Birth Name: Keanu Charles Reeves
Place of Birth: Beirut, Lebanon
Date of Birth: September 2, 1964
*Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, English, Scottish, at least 1/32 Chinese, remote Dutch (father)
Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor, musician, director, writer, and producer. He is the star of The Matrix and John Wick films, among many others.
Keanu was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Samuel Nowlin Reeves and Patricia Taylor. His father, a geologist, is American-born, and his mother, a dancer and costume designer, is English-born. Keanu was raised by his mother in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and holds Canadian citizenship. During his childhood, he also lived in Sydney, Australia, and New York City, U.S.
Keanu’s father, who is from Hawaii, is of English, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, Scottish, at least 1/32 Chinese, and remote Dutch, ancestry. Overall, Keanu is of roughly one quarter non-European descent.
Keanu was in a relationship with actress and production assistant Jennifer Syme, until her death in 2001. In 1999, the two had a daughter, Ava Archer Syme-Reeves. Their daughter was stillborn.
Keanu’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Nowlin Reeves (the son of Charles Armistead Reeves and Rose Lokalia Miguel). Charles was born in Tennessee, of English, Scottish, and distant Dutch, roots, and was the son of Sampson W. Reeves and Mary Virginia Arimstead Nowlin. Rose was the daughter of Joseph Miguel, who was Portuguese, from the island of Madeira, and of Malaia Lokalia, who was of Native Hawaiian ancestry.
Keanu’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Monilani Victor (the daughter of George Peter/Pahio Victor and Lillian K.).
George was the son of Joseph Aiona Victor and Maggie Makakapu Pahio, and his race is listed as “Hawaiian” on U.S. Censuses. Keanu’s great-great-grandfather Joseph was the son of Kamukai (later Kamukai Victor), a Native Hawaiian, and of Amelia Ah Akoi, who was of half Chinese and half Native Hawaiian descent. Therefore, Joseph Aiona Victor was of one quarter Chinese descent, and Keanu Reeves is of (at least) one sixty fourth Chinese descent. Keanu’s great-great-grandmother Maggie Makakapu Pahio was a Native Hawaiian.
Keanu’s great-grandmother, Lillian K., is listed as “Caucasian Hawaiian” by race on the 1930 U.S. Census, and as “Part Hawaiian” by race on the 1940 U.S. Census. Lillian’s father was from Australia. Lillian’s mother was born in Hawaii.
Sources: Genealogies of Keanu Reeves (focusing on his father’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Birth record of Keanu’s maternal great-grandfather, George Peter/Pahio Victor – https://familysearch.org
A discussion of Keanu’s Native Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry – http://www.whoaisnotme.net
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