In the “John Wick” series, Keanu Reeves showed fans that nobody messes with his family and gets out alive. Indeed, the actor is devoted to his family. Keanu once sacrificed fame to support his sick sister, acting as her caregiver for a decade while donating millions to fight leukemia.
Keanu Reeves’ career has evolved over the years. However, one thing has remained constant—this Hollywood star is mindful of not playing the villain.
Interestingly, that has not limited his growing fanbase. The “John Wick” star is still everyone’s beloved actor, and despite his celebrity status, he prefers to keep some of his business under wraps.
Like many of his onscreen characters, the movie legend loves to help those around him. The actor, who has three siblings, is family-oriented and has proven an undying love for them through sacrifices.
However, before he grew into the supportive big brother, the “The Matrix” actor experienced a difficult childhood. Keanu, a brother to sisters Kim, Karina, and Emma, was born in Lebanon.
His mother, Patricia Taylor, was of British descent; she worked as a costume designer, while his dad, Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr., from Hawaii, was a geologist. Sadly, their relationship did not last.
A few years after welcoming their son, Keanu, and daughter, Kim, Patricia moved to Sydney, Australia. She had split from Samuel due to his drug addiction. Soon, the costume designer moved to New York, where she remarried, before moving to Toronto.
Keanu has two half-sisters—Karina Miller, from his mother’s relationship, and Emma Reeves, from his dad’s other wife. Although the actor has tried to keep the bond between himself and his siblings, his relationship with his father is a story of pain.
The “Point Break” star never discusses it extensively, but in an interview reported by The Sun, he candidly shared his thoughts on their relationship. In his words:
“The story with me and my dad’s pretty heavy. It’s full of pain and woe and [expletives] loss and all that [expletives].”
Unfortunately, the last time Keanu saw his father was when he was 13. Sources confirmed that Samuel reached out to his son in the mid-nineties while Keanu was at the peak of his career, but the film star refused to honor the gesture.
Despite not having his father around during his adolescent years, the “Youngblood” star became the family’s protector and everyone’s favorite big brother.
Keanu Reeves Sacrificed Career for His Sister’s Recovery
In “John Wick,” John Wick’s way of dealing with hurt and pain was by punishing the trespassers, but in reality, Keanu, who played the one-time retired hitman, found ways to cope with challenging situations.
The actor, whom his father abandoned at a young age, later witnessed other heartbreaking tragedies, including the death of his only child, his lover, and his sister’s battle with leukemia. Fortunately, one of these difficulties — his sister’s health problems, did not result in loss of life.