In a day and age where the meme economy rules the roost and the rise and fall of people changes by the minute, here’s one man who’s here to stay. He’s popular, he’s cool and he has a heart of gold. He’s always in the news and for all the right reasons. The Internet loves him and so do we.
We’ve known him through the iconic roles he’s played on screen. As Ted from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Neo from The Matrix, Johnny Utah from Point Break, or his latest as the titular John Wick, he’s entertained a generation of ardent fans who have loved him not just for these memorable portrayals but also for being the king that he is off-screen. He’s none other than Keanu Reeves, a living legend who continues to make us proud through his myriad endeavors- some known and some that he never really spoke about.
Pain and Loss
The Hollywood star is now being admired for his generous gesture of secretly financing children’s hospitals. His tryst with pain and loss began at an early age. His off-screen life is tragic and he has been able to rise above the tragedies to make life better for many others. He was just 3 years old when his father left his family leaving young Keanu struggling with dyslexia and adjusting to four different high schools over the years. And that’s not all; he lost his best friend to drug overdose, his firstborn to a miscarriage and the love of his life to a car accident.
Keanu also became the primary caretaker to his sister who was diagnosed of leukemia. Although she recovered, Keanu made it his mission to help countless people through cancer charities and eventually setting up his own foundation.
– Keanu Reeves to Ladies’ Home Journal in 2009
“I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research. I don’t like to attach my name to it; I just let the foundation do what it does”
Be it manning the phones at a Stand Up to Cancer telethon in 2008 or volunteering to be the goalkeeper for a charity ice hockey match for Score (Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment) that was established to support players with spinal injuries, Keanu has been able put the smile back on a countless faces. The Internet has several stories about the actor’s generosity and the numerous instances where he has touched people’s lives in the most meaningful way. He’s been a source of strength as well as an inspiration to many, and has become a role model most would want to look up to.
The Secret Santa
Keanu’s generous donations become more memorable since they come with acts of kindness that have made him a people’s favorite. From giving up his seat on public transport to driving 50 miles out of his way to drive someone home, Keanu is most certainly the Secret Santa who’s been spreading smiles and cheer wherever he goes.