Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

Age
52 (passed away Oct. 10th, 2004)
Birthday
Sep. 25th, 1952
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
Height
6' 4

Christopher Reeve's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Smallville TV Show
Smallville
The Carol Burnett Show TV Show
The Carol Burnett Show
Carol & Company TV Show
Carol & Company
Paula Zahn Now TV Show
Paula Zahn Now
 

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
2015 - Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
1995 - Above Suspicion
1994 - Speechless
1993 - The Remains of the Day
1992 - Noises Off...
1992 - Noises Off...
1988 - Switching Channels
1987 - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1987 - Street Smart
1987 - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1984 - The Bostonians
1983 - Superman III
1983 - Superman III
1982 - Deathtrap
1980 - Superman II
1980 - Somewhere in Time
1980 - Superman II
1978 - Superman
1978 - Superman
1978 - Gray Lady Down

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself
1
Himself - Actor
1
Prince Charming
1
Leonard (Voiced)
1
Himself
1
Himself
1
Kevin Healy
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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.


TRIVIA:
  • At the height of his popularity as Superman, a group of children who recognized him in a park purposefully threw their Frisbee over a fence and then asked him to fly after it. Trying hard not to hurt their feelings, Reeve replied he couldn't fly after the Frisbee because his cape was in the washer, so they settled for him just reaching over the fence and handing it back to them.
  • Was a licensed hang glider pilot. This proved useful during the making of _Superman (1978)_ (qv), as his knowledge of how flying works allowed him to create distinctive movements for Superman during the flight scenes.
  • Was roommate with 'Robin Williams (I)' (qv) at Juilliard. They remained close friends for the remainder of his life. Williams helped pay his medical bills during his final years and dedicated his 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv) lifetime achievement award to Reeve.
  • Son of 'F.D. Reeve' (qv).
  • 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).
  • Said that after he was paralyzed, it was his wife's support that kept him from choosing death over living on a respirator.
  • He is the tallest out of the six actors who have played Superman, the others being 'Kirk Alyn' (qv), 'George Reeves (I)' (qv), 'Dean Cain' (qv), 'Tom Welling' (qv), and 'Brandon Routh' (qv).
  • Made his Broadway debut starring opposite 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) in a production of "A Matter of Gravity" in 1976. Hepburn became very fond of him, both as an actor and as a person, and teased him that he would take care of her when she retired. Ironically, Reeve's reply was "Miss Hepburn, I don't think I'll live that long."


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