Canadian sitcom credited as Keanu Reeves’ first screen appearance


“Hang on” ran from 1981 to 1987, racking up a staggering seven seasons and 110 episodes over that span. The show focused on the staff of a counseling center as they attempt to address issues plaguing various young people. One such troubled kid – credited only as a “teenage client” – was played by a young Keanu Reeves, who appeared in a single 1984 episode titled “Happiness is a warm Grover.” It’s far from the most hyped or glamorous part, but in the end, it was a start. Also, it set him on the path to pop culture greatness, so in that regard, that surely counts for something.

While Reeves’ Hollywood stock has grown, he hasn’t appeared on the small screen as often as he once did. Though he hasn’t completely ditched it in favor of movies, as he’s officially signed on to appear in Hulu’s “The Devil in the White City.” Based on the novel of the same name by Erik Larson, the series tells the story of an exceptional architect named Daniel H. Burnham, who seeks to make a splash at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Meanwhile, the killer serial Dr. HH Holmes embarks on one of the first major murder sprees in the United States. In addition to starring, Reeves will serve as executive producer alongside Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Keanu Reeves will go down as a silver-screen staple, but his TV work is also worth considering — and to think, it all started with a minor role in “Hangin’ In.”


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