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.
- 5/18/05: Was posthumously awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Stony Brook University's commencement on 5/20/05. His degree was accepted by Stony Brook graduate student 'Brooke Ellison' (qv), whose life and struggle against paralysis was the subject of a made-for-TV movie directed by the late actor just before his death in 2004.
- Winner of a Grammy Award in the "Best Spoken Word Album" category for "Still Me" (1998)
- 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv)'s son was named after him.
- His friend 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv) used to call him Superfoot because of his tendency to step on her toes while filming their dance scenes from _Somewhere in Time (1980)_ (qv).
- 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).
- 5/27/95: Paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident near Charlottesville, VA.
- Was the very first caller into Dr. Frasier Crane's radio show on the TV sitcom _"Frasier" (1993)_ (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.