Fast Facts

  • Shared an apartment with Robin Williams while at Juilliard.
  • Made his Broadway debut opposite Katharine Hepburn in the 1976 play A Matter of Gravity.
  • Won a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his work as the title character in Richard Donner's Superman (1978).
  • Founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation in 1996 to raise money and awareness for spinal-injury research.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.
  • Received honorary degrees from Boston University's School of Medicine (1997), Juilliard (1997) and Pace University (1998).
  • Authored the books Still Me (1998) and Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life (2004).
  • Was directing two films at the time of his death: the A&E biopic The Brooke Ellison Story (2004) and the animated Everyone's Hero (2006).


  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Winner
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1979, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Winner
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Traditional): Nominee


  • Kevin Johnson — Half Brother
  • Barbara R. Johnson — Mother
  • Dana Reeve — Wife
  • Kristopher Keach — Godchild
  • William Elliot Reeve — Son
  • Benjamin Reeve — Brother
  • Jeff Johnson — Half Brother
  • Alexandra Reeve-Givens — Daughter
  • Franklin D'Olier Reeve — Father
  • Gae Exton — Ex-significant Other
  • Zachary Williams — Godchild
  • Matthew Reeve — Son


  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (AB in Theatre Arts, 1974); attended the Juilliard School, New York, NY


  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Died: October 10, 2004
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer

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