Keanu Reeves Has Faced Some Tough Times Including Difficult Childhood to Losing His Child and Best Friend

Launched into fame through the 1986 indie crime drama "River's Edge," Keanu Reeves went on to become a Hollywood heavyweight. However, the "Speed" actor did not always have an easy life.

With films like "Point Break," and "The Matrix" Trilogy, under his belt, Keanu Reeves is one of the most famous faces in the industry. The actor is in high demand even after the dip his career took in the mid-2000s.

However, fame did not spell an easy life for the star. He has had his fair share of difficulties, tragedies, and losses. Here is a look at some of the difficulties he has faced over the years. 

Actor Keanu Reeves attends the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "John Wick: Chapter Two"  | Getty Images

Actor Keanu Reeves attends the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "John Wick: Chapter Two" | Getty Images

Difficult Childhood

Keanu Reeves's struggles began when he was a child. His father abandoned the family when Keanu was still a toddler.

His mother moved the family multiple times first to "Lebanon, then Australia and the US, before settling in Toronto, Canada."  In 1994, his father was sentenced to ten years in prison for drug possession however, he only served two years.

Keanu Reeves arrives at the world premiere showing of the new film "The Matrix"  | Getty Images

Keanu Reeves arrives at the world premiere showing of the new film "The Matrix" | Getty Images

"The story with me and my dad's pretty heavy. It's full of pain and woe and [expletive] loss and all that [expletive]," Reeves told Rolling Stone.

Lifestyle

He revealed in another interview that he "had a vagabond life." He went on to say that there "is a bit of the gypsy in me" and that he couldn't settle down. In the interview he said:

"Then I turned 40. That birthday is hard, perhaps because you know you're grown-up. So now it's a makeover for me. I have bought my first house. I wanted a home." 

Keanu Reeves at the MTV Movie Awards held at the Barkar Hangar, Santa Monica Airport.  | Getty Images

Keanu Reeves at the MTV Movie Awards held at the Barkar Hangar, Santa Monica Airport. | Getty Images

His Friend River Phoenix's Overdose

According to The Telegraph, the pair met on the set of "I Love You To Death." They went on to get closer on the set of "My Own Private Idaho."

When Reeves was asked about their friendship after Phoenix passed away in 1993 from an overdose, Reeves said

"I enjoyed his company. Very much. And enjoyed his mind and his spirit and his soul. We brought good out in each other. He was a real original thinker. He was not the status quo. In anything."

 Keanu Reeves attends the Saint Laurent Mens Spring Summer 20 Show  | Getty Images

Keanu Reeves attends the Saint Laurent Mens Spring Summer 20 Show | Getty Images

Losing his Daughter and Girlfriend

In the late '90s, Reeves fell for Jennifer Syme. They were expecting their first child together but the little girl, Ava, was stillborn at eight months.

Keanu Reeves arrives at the LA Special Screening of Amazon's "Too Old To Die Young" at the Vista Theatre | Getty Images

Keanu Reeves arrives at the LA Special Screening of Amazon's "Too Old To Die Young" at the Vista Theatre | Getty Images

"Damn it! It's not fair! It's absurd. Grief changes shape, but it never ends."

Ava's death reportedly put strain on their relationship. Then in 2001, tragedy struck again and Syme died in a car accident. 

In 2006, Reeves said, "People have a misconception that you can deal with it and say, 'It's gone, and I'm better.' They're wrong. When the people you love are gone, you're alone. I miss being a part of their lives and them being a part of mine. I wonder what the present would be like if they were here — what we might have done together. I miss all the great things that will never be."

Keanu Reeves attends the Australian Premiere of The Matrix in Sydney, Australia.  | Getty Images

Keanu Reeves attends the Australian Premiere of The Matrix in Sydney, Australia. | Getty Images

He was Blacklisted by Fox for 14 years

After the success of "Speed," 20th Century Fox wanted to start filming the sequel, however, Reeves turned the opportunity down to play Hamlet on stage in Canada. The decision disappointed the studio and Reeves later admitted they blacklisted him for over a decade.

"I didn't work with [Fox] again until The Day the Earth Stood Still," he said.

Fox recast Reeves with Jason Patric to release "Speed 2: Cruise Control" but the film flopped at the box office. 

Keanu Reeves arrives at the premiere of "The Matrix Reloaded" at the Village Theater | Getty Images

Keanu Reeves arrives at the premiere of "The Matrix Reloaded" at the Village Theater | Getty Images

He was Forced to Star in "The Watcher"

"I never found the script interesting, but a friend of mine forged my signature on the agreement," Reeves reportedly said. "I couldn't prove he did and I didn't want to get sued, so I had no other choice but to do the film."

He refused to promote the film and was forced to wait a year to discuss his displeasure with the movie. 

Keanu Reeves attends the Japan premiere of 'John Wick: Chapter 2' at Roppongi Hills  | Getty Images

Keanu Reeves attends the Japan premiere of 'John Wick: Chapter 2' at Roppongi Hills | Getty Images

He Faced Two Home Intruders

In September 2014, obsessed fans broke into Reeves' Hollywood Hills home twice. The first time, he was asleep and heard sounds in his library. He found a woman sitting in a chair who claimed "she was there to meet him."

Keanu Reeves attends the special screening of Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" | Getty Images

Keanu Reeves attends the special screening of Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" | Getty Images

Reeves called police and she was taken for a mental evaluation. The second time was days later and his cleaning crew found an unidentified woman who had showered and then skinny dipped into the pool. They called Reeves who called the police. The woman was also taken for a mental evaluation.

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