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

1995 - Above Suspicion
1994 - Speechless
1993 - The Remains of the Day
1992 - Noises Off...
1988 - Switching Channels
1987 - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1984 - The Bostonians
1983 - Superman III
1982 - Deathtrap
1980 - Superman II
1980 - Somewhere in Time
1978 - Gray Lady Down
1978 - Superman

Guest TV Roles

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


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.

  • 5/18/05: Was posthumously awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Stony Brook University's commencement on 5/20/05. His degree was accepted by Stony Brook graduate student 'Brooke Ellison' (qv), whose life and struggle against paralysis was the subject of a made-for-TV movie directed by the late actor just before his death in 2004.
  • The character he portrayed on _"Smallville" (2001)_ (qv), Dr. Swann, was named after longtime Superman artist Curt Swann.
  • 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv)'s son was named after him.
  • Among the lead roles turned down were Julian Kaye in _American Gigolo (1980)_ (qv), Richard Lestrange in _The Blue Lagoon (1980)_ (qv), Ned Racine in _Body Heat (1981)_ (qv), T.S. Garp in _The World According to Garp (1982)_ (qv), Jeff Spicoli in _Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)_ (qv), Allen Bauer in _Splash (1984)_ (qv), Daniel Jack T. Colton in _Romancing the Stone (1984)_ (qv), Dan Gallagher in _Fatal Attraction (1987)_ (qv), Martin Riggs in _Lethal Weapon (1987)_ (qv), Edward Lewis in _Pretty Woman (1990)_ (qv) and Fletcher Christian in _The Bounty (1984)_ (qv) (when 'David Lean (I)' (qv) was attached as director).
  • Son of 'F.D. Reeve' (qv).
  • Turned down the lead role in _American Gigolo (1980)_ (qv) which went to 'Richard Gere' (qv). Turned down the role of Fletcher Christian in _The Bounty (1984)_ (qv) which went to 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv). Turned down the lead role in _Body Heat (1981)_ (qv) which went to 'William Hurt (I)' (qv). Turned down the role of Mason Verger in _Hannibal (2001)_ (qv) which went to 'Gary Oldman' (qv). In 1976, turned down the role of Mark Harris in _"Man from Atlantis" (1977)_ (qv) which went to 'Patrick Duffy (I)' (qv). Turned down the role of Jack T. Colton in _Romancing the Stone (1984)_ (qv) which went to 'Michael Douglas (I)' (qv), who also served as one of the film's producers.
  • 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.
  • Took some criticism for his portrayal of Clark Kent (Superman's alter ego) as a weak, bumbling nerd. This characterization (which he said was based on a younger 'Cary Grant' (qv)), in Reeve's opinion, was necessary because he felt that there had to be some kind of a difference between Superman and Clark Kent, otherwise "it's just the same guy in glasses."

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