Name: Christopher Reeve
Given Name: Christopher
Surname: Reeve 1
Birth: 25 Sep 1952 in New York, New York 1
Death: 10 Oct 2004 in Mount Kisco, New York 1
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Change Date: 23 Jul 2005 at 13:32
Death: After he died a number of political cartoons drawn to commemorate his death were Superman themed. Many artists drew a picture of Reeve as Superman flying away from the wheelchair. In one picture, Superman came to Reeve's grave with flowers. In another picture, a grief stricken Superman reads the news of Reeve's death in the Daily Planet newspaper and says to the reader "He was my hero." In another picture, Wolverine, Spider- Man and Batman come to Reeve's grave with Batman commenting "He really w as a superman." In another picture, a young boy in a wheelchair tells the reader: "He was the Man of Steel. He had incredible vision. He used his powers to save people. Nothing could stop him. And I think before that he acted in some Superman movies." Some pictures depicted Reeve arriving in heaven, dressed as Superman in one in which he says to Gabriel "You can keep the wings." and in another dressed as a regular angel he also declines the wings by saying "No thanks, I'd rather walk."
General (written before his death): He's become synonymous with Superman- but he's yet to make a dent with moviegoers in any other role. The Juilliard- trained stage actor played the part so winningly in 1978's Superman it made him an overnight star. (He'd already made one brief screen appearance in 1978's Gray Lady Down .) He returned for Superman II, III and IV and meanwhile tried to carve a career away from the Man of Steel, but met with mixed results in such films as Somewhere in Time (1980), Deathtrap, and Monsignor (both 1982 ). He took a risk with the gritty Street Smart (1987), playing an opportunistic reporter drawn into a seedy world of pimps and prostitutes, but was outshone by supporting cast members, including Kathy Baker and Morgan Freeman. He used his leverage with the Superman producers to make Superm an IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) more socially relevant than earlier entries, and helped concoct the simplistic script. He's fairly active in miniseries and made-for-TV movies, as well as on stage; he's found his greatest success in farcical roles that make fun of his somewhat stolid demeanor, as in Switching Channels (1988, in "the Ralph Bellamy part") and Noises Off (1992).
OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1984: The Bostonians 1985:The Aviator 1993: The Sea Wolf (telefilm), The Remains of the Day, Morning Glory 1995: Village of the Damned.
Father: Franklin D'olier Reeve b: 18 Sep 1928
Mother: Barbara Pitney Lamb b: Abt 1929
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