The Matrix movies are now considered classics, and soon they might be even used as an allegory for something that we cannot forget.
He is mostly known for his movies and memes but people don’t know many details about his personal life. He was abandoned by his drug-dealing father when he was only three, and at the age of 13 was the last time when Keanu saw his father. He has spent most of his early life with his mother who married a couple more times, so he had several stepfathers and in different locations around the world, from Sydney in Australia to New York to Toronto, Canada.
He also went to a couple of different high schools, and he described his experience in school as challenging. Some other tragedies happened to Keanu as well later in his life. His wife Jennifer Syme gave birth to a stillborn child in her late pregnancy, and shortly after that, she had a tragic car accident when she passed away being only 29 years old.
Also before this, Keanu’s younger sister, Kim, had been diagnosed with leukemia which she battled for a long time and Keanu Reeves was the only caretaker for his sister.
His sister’s illness awoke his generosity, and while he was taking care of her, he also made many donations for many different cancer charities, he even established his foundation in his sister’s honor, to which he didn’t even attach a name.
This private foundation has a focus on researching cancer and supporting hospitals that treat kids with different types of cancer. Keanu didn’t want anybody to know that he was doing it and he didn’t want to take any credit for it.
In an interview back in 2009, Keanu said:
One year before that, in 2008, he also volunteered to be a goalkeeper in a charity hockey game the donation form which was for the Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment, which is a non-profit organization that helps paralyzed people who play sports.
It is only now though that Keanu’s charitable deeds from the past become known. Many people post their confessions and experiences they had with Keanu Reeves and they’re overwhelmingly positive. One Reddit user known as bo2dd2, who was his coworker in the movie Chain Reaction, wrote something about Keanu on his Reddit page:
He also shared another story about another coworker who worked on building the sets, and he wasn’t in a good financial situation. Keanu became family friends with this person, and when he realized that this person was having it bad financially, he decided to give $20,000 to him.
Additionally, when he was working on Matrix Reloaded, he loved the special effects so much that he gave every single member of the special effects team a Harley Davidson motorbike for Christmas.
He gave lots of money to many people he worked with, some even making estimations of his donations that reach around one hundred million dollars.
Source: Educate Inspire Change