Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

Age
52 (passed away Oct. 10th, 2004)
Birthday
Sep. 25th, 1952
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
Height
6' 4

Christopher Reeve's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Smallville TV Show
Smallville
The Carol Burnett Show TV Show
The Carol Burnett Show
Carol & Company TV Show
Carol & Company
Paula Zahn Now TV Show
Paula Zahn Now
 

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
2015 - Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
1995 - Above Suspicion
1994 - Speechless
1993 - The Remains of the Day
1992 - Noises Off...
1992 - Noises Off...
1988 - Switching Channels
1987 - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1987 - Street Smart
1987 - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1984 - The Bostonians
1983 - Superman III
1983 - Superman III
1982 - Deathtrap
1980 - Somewhere in Time
1980 - Superman II
1980 - Superman II
1978 - Superman
1978 - Gray Lady Down
1978 - Superman

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself
1
Himself - Actor
1
Prince Charming
1
Leonard (Voiced)
1
Kevin Healy
1
Himself
1
Himself
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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.


TRIVIA:
  • 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.
  • Following _Superman (1978)_ (qv), he was offered a number of scripts for action films, one of which he claims was a script for a film about the Viking Eric the Red. He turned them down because he felt they didn't require much in the way of acting. Instead, he chose _Somewhere in Time (1980)_ (qv) as his first post-Superman film, against the advice of his agent, because he liked the script and the character.
  • Turned down the lead role in _American Gigolo (1980)_ (qv) which went to 'Richard Gere' (qv). Turned down the role of Fletcher Christian in _The Bounty (1984)_ (qv) which went to 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv). Turned down the lead role in _Body Heat (1981)_ (qv) which went to 'William Hurt (I)' (qv). Turned down the role of Mason Verger in _Hannibal (2001)_ (qv) which went to 'Gary Oldman' (qv). In 1976, turned down the role of Mark Harris in _"Man from Atlantis" (1977)_ (qv) which went to 'Patrick Duffy (I)' (qv). Turned down the role of Jack T. Colton in _Romancing the Stone (1984)_ (qv) which went to 'Michael Douglas (I)' (qv), who also served as one of the film's producers.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • At the height of his popularity as Superman, a group of children who recognized him in a park purposefully threw their Frisbee over a fence and then asked him to fly after it. Trying hard not to hurt their feelings, Reeve replied he couldn't fly after the Frisbee because his cape was in the washer, so they settled for him just reaching over the fence and handing it back to them.
  • Was slated to direct a fifth Superman film featuring a new actor in the lead role if the fourth film was successful. Since the fourth film did poorly at the box office, the fifth film never materialized.


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