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Also Known As: Died: October 10, 2004
Born: September 25, 1952 Cause of Death: heart failure following treatment for infection following complications from a pressure wound
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter

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For a world filled with comic book fans, Christopher Reeve had for years been the definitive Superman. For thousands suffering with paralysis and spinal cord injuries, in one tragic moment, he morphed suddenly from an actor perfectly cast onscreen, to a real-life personal inspiration and a champion of medical research and healthcare reform. Standing six-foot-four and sporting a jaw as square as his illustrated predecessor, the then-unknown Reeve became an overnight success when he was cast in "Superman: The Movie" (1978) - most notable for his evenhanded portrait of both the character's sensitive vulnerability and commanding power in the face of injustice - all the while, wearing tights and a cape. Despite playing such an iconic role, he resisted typecasting in the wake of the film series' success, sticking close to his original love of live theater when Hollywood failed to deliver worthy scripts. When he did appear onscreen, he held out for parts in such films as the Academy Award-winning period classic "The Remains of the Day" (1993), the Sidney Lumet thriller "Deathtrap" (1982) and, in his most beloved non-Superman role, the romantic period piece, "Somewhere in Time" (1980). But all the Hollywood...

For a world filled with comic book fans, Christopher Reeve had for years been the definitive Superman. For thousands suffering with paralysis and spinal cord injuries, in one tragic moment, he morphed suddenly from an actor perfectly cast onscreen, to a real-life personal inspiration and a champion of medical research and healthcare reform. Standing six-foot-four and sporting a jaw as square as his illustrated predecessor, the then-unknown Reeve became an overnight success when he was cast in "Superman: The Movie" (1978) - most notable for his evenhanded portrait of both the character's sensitive vulnerability and commanding power in the face of injustice - all the while, wearing tights and a cape. Despite playing such an iconic role, he resisted typecasting in the wake of the film series' success, sticking close to his original love of live theater when Hollywood failed to deliver worthy scripts. When he did appear onscreen, he held out for parts in such films as the Academy Award-winning period classic "The Remains of the Day" (1993), the Sidney Lumet thriller "Deathtrap" (1982) and, in his most beloved non-Superman role, the romantic period piece, "Somewhere in Time" (1980). But all the Hollywood razzle-dazzle evaporated in a single instance, when in 1995, the world learned that the man who had epitomized "superhero," was rendered completely paralyzed by an equestrian accident. Although Reeve never regained physical movement and would ultimately lose his life to his handicap, his efforts as a tireless advocate for medical research into spinal cord injuries and his brave battle to regain a quality of life for himself and his family, proved more heroic than any character he could ever have portrayed onscreen.

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DIRECTOR:

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  In the Gloaming (1997) Director
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  Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
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CAST: (feature film)

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 No (2012)
2.
 Extreme (1999) Narrator
3.
 Rear Window (1998) Jason Kemp
4.
 Step Toward Tomorrow, A (1996) Denny Gabriel
5.
 Black Fox (1995) Alan Johnson
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 Black Fox: The Price of Peace (1995) Alan Johnson
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 Above Suspicion (1995) Dempsey
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 Village of the Damned (1995) Alan Chaffee
9.
 Black Fox: Good Men and Bad (1995) Alan Johnson
10.
 Speechless (1994) Bob Freed
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Princeton, New Jersey
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Worked at Princeton's McCarter Theater after school in his teens
1968:
Began lengthy recurring association with the Williamstown Theatre in Massachusetts
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Did national tour of play, "Irregular Verb to Love", opposite Celeste Holm while doing graduate work at Juilliard
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Lived in England for a time; worked as a stage hand
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Returned to the United States; played Ben Harper on the CBS daytime serial drama, "Love of Life"
1976:
Broadway debut opposite Katharine Hepburn in "A Matter of Gravity"
1977:
Film acting debut in "Gray Lady Down"
1978:
Gained prominence in film in the title role of "Superman"
1980:
Played the leading role of Ken Talley in the Broadway production of Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July"
1984:
London debut in "The Aspern Papers", opposite Vanessa Redgrave
1985:
TV-movie debut, "Anna Karenina"
1987:
Screewriting debut "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"
1990:
Turned down lucrative offer to do cigarette commercials in Japan
1992:
Hosted the second season of the Discovery Channel's compilation documentary TV series, "The Hollywood Stuntmakers"
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Hosted the Travel Channel's ecology series, "Earth Journeys with Christopher Reeve"
1995:
Paralyzed in a riding accident in May
1995:
Was interviewed by Barbara Walters on ABC newsmagazine "20/20" in September
1995:
First public appearance at The Creative Coalition's annual dinner in October
1996:
Signed by HBO to direct a TV-movie, "In the Gloaming" (aired in April 1997)
1996:
Made public appearance as a presenter at the Academy Awards
1997:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (April 15)
1998:
First acting role since being paralyzed, a TV remake of "Rear Window"
1999:
Narrated the IMAX extreme sports film "Extreme"
1999:
Wrote first post-paralysis memoir "Still Me," for which he won a Grammy for Spoken Word Album
2000:
Appeared in controversial commerical for biotech company Nuveen airing during the Superbowl which depicted Reeves (via CGI) walking again
2002:
Wrote second memoir "Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life," a collection of anecdotes and public speeches for which he received a Grammy nomination for Spoken Word Album
2002:
Second interview with Barbara Walters helps ABC win the week's rating race
2003:
Cast as Dr. Swann, a mysterious scientist with information on Clark Kent's origing, on the WB series "Smallville"
2003:
Executive produced the PBS documentary series "Freedom: A History of Us"
2003:
Underwent surgery to have experimental electrodes implanted in his diaphragm, which extended his ability to breathe without a respiriator
2004:
Reprised role as Dr. Swann on the WB series "Smallville"
2004:
Directed the A&E special "The Brooke Ellison Story" based on the real life story of Brooke Ellison, who at age 11 suffered paralysis, but went on to earn her degree from Harvard
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Education

Cornell University: Ithaca , New York -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

Notes

Reeve addressed the 1996 Democratic National Convention.

He received an honorary degree from both Boston University's School of Medicine and Juilliard in 1997

Received an honorary degree from Pace University in 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Gae Exton. Former model; agent. Born c. 1951; met in 1977, relationship ended 1987.
wife:
Dana Morosini. Actor; singer. Met on June 30, 1987; announced that they would marry on June 30, 1992, five years to the day that they met; born c. 1960.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Franklin Reeve. Professor. Divorced from Reeve's mother in 1956.
mother:
Barbara Johnson. Journalist. Divorced from Reeve's father in 1956; remarried.
brother:
Benjamin Reeve. Lawyer. Born c. 1953.
half-brother:
Jeff Johnson.
half-brother:
Kevin Johnson.
son:
Matthew Reeve. Born in 1979; mother, Gae Exton.
daughter:
Alexandra Reeve. Born in 1983; mother, Gae Exton.
son:
Will Reeve. Born c. 1992; mother, Dana Morsini.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Man of Steel: The Career and Courage of Christopher Reeve" Signet
"Still Me: A Life" Random House
"Care Packages" Random House
"Nothing Is Impossible"
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Source: http://www.chrisreevehomepage.com/biography.html

Christopher Reeve was injured during a cross-country horse jumping event, part of the three-day event he had participated in.

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