Reeves is best known for his acting career, beginning in 1985 and spanning more than three decades.He gained fame for his starring role performances in several blockbuster films including comedies from the Bill and Ted franchise (1989–1991), action thrillers Point Break (1991), Speed (1994), and John Wick (2014) and its sequel, and the science fiction-action trilogy The Matrix (1999–2003).His stepfather had convinced Erwin Stoff in advance to be Reeves's manager and agent.Stoff has remained Reeves's manager, and has co-produced many of his films.
At 15, he played Mercutio in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet at the Leah Posluns Theatre. He obtained a green card through his American stepfather and moved to Los Angeles three years later.
After a few minor roles, Reeves received a sizeable role in the 1986 drama film River's Edge, which depicted how a murder affected a group of teens.
Following this film's critical success, he spent the late 1980s appearing in a number of movies aimed at teenage audiences, including Permanent Record, and the unexpectedly successful 1989 comedy, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, along with its 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
During his film career, Reeves has engaged in several forms of artistic expression.
Active as a musician for a decade, he played bass guitar for the bands Dogstar and Becky.
After leaving De La Salle College, he attended Avondale Secondary Alternative School, which allowed him to obtain an education while working as an actor.