How many times did Christopher Reeve play Superman?The movie Superman was so successful, a sequel (Superman II) was made, followed by two more sequels (Superman III and Superman IV), all in the 1980s, and Reeve played the part of Superman in all three. The first Superman movie also starred Marlon Brando as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Terence Stamp as General Zod. (Marlon Brando was paid $4 million for under eight minutes of screen time, a remarkably high sum at the time.) John Williams wrote the score for the film, whose theme song won a Grammy award.
Before playing Superman, Christopher Reeve acted onstage and on a television soap opera. His later screen credits include The Bostonians and Somewhere in Time, now a cult classic. In May 1995, Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition. He had largely retired from film production since then, instead devoting his time to rehabilitation therapy. With his wife Dana, he opened the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center in Short Hills, New Jersey, a center devoted to teaching paralyzed people to live more independently.
In 2003 and early 2004, Reeve made two well-received appearances on the television Superman prequel series, Smallville, playing Dr Swann, who gives the young Clark Kent clues to his origins.
Christopher Reeve died on 10 October, 2004.