Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

Highest Rated: 95% The Remains of the Day (1993)

Lowest Rated: 0% Monsignor (1982)

Birthday: Sep 25, 1952

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
42% 44% Everyone's Hero Director,
Executive Producer
$14.5M 2006
No Score Yet 77% Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 74% The Brooke Ellison Story Director - 2004
36% 27% Rear Window Jason Kemp (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1998
No Score Yet 73% In the Gloaming Director - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Step Toward Tomorrow Denny Gabriel (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 56% Black Fox: The Price of Peace Alan Johnson (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 55% Black Fox: Good Men and Bad Alan Johnson (Character) - 1995
31% 27% Village of the Damned Dr. Alan Chaffee (Character) $8.6M 1995
No Score Yet 64% Black Fox Alan Johnson (Character) - 1995
60% No Score Yet Above Suspicion Dempsey Cain (Character) - 1995
11% 34% Speechless Bob "Bagdad" Freed (Character) $19.6M 1994
No Score Yet 24% The Sea Wolf Humphrey Van Weyden (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 57% Morning Glory Will Parker (Character) $21.6K 1993
95% 89% The Remains of the Day Lewis (Character) $23M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mortal Sins Father Thomas Cusack (Character) - 1992
61% 84% Noises Off Frederick Dallas/Philip Brent (Character) $2.2M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare in the Daylight Sean (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bump in the Night Lawrence Muller (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trump: What's the Deal? Unknown (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Dreams George Westfield (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rose and the Jackal Allan Pinkerton (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Escape II: The Untold Story Maj. John Dodge (Character) - 1988
62% 32% Switching Channels Blaine Bingham (Character) $8.2M 1988
11% 16% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Clark Kent/Superman (Character),
Writer
$14.9M 1987
64% 45% Street Smart Jonathan Fisher (Character) $711K 1987
20% 41% The Aviator Edgar Anscombe (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 78% Anna Karenina Count Vronsky (Character) - 1985
85% 36% The Bostonians Basil Ransome (Character) - 1984
30% 23% Superman III Clark Kent/Superman (Character) - 1983
71% 71% Deathtrap Clifford Anderson (Character) - 1982
0% 19% Monsignor Father John Flaherty (Character) - 1982
61% 88% Somewhere in Time Richard Collier (Character) - 1980
86% 76% Superman II Clark Kent/Superman (Character) - 1980
94% 86% Superman: The Movie Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman (Character) - 1978
63% 35% Gray Lady Down Phillips (Character) - 1978

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
2004 2002 2000
78% 67% Smallville Dr. Virgil Swann (Guest Star) 2003-2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1997
93% 95% Frasier Leonard (Guest Voice) 1993
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet HBO Storybook Musicals Unknown (Voice) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Escape II: The Untold Story Maj. John Dodge (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1987-1988 1983 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1985

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