Christopher Reeve

Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter Christopher Reeve

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.
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Fire, plumes of black smoke emerge from Texas chemical plant: CNN
Yahoo News - 6 months
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Fire and thick plumes of black smoke were emerging from Arkema SA's chemicals plant in Crosby, Texas, on Friday afternoon, according to live video aired on broadcaster CNN. The company had said earlier on Friday that it expected more fires from the plant in the coming days even though floodwaters that triggered an initial blaze earlier this week were receding. Authorities have evacuated residents in a 1.5-mile (2.4-km) radius around the Arkema plant, located about 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Houston. (Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Chris Reese)
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Jackie Chan Finally Wins Honorary Oscar After 56 Years And 200 Films
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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FedEx Plane Catches Fire At Fort Lauderdale Airport
Huffington Post - over 1 year
New video shows fireball shooting from FedEx plane at Fort Lauderdale Int'l Airport; both pilots escaped. pic.twitter.com/DjxIPfDKf8 — ABC News (@ABC) October 28, 2016 The landing gear of a FedEx DC-10 cargo plane collapsed on Friday at the main airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, causing a fire that was quickly extinguished, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said. Video from local broadcasters shows what appears to be a FedEx cargo plane that is intact with the fire having taken place near the tail section. The company later said the pilots were safe. The airport said on its Twitter feed it is currently closed as firefighters respond to the incident. Welcome back to America...yikes!! #fll #cnnireport A video posted by Jacob Barnes (@jpaulbarnes) on Oct 28, 2016 at 3:05pm PDT FedEx plane exploded next to my departure gate at Ft Lauderdale. #Fedexexplosion pic.twitter.com/H3QtFbzg9i — Kevan Shokat (@kevansf) Oc...
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Chipotle's Sales Still Tanking In Wake Of E. Coli Outbreak
Huffington Post - over 1 year
(Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Tuesday said it expects sales at established restaurants to grow in the “high single digit” percentages next year, which would end a long string of declines following food safety lapses last year. Shares in Chipotle were down 1.4 percent at $400 in after-hours trading after the burrito chain said third-quarter sales at restaurants open at least 13 months dropped 21.9 percent. Analysts, on average, had expected a decline of 18.7 percent, according to tracking firm Consensus Metrix. Traffic declined 15.2 percent for the quarter. Net profit fell to $7.8 million, or 27 cents per share, during the quarter due to the sales slowdown and a variety of charges, from $144.9 million, or $4.59 cents per share, a year earlier. Chipotle also said it planned to build 195 to 201 new restaurants next year, down from 220 to 235 in 2016.   (Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles; Editing by Chris Reese) -- This feed and its contents are ...
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Stem Cell Battles -- in Times Square?
Huffington Post - about 2 years
One sunny afternoon in 1963, two very young soldiers were standing on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, 86 floors up, looking out over the greatest city in the world. Paris may be lovelier, Los Angeles more packed with movie stars, and San Francisco has our Golden Gate; but New York City is where everything comes together, the city of nations, meeting place of Earth. And at the pulsing heart of it, the most visited destination in the world -- Times Square. At one end of the famous square, on 7th Avenue, across from the Hard Rock Café, is a giant electronic billboard -- the famous Reuters building sign, 22 stories tall, 7,000 square feet of breaking news, like the pulse of the planet. Remember that billboard. But first, back to the Empire State Building. Behind us was a security guard, leaning back in his chair, beside a door leading down into darkness. Yes, that was the indoor fire escape, he said, and no, we could not walk down it. But we were ...
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Aisle View: Splendidly Delirious
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Jeremy Shamos, Kate Jennings Grant, David Furr, Andrea Martin, Tracee Chimo and Campbell Scott in Noises Off. Photo: Joan Marcus Michael Frayn's Noises Off, when it premiered back in 1982 in London (with Patricia Routledge) and when it opened in 1983 at the Atkinson (with Dorothy Loudon), was farce comedy par excellence; we didn't quite realize, in those days of Cats and Torch Song Trilogy, that broad, knock-down stage farce could not only be viable but classy. When the play was revived at the Atkinson in 2001--with a cast headed by Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher, under the direction of Jeremy Sams--this playgoer found the results funny; or, rather, merely funny. Which was not enough at all. Far more problematic was Peter Bogdanovich's earlier, star-studded motion picture version, which suffered immediate death with critics and audiences. Slinging the prop sardines was Carol Burnett--still, in 1992, America's funniest lady--supported by the likes of Michael Caine and Chri...
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Four Years Later, I No Longer Feel There Is No Future
The Huffington Post - about 2 years
This Thanksgiving weekend marked the fourth anniversary of my near-death accident when an out-of-control SUV with a sleeping driver barreled into my bicycle. I was an experienced cyclist taking all possible precautions -- I was wearing a helmet and bright clothing, obeying traffic laws, and riding on the right shoulder of a sparsely-travelled country road. It was at 1:06 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon everything changed in a split second. I think about that moment in time every day. For the first two years after the accident, I kept asking, "Why me? Why me?" I hadn't done anything to cause the accident that crushed my spine and left me a paraplegic. People said to me, "Thank God you survived. You are lucky to be alive!" But I didn't feel lucky at all; anything but. This wasn't the life I had worked so hard to build nor the life that I wanted. But these last two years have been different. I can't say I've accepted my lot with a sense of joie de vivre but I do accept that I need to...
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DVDs: "The Great American Dream Machine" Turned TV "Inside Out"
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Ok, the holidays are approaching. So we've got repackaged holiday TV classics slapped together so they can be restocked in the big box stores. We've got complete sets of "classic" (or just popular or just cult-y enough) TV shows in cheaper than ever sets. We've got some hit films. We'e got pirates fighting over treasure in "Black Sails" and thank God we have Criterion and their Eclipse label to uncover some treasures from the cinematic past. Arghhhh! THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE ($39.98 DVD; Entertainment One) BEST OF ENEMIES ($29.98 BluRay; Magnolia) BLACK SAILS SEASON TWO ($59.99 BluRay; Anchor Bay) BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON ONE ($65.99 BluRay; Sony) Great television has been produced since they started broadcasting in the 1940s. (The Nazis delayed the spread of TV, actually, or it would have been dominant even sooner.) The decline of TV began at just about the same time.Sometimes, strangely, both happen at the same moment. Certainly The Great American Drea...
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One Stem Cell Awareness Day
Huffington Post - over 2 years
I was writing in a goldfish bowl: more accurately the goldfish bowl, the glass-walled conference room of the California stem cell agency, 210 King Street, San Francisco. I was autographing a copy of a book, "STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond" with intentions of leaving it for guests to read. October 14th is international Stem Cell Awareness Day. I had asked my publisher to let that be the official launch day for my new book, "STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond"* and they had managed to get some books in my hands, although the wide publication date was two months later--December 6th. An author gets a certain amount of books (in my case, 25) for his personal use. These I brought with me, as gifts for the first 25 people who attended It took 20 years to live this book, plus a year and a half to write it. Wayne Freedman and Greg DeRego of ABC TV had captured the story in print and video-- here is my little office at Americans for Cures! They joked about...
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'Batman v. Superman,' with Adam West, Christopher Reeve
CNN - almost 3 years
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Adam West and Christopher Reeve star in hilarious new spoof trailer
Fox News - almost 3 years
When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the upcoming “Batman v Superman,” many people took to social media to protest. And now there’s a spoof trailer that should make those anti-Affleckers pleased.  
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Warburg Pincus buys stake in European ETF provider: report
Yahoo News - about 4 years
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm Warburg Pincus has bought a majority stake in a European exchange traded fund provider, in a deal that will give the asset manager new funds to expand offerings and grow through acquisitions, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. Warburg Pincus purchased the stake in Source from a group of banks that included Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, according to the report that valued the investment at about $300 million. (Reporting by Chris Prentice; Editing by Chris Reese)
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'Gravity's' Special Effects Flashback
NYTimes - about 4 years
The effects supervisor says the job recalled his visit to the set of “Superman” in the ’70s, when his uncle took on the challenge of making Christopher Reeve look like he could fly.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Christopher Reeve
    FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 51
    Eighteen hours later, on October 10, 2004, Reeve died at the age of 52.
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    In early October 2004, he was being treated for an infected pressure ulcer that was causing sepsis, a complication that he had experienced many times before.
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    Also in 2004, Reeve directed the A&E film The Brooke Ellison Story.
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    In June 2004, Reeve provided a videotaped message on behalf of the Genetics Policy Institute to the delegates of the United Nations in defense of somatic cell nuclear transfer, which was under consideration to be banned by world treaty.
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    In April 2004, Random House published Reeve's second book, Nothing Is Impossible.
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  • 2003
    Age 50
    On February 25, 2003, Reeve appeared in the television series Smallville as Dr. Swann in the episode "Rosetta."
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  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    In 2002, Reeve lobbied for the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001, which would allow somatic cell nuclear transfer research, but would ban reproductive cloning.
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    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 48
    Reeve lobbied for expanded federal funding on embryonic stem cell research to include all embryonic stem cell lines in existence and for open-ended scientific inquiry of the research by self-governance. President George W. Bush limited the federal funding to research only on human embryonic stem cell lines created on or before August 9, 2001, the day he announced his policy, and allotted approximately $100 million for it.
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    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 47
    In 2000, he began to regain some motor function, and was able to sense hot and cold temperatures on his body.
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  • 1998
    Age 45
    On April 25, 1998, Random House published Reeve's autobiography, Still Me.
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    In 1998, Reeve produced and starred in Rear Window, a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film.
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  • 1997
    Age 44
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 43
    For these efforts, he was placed on the cover of TIME on August 26, 1996.
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    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 42
    On June 28, 1995, Reeve was taken to the Kessler Rehabilitation Center in West Orange, New Jersey.
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    On May 27, 1995, Reeve's horse made a refusal.
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  • 1994
    Age 41
    He trained with Buck in 1994, and planned to do Training Level events in 1995 and move up to Preliminary in 1996.
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    In 1994, Reeve was elected as a co-president of the Creative Coalition.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 39
    Dana gave birth to William Elliot "Will" Reeve on June 7, 1992 at North Adams Regional Hospital in North Adams, Massachusetts.
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    The two began dating and were married in Williamstown in April 1992.
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  • 1990
    Age 37
    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.
  • 1987
    Age 34
    After Superman IV in 1987, Reeve's relationship with Exton fell apart, and they separated.
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  • 1986
    Age 33
    In 1986, he was still struggling to find scripts that he liked.
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  • 1985
    Age 32
    Also in 1985, DC Comics named Reeve as one of the honorees in the company's 50th anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great for his work on the Superman film series.
    In 1985, Reeve hosted the television documentary Dinosaur!
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  • 1984
    Age 31
    In 1984, Reeve appeared in The Aspern Papers with Vanessa Redgrave.
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  • 1983
    Age 30
    At this time, Gae Exton gave birth to their second child, Alexandra Exton Reeve, in December 1983 at Welbeck Hospital in London, England.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 26
    Gae Exton, Reeve's partner at the time, gave birth to their son, Matthew Exton Reeve, on December 20, 1979, at Welbeck Hospital in London, England.
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    The film was shot on Mackinac Island in mid-1979 and was Reeve's favorite film ever to shoot.
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  • 1978
    Age 25
    Reeve's first role after 1978's Superman was as Richard Collier in the 1980 romantic fantasy Somewhere in Time.
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    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.
  • 1977
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 23
    When the play moved to Los Angeles in 1976, Reeve — to Hepburn's disappointment — dropped out.
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  • 1975
    Age 22
    In late 1975, he auditioned for the Broadway play A Matter of Gravity.
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  • 1974
    Age 21
    In early 1974, Reeve and other Juilliard students toured the New York City middle school system and performed The Love Cure.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 17
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 15
    In mid-1968, at age fifteen, Reeve was accepted as an apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 9
    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.
  • 1956
    Age 3
    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.
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  • 1952
    Born
    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.
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