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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Was roommate with 'Robin Williams (I)' (qv) at Juilliard. They remained close friends for the remainder of his life. Williams helped pay his medical bills during his final years and dedicated his 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv) lifetime achievement award to Reeve.
- His weight trainer for _Superman (1978)_ (qv) was British weight-lifting champion 'David Prowse (I)' (qv), who played Darth Vader in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv), _Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ (qv), and _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Said that after he was paralyzed, it was his wife's support that kept him from choosing death over living on a respirator.
- The character he portrayed on _"Smallville" (2001)_ (qv), Dr. Swann, was named after longtime Superman artist Curt Swann.