Woman's Weekly (NZ), August 19, 1996

Keanu's jailhouse shock

by Dominic Mohan

The Speed star's drug-runner father is out on parole and planning to look up his successful son.

The drug-trafficking father of Speed star Keanu Reeves has pleaded for the two of them to meet him before he dies. Sam Reeves has not seen his son for 19 years and now says he has seen "too much death and sadness. I can't bear the thought of never seeing my children.

"Keanu may be rich and famous and adored by millions but to me he is still my little boy and always will be."

Sam (53) who also has a daughter, Kimi, adds: "With all the drugs I've taken I don't know how long I've got left on this earth. I just want to take him in my arms and tell him I'm sorry for what I've done. I never meant to cause him heartache but I feel in myself that I'm more responsible now.

"The time is right for us to rebuild our bridges and get on with life. I know I put drugs before my children but that's all in the past. I want to be forgiven before I die.

"My demons have now all been exorcised and Keanu must realise that."

Sam is on parole after serving just two years of a 10-year drug-trafficking sentence on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. He was busted with consignment of drugs at an airport in Honolulu after being under surveillance for weeks by cops who suspected him of being involved in a $2 million deal.

The police believe he was in contact with members of a Mexican gang who were responsible for smuggling drugs on the island.

Sam, a cocaine addict who first took LSD in 1958, last saw Keanu when he was 13.

His wife, Patric, an exotic dancer from England whom he married in 1964, had already walked out on him over his drug-dealing when Keanu was just five.

He lost touch with his son altogether when Patric (now 51) took Keanu and Kimi to live in Toronto. After struggling to bring up the children, she recently wed for the fifth time.

Sam was freed last month after responding well to drug counselling. Now he is desperate to visit Keanu (25) and Kimi (32) who has battled against leukaemia and is now believed to be in remission

Sam says, "It breaks my heart to think she's sick. She's a great girl. I just want to hug them both and say sorry. Perhaps they don't feel they need me but my face lights up when I think of them. I need another chance with them."

Sam's now trying to rebuild his life in Honolulu and he confesses he thought about his son constantly when he was in the tough Halawa State Prison just north of Pearl Harbour on Oahu Island.

Fellow inmates applauded Sam when the prison cinema showed Keanu's films including Speed and Point Break. Their cheers left him bursting with pride.

"I felt Keanu there between those walls. When I see his films, and I've seen them all, I feel a huge mixture of sadness and pride."

Sam now confesses Keanu didn't have the steadiest of upbringings. "He was surrounded by drugs when he was growing up and we would smoke dope openly in front of him. He was a great kid and everybody liked him.

"We used to spend a lot of time together, going fishing and swimming, and I can't remember one occasion when he lost his temper.

"He was a strong character but was always different - he was deeper and much more thoughtful than other boys.

"He taught himself to swim by jumping straight into the sea and was a very quick learner in all aspects of life. That just sums him up.

"He enjoyed school. He was a good-looking boy and the girls loved him. But when he was about five he started to get upset and didn't want to go to school.

"We couldn't understand it. Nobody knew what was wrong. Then he blurted out that the girls kept kissing and cuddling him in the playground and he couldn't shake them off. He didn't know how to handle it.

"The headmaster was told and he made an announcement telling the girls to keep their hands off Keanu Reeves.

"They loved him even then and I knew he was going to be successful. He was so popular."

And Sam adds, "Throughout the time I was with him he was caring and a real pacifist - I tried to give him a hunting rifle when he was 13 but he gave it back to me because he said he didn't like killing.

"I'm so happy he has done something with his life - his acting and his music.

"He is very committed to that, when the only thing I was committed to was drugs...."

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Reeves Family


Reeves Family , Speed , Point Break

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