Christopher Reeve (1952–2004)


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Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Superman Superman / Clark Kent
(1978)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Superman / Clark Kent
(1987)
Somewhere in Time Richard Collier
(1980)
Superman II Superman / Clark Kent
(1980)

Filmography

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 2006 Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman
 2003-2004 Smallville (TV Series)
Dr. Virgil Swann / Self / Virgil Swann
- Legacy (2004) ... Dr. Virgil Swann / Self
- Rosetta (2003) ... Virgil Swann
 2003 The Practice (TV Series)
Kevin Healy
- Burnout (2003) ... Kevin Healy
 1998 Rear Window (TV Movie)
Jason Kemp
 1996 9 (Video Game)
Thurston Last (voice)
 1996 A Step Toward Tomorrow
Denny Gabriel
 1996 The Lion and the Lamb (Video short)
Storyteller (voice)
 1995 Black Fox: Good Men and Bad (TV Movie)
Alan Johnson
 1995 Black Fox: The Price of Peace (TV Movie)
Alan Johnson
 1995 Black Fox (TV Movie)
Alan Johnson
 1995 Above Suspicion
Dempsey Cain
 1995 Village of the Damned
Dr. Alan Chaffee
 1994 Speechless
Bob Freed
 1993 The Remains of the Day
Lewis
 1993 Frasier (TV Series)
Leonard
- Space Quest (1993) ... Leonard (voice)
 1993 Morning Glory
Will Parker
 1993 The Sea Wolf (TV Movie)
Humphrey Van Weyden
 1992 Nightmare in the Daylight (TV Movie)
Sean
 1992 Mortal Sins (TV Movie)
Father Thomas Cusack
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Fred
- What's Cookin' (1992) ... Fred
 1992 Last Ferry Home (TV Movie)
Bill Turner
 1992 Noises Off...
Frederick Dallas / Philip Brent
 1992 Avonlea (TV Series)
Robert Rutherford
- A Dark and Stormy Night (1992) ... Robert Rutherford
 1991 Death Dreams (TV Movie)
George Westfield
 1991 Carol & Company (TV Series)
Rex / Bob
- Overnight Male (1991) ... Rex / Bob
 1991 Bump in the Night (TV Movie)
Lawrence Muller
 1990 HBO Storybook Musicals (TV Series)
It Zwibble
- Earthday Birthday (1990) ... It Zwibble (voice)
 1990 Earthday Birthday (TV Movie)
It Zwibble (voice)
 1990 The Rose and the Jackal (TV Movie)
Allan Pinkerton
 1989 Bobby Brown: On Our Own (Music Video)
The Cyclist (uncredited)
 1988 The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (TV Movie)
Maj. John Dodge
 1988 Switching Channels
Blaine Bingham
 1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman / Clark Kent
 1987 Street Smart
Jonathan Fisher
 1985 Anna Karenina (TV Movie)
Count Vronsky
 1985 The Aviator
Edgar Anscombe
 1984 The Bostonians
Basil Ransome
 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Prince Charming / 'My Son, the Prince'
- Sleeping Beauty (1983) ... Prince Charming / 'My Son, the Prince'
 1983 Superman III
Superman / Clark Kent
 1982 Monsignor
Flaherty
 1982 Deathtrap
Clifford Anderson
 1980 Superman II
Superman / Clark Kent
 1980 Somewhere in Time
Richard Collier
 1978 Superman
Superman / Clark Kent
 1978 Gray Lady Down
Phillips
 1975-1976 Love of Life (TV Series)
Ben Harper
- Episode #1.6334 (1976) ... Ben Harper
- Episode dated 26 December 1975 (1975) ... Ben Harper
- Episode dated 22 December 1975 (1975) ... Ben Harper
- Episode #1.6156 (1975) ... Ben Harper
 1975 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Max 67
- The Norming of Jack 243 (1975) ... Max 67
 1974 Great Performances (TV Series)
Officer
- Enemies (1974) ... Officer
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(August 26 to 30, 1980) He played Yasha in Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard," in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production at the Adams Memorial Theatre Main Stage in Williamstown, Massachusetts with Tom Atkins (Yermolay Alexeyevich Lopahin); Robert Black (Simeonov Pishchik); Carter Bland (servant); Kate Burton (... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 8 Interviews | 44 Articles | 9 Pictorials | 17 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)

Spouse:

Dana Reeve  (his death)  (1 child)

Children:

Matthew Exton Reeve | See more »

Parents:

F.D. Reeve | Barbara Pitney
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Personal Quote:

[on director Richard Lester's filming of Superman III (1983)] [He] was always looking for a gag - sometimes to the point where the gags involving Richard Pryor went over the top. I mean, I didn't think that his going off the top of a building, on skis with a pink tablecloth around his shoulders, was particularly funny. See more »

Trivia:

Took some criticism for his portrayal of Clark Kent (Superman's alter ego) as a weak, bumbling nerd. This characterization (which he said was based on a younger Cary Grant), in Reeve's opinion, was necessary because he felt that there had to be some kind of a difference between Superman and Clark Kent, otherwise "it's just the same guy in glasses." See more »

Trademark:

Black hair and light bold blue eyes See more »

Nickname:

Tophy See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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