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Superman is dead :(
    #3241469 - 10/11/04 02:40 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) ? Christopher Reeve, the star of the "Superman" movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure, his publicist said. He was 52.

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11/10/2004 - 07:28:19 Superman actor Christopher Reeve has died.

Superman actor Christopher Reeve has died.

Reeve?s near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research.

He broke his neck in May 1995 when he was thrown from his horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia.

Enduring months of therapy to allow him to breathe for longer and longer periods without a respirator, Reeve emerged as a tireless campaigner, lobbying the US government for better insurance protection against catastrophic injury.

He moved an Academy Award audience to tears with a call for more films about social issues.

He returned to directing, and even returned to acting in a 1998 production of Rear Window, a modern update of the Hitchcock thriller about a man in a wheelchair who becomes convinced a neighbour has been murdered.

Reeve won a Screen Actors Guild award for best actor in a television movie.

?I was worried that only acting with my voice and my face, I might not be able to communicate effectively enough to tell the story,? Reeve said.

?But I was surprised to find that if I really concentrated, and just let the thoughts happen, that they would read on my face.

?With so many close-ups, I knew that my every thought would count.?

In his public appearances, he was as handsome as ever, his blue eyes bright and his voice clear.

?Hollywood needs to do more,? he said in the March 1996 Oscar awards appearance.

?Let?s continue to take risks. Let?s tackle the issues. In many ways our film community can do it better than anyone else.

?There is no challenge, artistic or otherwise, that we can?t meet.?

In 2000, Reeve was able to move his index finger, and a specialised exercise regime made his legs and arms stronger. He also regained sensation in other parts of his body.

Reeve?s support of stem cell research helped it emerge as a major campaign issue between President Bush and US presidential rival John Kerry.

His name was even mentioned by Kerry earlier this month during the second presidential debate.

As for the strain of travelling to Hollywood, Reeve said: ?I refuse to allow a disability to determine how I live my life.

?I don?t mean to be reckless, but setting a goal that seems a bit daunting actually is very helpful toward recovery.?

His athletic, 6ft 4in frame and love of adventure made him a natural, if largely unknown, choice for the title role in the first Superman movie in 1978.

He insisted on performing his own stunts.

Although he reprised the role three times, Reeve often worried about being typecast as an action hero.

?Look, I?ve flown, I?ve become evil, loved, stopped and turned the world backward, I?ve faced my peers, I?ve befriended children and small animals and I?ve rescued cats from trees,? Reeve told the Los Angeles Times in 1983, just before the release of the third Superman movie.

?What else is there left for Superman to do that hasn?t been done??

Though he owed his fame to it, Reeve made a concerted effort to, as he often put it, ?escape the cape?.

He played an embittered, crippled Vietnam veteran in the 1980 Broadway play Fifth of July, a lovestruck time-traveller in the 1980 movie Somewhere in Time, and an aspiring playwright in the 1982 suspense thriller Deathtrap.

?After the first Superman, I had the compulsion to do parts that were really weird,? Reeve said.

?That freaked people out. I?ve passed that.?

More recent films included John Carpenter?s Village of the Damned, and the HBO movies Above Suspicion and In the Gloaming, which he directed.

Among his other film credits are The Remains of the Day, The Aviator, and Morning Glory.

Yet Reeve always will be known to movie fans as the strapping, boyishly handsome stage veteran whose charm and humour brought a new dimension to the characters of Superman and his alter-ego, Clark Kent. The film co-starred Margot Kidder as Lois Lane.

Reeve said in public appearances promoting the Superman films, he tried to get children to better themselves.

?They should be looking for Superman?s qualities ? courage, determination, modesty, humour ? in themselves rather than passively sitting back, gaping slack-jawed at this terrific guy in boots,? Reeve said.

Reeve was born on September 25, 1952, in New York City, son of a novelist and a newspaper reporter.

He was around 10 when he made his first stage appearance ? in Gilbert and Sullivan?s The Yeoman of the Guard.

He starred in virtually all of the theatrical productions at the exclusive Princeton Day School. By age 16, he had joined the actors? union.

After graduating from Cornell University in 1974, he landed a part as cold-hearted bigamist Ben Harper on the television soap opera Love of Life.

He also performed frequently on stage, winning his first Broadway role as the grandson of a character played by Katharine Hepburn in A Matter of Gravity.

Reeve?s first movie role was a minor one in the submarine disaster movie Gray Lady Down, released in 1978.

The first Superman movie soon followed. Reeve was selected for the title role from among about 200 aspirants.

Active in many sports, Reeve owned several horses and competed in equestrian events regularly.

Witnesses to the May 1995 accident said Reeve?s horse had cleared two of 15 fences during the jumping event and stopped abruptly at the third, flinging the actor headlong to the ground.

Doctors said he fractured the top two vertebrae in his neck and damaged his spinal cord. When he finally was released from a rehabilitation institute in December 1995, he thanked staffed members ?who have set the stage for my continued journey?.

He underwent further rehabilitation at his home in upstate New York.

While filming Superman in London, Reeve met modelling agency co-founder Gae Exton, and the two began a relationship that lasted several years.

The couple had two sons, but were never wed.

Reeve later married Dana Morosini. They had one son, Will, 11.

His wife became his frequent spokeswoman after the accident.

Reeve is also survived by his mother, Barbara Johnson, his father, Franklin Reeve, his brother, Benjamin Reeve and his two children from his relationship with Exton, Matthew, 25, and Alexandra, 21.

A few months after the accident, he told interviewer Barbara Walters that he considered suicide in the first dark days after he was injured.

But he quickly overcame such thoughts when he saw his children.

?I could see how much they needed me and wanted me ... and how lucky we all are and that my brain is on straight.?


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: baraka]
    #3241500 - 10/11/04 02:47 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Holy shit... I honestly thought he would walk and go down in history as the guy who cured paralysis.

Thats crazy ass shit. Caddyshack and now Superman.  :sad:


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: allmakescombined]
    #3241531 - 10/11/04 02:55 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

:frown:


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: baraka]
    #3241536 - 10/11/04 02:55 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

now that just sucks :frown:  :nonono: :crying:

R.I.P Christopher Reeve


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: vivid]
    #3241697 - 10/11/04 03:33 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

vivid said:
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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: CaRnAgECaNdY]
    #3241710 - 10/11/04 03:38 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Too bad.

On a side note, Superman as a "super hero" sucked.


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: Tasty_Smurf_House]
    #3241733 - 10/11/04 03:50 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Um, he was the first super hero


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: allmakescombined]
    #3241735 - 10/11/04 03:54 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

No, that was the second incarnation of Steamboat Willy: "Defender of Justice and Whistling bouncy dances." Superman was next. He's sort of like v 1.1, I guess. Both had capes tho.


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: GnuBobo]
    #3242161 - 10/11/04 09:27 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Sad day for all. R.I.P

:frown:


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: baraka]
    #3242172 - 10/11/04 09:31 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

That's too bad, I really liked him. Atleast his suffering is over.



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    #3242345 - 10/11/04 11:24 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

:frown:


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: Organic]
    #3242361 - 10/11/04 11:34 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I musta' been the Kryptonite!!!
Stay away from that stuff kids, it'll kill ya'!
What a shame, what a shame.


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: baraka]
    #3243611 - 10/11/04 04:59 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

...the world's a subwa-heee, subway!


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: baraka]
    #3243814 - 10/11/04 05:43 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

sad sad.. :frown:


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: baraka]
    #3243854 - 10/11/04 05:54 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

R.I.P. Superman

Do you worry that you?re not liked
How long till you break
You?re happy cause you smile
But how much can you fake
An ordinary boy an ordinary name
But ordinary?s just not good enough today

Alone I?m thinking
Why is superman dead
Is it in my head
We?ll just laugh instead
You worry about the weather and
Whether or not you should hate

Are you worried about your faith
Kneel down and obey
You?re happy you?re in love
You need someone to hate
An ordinary girl an ordinary waist
But ordinary?s just not good enough today
Doesn?t anybody ever know that the world?s a subway


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: baraka]
    #3243920 - 10/11/04 06:13 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Sad. :sad: He never gave up and he fought to the very end, and for that, I admire him. R.I.P Mr. Reeves...


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: baraka]
    #3244591 - 10/11/04 09:05 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Goodbye Christopher. RIP.  :sad:


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Re: Superman is dead :( [Re: TenaciousFloyd]
    #3244739 - 10/11/04 09:45 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

He had some sores or infections that people who are paralyzed get apparently.


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    #3245737 - 10/12/04 01:22 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Heh another outlook on mr. reeve's

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