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Keanu Reeves' First TV Commercial (VIDEO)

First Posted: 08/19/11 08:03 PM ET   Updated: 10/19/11 06:12 AM ET

Everyone has to get their start somewhere--even A-list celebrities like Keanu Reeves. Long before he made hearts race in "Speed" and even before he stepped into that time-travelling phone booth in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", Reeves stared in a classic Coca-Cola commercial.

In an unearthed advertisement from a time long before DVR and Hulu, a 16-year-old Reeves strapped on his helmet, put on a pair of bike shorts for a bike race in which an ice cold Coke was his reward for finishing the race in second place. Because a Coke is the first thing you want after completing a bike race, obviously.

We bet Reeves would have gone a lot faster if he knew there was a ticking time bomb under his seat.

But the real emotion of the 30 second commercial comes when another competitor asks a worn out Reeves, "Who's your coach?"

And in the actor's classic surfer-guy speech, he replies, "My daaaad."

A few months ago, Reeves confirmed to MTV that a long-gestating sequel to the classic films "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" is on its way, with a draft of a screenplay nearly finished.


And while you're at it, check out some other A-list celebrities that got their humble starts in the commercial business.


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  • Brad Pitt, Pringles

  • Matt LeBlanc, Heinz Ketchup

  • Elijah Wood, Pizza Hut

  • Meg Ryan, AIM Toothpaste

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Bubble Yum

  • Keanu Reeves, Corn Flakes

  • Morgan Freeman, Listerine

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar, Burger King

  • Dakota Fanning, Tide

  • Elle Fanning, Target

  • Demi Moore, Diet Coke

  • Ashley Tisdale, T-Mobile

  • Ben Affleck, Burger King

  • Evangeline Lilly, Live Links

  • Abigail Breslin, Toys "R" Us

  • Paul Rudd, Super Nintendo

  • Steve Carell, Brown's Chicken

  • Seth Green, Nerf

  • Bruce Willis, Seagrams Wine Coolers

  • Channing Tatum, Mountain Dew

  • Jack Black, Pitfall Video Game

  • John Travolta, Safeguard Bath Soap


Filed by Crystal Bell  |