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Christopher Reeve (b. 25 Sep 1952, d. 10 Oct 2004)Christopher Reeve (son of Franklin D'Olier Reeve and Barbara Pitney Lamb) was born 25 Sep 1952 in New York, New York, and died 10 Oct 2004 in Mount Kisco, New York.He married Dana.
Notes for Christopher Reeve:
"When the first Superman movie came out I was frequently asked 'What is a hero?' I remember the glib response I repeated so many times. My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences--a soldier who crawls out of a foxhole to drag an injured buddy to safety. And I also meant individuals who are slightly larger than life: Houdini and Lindbergh, John Wayne, JFK, and Joe DiMaggio. Now my definition is completely different. I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles: a fifteen-year-old boy who landed on his head while wrestling with his brother, leaving him barely able to swallow or speak; Travis Roy, paralyzed in the first thirty seconds of a hockey game in his freshman year at college. These are real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them."
The whole world held its breath when Christopher Reeve struggled for life on Memorial Day, 1995. On the third jump of a riding competition, Reeve was thrown headfirst from his horse in an accident that broke his neck and left him unable to move or breathe.
In the years since then, Reeve has not only survived, but has fought for himself, for his family, and for the hundreds of thousands of people with spinal cord injuries in the United States and around the world. And he has written Still Me, the heartbreaking, funny, courageous, and hopeful story of his life.
Chris describes his early success on Broadway opposite the legendary Katharine Hepburn, the adventure of filming Superman on the streets of New York, and how the movie made him a star. He continued to move regularly between film acting and theater work in New York, Los Angeles, and at the WIlliamstown Theatre Festival in the Berkshires. Reunited with his Bostonians director, James Ivory, in 1992, he traveled to England to work with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day.
The man who cannot move has not stopped moving. He has established a charitable foundation to raise awareness and money for research on spinal cord injuries. His work as director of the HBO film In the Gloaming earned him an Emmy nomination, one of five that the film received. His speeches at the Democratic National Convention and the Academy Awards inspired people around the country and the world. He has testified before Congress on behalf of health insurance legislation, lobbied for increased federal funding for spinal cord research, and developed a working relationship with President Clinton.
With dignity and sensitivity, he describes the journey he has made--physically, emotionally, spiritually. He explores his complex relationship with his parents, his efforts to remain a devoted husband and father, and his continuing and heroic battle to rebuild his life.
This is the determined, passionate story of one man, a gifted actor and star, and how he and his family came to grips with the kind of devastating, unexplainable shock that fate can bring to any of us. Chris and Dana Reeve have gathered the will and the spirit to create a new life, one responsive and engaged and focused on the future.
The man who was Superman has written a never-to-be-forgotten story of his life, at once moving, funny and enthralling. Listen to Christopher Reeve read his remarkable memoir in the audiobook version of Still Me.
Chris won a Grammy for this audio book in the category of "Best Spoken Word Album" in the 1999 Grammy Awards. In the introduction of the audio book Chris says this to show his appreciation for the spoken word, "The audio book allows me to communicate with you in a very personal way, second only to being in the same room. I am very grateful for the power of the spoken word."
Christopher Reeve left a body of artistic work that continues to inspire and entertain millions of people. He also left a left a legacy that includes love of family, heightened awareness and funding to help people dealing with disabilities, and therapy breakthroughs brought about by greater funding for spinal injury research. Donations to the Christopher Reeve Foundation have only increased since the Reeves' deaths; and in July 2006, Christopher's adult children, Matthew and Alexandra, were added to its expanded board of directors. But perhaps most significant is the inspirational example described by Reeve's mother, Barbara Johnson, in 2006: "I think one of the most important things that Chris did for many, many people was, after his accident and becoming a quadriplegic, he showed them that there is life after a spinal cord injury or after a stroke. You don't have to sit in the dark feeling sorry for yourself. I think that he touched many, many, many people and certainly that was an enormous contribution to the quality of life of the people who had been afflicted with something as restrictive or disabling as a spinal cord injury. He didn't just help quadriplegics like himself," added Johnson. "I know for a fact that a lot of others were kind of led to thinking their way into a happier, more productive life. And that may well be his most lasting contribution."
Box Office Films
Gray Lady Down
Somewhere in Time
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
The Remains of the Day
Village of the Damned
Films & Specials on Television & Cable
Love of Life
The Making of Superman/Superman II
Faerie Tale Theatre
The Great Escape II: The Untold Story
The Rose and the Jackal
Bump in the Night
The Last Ferry Home
Nightmare in the Daylight
The Sea Wolf
Earth and the American Dream
Earth Journeys With Christopher Reeve
The Price of Peace
Good Men and Bad
In The Wild: Gray Whales
Without Pity: A Film About Abilities
A Step Toward Tomorrow
The Toughest Break
In The Gloaming
Christopher Reeve: A Celebration Of Hope
More About Christopher Reeve:
Occupation 1: Actor.
Occupation 2: Humanitarian.
More About Christopher Reeve and Dana:
Children of Christopher Reeve and Dana are:
- Matthew Exton Reeve.
- Alexandra Reeve.
- Will Reeve.