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
1987 - Street Smart
1984 - The Bostonians
1983 - Superman III
1983 - Superman III
1982 - Deathtrap
1980 - Superman II
1980 - Superman II
1980 - Somewhere in Time
1978 - Superman
1978 - Gray Lady Down
1978 - Superman

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



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.
  • 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv)'s son was named after him.
  • 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.
  • Took some criticism for his portrayal of Clark Kent (Superman's alter ego) as a weak, bumbling nerd. This characterization (which he said was based on a younger 'Cary Grant' (qv)), in Reeve's opinion, was necessary because he felt that there had to be some kind of a difference between Superman and Clark Kent, otherwise "it's just the same guy in glasses."
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Was a fan of _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv). He claimed that watching it helped him through his physical therapy.
  • At the height of his popularity as Superman, a group of children who recognized him in a park purposefully threw their Frisbee over a fence and then asked him to fly after it. Trying hard not to hurt their feelings, Reeve replied he couldn't fly after the Frisbee because his cape was in the washer, so they settled for him just reaching over the fence and handing it back to them.


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