Christopher Reeve

Lowest Rated: 0% Monsignor (1982)
Birthday: Sep 25, 1952
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Superman: La Película Actor 2018
No Score Yet Christopher Reeve: Hope in Motion Actor 2007
42% 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 Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films--British Cinema's Legendary Studio Actor 2004
No Score Yet Helen's War 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
11% Speechless Freed 1994
95% The Remains of the Day Lewis 1993
No Score Yet Morning Glory Will Parker 1993
No Score Yet The Sea Wolf Van Weyden 1993
No Score Yet Black Fox: Good Men and Bad Alan Johnson 1993
No Score Yet Blood Horse Actor 1993
No Score Yet Mortal Sins Father Thomas Cusack 1993
61% Noises Off Dallas 1992
No Score Yet Nightmare in the Daylight Sean Farrell 1992
No Score Yet Death Dreams George Westfield 1991
No Score Yet The Rose and the Jackal Allan Pinkerton 1990
No Score Yet The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Great Escape II: The Untold Story Major John Dodge 1988
60% 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
89% The Bostonians Basil Ransome 1984
24% Superman III Superman/Clark Kent 1983
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre Prince Charming 1983
0% Monsignor Flaherty 1982
80% Deathtrap Clifford Anderson 1982
85% Superman II Clark Kent/Superman 1981
61% Somewhere in Time Richard Collier 1980
94% Superman Superman/Clark Kent 1978
60% Gray Lady Down Phillips 1978

TV

CREDIT
94% Smallville
2001-2011
Dr. Virgil Swann
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Kyle Healy
  • 2003
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Voice of Leonard
  • 1993
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1992
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1985
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1980

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