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A tale of never ending determination and a will to fight against all odds, a tale Keanu Reeves. From a total chaos to a Hollywood sensation! Read on to know more about this inspiring saga.

By Priyanka Peddinti

Keanu Reeves. Few of those who are reading this might have heard his name, some others, might not have heard his name. so, for those who do not know him, let us have a short introduction about him leading to the main topic of the article.

So, let us begin! Keanu Reeves is a talented actor, many people who start their career in acting or wish to be good and famous actors always look up to this man to emulate. Reaves has something extraordinary about him. His acting career has spanned three decades. However, something is interesting to know more about him. When he first came into acting, his very first agent thought that his name shall not attract many followers, subsequently suggesting that he should change his name. However, he stuck to his original name, and see how successful he is today.

This Canadian actor has achieved a whopping 97 credits in his IMDb filmography. Seven of his movies are yet to release. He is today, one of the finest paid talents in this Hollywood industry. One of the few self-made stars to attain this level of professional excellence. However successful he is today, we can never ignore a person’s past, especially if he has come from absolutely nothing. And the same is the story of Keanu Reeves as well.

From the tender age of three years, Reeves has been facing one tragedy after another as if these difficulties were scripted only for him. His personal life was chaos, as he admits.  When he was a child in Lebanon, his geologist father Samuel Reeves walked away and out from his young family. This left his costume designer mother all alone. So, his mother took them to Hawaii, Australia, America, and finally Canada. Roaming around countries, gave some of the rudest shocks of life to Reeves, who still was a child. He was struggling with dyslexia too, and that made things all the worse. Finally dropping out of college when he was 17.

Keanu reeves have quite a good number of friends. One among them was actor River Phoenix, an accomplished and gifted actor. He has worked in amazing movies like Stand By Me and River’s Edge, which earned handsome praise from the critics. When they met at the sets of I Love You To Death, both of them became each other’s best buddies.

Later on, the friendship had a very tragic ending, when River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. He was just 23 at that time, the same as Reeves. Five years after River’s death, Keanu Reeves met Jennifer Syme in 1998. Both of them fell in love almost instantly. Sort of love at first sight. The pair gave birth to a stillborn daughter and a year later, that being the third tragedy of his life. Shortly later, they separated and a year later Jennifer died in a car accident.

In an interview, he told grieve and misfortune never seems to leave him. It just changes from one form to another. All the people he loved and had affection for slowly left the world. This is the very same reason, why Reeves avoids marriages and relationships. We can just have empathy for the amount of turmoil Reeves has in his life, but still, he made it way bigger and better than some of the most privileged families and people in Hollywood!

Priyanka Peddinti

Curious Astrophile, Traveller, Dreamer and a BELIEVER