He has kept pushing forward refusing to allow the difficulties of life to bring him down.
Keanu Reeves’ first major breakthrough in Hollywood was in the 1995 action thriller movie Speed, and he was later immortalized in his role as Neo in the Matrix. Although his films always end with a happy ending, unfortunately Keanu’s story has been rather heart breaking.
|Keanu with Sandra Bullock in Speed.|
Now 51 years old, Keanu’s life has been one of great tragedy, that would seem more befitting for a movie character than an actual Hollywood actor. Yet despite each setback he has heroically faced, he has kept pushing forward refusing to allow the difficulties of life to bring him down.
When Keanu was just three years old his father left their family because of a divorce. They still stayed in touch for a few years, but after moving from city to city with his mother, they eventually fell out of contact. Keanu went on to attend four different high schools and struggled with dyslexia, which made his education more challenging than it is for most, both in terms of learning and getting along socially with the other kids.
Eventually he left high school without earning his diploma because it became intolerable for him to bear the suffering and monotony of the education system. Though determination, he has become a dedicated reader today.
At the age of 23, his closest friend River Phoenix (pictured above on the left) died of a drug overdose. During a Reddit AMA Keanu explained that:
“He was a remarkable human person and actor. We got along very well, and I miss him. I think of him often.”
In 1998, Keanu met Jennifer Syme and the two fell instantly in love. The following year, Jennifer fell pregnant with their daughter. Sadly, after just eight months, the child was stillborn. Devastated by the event, their relationship fell apart and the two parted ways.
18 months later in a true tragedy, Jennifer would die in a terrible car accident. In 2006, Reeves told Parade Magazine, “Grief changes shape, but it never ends.”
|Actual photo of Jennifer’s accident. Image Source: Flickr|