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

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 - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1987 - Street Smart
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 - Gray Lady Down
1978 - Superman

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Special Guest Star
1
Himself - Actor
1
Prince Charming
1
Leonard (Voiced)
1
Himself
1
Kevin Healy
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:
  • 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.".
  • After the critical and box-office failure of _Superman III (1983)_ (qv), he was reluctant to do a fourth Superman film, especially if it was going to be treated as a farce. He eventually agreed to do it when the producers promised him story input and that they would finance a longtime pet project of his, the gritty crime drama _Street Smart (1987)_ (qv), in which he played an amoral reporter.
  • Attended the _Supergirl (1984)_ (qv) premiere with 'Helen Slater (I)' (qv).
  • Was a fan of _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv). He claimed that watching it helped him through his physical therapy.
  • 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).
  • 'Hal Ketchum' (qv)'s "Hang in There, Superman" was written about him.
  • At the time he was paralyzed, he had been doing a film on horseback-riding safety.
  • Was offered 'Richard Gere' (qv)'s role in _Pretty Woman (1990)_ (qv). When he went in to do a reading, he was not given actress 'Julia Roberts (I)' (qv) to read with, but the casting director, giving a half hearted effort at best. Reeve felt this was extremely unprofessional and chose not to do the film.


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