Keanu Reeves – from a 90’s heartthrob to a cult hero

Zainab JavedWeb Editor

31st Jul, 2021. 12:57 pm


Born in Beirut and raised in Toronto, Keanu Reeves is best known for his performance as Neo in the Matrix franchise (1999), the 56-year-old actor is not only known for his good looks but also for his great acting skills.

Having spent three decades in the film industry as an actor and has been featured in testosterone-fueled action flicks to teen comedies, he is an actor of all generations.

Here’s a short timeline of the handsome hunk from being a brooding ’90s action movie superstar to a beloved cult hero we all love.

The Millennials: From 1980 to 1996


Keanu started his film career by appearing in a 1985 coming-of-age short film, One Step Away. Four years later, he starred in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a box office success.

His most notable work from the millennial generation is Bram Stoker’s Dracula(1992), Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), and two academy awards winners, Speed (1994).

Generation Z: From 1997-2009

Keanu played a handsome and unusually smart lawyer in The Devil’s Advocate (1997), a supernatural horror movie. However, his most notable work for Gen Z is as Neo in Matrix (1999) which is known to be one of the best sci-fi films ever made.

In 2005, he appeared as a devilishly stunning occult detective as John Constantine in Constantine (2005) and four years later in a science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

Generation Alpha: From 2010 and after 

By the end of 2010, beloved internet heart-throb Keanu suffered from a couple of commercial failures but his role as a revengeful hitman in action thriller John Wick (2014) pulled him back onto the road of stardom. Two more sequels were released a few years later while the 4th installment of the franchise is set to be released in 2021. Plus, we love the patchy beard moment.

He also appeared in an erotic thriller, Knock Knock (2015), and provided his voice for a documentary film, Deep Web (2015), and the animation movie Toy Story 4 (2019). His Always Be My Maybe (2019) role was widely appreciated where he played a quirky and insufferable version of himself.

Keanu Reeves has proven himself to be a versatile actor by playing an abundance of diverse roles throughout his career. His determination, perseverance, and prowess as an actor brought him not only fame but respect and countless love of his fans of all generations. Presently another installment of Bill & Ted has been released which has bought the Millennials and Gen alpha together, while the fourth installment of the Matrix series is expected to be released in 2021 and will definitely unite all the cyberpunk fans under one spot.

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