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

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 - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1987 - Street Smart
1984 - The Bostonians
1983 - Superman III
1983 - Superman III
1982 - Deathtrap
1980 - Superman II
1980 - Superman II
1980 - Somewhere in Time
1978 - Superman
1978 - Gray Lady Down
1978 - Superman

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



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:
  • A picture of him as "Superman" appears at the end credits of _European Vacation (1985)_ (qv).
  • Was slated to direct a fifth Superman film featuring a new actor in the lead role if the fourth film was successful. Since the fourth film did poorly at the box office, the fifth film never materialized.
  • His friend 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv) used to call him Superfoot because of his tendency to step on her toes while filming their dance scenes from _Somewhere in Time (1980)_ (qv).
  • 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.
  • After he died, a number of memorial cartoons to commemorate his death were Superman-themed. Many artists drew Reeve as Superman flying away from the wheelchair. In one picture, Superman came to Reeve's grave with flowers. In another picture, a grief-stricken Superman reads the news of Reeve's death in The Daily Planet newspaper and says to the reader, "He was my hero." In another, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Batman come to Reeve's grave with Batman, commenting, "He really was a super man." In another, a young boy in a wheelchair tells the reader, "He was the Man of Steel. He had incredible vision. He used his powers to save people. Nothing could stop him. And I think before that he acted in some Superman movies." Some pictures depicted Reeve arriving in heaven dressed as Superman; in one, he says to Gabriel, "You can keep the wings." In another, dressed as a regular angel, he declines the wings by saying, "No thanks, I'd rather walk.".
  • Wrote an autobiography, "Still Me." The book was a bestseller, and he was working on another book at the time of his death.
  • 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).
  • 1979: After meeting Reeve at the Academy Awards, 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) turned to 'Cary Grant' (qv) and said, "This is our new man. He's taking over.".


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