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.
- 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).
- The last character he played before his riding accident was a paralyzed individual in _Above Suspicion (1995)_ (qv), which was released six days before the accident.
- Attended Cornell University, where he lived in Risley Hall, as a member of the class of 1974, leaving for Juilliard after his junior year.
- He is the tallest out of the six actors who have played Superman, the others being 'Kirk Alyn' (qv), 'George Reeves (I)' (qv), 'Dean Cain' (qv), 'Tom Welling' (qv), and 'Brandon Routh' (qv).
- He had a love of Scotland and its countryside. He often visited Scotland with his family.
- 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).
- Wrote an autobiography, "Still Me." The book was a bestseller, and he was working on another book at the time of his death.
- 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.