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KEANU REEVES (Donnie Barksdale) is best known for his starring roles in the box-office megahits The Matrix and Speed. His long list of credits also includes Dangerous Liaisons; the hit thriller The Devil's Advocate, opposite Al Pacino and Charlize Theron; Little Buddha, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci; and Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing, opposite Denzel Washington, Emma Thompson and Michael Keaton. Reeves was also seen in Bram Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola; My Own Private Idaho, directed by Gus Van Sant; Kathryn Bigelow's action-adventure film Point Break; and the popular Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and its sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.

Raised in Toronto, Reeves performed in various local theater productions and on television before relocating to Los Angeles. His first widely acclaimed role was in Tim Hunter's River's Edge. He then starred in Marisa Silver's Permanent Record and with Amy Madigan and Fred Ward in The Prince of Pennsylvania. Next, he was cast as the innocent Danceny in Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons, alongside Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. He joined other outstanding casts that year, in Ron Howard's comedy Parenthood and Lawrence Kasdan's I Love You to Death. Audiences saw Reeves for the first time as a romantic lead opposite Barbara Hershey in Jon Amiel's Tune in Tomorrow, also starring Peter Falk. Reeves' additional credits include Johnny Mnemonic, Chain Reaction and Feeling Minnesota.

Most recently, Reeves was seen in The Replacements for director Howard Deutch. He will next be seen in Sweet November. He soon returns to Australia to film the sequels to The Matrix.

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