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Keanu Reeves is a B blood type. (

(1992 quote) It's only very recently that I've been approached with, 'Would you like to do this?' Mostly, I'm still auditioning, which there's something to be said for. Up to now, my only real choices have been: 'Hmmmm, an audition, go or not go? Go!' I auditioned seven times for _Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1900)_ and all the 'finalists' had to read with everyone else-me, Pauly Shore, Josh Richman, Alex Winter and others. I met with Francis Ford Coppola three times before he asked me if I wanted to play the part in Dracula (1992). (

Has named Peter O'Toole as the actor who has influenced him the most. (

Is Eurasian like fellow actors Andrew Johnston, Brandon Lee, Rob Schneider, Russell Wong, Michael Wong, Chris Kato, and actresses Jessica Anderson, Devon Aoki, China Chow, Kelly Hu, Kristin Kreuk, Jaymee Ong, Maggie Q and Monica Young. (

Played baseball in the Dodgers Stadium, for the 43rd Hollywood Stars Celebrity Baseball Game. His team won 5 to 4. It was the first time Keanu played baseball. [Saturday, 4 August, 2001] (

Played ice hockey for the California Senior Hockey League (1995). (

When Reeves first arrived in Hollywood, his agent thought his first name was too exotic, so during the early days of his film career he is sometimes credited as K.C. Reeves, Norman Kreeves or Chuck Spadina. (

He is English on his mother's side and English, Irish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Hawaiian on his father's side. (

Has played a former quarterback from The Ohio State University in two movies Point Break (1991) and The Replacements (2000). (

Turned down the role of "Racer X" in Speed Racer (2008). The part eventually went to Matthew Fox. (

Joel Schumacher considered him for the role of "The Scarecrow", Jonathan Crane, in the fifth Batman movie had Schumacher gone on to direct Batman 5. The failure of Batman & Robin (1997) prevented that from happening. (

An avid fan of Formula 1 and IndyCar racing. (

Was a good friend to the late Anthony Quinn. They starred together in A Walk in the Clouds (1995). (

Lives in Los Angeles, California. (

Is close friends with Speed (1994/I) co-star Sandra Bullock. He also was among the guests at her wedding to Jesse James in 2005. (

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#28). [2007]. (

Replaced Val Kilmer as "Johnny Mnemonic" in Johnny Mnemonic (1995) when Kilmer left the project upon being offered the role of "Batman" in Batman Forever (1995). Ironically, Kilmer later replaced Reeves as "Chris Siherlis" in Heat (1995). (

His best friend was actor River Phoenix. He is also friends with River's brother Joaquin Phoenix. (

His parents married in Hawaii and divorced in 1966. His mother later remarried Paul Aaron (divorced in 1971) and Robert Miller (between 1976 and 1980). (

The character of Jimbo Jones on "The Simpsons" (1989) is based on his character from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). (

Lent one of his basses (a yellow Fender) to be used in the music video, "100%", by Sonic Youth, to bassist Kim Gordon. (

Auditioned for the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; but was rejected. (

He has recently left the band "Becky" with former "Dogstar" band mate Robert Mailhouse, due to scheduling conflicts. (

His best friend is his sister. (

Is very good friends with his Bill & Ted co-star, Alex Winter and has remained in contact with him. Keanu has also contributed cameo appearances and helped with a number of Winter's film projects. (

His first theater work was with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts in "The Tempest." (

Read the script of Constantine (2005) while filming The Matrix Revolutions (2003). (

31st January 2005: Honoured with a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. (

He went to high school at North Toronto, where his drama teacher was Paul Robert. (

Was originally cast as Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995) but later backed out of the project, and the part went to Val Kilmer. (

Was originally offered the role of Pvt. Chris Taylor in Platoon (1986). Keanu turned it down and the role went to Charlie Sheen. (

Played (bass) in "Becky" which also featured Robert Mailhouse (drums), Paulie Kosta (guitar) and Rebecca Lord (vocals). (

Frequently plays man either strapped or sitting in a chair while some type of procedure is performed on him. All three Matrix films, Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Feeling Minnesota (1996), Dracula (1992), Constantine (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). (

His first name, Keanu, is pronounced "keh-ah-noo.". (

Keanu got his abdominal scar from a motorcycle wreck in Topanga Canyon. He was on a "demon ride" (no headlights at night) when he crashed into the side of a mountain. He was hospitalized for a week with broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. When the paramedics came to get him, an emergency medical technician trainee picked up one end of the stretcher ... then dropped it by mistake! "It made me laugh, but I couldn't breathe!" (

When trying out for the parts of Bill and Ted in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), each actor was paired up with another. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were paired up, Reeves trying out for the part of Bill while Winter tried out for the part of Ted. They were cast opposite what they auditioned for. (

Was MVP on his high school hockey team, where he was a goalie. (

Dropped out of high school when he was 17 to become an actor. (

Hobbies include horseback riding and surfing (both inspired from movie roles). (

His name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian. (

His mother, Patricia Taylor, was a costume designer for rock stars such as Alice Cooper. (

His father was a geologist who served time in prison. He was paroled after serving two years of a ten-year sentence for selling heroin at Hilo Airport in 1992. (

In November 1999, the baby girl he was expecting with girlfriend Jennifer Syme was stillborn, just a few weeks shy of the actual delivery date. They had planned to name her Ava Archer Syme-Reeves. (

Maintains Canadian citizenship and passport. (

Has appeared in three films whose title contains a US state: Feeling Minnesota (1996), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988) and his character in Point Break (1991) was named John Utah. (

Was set to reprise his role as Jack Traven in the sequel to Speed (1994/I)--Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)--but dropped out. (

Took a 90% pay cut on his salary on The Replacements (2000) so Gene Hackman could be cast. Previously, he had deferred $2 million of his salary so that Al Pacino could be cast on The Devil's Advocate (1997). (

Resides in the Hollywood Hills area, Los Angeles, California, and is said to maintain an apartment in Manhattan as well. (

Learned over 200 martial arts moves for The Matrix Reloaded (2003). (

Ranked #23 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997] (

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