Beirut-born Keanu Reeves turns 58 today, with film lovers across the planet wishing the star a happy birthday. The Matrix actor has earned huge sums of cash for his roles and amassed a legion of dedicated fans. Reeves’ filmography does not end at the Matrix and includes turns in Point Break, the Bill & Ted films, as well as the voice of Duke Caboom in Disney’s Toy Story 4. While his exploits on camera are often hailed, what is sometimes forgotten is his incredible generosity away from it.
When his sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia, Reeves donated 70 percent of his film fee from The Matrix to hospitals to treat the disease. According to some sources, Reeves once said: “My younger sister had leukemia. Today she is cured, and I donated 70 percent of my gains from the movie Matrix to hospitals treating leukemia.“I am one of the only Hollywood stars without a Mansion. I don’t have any bodyguards and do not wear fancy clothes.“And even though I’m worth $100million, I still ride the subway, and I love it!”
Some sources reported in 2020 that as a result of his sister’s diagnosis, Reeves set up a foundation to help others who struggled with the condition. He said: “I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research.
“I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”JUST IN: Keanu Reeves stuns newlyweds by crashing wedding party ‘Top bloke!’“But I still work at finding more inner strength and wisdom and hopefully look towards the future with greater optimism.”
Reeves’ tales of generosity have become Hollywood gold, and he once gave around £75million of his Matrix earnings to those working behind the scenes. It was a gesture that shocked many, but for Reeves, it was worth considering their amount of work.
Other notable moments that have stunned his fans include when he was pictured hanging out with a homeless man, sharing food and stories with him for hours.
In describing his life, Reeves added: “It’s always nice to open your eyes every morning and see the world – it all seems so simple!“That’s why I frequently use an expression that I like very much and gives me peace of mind: ‘I’m happy to be here.“That enormous sense of gratitude is enough for me – I don’t need to surround myself with a lot of objects and possessions to feel that way.”
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Growing up, Reeves recalled how England impacted him, as the country was where his mother Patricia was born. He spoke to the Mail on Sunday in 2008: “I haven’t gone back to Hampshire (where his mother was born). My mother left home when she was very young, 14 or 15. But she is a very independent woman and passed that on.
“She gave me British manners – which side of the plate the fork goes on, and the two fingers (he gives me the V-sign). That was an attitude I inherited.“I do feel English. I was raised on The Two Ronnies, Monty Python… I always loved the irreverence.”
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