Christopher Reeve

Actor, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1952 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

NO 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Smallville 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Margot Kidder 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bionic Body 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme 1999 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Intimate Portrait: Jane Seymour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Margot Kidder 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Banned in America: The Stars Speak Out 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

What Are You Staring At? 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Avonlea 1989 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Without Pity: A Film About Abilities 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

In the Wild 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Above Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Money For Nothing 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Village of the Damned 1995 (Movie)

Alan Chaffee (Actor)

Wendy's Ski Family Challenge 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

1993: A Year at the Movies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

Bob Freed (Actor)

Earth Journeys With Christopher Reeve 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Morning Glory 1993 (Movie)

Will Parker (Actor)

Mortal Sins 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Stuntmakers 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

The Sea Wolf 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Noises Off 1992 (Movie)

Frederick Dallas (Actor)

The 13th Annual ACE Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Anna Akhmatova 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Bump in the Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Earthday Birthday 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

The World's Greatest Stunts 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Common Future 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Valvoline National Driving Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Switching Channels 1988 (Movie)

Blaine Bingham (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Future Flight 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Smart 1987 (Movie)

Jonathan Fisher (Actor)

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

Superman/Clark Kent (Actor)

Dinosaur! 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Juilliard School at 80 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Anna Karenina 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Aviator 1985 (Movie)

Edgar Anscombe (Actor)

The Bostonians 1984 (Movie)

Basil Ransome (Actor)

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman III 1983 (Movie)

Clark Kent/Superman (Actor)

Deathtrap 1982 (Movie)

Clifford Anderson (Actor)

I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsignor 1982 (Movie)

Father John Flaherty (Actor)

Superman II 1981 (Movie)

Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman (Actor)

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

Richard Collier (Actor)

Gray Lady Down 1978 (Movie)

Phillips (Actor)

Superman 1978 (Movie)

Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman (Actor)

A Step Toward Tomorrow (TV Show)

Actor

Black Fox (TV Show)

Actor

Black Fox: Good Men and Bad (TV Show)

Actor

Black Tide (TV Show)

Narrator

Death Dreams (TV Show)

Actor

Mending Hearts (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare in the Daylight (TV Show)

Actor

Rear Window (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Ferry Home (TV Show)

Actor

The Rose and the Jackal (TV Show)

Actor

What's Cookin'? (TV Show)

Actor
Director (4)

Everyone's Hero 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

In the Gloaming (TV Show)

Director

The Brooke Ellison Story (TV Show)

Director
Writer (1)

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Everyone's Hero 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Jeff Johnson

Half-Brother

Kevin Johnson

Half-Brother

Gae Exton

Companion
born c. 1951 met in 1977, relationship ended 1987

Barbara Johnson

Mother
divorced from Reeve's father in 1956 remarried

Dana Reeve Actor

Wife
Met June 30, 1987; announced that they would marry June 30, 1992, five years to the day they met Married April 11, 1992 until his death Oct. 10, 2004

Franklin Reeve

Father
divorced from Reeve's mother in 1956

Alexandra Reeve

Daughter
born in 1983 mother, Gae Exton

Matthew Reeve

Son
born in 1979 mother, Gae Exton

Will Reeve

Son
born c. 1992 mother, Dana Morsini

Benjamin Reeve

Brother
born c. 1953

EDUCATION

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
studied under John Houseman; shared apartment with Robin Williams

apprenticed at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts

Milestones

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

2003

Underwent surgery to have experimental electrodes implanted in his diaphragm, which extended his ability to breathe without a respiriator

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"

2002

Second interview with Barbara Walters helps ABC win the week's rating race

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

2000

Appeared in controversial commerical for biotech company Nuveen airing during the Superbowl which depicted Reeves (via CGI) walking again

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

1998

First acting role since being paralyzed, a TV remake of "Rear Window"

1997

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (April 15)

1996

Made public appearance as a presenter at the Academy Awards

1996

Signed by HBO to direct a TV-movie, "In the Gloaming" (aired in April 1997)

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

1992

Hosted the second season of the Discovery Channel's compilation documentary TV series, "The Hollywood Stuntmakers"

1990

Turned down lucrative offer to do cigarette commercials in Japan

1987

Screewriting debut "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"

1985

TV-movie debut, "Anna Karenina"

1984

London debut in "The Aspern Papers", opposite Vanessa Redgrave

1980

Played the leading role of Ken Talley in the Broadway production of Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July"

1978

Gained prominence in film in the title role of "Superman"

1977

Film acting debut in "Gray Lady Down"

1976

Broadway debut opposite Katharine Hepburn in "A Matter of Gravity"

1968

Began lengthy recurring association with the Williamstown Theatre in Massachusetts

Worked at Princeton's McCarter Theater after school in his teens

Lived in England for a time; worked as a stage hand

Returned to the United States; played Ben Harper on the CBS daytime serial drama, "Love of Life"

Raised in Princeton, New Jersey

Hosted the Travel Channel's ecology series, "Earth Journeys with Christopher Reeve"

Did national tour of play, "Irregular Verb to Love", opposite Celeste Holm while doing graduate work at Juilliard

Bonus Trivia

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Reeve addressed the 1996 Democratic National Convention.

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

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Received an honorary degree from Pace University in 1998.

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