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Christopher Reeve Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, director, producer

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)


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