keanu and a sister, Kim, but not much else, Keanu was just three when his parents split and his father left the family. He kept in touch until Keanu was 13, but Samuel Reeves' departure still had a profound impact on Keanu's life. In 2019, he told The Guardian:
"For sure, I think it's definitely traumatizing. But it's hard to know how [it affected me] because I don't know what that other life would have been, you know what I mean?"
Keanu's mother took her son and daughter and moved to New York City, where she eventually married director Paul Aaron. The new family then hopped up to Toronto, the couple split the following year, and Keanu, his sister, and his mother moved again, and moved many more times after that, too. Keanu says his estranged father did attempt to reach out to him at least once, though. He told The Guardian:
"Yeah, in the mid-90s, but I didn't reach back out."
Why? He doesn't say. This attempt at contact came on the heels of his father's conviction for selling heroin, but, as Keanu says:
"That wasn't why I didn't get in touch! I just didn't."
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Keanu's father | 0:00
School troubles | 1:32
River | 2:48
A private life | 4:07
Kim's battles | 5:03
Tragic losses | 5:52
Movie jail | 7:02
The Watcher | 8:17
Brains and brawn | 9:08
Riding the road | 10:22
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