Christopher Reeve Timeline

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Christopher Reeve Timeline

Sept. 25, 1952
Christopher Reeve is born in New York City to journalist Barbara Johnson and literature professor Franklin D. Reeve.
1956
His parents divorce. His mother moves him and his brother Benjamin to Princeton, New Jersey.
1960
Begins appearing in school plays and takes piano lessons.
1961
He wins a role in a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta Yeoman of the Guard for Princeton's professional theater.
1967
Attends a summer apprenticeship at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts.
1968
Gets an agent.
1974
Graduates from AB, Cornell University.
1974
Plays Ben Harper in the TV soap opera Love of Life
1975
Attends Juilliard School of Drama where he becomes friends with Robin Williams and studies under John Houseman.
1976
Moves to Los Angeles.
1976
Takes part in the Broadway play, A Matter of Gravity opposite Katharine Hepburn.
April 1978
Stars in Gray Lady Down with Charlton Heston.
Dec. 15, 1978
Plays Superman in Superman with Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, and Margot Kidder. He gains 30 pounds for the role. He later says of the role: "What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that's how I approached the part."
1979
Gae Exton, his girlfriend at the time, gives birth to son Matthew Reeve.
1980
Stars in Somewhere in Time with Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer.
June 19, 1981
Stars in Superman II with Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder.
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