At three years old, he was abandoned by his father and grew up with three different stepfathers. He has dyslexia. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a severe accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident. His best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose. His sister has leukemia.
And with everything that has happened, Keanu Reeves never misses an opportunity to help people in need. When he was filming the movie “The Lake House,” he overheard the conversation of two costume assistants. One cried because he would lose his house if he did not pay $ 20,000, and on the same day, Keanu deposited the necessary amount in the woman’s bank account; He also donated stratospheric sums to hospitals.
In 2010, on his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery and bought a brioche with a single candle, ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him.
After winning astronomical sums for the Matrix trilogy, the actor donated more than $ 50 million to the staff who handled the costumes and special effects – the true heroes of the trilogy, as he called them.
He also gave a Harley-Davidson to each of the stunt doubles. A total expense of several million dollars. And for many successful films, he has even given up 90% of his salary to allow the production to hire other stars.
In 1997 some paparazzi found him walking one morning in the company of a homeless man in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours.
When they make a charitable gesture, most stars declare it to all the media. He has never claimed to be doing charity. He does it as a matter of moral principles and not to look better in the eyes of others.
This man could buy everything, and instead, every day, he gets up and chooses one thing that he cannot buy: Be a good person.