Christopher Reeve was born on the September 25, 1952 to Franklin and Barbara Reeve in New York City. After his parents divorced when he was four, his mother moved Christopher and his brother to Princeton, New Jersey.
Reeve was a student at Nassau Street School for a time and later moved to Princeton Country Day School where he excelled as a student academically and athletically.
Reeve landed his first acting job when he was just nine years old. He wanted to head to New York City and start his acting career immediately but his mother made him apply to numerous colleges such as Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Princeton and even Harvard. Reeve decided to attend Cornell, because it was the closest to New York.
Later he enrolled at Julliard, the prestigious school for the arts. After his first year at Julliard, he graduated from Cornell and his acting career took off. The role that made him a household name was Clark Kent in the Superman series.
Through the years, Christopher Reeve appeared in many movies with starring and co-starring roles. His career came to an abrupt halt when he suffered a spinal injury while riding a horse in 1995 and he was paralyzed from the neck down. He became the face of treating and beating spinal cord injuries, and remained active until his death in 2004 at the age of 52.