Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

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

Christopher Reeve's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Smallville TV Show
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 - Street Smart
1987 - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1987 - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
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]


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.

  • Along with 'Margot Kidder' (qv), 'Jackie Cooper (I)' (qv), and 'Marc McClure (I)' (qv), he is one of only four actors to appear in the first four Superman films: _Superman (1978)_ (qv), _Superman II (1980)_ (qv), _Superman III (1983)_ (qv), and _Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)_ (qv).
  • 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.".
  • At the time he was paralyzed, he had been doing a film on horseback-riding safety.
  • His last theatrical film, 'John Carpenter (I)' (qv)'s _Village of the Damned (1995)_ (qv), paired him with 'Mark Hamill (I)' (qv), who provided the voice of the Joker in the animated _"Batman" (1992)_ (qv).
  • Following _Superman (1978)_ (qv), he was offered a number of scripts for action films, one of which he claims was a script for a film about the Viking Eric the Red. He turned them down because he felt they didn't require much in the way of acting. Instead, he chose _Somewhere in Time (1980)_ (qv) as his first post-Superman film, against the advice of his agent, because he liked the script and the character.
  • Son of 'F.D. Reeve' (qv).
  • Was offered numerous roles, such as the lead in _The Running Man (1987)_ (qv) and _Total Recall (1990)_ (qv) (both of which went to 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)). He turned them down to take on more challenging ones.
  • Attended Cornell University, where he lived in Risley Hall, as a member of the class of 1974, leaving for Juilliard after his junior year.

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