Christopher Reeve

Actor + Director + Producer + Screenwriter
Born Sep 25, 1952

Christopher D'Olier Reeve was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion-picture portrayal of the fictional superhero Superman. On May 27, 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia. He required a wheelchair and breathing apparatus for the rest of his life.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Christopher Reeve.


1952 Birth Christopher Reeve was born on September 25, 1952 in New York City, the son of Barbara Pitney (Lamb), a journalist, and Franklin D'Olier Reeve, a teacher, novelist, poet, and scholar. … Read More
1956 3 Years Old Franklin and Barbara divorced in 1956, and she moved with her two sons to Princeton, New Jersey, where they attended Nassau Street School. Later that year, Franklin Reeve married Helen Schmidinger, a Columbia University graduate student. Barbara Pitney Lamb married Tristam B. Johnson, a stockbroker, in 1959. … Read More
1962 9 Years Old Reeve found his passion in 1962 at age nine when he was cast in an amateur version of the play The Yeomen of the Guard; it was the first of many student plays.


1968 15 Years Old In mid-1968, at age fifteen, Reeve was accepted as an apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts. … Read More
1970 17 Years Old After graduating from Princeton Day School in June 1970, Reeve acted in plays in Boothbay, Maine and planned to go to New York City to find a career in theater. … Read More


1974 - 1976 3 More Events
1977 24 Years Old …  Through Stalmaster's persistent pleading, a meeting between director Richard Donner, producer Ilya Salkind and Reeve was set in January 1977 at the Sherry Netherland Hotel on Fifth Avenue. … Read More
1978 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Reeve's first role in a Hollywood film was a small part as a submarine officer in the 1978 naval disaster movie Gray Lady Down.
1979 26 Years Old 1 More Event
The film was shot on Mackinac Island in mid-1979 and was Reeve's favorite film ever to shoot. … Read More


1983 - 1984 2 More Events
1985 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Reeve hosted the television documentary Dinosaur! … Read More
1986 - 1987 2 More Events
1990 37 Years Old In 1990, Reeve starred in the Civil War film, The Rose and the Jackal, in which he played Allan Pinkerton, the head of President Lincoln's new Secret Service.
1992 39 Years Old 1 More Event
The two began dating and were married in Williamstown in April 1992. … Read More


1994 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Reeve was elected as a co-president of the Creative Coalition. … Read More
1995 42 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 27, 1995, Reeve's horse made a refusal. … Read More
1996 43 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1996, he appeared at the Academy Awards to a long standing ovation and gave a speech about Hollywood's duty to make movies that face the world's most important issues head-on. … Read More
1997 44 Years Old In 1997, Reeve made his directorial debut with the HBO film In the Gloaming with Robert Sean Leonard, Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Bridget Fonda and David Strathairn. … Read More
1998 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1998, Reeve produced and starred in Rear Window, a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film. … Read More
2000 47 Years Old In 2000, he began to regain some motor function, and was able to sense hot and cold temperatures on his body. … Read More
2001 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, Reeve was elected to serve on the board of directors for the company TechHealth, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, which provided products and services for severely injured patients. … Read More
2002 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, a federal government facility created through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention non-compete grant, was opened in Short Hills, New Jersey. … Read More


2003 50 Years Old On February 25, 2003, Reeve appeared in the television series Smallville as Dr. Swann in the episode "Rosetta." … Read More
In April 2004, Random House published Reeve's second book, Nothing Is Impossible. … Read More
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