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Christopher Reeve Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Death, Cause Of Death | Who Was American Actor Christopher Reeve?

Who was Christopher Reeve?

Christopher Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, and activist, best known for playing the main character and title role in the film Superman (1978) and its three sequels.

Google Doodle honors Christopher Reeve on ‘Superman’ actor’s birthday

Saturday’s Google Doodle honors Christopher Reeve, the “Superman” actor who became an activist for the disabled, on what would have been his 69th birthday. Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down in a horse-riding accident in 1995 and spent the rest of his life lobbying for disabled rights and advocating for research into spinal cord injuries.

“While the world first knew him for his starring role in the 1978 film Superman, it was his courage and humanity following the accident that left him paralyzed that touched so many people around the globe,” Reeve’s family said in a statement on Google. His efforts included advocating for spinal cord research and supporting improvement in insurance coverage and payments for the disabled.

Christopher Reeve Biography, Wiki

Born in New York City and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Reeve discovered a passion for acting and the theater at the age of nine. He studied at Cornell University and the Juilliard School and made his Broadway debut in 1976.

After his acclaimed performances in Superman and Superman II, Reeve declined many roles in action movies, choosing instead to work in small films and plays with more complex characters. He later appeared in critically successful films such as The Bostonians (1984), Street Smart (1987), and The Remains of the Day (1993), and in the plays Fifth of July on Broadway and The Aspern Papers in London’s West End.

Reeve was best known for his role as Superman, the Man of Steele, but he became a vocal advocate for spinal cord injuries after being paralyzed in an equestrian accident in 1995.

Through his non-profit, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, he worked to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis by traveling the world meeting with scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists.

He lobbied U.S. Congress for government funding of embryonic stem-cell research all while being determined to walk again.

His 1998 memoir You’re Still You, and I Love You, won a Grammy for its spoken version.

BornChristopher D’Olier Reeve
September 25, 1952
New York City, U.S.
DiedOctober 10, 2004 (aged 52)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
EducationCornell University (BA)Juilliard School (GrDip)
OccupationActorwriterdirectoractivist
Years active1970–2004
Board member ofChristopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Spouse(s)Dana Morosini ​(m. 1992)​
Partner(s)Gae Exton (1978–1987)
Children3, including Matthew
ParentsF. D. Reeve (father)Barbara Pitney Reeve (née Lamb) (mother)
FamilyFranklin D’Olier (great-grandfather)Mahlon Pitney (great-grandfather)
AwardsEmmy Award (1997), Screen Actors Guild Award (1998), Grammy Award (1999), Lasker Award (2003)
Websitewww.christopherreeve.org

What Happened to Christopher Reeve

At 42, his spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition.

He would also depend on assisted breathing, while his doctors said it would be impossible to recover any movement.

Before his death at the age of 52, Reeve made some progress to improve his quality of life by recovering movement in one finger and sensitivity in his legs.

The New York City native died of heart failure in 2004.

Christopher Reeve Wife

During his lifetime, Christopher had two primary partners: Gae Exton, a British modeling executive, and his late wife Dana Reeve (neé Morosini). Christopher had three children: Matthew Exton Reeve, an activist, Alexandra Exton Reeve, and William Reeve. While Christopher and Gae had split by 1987 but remained amicable, he married Dana, a singer, in 1992.

After Christopher passed away, Dana took charge of their foundation, the Christopher Reeve Foundation. A year later, in 2005, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, despite being a non-smoker all her life. She died at age 44 in 2006, and the foundation was subsequently named after her as well, making it the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

How much money did Reeve’s foundation raise?

Reeve and Dana, his second wife, started the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in 1999.

The foundation, which has raised more than $130 million towards research, is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries, advancing research, and improving the quality of life for people and families affected by paralysis.

The former CEO of the non-profit said Reeve, “became the voice, and above all the beacon of hope, of all those who live with paralysis.”

Reeve’s wife, Dana, who stood by his side and inspired his memoir, died of lung cancer in 2006.

Christopher Reeve Awards and Achievements

In 1985, ‘DC Comics’ named Reeve as one of the honorees in the company’s 50th-anniversary publication, ‘Fifty Who Made DC Great,’ for his work in the ‘Superman’ film series.

A licensed pilot, Reeve used his flying skills to reach Chile where he led a protest march to safeguard the lives of people. For his heroics, he was awarded the ‘Grand Cross of the Bernardo O’Higgins Order,’ the highest Chilean distinction for foreigners.

He also received the ‘Obie Prize’ and the ‘Annual Walter Brielh Human Rights Foundation Award.’His autobiography ‘Still Me’ won him a ‘Grammy Award’ for ‘Best Spoken Word Album.’He received a ‘Golden Globe’ nomination for his performance in the television remake of ‘Rear Window.’Other awards won by him include ‘Emmy Award’ in 1997, ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ in 1998, and ‘Lasker Award’ in 2003.

Where are Christopher Reeve’s children now? They have carried on his legacy.

Currently, all of Christopher’s children serve on the board of directors for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Of the three children, Matthew has followed his father’s footsteps into entertainment.

He produced and directed the 2002 documentary about Christopher, Christopher Reeve: Hope in Motion, as well as a follow-up film after his father’s death. He released Over The Water, a documentary about World Champion kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow that Matthew wrote, directed, and filmed in 2009.

In 2015, Alexandra reportedly named her son after her late father: Christopher Russell Reeves. Alexandra is the current CEO of The Center for Democracy and Technology, which shapes technology-focused policies “with a focus on the rights of the individual” according to their Twitter bio.

William, the youngest child of the family, was only thirteen when his mother died and lived with family friends until he was an adult. William is currently a reporter for ABC News and caused a stir in 2020 when he was seen on Good Morning America without pants. In July 2021, Will wrote a touching piece for GMA on his father’s legacy and their shared love of whale-watching.

Christopher Reeve FAQ’s

Who was Christopher Reeve?

Christopher Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, and activist, best known for playing the main character and title role in the film Superman (1978) and its three sequels.

How did Christopher Reeve get paralyzed?

At 42, his spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition.

How did Christopher Reeve die?

The New York City native, Christopher Reeve died of heart failure in 2004.

How did Christopher’s wife Dana Reeve die?

Reeve’s wife, Dana, who stood by his side and inspired his memoir, died of lung cancer in 2006.

 

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