Young people today may not know who Christopher Reeve is or for that matter not know his significance to film and comic fans of the 70's and 80's. For those of us who were growing up at that time, he was one person: Superman.
In 1978, Superman: The Movie came out and wowed audiences of all ages. A well written and directed film that stood for over 20 years as the best Comic book film. However what gave the film life and soul was the performance of Christopher Reeve. Reeve had everything for his role; The look, the charm and the charisma to bring the character to life. To all of us Christopher Reeve was Superman.
However in real life years later, Reeve's actions would mirror the Man of Steel's following his unfortunate horse riding accident. Despite being paralysed and faced with the possibility that he may never walk again, Reeve remained resilient. Over the years he worked hard to one day realise his dream of walking again. Little by little he surprised many with his improving mobility. Along the way he also took became an activist for stem cell research, the environment and homelessness. Clearly these actions made him a true Superman.
Christopher Reeve is survived by his wife Dana and his children Will, Matthew and Alexandra.
R.I.P Mr. Reeve