the Superman has died!

11 October 2004
Actor Christopher Reeve Dies at 52
Christopher Reeve, the star of Superman, whose later riding accident made him a worldwide spokesman for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure in Mount Kisco, New York. He was 52. Reeve suffered cardiac arrest on Saturday at his Pound Ridge, NY, home, and then slipped into a coma, and died Sunday at a hospital surrounded by his family.
The son of a journalist and a novelist, Reeve was born on September 25, 1952 in New York. He started on the stage: at the age of 10 he appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeoman of the Guard at McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J.
Reeve moved to television with a stint on the daytime soap opera
Love of Life but was launched into stardom when he beat out 200 other aspirants as the eponymous character of Richard Donner's 1978 film Superman. The film was a box-office smash as was the follow-up, Superman II. Reeve would play the role of Superman, and his dual identity, Clark Kent, four times and even though the budgets, and the quality of the films eventually decreased, Reeve continued to imbue his super-hero persona with sly humor and the bumbling reporter alter-ego with quiet integrity.
Reeve was not content to merely play the Krypton survivor, however, and almost immediately began to play against type. He took a role as an actor whose obsession leads him to travel back to the turn of the 19th century in the cult-classic
Somewhere in Time, as the scheming playwright in a dangerous triangle in Deathtrap, and an American who presence sparks changes in a British household in The Remains of the Day. Reeve struggled to free himself of the association that made him famous over the years, with varying results. He only agreed to play the role in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace if he could help shape the script, earning him a writing credit for the anti-nuclear weapons film.
A new chapter in Reeve's life began on May 27, 1995 at a Virginia horseshow when his chestnut Thoroughbred stopped short on a fence. Reeve, whose hands were caught in the bridle, was pitched forward onto the ground. He fractured the two top vertebrae of his neck and injured his spinal cord, rendering him a quadriplegic and reliant on a ventilator to breathe.
Initially suicidal, the actor turned his energy toward recovery. Though the process was slow and painful, Reeve astounded doctors by regaining sensation over 70 percent of his body and even moving one of his fingers. He went further than thought possible and, with the assistance of electrodes, was even able to go for long sessions without his ventilator.
With some interim successes, Reeve returned to his craft, acting in the television version of
Rear Window, lending credibility to the story of a man whose infirm situation turns him into a voyeur. He also went behind the camera, directing 1997's In the Gloaming and The Brooke Ellison Story, about a family coping with a spinal chord injury.
Reeve became a tireless lobbyist for spinal cord injury patients, calling for insurance reform for catastrophic injury and, most recently, lending his name to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act, which could create five centers across the US to support people with paralysis. The act is currently before Congress.
In addition to his invincible role, it may be his inspirational courage and perspective that may be remembered the most about Christopher Reeve. Quoted in Reader's Digest Reeve said: "Your body is not who you are. The mind and spirit transcend the body."
Reeve is survived by his parents, his brother, his wife, Dana Morosini, and his three children (Will, 12, from his marriage to Morosini and Matthew, 25, and Alexandra, 21, from a relationship with Gae Exton).


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