52 (passed away Oct. 10th, 2004)
Sep. 25th, 1952
New York City, New York, USA
Christopher Reeve's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Christopher Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City. At age four, his parents (journalist Barbara Johnson and writer/professor Franklin F.D. Reeve) divorced. His mother moved sons Christopher and Benjamin to Princeton, New Jersey, and married an investment banker a few years later. After graduating from high school, Reeve studied at Cornell University, while at the same time working as a professional actor. In his final year of Cornell, he was one of two students selected Robin Williams was the other) to study at New York's famous Juilliard School of Performing Arts, under the renowned John Houseman. Although Christopher is best known for his role as Superman (1978), a role which he played with both charisma and grace, his acting career spans a much larger ground. Paralyzed after a horse riding accident, he died suddenly at age 52, after several years of living and working with his severe disability.
- 'Hal Ketchum' (qv)'s "Hang in There, Superman" was written about him.
- He went to Chile in 1987 during the military dictatorship to support about 80 Chilean artists (actors and directors) whose lives were threatened by the death squads of dictator 'Augusto Pinochet' (qv).
- A Superbowl XXXIV commercial for a medical company, set in the future, portrayed Reeve as being able to walk, via computer animation. The next day, the company was flooded with phone calls from people asking how they had cured him.
- Brother: Benjamin Reeve (b. 1953). Half-brothers: Jeff Johnson and Kevin Johnson.
- At the time of his death, he had regained partial movement in his fingers and toes, and said he could feel a pin prick anywhere on his body as well as differentiate hot and cold temperatures.
- Wore nearly 25 different Superman costumes for _Superman (1978)_ (qv), some of which were specifically for walking and others that were for flying, and some of which were turquoise for blue screen shots (in order to balance out the blue of the uniform).
- Was not given first billing in any of the Superman films until _Superman III (1983)_ (qv). As a relatively unknown actor at the time, he was given third billing behind 'Marlon Brando' (qv) and 'Gene Hackman' (qv) in the _Superman (1978)_ (qv), then given second billing behind Hackman in _Superman II (1980)_ (qv) before achieving top billing in the third film.
- Starred opposite 'Michael Keaton' (qv) in _Speechless (1994)_ (qv). Keaton and Reeve portrayed DC Comics' two most iconic characters, Batman and Superman respectively.