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Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve
Reeve after the opening night of The Marriage of Figaro at The Circle in the Square Theatre in NYC, 1985
Personal information
Birth nameChristopher D'Olier Reeve
Birth dateSeptember 25, 1952
Place of birthNew York City, New York, U.S.
Date of deathOctober 10, 2004(age 52)
Death placeMount Kisco, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter, author
Years active1974 2004
SpouseDana Reeve (1992 2004)

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Christopher D'Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 October 10, 2004) was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter and author. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, including his notable motion picture portrayal of the fictional superhero Superman.

On May 27, 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse in an equestrian competition in Virginia. He required a wheelchair and breathing apparatus for the rest of his life. He lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries, and for human embryonic stem cell research afterward. He founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center.

Reeve married Dana Morosini in April 1992, and they had a son, William, born that June. Reeve had two children, Matthew (born 1979) and Alexandra (born 1983), from his previous relationship with his longtime girlfriend, Gae Exton.

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