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.
- Died at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, after suffering heart failure while being treated for a severely infected pressure wound (common among paralyzed people).
- 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.
- 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.
- Wrote an autobiography, "Still Me." The book was a bestseller, and he was working on another book at the time of his death.
- Was not given first billing in any of the Superman films until _Superman III (1983)_ (qv). As a relatively unknown actor at the time, he was given third billing behind 'Marlon Brando' (qv) and 'Gene Hackman' (qv) in the _Superman (1978)_ (qv), then given second billing behind Hackman in _Superman II (1980)_ (qv) before achieving top billing in the third film.
- 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.
- 5/27/95: Paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident near Charlottesville, VA.
- Godfather of Christopher Keach, 'Jane Seymour (I)' (qv)'s son.