An eccentric and soft-spoken screen killer who envelopes his audience into another world, Keanu Reeves is always hypnotic to watch and has been working steadily as an entertainer for more than three decades. The actor’s mind-boggling net worth is a reflection of his outstanding talent and hard work in an exhaustive number of movies.
Despite multiple personal tragedies which were more than enough to make him dysfunctional or bitter in life, the action hero has remained more of a movie star than just an actor, making his strange presence felt in several Hollywood blockbusters and hit franchises. Here’s a refresher on why Keanu Reeves is so beloved!
How Did He Make His Net Worth Of $350 Million?
The Canadian-American actor’s date of birth is September 2, 1964. He has a rich cultural background which is a mix of paternal Chinese-Hawaiian roots and maternal English roots. Though originally born in Lebanon, Keanu Reeves family moved around during his childhood but eventually settled in Toronto.
He made his acting debut on stage at age nine but has been a screen heartthrob for more than three decades. His first onscreen role was on TV in the Canadian series Hangin’ In which aired from 1981 to 1987. His debut movie was 1986’s Youngblood. An ageless and unstoppable force, Reeves has graced our movie screens thereon landing bit parts in the ’80s and the high point of his career which was in the ’90s.
In the mid-1980s, Reeves starred in notable flicks such as River’s Edge (1986), Permanent Record (1988) as well as the 1989 hit Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The latter movie’s commercial success spawned into a sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey which was released in 1991. During the 1990s, Reeves banked on his early success, following up with action films such as Point Break (1991), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Speed (1994), A Walk in the Clouds (1995), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), and many more.
Interestingly, Reeves could have earned much more than his $1 million paycheck from The Devil’s Advocate but he settled at that figure in order for the movie producers to afford Al Pacino.
From 1999 to 2003, Keanu Reeves played the lead role of Neo in The Matrix trilogy. Despite the groundbreaking success of the first three sci-fi noirs which pulled in over $1.6 billion at the global box office, the actor made only $150 million for his role. This was a result of Reeves benevolence in giving away most of his earnings to the franchise’s special effects and costume design team whom he thought were more deserving of the fat paychecks.
Reeves seemingly dropped off the radar after The Matrix movies. In the mid and late 2000s, the actor starred in a bunch of movies such as Constantine (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), The Lake House (2006), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), and lots more. It was during this time that he began exploring his other creative sides stepping behind the camera to produce the 2012 documentary Side by Side and direct the 2013 movie Man of Tai Chi.
The movie star re-established his status as an action hero in 2014 after landing the titular legendary hitman role in the John Wick movies. The actor has recently been on a hot streak with the franchise. The first film netted in $89 million, the second installment brought in $172 million, while the franchise’s highest-grossing earner, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum has pulled in no less than $276 million in its global opening months. The fourth installment is scheduled for release in 2021.
About two decades after the original story, producers of The Matrix recently drummed up excitement among Keanu Reeves fans when it was announced that plans are underway for the quirky actor to return and reprise his lead role as hacker Neo in the fourth installment of the sci-fi franchise. His other recent ventures include voicing Duke Caboom in the box office hit Toy Story 4 (2019) and a cameo in the 2019 flick Always Be My Maybe. Keanu Reeves has a host of projects in the works including Bill & Ted Face the Music slated for release by mid-2020.
Besides his acting gigs, Keanu Reeves is also a businessman who makes money as a Hollywood executive from Company Films and his luxury motorcycle manufacturing company Arch Motorcycle.
What Does Keanu Reeves Spend His Money On?
Despite his wealth, Reeves is considered a very prudent man whose large heart is seemingly unmatched in Hollywood. In fact, during an interview he granted, the actor confidently disclosed that he’s already amassed enough wealth that could comfortably see him through the next few centuries.
A unique feel about Keanu Reeves extreme generosity is his anonymity. The Matrix star is a dedicated philanthropist who has reportedly made various anonymous huge donations to different causes including his sister’s leukemia treatment, cancer research, gifting his stunt team motorcycles, and so much more.