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Birthday: September 25, 1952
Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 6' 4"
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Christopher Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City. When he was four, his parents (journalist Barbara Johnson and writer/professor Franklin Reeve) divorced. His mother moved with 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 most well 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.
- Paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident near Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. [27 May 1995]
- Children, with Gae Exton: Matthew (b. 1979) and Alexandra (b. 1982).
- Son, with Dana Reeve: Will Reeve (b. 1992).
- Was a licensed pilot.
- Attended Cornell University, where he lived in Risley Hall, as a member of the class of 1974, leaving for Juilliard after his junior year.
- Broke his leg after falling out of his wheelchair during a workout. [August 2000]
- Turned down the lead role in American Gigolo (1980).
- Gained 30 pounds for the role of Superman.
- Wrote an autobiography, "Still Me." The book was a bestseller, and he was working on another book at the time of his death.
- Was offered numerous roles, such as the lead in _Running Man, The (1987)_ (which went to Arnold Schwarzenegger). He turned down these roles to take on more challenging ones.
- He and his wife opened the first center in the United States devoted to teaching paralyzed people to live more independently, in Short Hills, New Jersey, May 3, 2002. Known as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, the facility operates a website, publishes new "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 totalling some million.
- The last character he played before his riding accident was a paralyzed individual in the film Above Suspicion (1995), which was released six days before the accident.
- Attended the Supergirl (1984) premiere with Helen Slater.
- At the time he was paralyzed, he had been doing a film on horseback-riding safety.
- Jane Seymour's son was named after him.
- Hal Ketchum's "Hang in There, Superman" was written about him.
- He is the tallest out of the six actors who have played Superman, the others being Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, and Brandon Routh.
- Turned down the role of Fletcher Christian in The Bounty (1984).
- Turned down the lead role in Body Heat (1981).
- Son of F.D. Reeve.
- Turned down two films that later went to Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Running Man (1987) and Total Recall (1990).
- Was offered, but declined, the role of Mason Verger in Hannibal (2001). The role was eventually given to Gary Oldman.
- 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).
- Brother: Benjamin Reeve (b. 1953). Half-brothers: Jeff Johnson and Kevin Johnson.
- Relationship with Gae Exton, mother of his two oldest children (1977-1987).
- Said that after he was paralyzed, it was his wife's support that kept him from chosing death over living on a respirator.
- In 1976, turned down the role of Mark Harris in _Man from Atlantis (1977) (TV)_ .
- Roommates with Robin Williams at Juilliard. They remained close friends for the remainder of his life.
- 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.
- His longtime friend Robin Williams helped pay his medical bills during his final years.
- Turned down the role of Jack T. Colton in Romancing the Stone (1984). The part eventually went to Michael Douglas, who also served as one of the film's producers.
- His weight trainer for Superman (1978) was British weight-lifting champion David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
- Along with Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper, and Marc McClure, he is 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).
- His friend Jane Seymour used to call him "Bigfoot."
- After he died, a number of political cartoons drawn 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."
- 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."
- 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.
- Starred opposite Michael Keaton in Speechless (1994). Keaton and Reeve portrayed DC Comics' two most iconic characters, Batman and Superman respectively.
- The character he portrayed on "Smallville" (2001), Dr. Swann, was named after longtime Superman artist Curt Swann.
- 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."
- He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters after his death by Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, in New Brunsick on May 18, 2005.
- Was posthumously awarded an honorary degree at Stony Brook University's commencement on May 20, 2005. His doctor of humane letters degree was accepted by a graduate student whose own struggle with paralysis was the subject of a 2004 TV movie directed by Reeve.
- Attended Julliard with actor Kevin Conroy, who later went on to provide the voice of Batman for the animated Bruce W. Timm series.
- Was slated to direct a fifth Superman film featuring a new actor in the lead role if the fourth film was successful. The fourth film did poorly at the box office however and the fifth film never materialized.
- His Doctor of Humane Letters degree was accepted by Stony Brook graduate student Brooke Ellison, whose life and struggle against paralysis was the subject of a made-for-TV movie directed by the late actor just before his death in 2004.
- His last theatrical film, John Carpenter's remake of Village of the Damned (1995), paired him with Mark Hamill, who provided the voice of the Joker on "Batman" (1992).
- The "Smallville" (2001) episode "Thirst" was dedicated to his memory, with the caption at the end of the credits reading: "He made us believe a man could fly."
- A picture of him as "Superman" appears at the end credits of European Vacation (1985).
- Wore nearly 25 different Superman costumes for the first Superman film, 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).
- He was distinguished in January of 2004 by the Chilean Government for his humanitarian work, with the Bernardo O'Higgins Order, by the Chilean chancellor in his home in New York
- He went to Chile in 1987 during the military dictatorship to support about 80 Chileans artists (actors and directors) threatened with death by dictatorship security organizations.
- A 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.
- III (1983)_ . As a relatively unknown actor at the time, he was given third billing behind Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman in the first Superman film, then given second billing behind Gene Hackman in the second Superman film before achieving t
- Was a fan of "Law & Order" (1990). He claimed that watching it helped him through his psychical therapy.
- Robin Williams dedicated his Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award to Reeve.
- 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.
- Winner of a Grammy Award in the "Best Spoken Word Album" category for "Still Me" (1998)
- While Reeve was filming Somewhere in Time (1980), the local theater decided to show his breakout hit Superman (1978). Many "Somewhere" 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 (I)" , stood up in the audience and delivered all the lines.
- After meeting Reeve at the 1979 Academy Awards, John Wayne turned to Cary Grant and said, "This is our new man. He's taking over."
- 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.
- Godfather of Christopher Keach, Jane Seymour's son.
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