52 (passed away Oct. 10th, 2004)
Sep. 25th, 1952
New York City, New York, USA
Christopher Reeve's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- 1992: Son, with 'Dana Reeve' (qv), 'Will Reeve' (qv) born.
- 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.
- Made his Broadway debut starring opposite 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) in a production of "A Matter of Gravity" in 1976. Hepburn became very fond of him, both as an actor and as a person, and teased him that he would take care of her when she retired. Ironically, Reeve's reply was "Miss Hepburn, I don't think I'll live that long."
- 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).
- 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).
- The character he portrayed on _"Smallville" (2001)_ (qv), Dr. Swann, was named after longtime Superman artist Curt Swann.
- Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 452-454. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
- Said that after he was paralyzed, it was his wife's support that kept him from choosing death over living on a respirator.