The Secret Life of Keanu Reeves: Hollywood Superstar and All-Round Good Guy

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Keanu Reeves might just be one of the best, nicest guys in Hollywood. Obviously, his acting career is incredibly impressive, with credits like Point Break and The Matrix to his name. All that success could easily go to his head, but he prefers to live a quiet life that few know about.

Today, let’s take a look at Keanu Reeves, the man.

Off-screen, Reeves has been known to take part in funding children’s charities on the down low.

Why? Because he’s a humble “do-gooder” for no other reason than to give back. Pretty cool, right?

“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,” Keanu said in 2009 (according to Snopes) in a Ladies Home Journal article.

“I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does.”

Apparently, this was inspired by his sister, who battled Leukemia back in the 1990s. Luckily, her disease was declared in remission by doctors, spring-boarding Reeves into his charitable groove. Not only does he fund cancer and children’s charities, but he’s also been known to participate in phone drives.

“Public efforts found him manning the phones at a Stand Up to Cancer telethon in 2008,” the List mentions in an article. “Stars like Reeves generously gave their time and used their star power to encourage fans to become callers, donors and participants in the efforts to heal cancer.”

But his heart-felt generosity doesn’t stop there. He enjoys taking care of others. Like buying his mother a new house and giving millions of dollars to the crew of The Matrix! He insisted the special FX and costume design teams were the real heroes of the movies, gifting them each $1 million.

In the end, money does not equal happiness to him.

“For me, I guess I don’t connect the enjoyment and the money,” Reeves told the New York Post. “I work on a part and hopefully realize a part, and make good films. Some of the successes I’ve had I’m grateful for, because it creates other opportunities. [The way] I look at it is I get to act again.”

Going one step further, Tim Allen wraps up Reeves’ personality in a recent interview.

Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear) talked about the Toy Story 4  on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and said: “New guys are in it. Keanu Reeves has got a great part in it. Inside story, even the fun, gentle guy that he is, even he said [about his own character], ‘This sounds too much like Buzz Lightyear.’”

He didn’t want to step on Allen’s toes!

And I guess that proves my point: Keanu Reeves is the best guy in Hollywood.