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Nikki Finke in Los Angeles is reporting that actor Christopher Reeve is dead, according to sources close to the actor. He died suddenly Sunday. News of his death has not been reported publicly yet. His family will make an announcement Monday at the earliest. Reeve was just mentioned Friday in the second live presidential debate by John Kerry. Noting he was a friend of the paralysed Reeve, Kerry said he was in favor of further stem cell research because Reeve could walk again one day thanks to such science.... MORE...
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He played my favorite super hero. What was cool about the superman character was that he was born with all those powers and lived his alternate life (Clark Kent) as he saw us.

As where others were given there powers by some freak accident or unnatural act.

 

 

Man he was a hell of a guy.

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I worked at Logan Airport for 28 years as an aircraft re-fuel mechanic.  His private plane came in one time and was in the hanger.  Someone was trying to get his wheelchair out of the rear compartment using a forklift.  Because of where the rear engine was located, the forklift couldn't get in close enough.  So I told the forklift driver to lift me and two others on a pallet so we could manually get the chair out.   What a pleasure it was knowing I helped Superman!  Christopher Reeves was one of the good ones...and he'll be missed.
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Chris Reeve was a Superman.

He fought to his last breath and he looked you straight in the eye and told you that his curse was a gift and that it brought him to new places.

A man of privilege that was stricken down playing with the horsy set, got to see the world through the eyes of the weak and the ill and the dependant and he opted to fight instead of giving up to it. I hope I would find that strength if I were paralyzed.

He left this world without finishing the task he set, but he has inspired many to continue.

In an age of bluster and spin rarely does a real hero emerge, the kind that brings real hope and displays real strength.

Christopher reeve, you were a real hero, not for who you had been but for who you became.

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'Superman' star

Reeve dead at 52

Actor, paralyzed in 1995, became renowned spinal cord advocate

The Associated Press

BEDFORD, N.Y. - “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve, who turned personal tragedy into a public crusade and from his wheelchair became the nation’s most recognizable spokesman for spinal cord research, has died. He was 52.

 

went into cardiac arrest Saturday while at his Pound Ridge home, then fell into a coma and died Sunday at a hospital surrounded by his family, his publicist said. He was 52.

 

His advocacy for stem cell research helped it emerge as a major campaign issue between President Bush and his Democratic opponent, John Kerry. His name was even mentioned by Kerry during the second presidential debate Friday evening.

 

In the last week Reeve had developed a serious systemic infection from a pressure wound, a common complication for people living with paralysis. He entered the hospital Saturday.

 

Dana Reeve thanked her husband’s personal staff of nurses and aides, “as well as the millions of fans from around the world.”

 

Before the 1995 accident, his athletic, 6-foot-4-inch 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.

 

“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?”

 

'Escape the cape'

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-traveler in the 1980 movie “Somewhere in Time,” and an aspiring playwright in the 1982 suspense thriller “Deathtrap.”

 

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.”

 

Reeve’s life changed completely after he broke his neck in May 1995 when he was thrown from his horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Va.

 

Enduring months of therapy to allow him to breathe for longer and longer periods without a respirator, Reeve emerged to lobby Congress for better insurance protection against catastrophic injury. He moved an Academy Award audience to tears with a call for more films about social issues.

 

“Hollywood needs to do more,” he said in the 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.”

 

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 neighbor has been murdered. Reeve won a Screen Actors Guild award for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries.

 

“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.”

 

Improvement with rigorous physical therapy

In 2000, Reeve was able to move his index finger, and a specialized workout regimen made his legs and arms stronger. With rigorous therapy, involving repeated electrical stimulation of the muscles, he also regained sensation in other parts of his body. He vowed to walk again.

 

“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,” Reeve said.

 

Dr. John McDonald treated Reeve as director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He called Reeve “one of the most intense individuals I’ve ever met in my life.”

 

“Before him there was really no hope,” McDonald said. “If you had a spinal cord injury like his there was not much that could be done, but he’s changed all that. He’s demonstrated that there is hope and that there are things that can be done.”

 

Reeve was born Sept. 25, 1952, in New York City, son of a novelist and a newspaper reporter. About the age of 10, he made his first stage appearance — in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeoman of the Guard” at a theater in Princeton, N.J.

 

After graduating from Cornell University in 1974, he landed a part as coldhearted bigamist Ben Harper on the soap opera “Love of Life.” He also performed frequently on stage, winning his first Broadway role as the grandson of Katharine Hepburn’s character in “A Matter of Gravity.”

 

A star is born

Reeve’s first movie role was a minor one in the submarine disaster movie “Gray Lady Down,” released in 1978. “Superman” soon followed. Reeve was selected for the role from among about 200 aspirants.

 

While filming “Superman” in London, Reeve met modeling agency co-founder Gae Exton, and the two began a relationship that lasted several years. The couple had a son and a daughter, but never wed.

 

Reeve later married Dana Morosini; they had one son, Will, 12. Reeve also is 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.

 

No plans for a funeral were immediately announced.

 

In his 1998 book, “Still Me,” he recalled that after the accident, when he contemplating giving up, his wife told him: “I want you to know that I’ll be with you for the long haul, no matter what. You’re still you. And I love you.”

 

His children helped, too, he told interviewer Barbara Walters.

 

“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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I was lucky enough to have met Chris Reeve twice and to have been in the audience at the Academy Awards when he made his first major appearance after the accident.  I can tell you now as I noticed that night, there were no actors acting their own reactions when he spoke.

He was a very kind gentleman who empowered those around him.  Even people who didn't know him well rooted for him to overcome his injury so he could fulfill him promise.  I still believe that eventually he would have.

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Chris Reeve was a Superman.

He fought to his last breath and he looked you straight in the eye and told you that his curse was a gift and that it brought him to new places.

A man of privilege that was stricken down playing with the horsy set, got to see the world through the eyes of the weak and the ill and the dependant and he opted to fight instead of giving up to it. I hope I would find that strength if I were paralyzed.

He left this world without finishing the task he set, but he has inspired many to continue.

In an age of bluster and spin rarely does a real hero emerge, the kind that brings real hope and displays real strength.

Christopher reeve, you were a real hero, not for who you had been but for who you became.

Well said Pop..

 

Gods speed Chris..

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I heard Southerbys auctioned off the Superman Cape, got 7500, for it, said it would have brought more but it had wheel marks on the lower half.....

 

P.S. any body remember the stinker movie "Deathtrap" 1982, where Superman played a homosexual and kisses Michal Cain fully on the Lips?

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