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Keanu Reeves Donated 70% of His Matrix Salary to Cancer Research

Keanu Reeves donated 70% of his Matrix salary towards cancer research.

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Keanu Reeves donated the bulk of his salary from The Matrix to cancer research.

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If there’s one thing that the internet can agree on, it’s that Keanu Reeves is an all-around great guy.

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The actor currently resides in the Hollywood hills after gaining fame in an impressive range of massively successful movies.

Do you recognize him from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) that told the story of two slackers traveling through time.

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It was so successful that it was followed by a sequel: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991.

Or what about his 1992 appears in Gothic horror-romance, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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His performance in this rather overblown movie has been pretty much universally panned.

He also starred in buddy-cop thriller, Point Break, in 1991, alongside Gary Busey and Patrick Swayze.

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It was a commercial smash and went on to garner a cult following.

He continued this trend in 1994’s Speed.

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The suspenseful thriller told the tale of a rigged bus that would explode if it slowed down. Reeves starred alongside Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper, but has since shaded the film by refusing to star in the sequel. His reason? “The movies I wanted to make were movies I wanted to see.” Ouch.

But there’s one role that really turned Keanu Reeves into a household name…

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His role as Neo in The Matrix franchise.The movies are still thought of as touchstones within the science fiction genre.

While he may be an incredible actor, Reeves’ talents don’t finish there…

He’s also a talented musician and spent many years playing bass for the alternative rock band, Dogstar, in the ’90s.

Despite his success, Keanu has had a tough life.

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From a very young age, Keanu experienced grief.

Keanu’s father walked out on the family when he was just 3-years-old…

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He was ultimately arrested for possession of drugs in 1994, leading to Keanu not wanting to ever contact his father again.

His younger sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia aged just twenty-five.

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He also suffered a tragedy when he and Jennifer Syme lost their child. The baby was stillborn on Christmas eve, a month before the due date.  

Many may expect the heartbreak and hurt he’s experienced to make him bitter…

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But, instead, it’s quite the opposite as Keanu has become an incredible philanthropist. He’s well known for supporting a wide range of charitable causes, from PETA to Stand Up To Cancer.

He’s even quietly funded children’s cancer hospitals for many years.

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It’s clear to see, he’s a real nice guy.

But, there’s one thing you didn’t know about Keanu…

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He is technically married to Winona Ryder…

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Sitting down with Esquire, Keanu spoke and answered questions about his career.

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While doing so he revealed that he is still married to Winona Ryder “under the eyes of God.”It comes after the pair married during a scene in the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in which they both starred.

“We did a whole take of a marriage ceremony with real priests. Winona says we are [married],” he said, Buzzfeed reports.

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“Coppola says we are. So I guess we’re married under the eyes of God.”

It comes after Ryder told Entertainment Weekly back in 2018 that she believes they are technically married.

“We actually got married in Dracula. No, I swear to God I think we’re married in real life,” she said. We wouldn’t mind being married to him!

As if that wasn’t enough good news for one day.

Keanu Reeves donated 70% of his 'Matrix' salary to cancer research https://t.co/JVsHxFgOb6 pic.twitter.com/C1jzJ50qX6

— New York Post (@nypost) January 3, 2022

Reports have now began surfacing which say Reeves donated 70% of his salary from The Matrix to cancer research.

Reeves truly is a hero.

Keanu Reeves is one of the most genuine humane philanthropic individuals on the big screen…👇👇https://t.co/tAA6WQrvTR

— An Win (@AnWin15) January 3, 2022

The actor was apparently paid $10 million up front for the movie before being given a further $35 million when the movie became a huge blockbuster hit. He then apparently gave a huge $31.5M to cancer research. What a guy!

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