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
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
Himself
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:
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv)'s son was named after him.
  • 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.
  • Was a licensed pilot.
  • August 2000: Broke his leg after falling out of his wheelchair during a workout.
  • 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.
  • 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.".


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