52 (passed away Oct. 10th, 2004)
Sep. 25th, 1952
New York City, New York, USA
Christopher Reeve's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1995 - 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
Christopher Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City. At age four, his parents (journalist Barbara Johnson (XI) 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 (I) was the other) to study at New York's famous Juilliard School of Performing Arts, under the renowned John Houseman (I). 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.
- The _"Smallville" (2001)_ (qv) episode "Devoted" was dedicated to his memory, with the caption at the end of the credits reading: "He made us believe a man could fly.".
- Was only 24 years old when he was cast by 'Richard Donner' (qv) in _Superman (1978)_ (qv), making him the youngest actor ever to play the part of Superman.
- 5/3/02: He and wife 'Dana Reeve' (qv) opened a center devoted to teaching paralyzed people to live more independently in Short Hills, NJ. Known as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, the facility operates a website, publishes "Paralysis Resource Guide" and houses the largest U.S. collection of paralysis-related publications. The Reeve Family Foundation has also distributed grants to paralysis researchers totaling some $22 million.
- 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.
- Died at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, after suffering heart failure while being treated for a severely infected pressure wound (common among paralyzed people).
- A picture of him as "Superman" appears at the end credits of _European Vacation (1985)_ (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.
- While Reeve was filming _Somewhere in Time (1980)_ (qv), the local theater decided to show his breakout hit _Superman (1978)_ (qv). Many "Somewhere" cast members joined locals for the event. Early into the screening, the sound went out. Reeve, who was seated next to co-star 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv), stood up in the audience and delivered all the lines.