Happy Birthday to the greatest Superman ever…
Today would have marked the 62nd birthday of the late great Christopher Reeve, also known as Clark Kent … Superman. Christopher Reeve was born on September 25th 1952 in New York city, his father Franklin Reeve was a teacher and published novelist and his mother Barbara was a journalist. Christopher attended Princeton school where he excelled from a young age both academically and in many sports, he also loved drama and spent a lot of his earlier school years on stage in many student plays, his first role was when he was nine years of age in the play Yeoman of the guard.
After leaving college, Christopher received a contract to work in the San Diego Shakespeare festival where he would have many roles in performances such as, Richard III and George IV amongst others. He also travelled to the UK for a short time where he found work in the famous Old Vic theatre in London. On his return to the US, he continued to work in plays including some on Broadway until his first role in a Hollywood movie called Gray Lady Down in 1978. The day after auditioning for the role of Superman in Richard Donner’s big budget version of the classic Superhero, Christopher received a 300 page script of the film cementing him as the future face of the Man of Steel. Though he was rather tall, he didn’t have the necessary build to play Superman and so he left for London once more where he trained under Darth Vader himself David Prowse. The film was a massive success and paved the way for many more sequels, and Christopher himself became a huge overnight star and won a BAFTA for his portrayal of the much loved Superhero.
In May of 1995, at an equestrian event that he was competing in, Christopher was thrown from his horse and suffered a severe spinal cord injury which left him permanently paralysed and wheelchair bound. He spent his time lobbying and helping people with similar injuries eventually opening the Christopher Reeve foundation and spinal injuries research centre. Christopher sadly died in 2004 from cardiac arrest, he was kind and gentle man in real life and was very much like a real life version of the Superhero he portrayed on screen … Happy Birthday Chris, you will always be a Superhero to us your fans!