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Birth information

25 September 1952 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

10 October 2004 Mount Kisco, New York, USA

Nickname

Chris
Toph
Tophy

How tall is Christopher Reeve?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Dana Reeve

Life Story of Christopher Reeve

Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney.

When he was four, his parents 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 at Cornell, he was one of two students selected (Robin Williams was the other) to study at New York's famous Juilliard School, 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.

Significant features of Christopher Reeve

Black hair and light bold blue eyes
Towering height and athletic physique
His iconic performance as Superman/Clark Kent

How much money has Christopher Reeve earned?

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

Publications and Magazines about Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life. 2002
Christopher Reeve Still Me. 1998
Christopher Andersen Somewhere in Heaven: The Remarkable Love Story of Dana and Christopher Reeve. 2008

Biographical movies about Christopher Reeve

Biography: "Christopher Reeve: Triumph, Tragedy and Courage" 2001

What movies did Christopher Reeve play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Yankee Irving - Kleiner Held ganz groß! (2006) , The Brooke Ellison Story (2004) , Freedom: A History of Us (2003) , Rear Window (1998) , Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope (1998) ,
Directors Filmography
Yankee Irving - Kleiner Held ganz groß! (2006) , The Brooke Ellison Story (2004) , In the Gloaming (1997) ,
Actors Filmography
Smallville (2004) Dr. Virgil Swann / Himself, The Practice (2003) Kevin Healy, Rear Window (1998) Jason Kemp, 9 (1996) Thurston Last, A Step Toward Tomorrow...

Birth information

25 September 1952 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

10 October 2004 Mount Kisco, New York, USA

Nickname

Chris
Toph
Tophy

How tall is Christopher Reeve?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Dana Reeve

Life Story of Christopher Reeve

Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney.

When he was four, his parents 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 at Cornell, he was one of two students selected (Robin Williams was the other) to study at New York's famous Juilliard School, 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.

Significant features of Christopher Reeve

Black hair and light bold blue eyes
Towering height and athletic physique
His iconic performance as Superman/Clark Kent

How much money has Christopher Reeve earned?

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

Publications and Magazines about Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life. 2002
Christopher Reeve Still Me. 1998
Christopher Andersen Somewhere in Heaven: The Remarkable Love Story of Dana and Christopher Reeve. 2008

Biographical movies about Christopher Reeve

Biography: "Christopher Reeve: Triumph, Tragedy and Courage" 2001

What movies did Christopher Reeve play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Yankee Irving - Kleiner Held ganz groß! (2006) , The Brooke Ellison Story (2004) , Freedom: A History of Us (2003) , Rear Window (1998) , Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope (1998) ,
Directors Filmography
Yankee Irving - Kleiner Held ganz groß! (2006) , The Brooke Ellison Story (2004) , In the Gloaming (1997) ,
Actors Filmography
Smallville (2004) Dr. Virgil Swann / Himself, The Practice (2003) Kevin Healy, Rear Window (1998) Jason Kemp, 9 (1996) Thurston Last, A Step Toward Tomorrow...

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Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978)

May 27, 1995: Paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident near Culpeper, Virginia.

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Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978)

Children, 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.

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1992: Son, with Dana Reeve, Will Reeve born.

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Christopher Reeve in Superman II - Allein gegen alle (1980)

Was a licensed pilot.

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Christopher Reeve in Superman III - Der stählerne Blitz (1983)

Attended Cornell University, where he lived in Risley Hall, as a member of the class of 1974, leaving for Juilliard after his junior year.

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Richard Pryor and Christopher Reeve in Superman III - Der stählerne Blitz (1983)

August 2000: Broke his leg after falling out of his wheelchair during a workout.

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Turned 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.

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Christopher Reeve and Marc McClure in Superman III - Der stählerne Blitz (1983)

Had gained 30 pounds for the role of Superman.

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Christopher Reeve and Helen Horton in Superman III - Der stählerne Blitz (1983)

Wrote an autobiography, "Still Me". The book was a bestseller, and he was working on another book at the time of his death.

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Christopher Reeve in Superman II - Allein gegen alle (1980)

Was 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.

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Kirstie Alley and Christopher Reeve in Das Dorf der Verdammten (1995)

The last character he played before his riding accident was a paralyzed individual in Above Suspicion (1995), which was released six days before the accident.

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Christopher Reeve and Thomas Dekker in Das Dorf der Verdammten (1995)

Attended the Supergirl (1984) premiere with Helen Slater.

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Mimi Rogers and Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

At the time he was paralyzed, he had been doing a film on horseback-riding safety.

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Kathy Baker and Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

Hal Ketchum's "Hang in There, Superman" was written about him.

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Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

He was the tallest out of the nine actors who have played Superman in movies and television, the others being Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Gerard Christopher, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, Henry Cavill, and Tyler Hoechlin.

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Christopher Reeve and Jay Patterson in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

Son of F.D. Reeve.

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Morgan Freeman, Christopher Reeve, Andre Gregory, Jay Patterson, Michael J. Reynolds, etc.

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).

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Kathy Baker and Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

Brother: Benjamin Reeve (born 1953). Half-brothers: Jeff Johnson and Kevin Johnson.

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Mimi Rogers and Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

Was 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.

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Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

After 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.

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Christopher Reeve and Andre Gregory in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

His 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).

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Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

Along 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).

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Morgan Freeman and Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

After 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.".

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Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

Took 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."

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Christopher Reeve and Erik King in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

At 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.

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Kathy Baker and Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

Had starred opposite Michael Keaton in the romantic comedy Speechless (1994). Keaton and Reeve portrayed DC Comics' two most iconic characters, Batman and Superman respectively.

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Morgan Freeman, Christopher Reeve, Shari Hilton, etc.

The character he portrayed on Smallville (2001), Dr. Swann, was named after longtime Superman artist Curt Swan.

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Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

Made 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.".

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Mimi Rogers and Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

May 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.

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Morgan Freeman and Christopher Reeve in Glitzernder Asphalt (1987)

Attended Juilliard with actor Kevin Conroy, who later went on to provide the voice of Batman for the animated Bruce Timm series.

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Christopher Reeve and Fernando Rey in Monsignor (1982)

His 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).

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Christopher Reeve in Monsignor (1982)

The 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.".

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Geneviève Bujold and Christopher Reeve in Monsignor (1982)

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.

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Christopher Reeve and Joe Cortese in Monsignor (1982)

He 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.

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Geneviève Bujold and Christopher Reeve in Monsignor (1982)

A Super Bowl XXXIV (2000) 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.

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Christopher Reeve in Monsignor (1982)

Was 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.

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Daryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in Das Fenster zum Hof (1998)

Was 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.

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Christopher Reeve in Absturz in der Wildnis (1985)

Winner of a Grammy Award in the "Best Spoken Word Album" category for "Still Me" (1998)

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Christopher Reeve in Absturz in der Wildnis (1985)

While 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.

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Rosanna Arquette and Christopher Reeve in Absturz in der Wildnis (1985)

April 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.

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