Days before the release of his latest action thriller, actor Keanu Reeves will sink his hands and feet into cement Tuesday in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Reeves, 54, rose to fame with “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” but became box-office gold when he starred in the action film “Speed” and then portrayed Neo in the “Matrix” trilogy.
His latest starring turn in another trilogy will hit screens Friday with the release of “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.”
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, on Sept. 2, 1964, and raised in New York City and Toronto, Reeves was a star high school hockey goaltender who earned the nickname “The Wall” before dropping out of school to pursue an acting career.
Reeves began his career by performing in various Toronto-area stage productions and got his first television credit playing “Thug No. 1” in a 1985 episode of the crime drama “Night Heat.”
He came to Hollywood after landing a supporting role in the 1986 film “Youngblood,” starring Rob Lowe.
Reeves received critical acclaim for his performance in the 1986 film “River’s Edge.” Three years later, he had his first starring role in a box office hit, playing Ted Logan, one of a pair of time-traveling, dim-witted San Dimas teenagers in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” Reeves also starred in the 1991 sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.” He is scheduled to reprise that role next year in another sequel, “Bill & Ted Face the Music.”
Reeves earned a reputation as a big budget movie action star with his role as Officer Jack Traven opposite Sandra Bullock in “Speed.” He passed on the “Speed” sequel, ending up in a bigger box office hit by playing a computer programmer who ends up saving the world in the “Matrix” trilogy.
Reeves’ other film credits include “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Devil’s Advocate,” “A Walk in the Clouds,” “The Replacements,” “Little Buddha,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “My Own Private Idaho” and “Point Break.”
Reeves will have a voice role in the upcoming animated sequel, “Toy Story 4.”