Christopher Reeve was an American actor, activist and director. His most popular role was as Superman. He was also an activist and was the star of three sequels to the Superman movie. Reeve was a member of the Human Rights Campaign. He was honored with a Kennedy Center Honors award. Reeve was born in Kansas. In addition to his roles in movies, he was also a director.
Reeve’s early career was characterized by a wide range of roles. His first big break came in 1978 with a small part in the nuclear submarine disaster movie Gray Lady Down. He returned to New York City in 1979 when he did not receive any more film work. During this time, he also appeared in an off-Broadway play. His film career continued to take off. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2002.
After his Broadway debut, Reeve worked in TV, movies, and on stage. In the summer of 1980, he appeared in several plays in Williamstown, Maine. His first major role was as the protagonist in a play based on Robert Frost’s short story “The Snowman.” After that, he was cast in Broadway’s drama Fifth of July, where he stayed for five months. In 1981, he returned to Williamstown and performed in another play, The Greeks. He also appeared in Love Letters, the latter of which won six Cable Ace Awards.
After his career in film, Reeve was active in the community. He was involved with Save the Children, Amnesty International, and Environmental Air Force. He attended the United Nations as a representative of the 77 actors and actresses who were threatened by genocide. In 1986, he was awarded a special Obie Award and was named one of the year’s “Best Spoken Word Album” at the Grammy Awards.
After graduating from high school, Reeve attended Cornell University. There, he studied English and music theory. His mother was a poet, and her father was a professor and writer. She also influenced Reeve’s career by hosting Robert Frost at their home. During his high school years, he began acting, and even became the star of a play in a high school play.
After graduating from college, Reeve went on to study at the University of Michigan. He received his MFA in acting from the University of Michigan. HeAlso served as a spokesperson for the arts. He helped establish the Creative Coalition in New York City and persuaded the state legislature to set aside a billion dollars for the protection of the water supply. In addition to his many achievements as an actor, Reeve also has many other interests.
After graduation from Cornell, Reeve joined the cast of “Love of Life.” The play lasted two years. He also continued to direct plays and commercials in New York City. In early 2001, he merged his activism and acting careers, directing four commercials for Johnson & Johnson, all aimed at reaching kids. In the same year, Reeve was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.