Christopher D’Olier Reeve Biography
Christopher D’Olier Reeve was born in September 25, 1952. He was an American actor, director, and activist.
He is well known for playing the titular main character in the film Superman (1978) and its first three sequels.
Christopher Reeve Profile summary
Name: Christopher D’Olier Reeve
Date of Birth: September 25, 1952
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date he Died: October 10, 2004 (aged 52) Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
Resting place: Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York, U.S.
Education: Cornell University (BA) Juilliard School (GrDip)
Occupation: Actor, writer, director &activist
Years active: 1970–2004
Spouse: Dana Morosini
Morosin (m. 1992; his death 2004)
Partner: Gae Exton (1978–1987)
Children: 3; including Matthew
Parent(s): F. D. Reeve (father)
Family: Franklin D’Olier (great-grandfather)
Mahlon Pitney (great-grandfather)
Early Life and Career
Christopher D’Olier was Born in New York City. He studied at Cornell University and the Juilliard School in New York, before landing roles in the Broadway play ‘A Matter of Gravity”, alongside Katharine Hepburn, and the soap opera ‘Love of Life”.
Christopher D’Olier was Born in New York City and raised in Princeton, New Jersey.
He discovered his passion for acting and the theater at a very young age nine. He attended Cornell University and the Juilliard School and made his Broadway first performance in 1976. After his acclaimed performances in Superman and Superman II.Christopher rejected alot of roles in action movies, he chose to work in small films and plays with more intricate characters. He later appeared in more successful films such as “The Bostonians (1984), Street Smart (1987), The Aspern Papers in London’s West End, The Remains of the Day (1993), and in the plays Fifth of July on Broadway.
On 27th of May 1995, Christopher Reeve broke his neck when he was thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia. The injury he sustained paralyzed him from his shoulders down, and he used a wheelchair and ventilator for the rest of his life.
From his wheelchair, Reeve returned to creative work, directing In the Gloaming (1997) and acting in the television remake of Rear Window (1998). He also made several appearances in the Superman-themed television series Smallville, and wrote two autobiographical books, Still Me and Nothing is Impossible. Over the course of his career, Reeve received an Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Grammy award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In the early 1980s, Christopher Revee was an activist for environmental and human-rights causes and for artistic freedom of expression. After his accident, he attempted a spinal injury research, including human embryonic stem cell research, and for better insurance coverage for people with disabilities. His support project involved leading the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and co-founding the Reeve-Irvine Research Center. Christopher Reeve passed away on October 10, 2004, 15 days after his 52nd birthday.
Superman’ and Other Films
The actor catapulted to stardom when, following a two-year casting search, he was selected to play the titular superhero of Superman (1978). The popularity of the film, and Reeve’s winning portrayals of the Man of Steel and his alter ego, Clark Kent, spawned the release of Superman sequels in 1980, 1983 and 1987.
Reeve also starred in Somewhere in Time (1980), Deathtrap (1982), The Aviator (1985) and a TV movie adaptation of Anna Karenina (1985), during which time he developed a fascination with horse riding. His post-Superman films included Noises Off (1992), Morning Glory (1994) and Village of the Damned (1995).
Injury and Paralysis
In May 1995 Reeve became paralyzed from the neck down when he sustained a severe cervical spinal injury in a horse-riding accident. Despite his health challenges and him been confined to a wheelchair and needing a respirator to assist with his breathing, he became heavily involved in campaigns supporting handicapped children and paraplegics, testifying before a Senate subcommittee in favor of federal funding for stem cell research.
Reeve tirelessly sought to overcome the limitations of his condition, undergoing an experimental operation in 2003 that enabled him to breathe for hours without use of his respirator.
Marriage and family
He was married to Dana. They both had a son called William.
Christopher’s Reeve Awards
Some of the awards he received are Emmy Award (1997), Grammy Award (1999), Lasker Award (2003),Screen Actors Guild Award (1998).
After Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation was launched in 1996, the actor merged his organization with the American Paralysis Association in 1999 to form a strong advocate for the disabled in the pursuit to increase awareness, fund spinal cord research and forge medical breakthroughs. The foundation’s name was given another name which is the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in 2007′.
Directing and Books
Christopher continued to work after his ongoing rehabilitation. He went back to acting in a television production of Rear Window (1998), for which he picked up a Golden Globe nomination, and directed two television films with health themes, In the Gloaming (1997) and The Brooke Ellison Story (2004). Reeve also wrote two autobiographical books, Still Me (1998) and Nothing is Impossible:
Christopher Revee’s Death
Christopher Reeve died from cardiac arrest on October 10, 2004. He was survived by his wife Dana and son William, as well as his two children, Matthew and Alexandra, from his previous relationship with model Gae Exton.
Christopher Revee’s Net Worth
Before he died, his net worth is estimated to be $10 Million.