Christopher Reeve

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Christopher Reeve
C Reeve in Marriage of Figaro Opening night 1985.jpg
Reeve after the opening night of The Marriage of Figaro at the Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1985.
BornChristopher D'Olier Reeve
(1952-09-25)September 25, 1952
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 10, 2004(2004-10-10) (aged 52)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathComplications from Sepsis
Resting placeCremated
NationalityAmerican
EducationCornell University
Alma materJuilliard School
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter, author
Years active1974 – 2004
Known forSuperman
Christopher Reeve Foundation
Home townPrinceton, New Jersey
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm).
Board member ofChristopher Reeve Foundation
Spouse(s)Dana Morosini (1992–2004)
Partner(s)Gae Exton
Children3 (2 with Exton; 1 with Dana Reeve)
Parent(s)F.D. Reeve
Barbara Pitney Reeve (née Lamb)
FamilyFranklin D'Olier
(Great-Grandfather)
AwardsScreen Actor Guild Award (1998), Emmy Award (1997), Lasker Award (2003)
Websitewww.christopherreeve.org

Christopher D'Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, producer and writer. He was a famous theater actor before playing the role of Superman in four movies, from 1978 to 1987. In the 1980s, he starred in several movies, including Somewhere in Time (1980), Deathtrap (1982), The Bostonians (1984), and Street Smart (1987). He also starred in many theater plays, including the Broadway plays Fifth of July (1980 - 1982) and The Marriage of Figaro (1985). In 1987, started a public movement of protest in support of 77 Chilean actors, directors, and playwrights who had been sentenced to death by the dictator Pinochet for criticizing his government in their works. Pinochet canceled the sentence after this, and Reeve was given with three national awards from Chile for his actions. In the 1990s, Reeve acted in such movies as Noises Off (1992), The Remains of the Day (1993), and Village of the Damned (1995).

In May 1995, Reeve was paralyzed in an accident when riding a horse. He had to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He then made many campaigns in support of people with spinal cord injuries. He founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center. Reeve died at age 52 on October 10, 2004 from heart problems caused by an infection. Director Richard Donner dedicated his new version of Superman II (2006) to Reeve. The TV series episode "Devoted" from season four of Smallville, which ran in 2004, is also dedicated to his memory. Also, Everyone's Hero, which he directed, and 2006's Superman Returns are dedicated to him and his wife, Dana.

Reeve married Dana Morosini in April 1992. They had a son, Will. Reeve also had two children, Matthew and Alexandra, from a relationship he had before with Gae Exton.

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