• Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr was an American non-celebrity, born in Honolulu, Hawaii USA in 1942
• He is the father of famous Canadian actor Keanu Charles Reeves
• He struggled with drug addiction and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but released after two years
• He was a fan of Keanu and other actors, a lover of animals, and had visited over 30 US states and several international countries.
• He was married three times, but his third wife's name has not been disclosed.
Who was Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr?
American non-celebrity Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaii USA, on 13 September 1942, under the zodiac sign of Virgo. He remains remembered for having been the father of famous Canadian actor Keanu Charles Reeves.
Education and early life
Samuel was raised in Honolulu alongside his brother Victor Kauluwehionalani Reeves and half-sister Gill Moler Reeves, by their American father Samuel Nowlin Reeves Sr. and Chinese-American mother Momilani Sarah Abrahams.
Samuel had a rather normal childhood in Honolulu, where he attended a local high school. He spent the majority of his spare time with his peers, while they were mostly into playing soccer and basketball, and cycling.
Samuel matriculated in 1959, and encouraged by his parents to pursue a college degree, enrolled at American University in Lebanon, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1963.
Drug abuse and death
Samuel began working as a farmer upon graduation, but struggled in life because of his drug addiction; he ended up in debt, which led him to selling Mexican cocaine and heroin in the ‘90s.
He was caught at an airport and sentenced to spend 10 years behind bars, but was released after only two years; Samuel continued using drugs until he passed away on 26 January 2018.
Love life and wife
Samuel met his first wife and Keanu’s mother Patricia Taylor in either 1961 or ‘62, and they married in a small ceremony in 1964. The two lived in Beirut, Lebanon and Patricia gave birth to Keanu on 2 September 1964, and later gave birth to their daughter Kim; Samuel abandoned the family when Keanu was only three years old, and Keanu didn’t see his father again until he was 13; the father and son remained estranged until Samuel’s death.
Samuel went on to marry his second wife Morita, and she gave birth to Keanu’s half-sister Emma Rose in 1980; they apparently divorced soon afterwards. Emma’s revealed that she’s not close to Keanu, but would like to have a healthy relationship with her older half-brother.
Samuel married a third time, but his wife’s name hasn’t been disclosed; the marriage ended with his death.
Interesting facts and hobbies
It’s believed that Samuel was keeping up with his son’s progress in the film industry, and that he was one of his biggest fans, watching nearly all the movies in which Keanu appeared. He was also a fan of actor Morgan Freeman and actress Julia Roberts; it’s believed that Samuel’s favorite movies were the trilogy “The Matrix”.
Samuel often travelled, especially when he was dealing drugs; it’s believed that he had visited over 30 US states, as well as several Asian and European countries.
Although mostly estranged from people, Samuel was a lover of animals and had various on his farm; his favorites were dogs.
Height, eyes and net worth
Samuel was 75 years old at the time of his death. His hair and eyes were brown, his height was 5ft 7ins (1.71m) and he weighed around 176lbs (80kgs).
As the time of Samuel’s death, his net worth was estimated just $20,000, while his son Keanu’s net worth’s estimated at more than $380 million, as of late 2022.
Who is his son Keanu Reeves?
Keanu was born in Beirut, Lebanon under the zodiac sign of Virgo. He’s appeared in more than 100 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for his portrayal of Neo in the first installment of the film trilogy “The Matrix”, which Lilly and Lana Wachowski wrote and directed, and in which he starred alongside Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne. It follows computer hacker Neo who’s been shown that the life he’s been living is a lie; the movie won 46 of its 97 award nominations, including four Oscar wins.
After Samuel abandoned the family, Keanu, his mother and sister moved to Sydney, Australia where they stayed for around a year, prior to moving to New York City. Patricia then married her second husband, American movie director Paul Aaron in 1970, and they moved together to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but divorced in the following year; Aaron still remained highly involved in Keanu’s life, as he gave him useful advice and recommended him to start acting at Hedgerow Theatre. The year 1976 saw Patricia marry her third husband, American rock ‘n’ roll music promoter Robert Miller, and she gave birth to their daughter Karina; they divorced in 1980, and she eventually married her fourth husband Jack Bond, divorcing him in 1994.
Keanu moved schools three times during his teenage years, and dropped out a year before he was about to complete his high school education.
He was 20 when he made his debut TV series appearance, playing Teen Client in the 1984 episode “Happiness Is a Warm Grover” of the comedy “Hangin’ In”, while his debut film appearance was in the 1985 romantic comedy drama “Letting Go”; a couple of Keanu’s following notable performances were in the 1986 romantic sports movie “Youngblood”, the 1986 romantic sports film “Teenage Dream” and the 1990 crime comedy movie “I Love You to Death”.
The year 1992 saw Keanu star as Jonathan Harker in the evergreen fantasy horror movie “Dracula”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and which also starred Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins and Winona Ryder. It follows Count Dracula who has come to England with an evil plan; the movie won 27 awards, including three Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing, and Best Make-up. Keanu appeared in a couple of other hit movies in the ‘90s, such as the 1993 drama “Little Buddha”, the 1996 crime comedy drama “Feeling Minnesota” and the 1997 mystery thriller drama “The Devil’s Advocate”.
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He played Nelson Moss in the 2001 romantic movie “Sweet November”, and starred as John Constantine in the 2005 action fantasy horror “Constantine”. In 2008, Keanu played Klaatu in the adventure science fiction movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, directed by Scott Derrickson, and in which he starred alongside Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates. It follows a giant robot and an alien who’ve visited Earth; the movie won two of its seven award nominations.
Keanu’s also known for his playing of John Wick in the eponymous 2014 action crime thriller movie, which David Leitch and Chad Stahelski directed, and in which he starred alongside Alfie Allen and Michael Nyqvist. It follows a former hitman who’s set out to find those who murdered his dog and stole his car; the movie won five of its 15 award nominations. Keanu reprised his role in the 2017 sequel “Jock Wick: Chapter 2”, and the 2019 sequel “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”.
His three most recent film roles have been in the 2020 musical adventure comedy “Bill & Ted Face the Music”, the 2021 action science fiction “The Matrix Resurrections”, and the 2022 animated action adventure “DC League of Super-Pets” (voice role).
Keanu’s won 13 of his 48 award nominations – some of his wins include a 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Action/Science Fiction, for his performance in “The Matrix”, a 2008 Bambi Award for Best Actor – International, for “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, and a 2016 CinemaCon Vanguard Award.
Keanu began dating the late American actress and personal assistant Jennifer Syme in 1998; she gave birth to their stillborn daughter Ava Archer Syme-Reeves in her eighth month of pregnancy on 24 December 1999. Keanu and Jennifer broke up a month later, but eventually reconciled, and were in a relationship until Jennifer died in a car accident on 2 April 2001. Keanu was then in a relationship with moviemaker Brenda Davis, and after their break-up, with American model and actress China Eiko Chow. Since November 2019, he’s been in a relationship with American visual artist Alexandra Annette Grant.