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.
- Along with 'Margot Kidder' (qv), 'Jackie Cooper (I)' (qv), and 'Marc McClure (I)' (qv), he is one of only four actors to appear in the first four Superman films: _Superman (1978)_ (qv), _Superman II (1980)_ (qv), _Superman III (1983)_ (qv), and _Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)_ (qv).
- January 2004: He was decorated by the Chilean government for his humanitarian work, with the Bernardo O'Higgins Order, by the Chilean chancellor in his home in New York.
- Wore nearly 25 different Superman costumes for _Superman (1978)_ (qv), some of which were specifically for walking and others that were for flying, and some of which were turquoise for blue screen shots (in order to balance out the blue of the uniform).
- Children, with Gae Exton: 'Matthew Reeve' (qv) (b. 1979) and 'Alexandra Reeve' (qv) (b. 1982).
- Winner of a Grammy Award in the "Best Spoken Word Album" category for "Still Me" (1998)
- 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).
- A picture of him as "Superman" appears at the end credits of _European Vacation (1985)_ (qv).
- Was a descendant of the prominent D'Olier family of France. Descendant of Humphrey Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Gloucester, younger brother of the famous King Henry V of England.