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.
- Son of 'F.D. Reeve' (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.
- 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.
- A Superbowl XXXIV commercial for a medical company, set in the future, portrayed Reeve as being able to walk, via computer animation. The next day, the company was flooded with phone calls from people asking how they had cured him.
- The character he portrayed on _"Smallville" (2001)_ (qv), Dr. Swann, was named after longtime Superman artist Curt Swann.
- Winner of a Grammy Award in the "Best Spoken Word Album" category for "Still Me" (1998)
- 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).
- 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.