KEANU REEVES, With the rise of the sci-fi masterpiece, The Matrix, the world fell for the kind and humble Canadian actor Keanu Reeves. Some of his cult classics include Point Break, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Speed etc.) The love of his fans grew with the John Wick franchise receiving acclaim and his ground-breaking performance in the Toy Story 4. In the upcoming Bill & Ted Face the Music, Reeves is reteaming with Alex Winter who was seen together onscreen last in the 1990s. The movie is set to release on online streaming services on August 28.
In spite of being in the limelight, Reeves is quite private about his personal life. So here are some of the most interesting financial facts about this popular Hollywood actor.
- As of 2019, Forbes reports that the net worth of Keanu Reeves sits at $360 million. Surely he listens to financial advisors!
- The first payday of Keanu Reeves was pitiful. He played the goalie of a high school hockey team in the Youngblood where he received just $3000 for the role. In comparison to the whopping $30 million that he collected from the last two Matrix movies excluding his box office cut, it’s around 10,000 times more than his first pay.
- Once Keanu learned on the set of The Matrix that a set builder was facing a monetary crisis and he helped him by giving him a Christmas bonus of $20,000. He was also the only one on set who wished to know everyone personally and interact with them. A real-life Santa Claus!
- “Money is the last thing I think about”, he said to the Chicago Tribune. He has willingly deferred $2 million from his salary so that the productions could accommodate Al Pacino into the movie Devil’s Advocate. Similarly, in The Replacements, he gave up the majority of his salary to accommodate Gene Hackman into the project.
- He had a stunt crew of 12 who helped him with The Matrix Reloaded movie and as a thank-you gesture; he bought brand new Harley Davidson motorcycles for all of them ranging between $7,000 and $40,000.
- Once a woman claimed that Reeves hypnotized her, impersonated as her husband and was a father to all 4 of her children. She sued Reeves for $3 million per month in spousal support and $150,000 per month for retroactive child support. Reeves took the paternity test and was tested negative.
- Back in1995, Reeves was offered $11 million for Speed 2, a sequel to Reeves’ classic Speed, the highest pay offered to him before the $15 million from The Matrix Reloaded but he turned it down as he didn’t quite like the script.
- Reeves didn’t own a home until 2013 when he had completed about 18 years of his Hollywood career. He had stayed at trailers and hotel rooms and was known for being the long-time resident at the Chateau Marmont Hotel of Los Angeles. He finally purchased a Hollywood mansion in 2013 for $5.95 million.