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Christopher D’Olier Reeve was born on 25 September 1952, in New York City, USA, of English descent. Christopher was an actor, author, screenwriter, producer, and director, best known for his portrayal of the comic book superhero “Superman”. He was considered one of the most successful actors during his time – he passed away in 2004.

How rich is Christopher Reeve? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that was at $3 million, mostly earned through success in the film industry. He appeared in a lot of critically acclaimed films including “The Remains of the Day” and “Street Smart”, and won numerous awards, all ensuring the position of his wealth.

Christopher Reeve Net Worth $3 million

Reeve attended Princeton Day School where he excelled in numerous aspects, including academics, athletics, and the arts. He found his passion for acting when he was cast in the play “The Yeomen of the Guard”, the first of many plays he would appear in, and later on he would be hired by the Harvard Summer Repertory Theater Company. He appeared in productions of “The Hostage” and “A Month in the Country”.

After matriculating, he acted in a few more plays and then decided to apply for college. He was accepted into numerous schools, but eventually decided to go to Cornell University because it was much nearer to New York City. He joined the theatre department of the school, and went on to appear in several plays, including “Life is a Dream”, “The Winter’s Tale” and “Waiting for Godot”. He was seen by high-profile agent Stark Hesseltine who offered to represent him, and the two decided that he should continue school while looking for work in vacations. During his remaining time at Cornell, he would go on and appear in several productions, as well as travel to Paris to immerse in the culture.

After returning home, he would attend Juilliard and he was able to convince Cornell to make it count as his senior year. Reeve and Robin Williams would be selected for Julliard’s advanced classes, and the two would become close friends. During his time there he auditioned for the Broadway play “A Matter of Gravity” which impressed Katharine Hepburn. His first Hollywood film was “Gray Lady Down”, in which he was given a small part.

In 1978, Reeve was offered an audition for the role of Clark Kent/Superman for the upcoming “Superman” film. After a lot of help, he was cast in the role, and would go on a two month training regimen to improve his physique. He would reprise the role for sequels “Superman II”, “Superman III”, and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”, while continuously improving his physique.. Later on, he would also make a cameo in the series “Smallville”.

After Superman, Christopher appeared in several films such as “Somewhere in Time”, and “Deathtrap”. He would also appear in various productions such as “The Fifth of July”. His career would continue to make progress in the 1980s, being cast in “The Royal Family”, “Street Smart”, and “The Aspern Papers”. He started becoming more active physically in the late 1980s, taking horse-riding lessons and even building a sailboat, and was subsequently given numerous roles in the early 1990s, just before his accident.

In 1995, while Reeve was continuing to train with horses and had an intention to become an equestrian athlete, his horse made a refusal that made him fall forward and break two of his vertebrae. He became paralyzed from the neck down, and needed surgery to reconnect his spine and skull.

For his personal life, it is known that Christopher married Dana Reeve in 1992, and they have a son. He was also previously involved with Gae Exton and they had two children. Christopher passed away after being treated with an antibiotic for an infection, which caused an adverse reaction, and he fell into a coma and died in 2004.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smallville2003-2004TV SeriesDr. Virgil Swann / Himself
The Practice2003TV SeriesKevin Healy
Rear Window1998TV MovieJason Kemp
91996Video GameThurston Last (voice)
Without Pity: A Film About Abilities1996TV MovieNarrator (voice)
A Step Toward Tomorrow1996Denny Gabriel
The Lion and the Lamb1996Video short voice
Black Fox: Good Men and Bad1995TV MovieAlan Johnson
Black Fox: The Price of Peace1995TV MovieAlan Johnson
Black Fox1995TV MovieAlan Johnson
Above Suspicion1995Dempsey Cain
Village of the Damned1995Dr. Alan Chaffee
Speechless1994Bob 'Bagdad' Freed
The Remains of the Day1993Jack Lewis
Frasier1993TV SeriesLeonard
Morning Glory1993Will Parker
The Sea Wolf1993TV MovieHumphrey Van Weyden
Nightmare in the Daylight1992TV MovieSean
Mortal Sins1992TV MovieFather Thomas Cusack
Tales from the Crypt1992TV SeriesFred
Noises Off...1992Frederick Dallas / Philip Brent
Avonlea1992TV SeriesRobert Rutherford
Death Dreams1991TV MovieGeorge Westfield
Carol & Company1991TV SeriesRex / Bob
Bump in the Night1991TV MovieLawrence Muller
Earthday Birthday1990TV MovieIt Zwibble (voice)
The Rose and the Jackal1990TV MovieAllan Pinkerton
The Great Escape II: The Untold Story1988TV MovieMaj. John Dodge
Switching Channels1988Blaine Bingham
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace1987Superman Clark Kent
Street Smart1987Jonathan Fisher
Anna Karenina1985TV MovieCount Vronsky
The Aviator1985Edgar Anscombe
The Bostonians1984Basil Ransome
Faerie Tale Theatre1983TV SeriesPrince Charming / 'My Son, the Prince'
Superman III1983Superman Clark Kent
Monsignor1982Father John Flaherty
Deathtrap1982Clifford Anderson
Superman II1980Superman Clark Kent
Somewhere in Time1980Richard Collier
Superman1978Superman Clark Kent
Gray Lady Down1978Phillips
The Wide World of Mystery1975TV Series
Great Performances1974TV SeriesOfficer
Love of Life1951TV SeriesBen Harper (1974-1976)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everyone's Hero2006executive producer
The Brooke Ellison Story2004TV Movie executive producer
Freedom: A History of Us2003TV Series documentary producer - 16 episodes
Rear Window1998TV Movie executive producer
Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope1998TV Movie documentary executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Freedom: A History of Us2003TV Series documentary creative consultant - 16 episodes
Vietnam Long Time Coming1998Documentary board of director: World TEAM Sports
Superman III1983production consultant - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everyone's Hero2006
The Brooke Ellison Story2004TV Movie
In the Gloaming1997TV Movie

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Practice2003TV Series story - 1 episode
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace1987story

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV Special performer: "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine", "Bloody Mary", "Mame", "Hello, Dolly!"
The Muppet Show1980TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ninja Immovable Heart2014dedicated to the memory of
Q&A with Ilya Salkind: Superman II2012Video documentary thanks
The Bad Superhero2012Short special thanks
Superman: Requiem2011in memory of
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
On the Pool Patio with Ilya Salkind2011Documentary thanks
Supermään2010Short in memory of
Artists of the Roundtable2008Video documentary special thanks
SmallvilleTV Series acknowledgment - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2007 in loving memory of - 1 episode, 2004
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman2006Video documentary dedicated to the memory of
Superman Returns2006dedicated to the memory of
Christopher Reeve: The Man of Steel2004Video documentary short special thanks
Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Visual FX of Smallville2004Video documentary short special thanks
The Crypt Keeper Presents: A Spine-Tingling Look at Tales from the Crypt1995Documentary short special thanks
Superman 50th Anniversary1988TV Movie documentary acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Wild Place with Christopher Reeve2005ShortHimself
HARDtalk Extra2004TV SeriesHimself
Christopher Reeve: The Man of Steel2004Video documentary shortHimself
Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Visual FX of Smallville2004Video documentary shortHimself
Paula Zahn Now2003-2004TV SeriesHimself
2003 World Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show2003TV SeriesHimself
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Hollywood Greats1999-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast with Frost2002TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live1997-2002TV SeriesHimself
Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Making 'Superman': Filming the Legend2001Video documentary shortHimself Superman Clark Kent
Taking Flight: The Development of 'Superman'2001Video documentary shortHimself Superman Clark Kent
Charlie Rose2001TV SeriesHimself
Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor: England's Fatal Flaw2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Remains of the Day: The Filmmaker's Journey2001Video documentary shortHimself
The BBC and the BAFTA Tribute to Michael Caine2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Back to 'Somewhere in Time'2000Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Stuntmakers1999TV SeriesHimself - Host
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHimself
De pe a pa1999TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The Toughest Break: Martin's Story1998TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1998TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1998TV SeriesHimself
Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Informational Special and Nominated: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The GQ Men of the Year Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-1997TV SeriesHimself
Corazón, corazón1995-1996TV SeriesHimself
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Inside the Actors Studio1996TV SeriesHimself
In the Wild1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Crypt Keeper Presents: A Spine-Tingling Look at Tales from the Crypt1995Documentary shortHimself
Good Morning America1979-1994TV SeriesHimself
The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller1994TV SeriesHimself
Love and Loyalty: The Making of 'The Remains of the Day'1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Earth Journeys with Christopher Reeve1993TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Earth and the American Dream1992DocumentaryReader (voice)
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1992TV SeriesHimself / Frederick Douglas
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
The American Constitution: The Road from Runnymede1992DocumentaryNarrator
Fear and the Muse: The Story of Anna Akhmatova1991DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Carol Burnett Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Trump: What's the Deal?1991DocumentaryHimself
Mending Hearts1991TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Un dia és un dia1990TV SeriesHimself
Live: The World's Greatest Stunts1990TV SpecialHimself
The 44th Annual Tony Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Revival
La parada1990TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
Bobby Brown His Prerogative1989Video documentary
CBS This Morning1988-1989TV SeriesHimself
Superman 50th Anniversary1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1979-1988TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Cinema 31984-1988TV SeriesHimself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen1988TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Future Flight1987TV MovieHimself - Host
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1987TV SeriesHimself
The Grand Knockout Tournament1987TV SpecialHimself
Film '721987TV SeriesHimself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Saturday Superstore1987TV SeriesHimself
Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?1986TV Series
Dinosaur!1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Superman III'1985TV Movie documentaryHimself Clark Kent Superman (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live1981-1985TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host / Various
Aspel & Company1985TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
The Golden Gong1985TV Movie documentaryHimself-Interviewee
The Wandering Company1984TV Movie documentaryActor of 'The Bostonians'
CBS Early Morning News1984TV SeriesHimself
Olympic Gala1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Guest
James Bond: The First 21 Years1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in Supporting Role
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHimself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Superman II'1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Arena1981TV Series documentaryHimself
Evening Magazine1979-1980TV SeriesHimself
Ryan's Hope1980TV SeriesHimself
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
The Muppet Show1980TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
Multi-Coloured Swap Shop1980TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Superman: The Movie'1980TV Movie documentaryHimself, host
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1979TV SeriesHimself
The Muppets Go Hollywood1979TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
V.I.P.-Schaukel1979TV Series documentaryHimself
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Special documentaryHimself
The 5th Annual People's Choice Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Male Performer in New Television Show
The 50th Anniversary Gala for USC's Film Department1979TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHimself
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Revista de cine1979TV SeriesHimself
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesSuperman Clark Kent
Replica2005
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialMemorial Tribute
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
De Superman2001TV Movie documentarySuperman
Superman: Screen Tests2001Video documentary shortSuperman Clark Kent
The Magic Behind the Cape2001Video documentary shortHimself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialSuperman (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1988TV SeriesBlaine Bingham
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show'1981TV Movie documentaryHimself / Hamlet
Clapper Board1981TV Series
Entertainment Tonight2008-2015TV SeriesHimself
Wogan: The Best Of2015TV SeriesHimself
Julie Walters: A Life on Screen2014TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentarySuperman Clark Kent (uncredited)
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHimself
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Actor, Superman
Los 802012TV SeriesHimself
No2012/IHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011-2012TV SeriesFrederick Dallas / Clark Kent
Smallville2005-2011TV SeriesDr. Virgil Swann
Nostalgia Critic2011TV SeriesClark Kent Superman
David Blaine: Beautiful Struggle2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Supermään2010ShortSuperman (uncredited)
Heroes of Jules Verne Festival2010DocumentaryHimself
Memòries de la tele2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Jesse's Story2009DocumentaryHimself
30 Days2008TV Series documentaryHimself
American Masters2008TV Series documentarySuperman
Waiting for Hockney2008DocumentaryHimself
Silenci?2008TV SeriesBlaine Bingham
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Hope in Motion2007Video documentaryHimself
Larry King Live: The Greatest Interviews2007VideoHimself
Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve2006Video documentary shortHimself
You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman2006Video documentaryHimself
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut2006VideoClark Kent Kal-El Superman
80s, El Soundtrack de una Generación2006DocumentaryHimself
Life of Pryor: The Richard Pryor Story2006TV Movie documentarySuperman
The Curse of Superman2006TV Movie documentaryHimself Superman Clark Kent (uncredited)
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Corazón de...2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Beyond Tomorrow2005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
80s2005TV Series documentarySuperman Clark Kent

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or MiniseriesRear Window (1998)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SpecialWithout Pity: A Film About Abilities (1996)· Sheila Nevins (executive producer)
· Michael Mierendorf (producer/director/writer)
· Jonathan Moss (co-ordinating producer)
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Direction of a Motion Picture or MiniseriesIn the Gloaming (1997)
1997Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 15 April 1997. At 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1996Jackie Coogan AwardYoung Artist AwardsFor his inspiration to youth.
1981Best ActorFantafestivalSomewhere in Time (1980)
1979BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsMost Promising Newcomer to Leading Film RolesSuperman (1978)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for TelevisionThe Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Non-Fiction Special (Traditional)Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps (2002)· Rudy Bednar (executive producer)
· Alastair Waddington (executive producer)
· Stuart Watts (producer)
· Ian A. Hunt (producer)
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionRear Window (1998)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SpecialChristopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope (1998)· Don Mischer
· Danette Herman (co-ordinating producer)
· Michael B. Seligman (supervising producer)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a SpecialIn the Gloaming (1997)
1997CableACECableACE AwardsDirecting a Dramatic Special or SeriesIn the Gloaming (1997)
1989Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorSwitching Channels (1988)
1984Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorSuperman III (1983)
1983Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorDeathtrap (1982)
1982Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorSuperman II (1980)
1981Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorSomewhere in Time (1980)
1979Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorSuperman (1978)

TitleSalary
Superman III (1983)$1,000,000
Superman II (1980)$500,000
Superman (1978)$250,000

#Fact
1He was of English, and small amounts of Irish and Welsh, ancestry.
2Was the second of three male Reeves' (genetically) in a row, after his own father F.D. Reeve and before his first son, Matthew Reeve, to be 6'4" tall. Additionally, his daughter, Alexandra Reeve Givens is 6'0" tall, a height which is considered extraordinarily tall for a woman.
3Has twice played a character who traveled back in time, and both times was for a woman: Superman (1978), and Somewhere in Time (1980).
4Reeve chose The Graduate (1967) as his favorite film for "Private Screenings," a publication sponsored by the AFI.
5Close friend Robin Williams dedicated his winning of the Cecil B. DeMille award to Reeve, 2004.
6Superman's adopted Kryptonian son Chris Kent from the 2006 ''Last Son Of Krypton'' story arc was named after him. The story was written by Geoff Johns and '_Superman (1978)'_ director Richard Donner.
7Casting directors were reportedly not impressed with many of his early auditions and screen tests, including the ones for Superman, due to his acting style being radically different from many other popular actors of the day.
8The ending credits of '_Superman Returns (2006)'_, a sequel of sorts to his Donner-directed films, features a tribute to him and his wife Dana Reeve that reads: "To Christopher and Dana Reeve, a pair of real-life superheroes''.
9Was considered for the lead role in Arthur (1981), a role which was ultimately portrayed by Dudley Moore, who at 5'2½" tall was more than one foot and one inch shorter, and born in April 1935, was 17½ years older than Reeve, at 6'4" tall and born in October 1952..
10An actor best known to play Superman, he was born on the same year and the same month that the pilot episode of Adventures of Superman (1952) first aired.
11Had appeared with Ned Beatty in four films: Gray Lady Down (1978), Superman (1978), Superman II (1980) and Switching Channels (1988).
12He was considered for the role of James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) before Timothy Dalton was cast.
13He was the only actor to play Clark Kent/Superman in more than one live-action film until 2013, when Henry Cavill was announced to reprise the role for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
14Had played a playwright in both Somewhere in Time (1980) and Deathtrap (1982).
15He was considered for the role of Westley in The Princess Bride (1987), which went to Cary Elwes.
16His great-grandfather, Mahlon Pitney of New Jersey, was appointed by President William Howard Taft as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving in the position from 1912 to 1922, which included a one year overlap with his appointer Taft, who was himself appointed to the Supreme Court as Chief Justice of the United States in 1921.
17Had twice played a character who traveled back in time for a woman that he loved: Superman (1978) and Somewhere in Time (1980).
18Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 15, 1997.
19He was the first and, so far, only actor to play a DC Comics title character (Superman) in more than three films.
20Before 2011, he held the record for playing the same comic book character more times than any other actor. He was overtaken by Hugh Jackman who has played Marvel Comics hero Wolverine in five films. Reeve does still have the honor of playing a titular hero more times though.
21He was the first actor to play Superman who was born after the character was created in 1938.
22He was posthumously inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
23Said he had originally planned for 1995 to be his comeback year, with lead roles in Village of the Damned (1995) and Above Suspicion (1995) and other major roles in the works, including a film reuniting him with director Richard Donner. Unfortunately, his comeback was cut short by his tragic horseriding accident.
24Cousin of Elizabeth Hubbard.
25Received a two-minute standing ovation at the 68th Annual Academy Awards in 1996. He was introducing a film montage recognizing how Hollywood has tackled social issues.
26Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York City.
27Among the lead roles turned down were Julian Kaye in American Gigolo (1980), Richard Lestrange in The Blue Lagoon (1980), Ned Racine in Body Heat (1981), T.S. Garp in The World According to Garp (1982), Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Allen Bauer in Splash (1984), Daniel Jack T. Colton in Romancing the Stone (1984), Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction (1987), Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon (1987), Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman (1990) and Fletcher Christian in The Bounty (1984) (when David Lean was attached as director).
28He had a love of Scotland and its countryside. He often visited Scotland with his family.
29Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 452-454. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
30Was offered Richard Gere's role in Pretty Woman (1990). When he went in to do a reading, he was not given actress Julia Roberts 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.
31Was a licensed hang glider pilot. This proved useful during the making of Superman (1978), as his knowledge of how flying works allowed him to create distinctive movements for Superman during the flight scenes.
32Was the very first caller into Dr. Frasier Crane's radio show on the situation comedy Frasier (1993).
33Was a descendant of the prominent D'Olier family of France, and also descended from Humphrey of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Gloucester and 1st Earl of Pembroke, son, brother, and uncle of three famous King Henrys, as youngest (fourth) son of King Henry IV of England, youngest brother of King Henry V of England, and uncle of his brother's son, King Henry VI of England.
34Following Superman (1978), 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) as his first post-Superman film, against the advice of his agent, because he liked the script and the character.
35Godfather and namesake of Christopher Keach, Jane Seymour's son.
36At 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.
37April 9, 1979: After meeting Reeve at the Academy Awards, John Wayne, then ill with cancer, turned to Cary Grant and said, "This is our new man. He's taking over." two months and two days later, June 11, 1979, Wayne died.
38While Reeve was filming Somewhere in Time (1980), the local theater decided to show his breakout hit Superman (1978). Many Somewhere in Time 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, stood up in the audience and delivered all the lines.
39Winner of a Grammy Award in the "Best Spoken Word Album" category for "Still Me" (1998)
40Was only 24 years old when he was cast by Richard Donner in Superman (1978), making him the youngest actor ever to play the part of Superman.
41Was a huge fan of the television series Law & Order (1990). He claimed that watching it helped him through his physical therapy.
42Was not given first billing in any of the Superman films until Superman III (1983). As a relatively unknown actor at the time, he was given third billing behind Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman in Superman (1978), then given second billing behind Hackman in Superman II (1980) before achieving top billing in the third film.
43A 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.
44He went to Chile in 1987 during the military dictatorship to support about 80 Chilean artists (actors and directors) whose lives were threatened by the death squads of dictator Augusto Pinochet.
45January 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.
46Wore nearly 25 different Superman costumes for Superman (1978), 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).
47A picture of him as Superman appears at the end credits of National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985).
48The Smallville (2001) episode "Devoted" was dedicated to his memory, with the caption at the end of the credits reading: "He made us believe a man could fly.".
49His last theatrical film, John Carpenter's Village of the Damned (1995), paired him with Mark Hamill, who provided the voice of the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series (1992).
50Was 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.
51Attended Juilliard with actor Kevin Conroy, who later went on to provide the voice of Batman for the animated Bruce Timm series.
52May 18, 2005: Was posthumously awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick, and an honorary degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) at Stony Brook University's commencement on May 20, 2005. His degree was accepted by Stony Brook graduate student Brooke Ellison, whose life and struggle against paralysis was the subject of a television movie directed by the late actor just before his death in 2004.
53Made his Broadway debut starring opposite Katharine Hepburn 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.".
54The character he portrayed on Smallville (2001), Dr. Swann, was named after longtime Superman artist Curt Swan.
55Had starred opposite Michael Keaton in the romantic comedy Speechless (1994). Keaton and Reeve portrayed DC Comics' two most iconic characters, Batman and Superman respectively.
56At the time of his death, he had regained partial movement in his fingers and toes, and said he could feel a pin prick anywhere on his body as well as differentiate hot and cold temperatures.
57Took some criticism for his portrayal of Clark Kent (Superman's alter ego) as a weak, bumbling nerd. This characterization (which he said was based on a younger Cary Grant), in Reeve's opinion, was necessary because he felt that there had to be some kind of a difference between Superman and Clark Kent, otherwise "it's just the same guy in glasses."
58After he died, a number of memorial cartoons to commemorate his death were Superman-themed. Many artists drew Reeve as Superman flying away from the wheelchair. In one picture, Superman came to Reeve's grave with flowers. In another picture, a grief-stricken Superman reads the news of Reeve's death in the Daily Planet newspaper and says to the reader, "He was my hero." In another, Captain America, Spider-Man and Batman come to Reeve's grave with Batman, commenting, "He really was a super man." In another, a young boy in a wheelchair tells the reader, "He was the Man of Steel. He had incredible vision. He used his powers to save people. Nothing could stop him. And I think before that he acted in some Superman movies." Some pictures depicted Reeve arriving in heaven dressed as Superman; in one, he says to Gabriel, "You can keep the wings." In another, dressed as a regular angel, he declines the wings by saying, "No thanks, I'd rather walk.".
59His close friend Jane Seymour used to call him Superfoot because of his tendency to step on her toes while filming their dance scenes from Somewhere in Time (1980).
60Along with Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper and Marc McClure, he was one of only four actors to appear in the first four Superman films: Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).
61His weight trainer for Superman (1978) was British weightlifting champion David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
62After the critical and box-office failure of Superman III (1983), he was reluctant to do a fourth Superman film, especially if it was going to be treated as a farce. He eventually agreed to do it when the producers promised him story input and that they would finance a longtime pet project of his, the gritty crime drama Street Smart (1987), in which he played an amoral reporter.
63Was roommates with Robin Williams 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 lifetime achievement award to Reeve.
64Said that after he was paralyzed, it was his wife's support that kept him from choosing death over living on a respirator.
65Brother: Benjamin Reeve (born 1953). Half-brothers: Jeff Johnson and Kevin Johnson.
66Died 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).
67Son of F.D. Reeve.
68He was the tallest out of the nine actors who have played Superman in movies and television, the others being Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, John Newton, Gerard Christopher, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill.
69Hal Ketchum's "Hang in There, Superman" was written about him.
70Jane Seymour's son was named after him.
71At the time he was paralyzed, he had been doing a film on horseback-riding safety.
72Attended the Supergirl (1984) premiere with Helen Slater.
73The last character he played before his riding accident was a paralyzed individual in Above Suspicion (1995), which was released six days before the accident.
74May 3, 2002: He and wife Dana Reeve opened a center devoted to teaching paralyzed people to live more independently in Short Hills, New Jersey. 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.
75Was offered numerous roles, such as the lead in The Running Man (1987) and Total Recall (1990) (both of which went to Arnold Schwarzenegger). He turned them down to take on more challenging ones.
76Wrote an autobiography, "Still Me". The book was a bestseller, and he was working on another book at the time of his death.
77Had gained 30 pounds for the role of Superman.
78Turned down the lead role in American Gigolo (1980) which went to Richard Gere. Turned down the role of Fletcher Christian in The Bounty (1984) which went to Mel Gibson. Turned down the lead role in Body Heat (1981) which went to William Hurt. Turned down the role of Mason Verger in Hannibal (2001) which went to Gary Oldman. In 1976, turned down the role of Mark Harris in Man from Atlantis (1977) which went to Patrick Duffy. Turned down the role of Jack T. Colton in Romancing the Stone (1984) which went to Michael Douglas, who also served as one of the film's producers.
79August 2000: Broke his leg after falling out of his wheelchair during a workout.
80Attended Cornell University, where he lived in Risley Hall, as a member of the class of 1974, leaving for Juilliard after his junior year.
81Was a licensed pilot.
821992: Son, with Dana Reeve, Will Reeve born.
83Children, with Gae Exton: Matthew Reeve (born 1979) and Alexandra Reeve Givens (born 1982). Gae was quoted several times, in various publications and on talk shows as saying "Having one child out of wedlock is fashionable, but having two is tacky," or similar, including in People Magazine.
84May 27, 1995: Paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident near Culpeper, Virginia.

#Quote
1[on his close friend Robin Williams] Thank God I wear a seat-belt in this chair, because I would have fallen out laughing. In the middle of a tragedy like this, in the middle of a depression, you can still experience genuine joy and laughter and love. And anyone who says life's not worth living is totally wrong, totally wrong.
2I feel that every generation should have a Superman for its own time. I was the right Superman for the 1970s and early 1980s. If they want to do it again, there ought to be a Superman for this time. [Comics Scene magazine, May 1995]
3[on Smallville (2001)] I was, at first a bit skeptical but the writing, acting and the special effects are all quite remarkable.
4What you probably don't know is that I left New York last September and I just arrived here this morning. And I'm glad I did because I wouldn't have missed this kind of welcome for the world. Thank you. [After he received a standing ovation when he appeared at the 68th Annual Academy Awards to present a film reel on how Hollywood has tackled social issues]
5I refuse to allow a disability to determine how I live my life. I don't mean to be reckless, but setting a goal that seems a bit daunting actually is very helpful toward recovery
6A hero is someone who in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers goes ahead and overcomes anyway.
7I often refer to Abraham Lincoln, who said, "When I do good I feel good. When I do bad I feel bad. And that is my religion." I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us. It may be God, I don't know. But I think that if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do.
8[on Superman's enduring popularity] He's a friend. Everybody needs a friend. That's why he's still here.
9So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
10[on the famous fight scene in Superman II (1980)] The Salkinds [producers Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind] wanted to make a splash. Their vision was really big. I remember much of that as being fun. The strong wind blowing the cars around, from the three baddies with their super breath, that was all staged by [Richard Lester]. And it had an element of humor to it, so it was fun for us to think of gags.
11[on the reshoots of Superman II (1980) after changing directors] It was usually done whenever a set doubled or we had a problem with expensive actors being available. I remember we did many scenes from the Daily Planet, if not all of them, while we were doing Part One. So those were pretty much in the bank. Gene Hackman, to the extent that he was in Part Two, was also done while he was around for Part One. I don't remember that he came back again.
12The key to success is letting the relationships in your life grow to the highest levels they possibly can... not putting yourself first in life and remembering that the more you give away, the more you have.
13[on his post-accident role in Rear Window (1998)] I was worried that only acting with my voice and my face, I might not be able to communicate effectively enough to tell the story. But I was surprised to find that if I really concentrated and just let the thoughts happen, that they would read on my face.
14Hollywood needs to do more. Let's continue to take risks. Let's tackle the issues. In many ways our film community can do it better than anyone else.
15[from a Barbara Walters interview a few months prior to his death] I am getting older and time is ticking. The more time goes by the more I feel a sense of urgency and I can accept anything except for complacency.
16[from an interview three months before the release of Superman III (1983)] Look, I've flown, I've become evil, loved, stopped and turned the world backward, I've faced my peers, I've befriended children and small animals, and I've rescued cats from trees. What else is there left for Superman to do that hasn't been done?
17Your body is not who you are. The mind and spirit transcend the body.
18[on the weight training he did for Superman (1978)] I actually thought I was in pretty good shape before, but by the time we were done, I felt like I was ready to take on Muhammad Ali!
19[on director Richard Lester's filming of Superman III (1983)] [He] was always looking for a gag - sometimes to the point where the gags involving Richard Pryor went over the top. I mean, I didn't think that his going off the top of a building, on skis with a pink tablecloth around his shoulders, was particularly funny.
20[Jerry Siegel] and [Joe Shuster] created a piece of American mythology. It was my privilege to be the onscreen custodian of the character in the '70s and '80s. There will be many interpretations of Superman, but the original character created by two teenagers in the '30s will last forever.
21[on making sequels] You know, when you make sequels, they have to be better each time. And you have to spend the money. I remember on Superman II (1980), we once went down to St. Lucia in the Caribbean from Pinewood--took a whole crew to get a shot of Superman picking a flower by a stream. And we had just been to Norway to get some shots of him in the snow fields. All that was scaled down by the producers of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), and I think the film looks ersatz as a result.
22I asked Sean Connery how to avoid being typecast and he said, "First you have to be good enough that they ask you to play it again and again.".
23I have seen first-hand how Superman actually transforms people's lives.
24[on Robin Williams' visiting him in the hospital shortly after the accident] There was this guy wearing a blue scrub hat and a yellow gown and with a Russian accent, being some insane Russian doctor... I laughed for the first time, and I knew that life was going to be okay.
25A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
26What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that's how I approached the part.
27Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.

#Trademark
1His iconic performance as Superman/Clark Kent
2Towering height and athletic physique
3Black hair and light bold blue eyes

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