Keanu Reeves is one of those actors that you don’t think about for a few years, and then suddenly he’s back with another hit and you wonder where he’s been your whole life. Now with a solid 30 years in show biz under his belt, he really has quite the career to show for himself, even if many of his films have already entered the “uhhh, no I don’t remember that one” phase (some of them even started there).
His new film, John Wick, about a former hit man seeking ultimate revenge seems like a story we’ve heard a million times, but Keanu brings something special to the trope.
Here’s a look back at his other special moments over the years, lest you forget what an absolute cutie he’s always been.
At age 20, Keanu gets his first acting credit in the TV show Hangin’ In (1984)
That same year, Keanu appeared in a play called Wolfboy and took these very steamy promo shots with costar Carl Marotte. They would become fuel for many a gay rumor as he became more of a household name:
It would be another four years until his iconic role in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1988). In the meantime, he has some memorable roles in films like Youngblood (1985) with Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze and Rivers Edge (1986).
But more importantly, Keanu gave us all these adorable photos during that time:
Then 1988 comes along, and Keanu lands a pivotal role in the period film Dangerous Liaisons (1988) followed of course, by Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989). “Whoa!”
Films like Point Break and as the object of River Phoenix’s affection in 1991’s My Own Private Idaho helped put him on the map even more:
And then Speed (1994) happened, and suddenly he was a full-fledged movie star.
Keanu’s sexuality became a popular topic in the mid-’90s. He was even rumored to have married media mogul David Geffen at one point. Here’s a hard-hitting and totally invasive segment from Extra in 1995 discussing which team he bats for:
The ’90s also gave us A Walk In The Clouds (1995), Devil’s Advocate (1997), and then in 1999 came another iconic role in The Matrix.
Since then it’s been disappointing Matrix sequels, Somethings Gotta Give (2003) with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton and the very strange but kind of cool A Scanner Darkly (2006).
Then there were some movies nobody saw, until his most recent, John Wick, which was just released. Plus, there’s another Bill and Ted sequel in the works. It’s like every four years or so Keanu pops back to let us know he’s still relevant.