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Title:Christopher Reeve | Transformation From 11 To 52 Years Old
Published:10 April 2019
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Birthday: September 25, 1952
Nationality: American
Famous: Actors Directors
Died At Age: 52
Sun Sign: Libra
Born In: Mount Kisco, New York, United States
Famous As: Actor
Spouse/Ex-: Dana Reeve (M. 1992–2004)

Children: Alexandra Reeve, Matthew Reeve, William Reeve
Died On: October 10, 2004
Cause Of Death: Heart Attack
U.S. State: New Yorkers
Christopher Reeve was a legendary American actor, director, writer, producer and activist who rose to prominence for his perfect portrayal of the DC Comic book superhero, ‘Superman’. With deep blue eyes, towering height and athletic built, Reeve played the role of a superhero with utmost ease and élan. Born in an upper-class household, Reeve was bit by the acting bug early in his life. It was while studying at Cornell University that Reeve took up acting professionally. He made his Broadway debut and soon was asked to play the lead character of Clark Kent/Superman. Over the years, apart from the Superman series, Reeve showed his brilliance as an actor in various films including ‘The Remains of the Dark’, ‘Rear Window’ and so on. Acting apart, Reeve was a licensed pilot and flew solo across the Atlantic twice. He was also an active campaigner of various issues related to health and society. It was a tragic accident during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia that left him as a quadriplegic. However, ‘superman’ that he was, he did not let his physical impairment come in between his acting and activism. He founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation and lobbied for issues related to spinal cord injuries and human embryonic stem cell research.
Childhood & Early Life
Christopher Reeve was born on September 25, 1952 in New York City to Barbara Pitney and Franklin D’Olier Reeve. While his mother was a journalist, his father served as a teacher, novelist, poet and scholar. He had a younger brother, Benjamin. His parents divorced when he was young. Reeve and his brother moved with their mother who remarried Tristam B Johnson in 1959.
Reeve attended Princeton Day School. Academically brilliant, he excellent in athletics and theatre as well. Such as his brilliance in sports that he was on the honor roll and played soccer, baseball, tennis, and hockey.
At the age of nine, Reeve found his passion for acting after he was cast in an amateur version of the play, ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’. By 1967, he was working as an apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The following year, he received an offer to work professionally at Harvard Summer Repertory Theatre Company. He graduated from Princeton Day School in 1970.
Post graduation, Reeve acted in plays in Boothbay, Maine and planned to go to New York City to find a career in theatre. However, upon his mother’s insistence, he applied for college and accepted an offer from Cornell University.
At Cornell, Reeve continued to fuel his passion for dramatics and theatre. He acted in several plays including ‘Waiting for Godot’, ‘Segismundo in Life Is a Dream’, ‘Hamlet in Rosencrantz’, ‘Guildenstern Are Dead’ and The Winter's Tale.
Impressed by his acting talent, Stark Hesseltine, a high-powered agent, proposed to establish Reeve’s acting career and represent him. Monthly visits to New York City and meetings with casting agents and producers helped Reeve find his first work in a production of ‘Forty Carats’ with Eleanor Parker.
Artistically endowed, Reeve soon received a full-season contract with the San Diego Shakespeare Festival. Reeve played prominent roles in several plays including ‘Richard III’, ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, and ‘Love's Labour's Lost’.
In his final year at college, Reeve took a three-month leave of absence. He travelled to Glasgow wherein he immersed himself in the country’s theatre culture. He then moved to Paris and absorbed European theatre culture, keenly observing the performances by established stage actors and imbibing in the goodness. Having engrossed everything, he returned to US.
Having found his real calling in acting, Reeve convinced theatre director Jim Clause and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences that he couldn’t comply by the educational requirements at Cornell University and instead would achieve more as a student in Juilliard than at Cornell. Following this, an arrangement was made according to which his first year at Juilliard was counted as his senior year at Cornell.
At Juilliard, Reeve befriended Robin Williams for life. The two were the only students selected for Juilliard's Advanced Program. As per the arrangement, Reeve completion of the first year at Juilliard meant the completion of his graduation from Cornell University.


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