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Christopher Reeve

Highest Rated:   97% The Remains of the Day (1993)
Lowest Rated:   0% Monsignor (1982)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
Though he has played a variety of leading roles, tall, dark, and wholesomely handsome Christopher Reeve will always be the definitive Superman to an entire generation of "Man of Steel" fans. That his definitive character was such a model of physical prowess only serves to intensify the tragedy of Reeve's post-Superman years, marked by a 1995 horseback riding accident that left him almost completely paralyzed.A native of New York City, Reeve was born to journalist Barbara Johnson and professor/writer Franklin Reeve on September 25, 1952. When he was four, his parents divorced, and Reeve and his brother went with their mother to Princeton, NJ, after she married her second husband, a stockbroker. Reeve became interested in acting at the age of eight, an interest that complemented his musical studies at the time. The following year, he made his professional acting debut in a production of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta at Princeton's McCarter Theater. He would continue to work with the theater through his early teens and further enhanced his resumé at the age of 15, when he received a summer apprenticeship to study drama in Williamstown. The following year, he secured his first agent.Reeve went on to major in English and music at Cornell University. Following his graduation, he pursued a master's degree in drama at Juilliard and then studied under actor John Houseman's tutelage before heading to Europe to work at London's Old Vic and the Comedie Française of Paris. Upon his 1974 return stateside, Reeve took over the role of Ben Harper on the long-running soap opera Love of Life; he stayed with the show through 1978. During this period, he made his Broadway debut, starring opposite Katharine Hepburn in a production of A Matter of Gravity. Though he had made his feature-film debut with a small role in the undersea adventure Gray Lady Down (1977), Reeve did not become a star until he beat out a number of big name actors, including Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone, and Clint Eastwood, to don the metallic blue body stocking and red cape in Richard Donner's 1978 blockbuster Superman: The Movie. Though the film abounded with exuberant, sly humor, Reeve played his Superman straight, giving him great charm, a touch of irony, and a clumsy wistfulness, thereby creating a believable alien hero who masquerades as a bungling newsman and pines for the love of unknowing colleague Lois Lane. The film was one of the year's most popular and earned Reeve a British Academy Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He went on to reprise the role in the film's three sequels, none of which matched the quality and verve of the original.In a concerted effort to avoid typecasting, Reeve attempted to prove his versatility by essaying a wide variety of roles. In 1980, while Superman II was in production, he returned to Broadway to appear as a gay amputee in Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July. That same year, he also starred in the romantic fantasy Somewhere in Time, playing a Chicago playwright who travels back in time to capture the attentions of a beautiful woman (Jane Seymour). Though generally cast as a good guy, Reeve occasionally attempted darker characters. In Deathtrap (1981), he played a crazed playwright, while he portrayed a corrupt priest in the dismal Monsignor (1982) and a reporter entangled in the prostitution industry in Street Smart (1987). Reeve returned to television in Sleeping Beauty, an entry in Shelley Duvall's distinguished Faerie Tale Theater. He subsequently had success appearing in television movies such as Anna Karenina (1985) and Death Dreams (1992). In the late '80s, Reeve became involved in various social causes and co-founded the Creative Coalition. He was also active with Amnesty International, even going to Chile in 1987 to show support for imprisoned authors. His interest in improving the world is apparent in the earnest but much-panned Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), for which he wrote the story.By the mid-'90s, Reeve was

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Christopher Reeve: Hope in Motion
  • Actor
2007
41% Everyone's Hero
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
$14.5M 2006
No Score Yet Replica
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Vincent: A Dutchman
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Brooke Ellison Story
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Helen's War
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films--British Cinema's Legendary Studio
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet American Values, American Wilderness
  • Actor
2004
36% Rear Window
  • Executive Producer
  • Jason Kemp
1998
No Score Yet In the Gloaming
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet A Step Toward Tomorrow
  • Denny Gabriel
1996
No Score Yet Black Fox: Good Men and Bad
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Black Fox: The Price of Peace
  • Alan Johnson
1995
No Score Yet Black Fox
  • Alan Johnson
1995
60% Above Suspicion
  • Dempsey
1995
29% Village of the Damned
  • Alan Chaffee
1995
12% Speechless
  • Freed
1994
97% The Remains of the Day
  • Lewis
1993
No Score Yet Morning Glory
  • Will Parker
1993
No Score Yet Le Loup des mers
  • Humphrey Van Weyden
1993
No Score Yet Black Fox: Good Men and Bad
  • Alan Johnson
1993
No Score Yet Blood Horse
  • Actor
1993
57% Noises Off
  • Dallas
1992
No Score Yet Death Dreams
  • George Westfield
1991
No Score Yet The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Rose and the Jackal
  • Allan Pinkerton
1990
No Score Yet The Great Escape II: The Untold Story
  • Major John Dodge
1988
56% Switching Channels
  • Bingham
1988
12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  • Superman/Clark Kent
1987
69% Street Smart
  • Jonathan Fisher
1987
No Score Yet Dinosaur!
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Anna Karenina
  • Count Vronsky
1985
No Score Yet The Aviator
  • Edgar Anscombe
$0.3M 1985
No Score Yet Portrait of an Artist: Vincent - A Dutchman
  • Actor
1985
80% The Bostonians
  • Basil Ransome
1984
26% Superman III
  • Superman/Clark Kent
1983
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre
  • Prince Charming
1983
0% Monsignor
  • Flaherty
1982
75% Deathtrap
  • Clifford Anderson
1982
89% Superman II
  • Clark Kent/Superman
1981
59% Somewhere in Time
  • Richard Collier
1980
93% Superman
  • Superman/Clark Kent
1978
60% Gray Lady Down
  • Phillips
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Smallville
2001-2011
  • Dr. Virgil Swann
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Leonard
  • 1993
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1985

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