Keanu Reeves was born on September 2, 1964, in Beirut, Lebanon, as Keanu Charles Reeves. His first name, Keanu, means "cool breeze over the mountains" in the Hawaiian language.
Reeves' mother was a showgirl and his father a geologist. His parents divorced when he was 3 years old, and he moved to Sydney, Australia, with his mother and sister. The family later moved to New York City and then to Toronto where Reeves attended four high schools in a span of five years. While in high school, Reeves took a keen interest in hockey and drama more than academics. He eventually dropped out of school at the age of 17 to concentrate on his acting career.
During his teen years, Reeves managed a pasta shop and once had a job sharpening ice skates. Reeves starred in various commercials and television movies such as "Feeling Minnesota," "My Own Private Idaho" and "The Prince of Pennsylvania." In 1986, organizers of "Platoon" offered him a lead role in the film, which he turned down. In 1991 he played a surfer in "Point Break." In 1995, People Magazine declared him as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In 2005 he received a star award on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.