To Jim – I first met Christopher Reeve on the set of the first Superman movie being filmed in London. I was on vacation and had stopped en route to Egypt. I lunched with Chris and Margot Kidder afterward. Both were so nice, and so very pleasant. I’ll always remember that. I recall that Chris was not unlike George Reeves – a true gentleman. We met again in 1994, just a few scant months before his accident. It was at a show in Atlanta [called Dixie Trek], and again, his demeanor was like that of George, so gracious and so kind. When I heard of Chris’ passing, I was devastated, and I still am. I felt and continue to feel as though I lost my Superman all over again. But above all, like George, the strength of Chris’ ideals will live on, and Chris will live in our hearts forever.
Noel Neill, November 10, 2004
Marc McClure, October 11, 2004
No one better demonstrated courage, strength, and dedication to others than Chris accomplished in these past hard years. The only fitting memorial is to be inspired in our own efforts by this remarkable hero.
Some rare human beings transcend our greatest dreams of wanting to be strong and bring freedom, good, and justice to the world. Christopher Reeve is one of them. He made our dreams a reality. In a fantasy world, Superman is the best incarnation of our finest qualities. In the real world, Christopher Reeve is a true super man who will forever inspire us to strive to attain those qualities.
Ilya Salkind, Executive Producer of Superman: The Movie
I am very sad at Christopher’s death because he set such an extraordinary example over the last nine years, showing courage and tenacity in finding a new way of life. His focus on stem cell research, on getting himself better as an example for other people, was very inspirational. I think we have lost a very brave and courageous and dedicated individual. Christopher and I saw a lot of each other on the Superman set, and we’d have lunch together and saw each other socially. He was very like how he comes across on film – very strong, very brave, very forthright and very generous-spirited. He was earnest and dedicated to making Superman so that he would not disappoint children or adults who had grown up with the Superman comics. Christopher really wanted to personify and become the character of Superman and I think he did that wonderfully. He was also very inspirational in the way he behaved after his accident. The reason he himself kept up such an incredibly brave front was to show that life does go on. I’m sure he must have felt deep, deep anguish and physical pain after his accident, but he had an enormous inner personal strength which meant he didn’t show his suffering a lot. That is true bravery. And he was clearly enormously supported by his family and his wife, who must have been equally brave. Christopher’s stem cell campaigning was tireless and not just for himself, but for other people who have been struck down or disabled. He alerted the world to stem cell research and he has taught the ordinary man on the street more about it than they ever knew. I think Christopher would want to be remembered for both his acting and his campaigning and quite rightly so. They were both great achievements. His life was a great achievement.
After his accident, everyone wanted to interview Chris. I ended up doing it. When we spoke just five months after the accident, Chris told me that he was beyond the “Why me?” stage. “I really sense being on a journey,” he said. I became close to Chris and Dana. I went over to their house many times. I’ll always remember how excited Chris was after they let him take his [breathing] tube out. We were making coffee at the time. “I can actually ‘smell the coffee’ now!” he said. It was so sweet. I also saw what Dana went through. It took three hours just to get Chris washed up and ready to be put in the chair. After he died, she was supposed to sing on “The View,” but she canceled. Then we got the news about her illness. We e-mailed each other a lot after that. I was under the impression that she was getting better. Then she was gone. I was devastated.
Barbara Walters, co-host of “The View” — USA WEEKEND Magazine, July 30, 2006
Peter Kiernan, board chairman of Reeve’s foundation — USA WEEKEND Magazine, July 30, 2006
Dana and I were non-equity actors in the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the late 1980s. It was a very special time in her life. She and Chris had been dating for a while by then. But that could be intimidating. He was already this famous actor who had done “Superman”, and we didn’t even have agents. But she broke down all of that by being so talented and fun and supportive. She made everyone feel like a best friend. Even after the accident, the two of them still came to the plays I’d do to show their support. It was very touching.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman — USA WEEKEND Magazine, July 30, 2006
When I met him in 1999, Chris seemed to have lost some hope. That may surprise people now, because of the relentless optimism that he became known for. But there was very little of that then. I simply told him this: “I can help you.” That’s what he really needed to hear. It had an immediate, positive effect on his spirit. I explained that, with exercise and treatment, we can ward off the accelerated aging process that happens in these cases. We put him on a bike and set up treatment so that electrodes on the skin could activate his nerve endings, allowing his muscles to contract. He started building up lots of hope then. We soon became friends and worked together for his cause. When we lobbied for stem-cell research, I became the student and he became the mentor. I mean, Chris really knew his politics — and the work excited him. It made him feel alive and full of purpose. It gave him a sense of empowerment. When he regained ability to move, it was like Superman walking again. When he started lobbying, it was like Superman was flying again.
John McDonald, M.D., Ph.D., who directs the spinal cord injury program at Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute, and physician to Christopher Reeve
Paula Zahn of CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now” — USA WEEKEND Magazine, July 30, 2006
Chris and I went to Julliard together. What a great time to be there. Robin Williams was Chris’ roommate. They were ahead of me; I was in the same class as William Hurt. Kevin Kline was a few years ahead of us. Robin used to do his routines in the bathroom and break all of us up. After we graduated and pursued our careers, we remained in touch. Chris and I did “The Winter’s Tale” for Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare Festival and we’d go home on the subway together. Now, keep in mind that, at this point, he had already done “Superman”, but he’d get on the subway and nobody would bother him. He loved that. “I like blending in”, he’d tell me. After his accident, I was always moved by his presence, how he was able to offer forgiveness for all the things that he was put through in this world. I brought my children to see him once. Why not? It was bringing them to see one of the greatest leaders of our time. He took his pain and his passion, combined it with his business sense and political and media savvy, and used it to help heal the world. I got to know Dana better after Chris died. We both took part in Chris’ last creation, “Everyone’s Hero,” which is coming out in September. After we did this, Dana got sick. In the end, she preferred to send group e-mails to lots of people, assuring all of us that she was going to be just fine. She gave all the details about how she was recovering. She told us that there was balance and fairness in this world and she was going to be just fine.
Mandy Patinkin, star of “Criminal Minds” on CBS and longtime Broadway actor — USA WEEKEND Magazine, July 30, 2006
Joe Torre, manager of the New York Yankees — USA WEEKEND Magazine, July 30, 2006
I am profoundly saddened by the loss of Chris Reeve. He was a colleague, a friend and a hero who possessed a fierce inner strength, boundless energy and unwavering hope. My heart goes out to Dana and his family.
Michael J. Fox
I’ve known Chris since the beginning of my career, we all started out together. He had great humor, intellectual rigor, was a consummate athlete, and loved the craft of acting. After his accident he demonstrated more mental and spiritual fortitude then anyone I know, helping him to transform his tragedy into an opportunity to make a profound difference in the world. He was a passionate and devoted husband and father and a true and constant friend. He is an irreplaceable force of nature. I will mourn him and celebrate him for the rest of my life.
I have nothing but admiration for the nearly nine years that Chris has endeavored to survive his accident and at the same time has pressed for stem cell research. He is a perfect example of never giving into adversity.
Dear Christopher, I would first like to thank you. You have marveled in SUPERMAN embodying my childhood … Your film gave off so much magic … They are also always very precious to me … I was obviously very touched by the accident that left you paralyzed in 1995. But mostly I was extremely proud of your daily courage, your determination to walk again, for your commitment to humanitarian causes … You’ve become a hero … again much stronger than Superman. And it is always with pride that followed your career on television as both actor and director. After your death in 2004, I had the feeling of losing a family member … But you take care to leave a legacy to all your fans: many quality movies (including “Somewhere in Time” which is also very magical), numerous televised speeches, two books (which I read with great pleasure), and fond memories … Today, five years after your departure, you’re always a true inspiration … a model … I will never forget you Christopher … Goodbye my friend.
Sebastien (France) — October 8, 2009
Jim, I saw your request on Facebook and thought I would respond with some CR art for your tribute page. Watching him as Superman never gets old and I continue to be amazed at how dead-on he played the role right from the first movie. Superman is a symbol of hope which Christopher represented and he also managed to be a symbol of hope in how he lived his life. He continues to be an inspiration and will always be considered the best Superman. Thanks for all the work you do and for allowing fans to share with you in your love for Superman and for Christopher Reeve.
Jonathan Pierson — October 7, 2009
Thank you, Christopher, for not only making us believe a man can fly, but also making us believe a man can live.
John Homer, Gloucestershire, UK
Chris Mason, SuperHeroHype.com
[Jim Bowers speaking] My New York City friend, Bill Kane, wrote me a letter after hearing about Chris. I have known Bill for a number of years now. He is a walking hard drive of movie and music facts and trivia. We’ve had lots of phone conversations about our love for Superman, and I will say that I learned something new and very interesting each time we talked. We first met when I visited NYC seven years ago to work on a book project with DC Comics. Bill was so kind and enthusiastic about the city, and walked me to many locations where Superman-The Movie was filmed…that was a special treat! Bill is actually in the movie in the scene where Otis walks through Grand Central Station. I value his generosity and friendship very much, and have the utmost respect for his knowledge and appreciation of Superman. His passion for Superman and Chris Reeve are reflected so strongly in this letter:
Well Jim, I just wanted to express my sympathy at the loss of our friend Christopher. Although I never actually “met” or spoke to him, I’ve felt close to him for many years because of Superman. One of my fondest memories is of hanging out in the Daily News building on July 7, 1977 when they were shooting the revolving door exit scene with him and Margot. I positioned myself behind the director’s chair marked Christopher Reeve, and sure enough the big guy sat down there right in front of me a few minutes later. A very strong-spirited, determined and intense young man with a hand-held fan apparently attempting to prevent his face from perspiring by sheer force of will! As you know, there was a record-breaking heat-wave during that memorable summer and the city even experienced a black-out. I remember smiling and thinking how seriously he must be taking his role because we all know Superman isn’t supposed to sweat no matter how hot it gets in July! He seemed to have a “don’t bug me” force-field around him which I respected not only because his height was so overwhelming (even sitting down) but also because I was afraid of saying something stupid and getting thrown out of the place! 26 years ago…half of Christopher’s life-span! And it seems like such a short time ago. Now Matthew his son is old enough to take over the role if only he was an actor like his parents! Unbelievable! I must confess I had a strong feeling that they’d never make a new Superman movie until Chris passed and this is one time my intuition proved prophetic. Soon the announcement will be made as to who will play Superman in the new movie. Whoever it is, he won’t erase the memories of Christopher and George Reeves in our hearts and minds. For the sake of the real true-blue Superman fans, I hope they find a great guy who’ll put his own stamp on the character and knock everybody out…not just the bad guys. That would be the greatest tribute they could pay to Christopher’s memory, just to do an excellent job, the way he excelled at everything he put his hand to, even after he could no longer lift it. Your images are beautiful and amazing. Would it be too maudlin or corny to have one of George welcoming Christopher to heaven? The N.Y. Post had such a cartoon of John Lennon embracing George Harrison like that when he died and I found it strangely touching and comforting. I usually hate stuff like that but we hold these people in such high esteem, even when they walked the earth they seemed like angels to us. Dana is such a beautiful young woman. I hope the tabloids let her have some peace. I feel the worst for Will who is only twelve. I’m sure all of Chris’ family will miss him terribly because he was such a sweet guy, but I’m glad his suffering is over. I believe our warm memories of Christopher are flying to him with the speed of light. His suffering in this world is over. I’m sure he will continue to help people in the next life as he did in this one. His name means “bearer of Christ”, and he certainly carried his cross for far too long, but his good deeds will carry on. His many friends will never forget him. Thanks for your devotion to him.
Bill Kane, Brooklyn, New York
Antonio Ameralis, Union City, NJ
Hello. After I heard about Chris’ passing I went online to search for some movie images I found your site and saw the link to write some things for his family. First off, Superman has been and always will be my favorite hero, from seeing the cartoon and reading the comics he was the hero. But the first time I saw Chris as Superman I was forever changed and no matter who has played the Man of Steel since then Chris has always been the man I picture as Superman. When I heard about his riding accident I was a bit taken back. We always try to imagine that our heroes and the actors that play them are invincible…but, that is sadly not the case. But seeing Chris in the chair although disheartening for myself and many others in his life I am sure, I knew that as soon as he could he would start fighting the odds…and he did. His continued heroism on and off screen. I now own the films on DVD and hope one day to show them to my own children. A very special connection for me to the Man of Steel is that I live in Alberta, Canada. My grandparents used to live in a place called High River. The town used to film Smallville in the films. To this day, I still smile when returning there. In fact in high school my English teacher and I would talk Superman often. His cousin’s family I was told by him owned the farm that was used to film the Kent farm. He told me one day that his family was remodeling the farm and modernizing the place. This saddened me as of course I wanted to remember the farm as it had appeared in the film. But he did one very incredible thing for me before I graduated. He came to me one day before he left my school to pursue other projects in teaching and gave me an old door handle. He smiled at me and said that he had gotten it from the farm before they had totally remodeled it. I own a piece of the Kent farm, from the barn no less. To this day it is still the most precious thing I own. It sits in a locked box with all my Superman comics. It’s like Chris is a symbol to me of dreams and heroes and how we look to them for guidance and how they still continue to help us grow from their example and though they may be gone physically I trust he’s still looking out for us just as we would like to think he always has. I wish I could have met him one day and told him these things in person but I am happy to know his family may see this and know how much of a difference their father and husband made to the lives of people who he never even met. Thank you for supporting him and my thoughts are with you. Thank you.
Jason Fritz, Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada
Renèe, Larvik, Norway
Thank you Christopher! Courage and determination are precisely what we need to translate into our daily life.
Pierre-Marie Cordier, France
He was a hero to all of us. With that brave, strong smile he inspired everyone. What a beautiful person, inside as well as outside!
Viviane, Salvador, Brazil
Thank you for being someone who stopped us from complaining about our petty everyday problems and made us grateful for the many gifts we had in life.
I’ve been captivated by Christopher Reeve since I was about six years old, I’m now 24… We all need heroes in this world and my hero has passed away, but he’ll never ever be forgotten! He portrayed Superman and became a real life super man… God bless you Chris!
Paul Mann, Hereford, England
At peace at last. An immense champion of the human spirit and the finest example and inspiration to those in distress. No challenge too large, his courage rose up to meet his circumstances. His legacy will endure. Amen!
Iain Guthrie, Singapore
Tan Wei Kee, Singapore
He was a gentleman of the highest order. Never has there been a truer friend to all humanity than this Superman who flew into our hearts.
Billy Meddins, London, England
A true inspiration and role model, at a time when there are too few heroes. Christopher Reeve is Superman, may he rest in peace.
Marc Kranat, Mill Hill, London, England
When I look back at my childhood the most prominent recollection is getting a long towel, fixing it over my shoulders and running around the house thinking I was Christopher Reeve as Superman. I feel as if I have lost a small part of childhood. I will miss him.
Hiten Mistry, Niigata, Japan
Jim, I love your website tribute to Christopher Reeve. I’ve grown to admire the work of this great man, even beyond his Superman work. Chris’ SOMEWHERE IN TIME is one of the great films of our modern times. Like George Reeves, Chris brought to life to a character, made you believe. The most glaring comparison I can make about these two extraordinary men is their true to life sincerity and caring for others. They made a difference. They put others before themselves, living life unselfish. And that’s what makes them admired by millions. When people say George is Superman, it can be equally stated without hesitation…Chris is too. The world dropped two notches when they left us. I’ve no doubt, they are together continuing the cause elsewhere, fighting for the good. God needs good people and they don’t get better than George and Chris. Thanks for all your work and dedication to this website. You know Chris would approve. Regards,
Such a brave man, immense in every sense of the word. Christopher brought back to me that childish sense of wonderment with the first Superman film. He will be sadly missed.
Keith Parker, East Lothina, UK
A true man of steel in his pursuit of life, against all odds.
Christopher Reeve passed away yesterday. You have honored him with this website. Don’t stop honoring him…please keep this site going. There will never be another man who can portray Superman as Christopher Reeve has. Long live Kal-El of Krypton. God bless you Chris!
Billy L. Henderson
John Field, San Diego, CA
Hey Jim, I just heard the news about Chris. I can’t believe it. Seems it was just yesterday that you and I were with him at Dixie Trek, not 10 years. His courage through his set back has helped me a great deal with the medical problems that I am facing now. Write me please. Your friend,
What can I say…as a huge Superman fan I am very sad to hear about the death of Mr. Reeve…for me he will always be Superman and I feel that today part of my caped hero has died…but also I acknowledge the fact that Superman is too great to ever die. “Goodbye Mr. Reeve. May You Rest In Peace.
Jim: This is a tragic day! I can’t believe that Chris Reeve is gone! I entered superman homepage and I read the notice! My God, I can’t believe it. He wanted to walk again, but he flies again, this time, he doesn’t fly like Superman, now he is flying as an Angel!!! It is important to realize that Christopher Reeve is now remembered as a wonderful person, not because he has passed away, but because he was an extraordinary human being, warm and sensitive to the people problems (before and after his accident), gentle, sweet and friendly. His goodness and kindness make him interesting to other people; he was an example of charity and goodwill. Now we can understand why Christopher Reeve was the best Superman ever, no only because they were physically identical, but also because they shared the same spirit, two twin souls and there will be no other like him. After his accident he it put into play all his force to overcome his paralysis, but he actually achieved more than that: he could fly again but without his cape and cables, just using his angel winds; now he will cross the sky and our minds recalling us that we must be better individuals and to fight, day by day, looking for a better World. Thank you, Chris, for having flown through this World and our life; your tread has been very deep, overwhelming and you will live forever in our hearts and we will never forget you. I hope he rests in peace. With all my love and admiration,
Sebastian Colombo, Argentina
Larry Williams, Atlanta, GA
Dear Mrs. Reeve and the Reeve Family; My name is Jason Marsh Larouche, and I’m a 25-year-old university student and the University of Toronto in Mississauga. In Canada, our Thanksgiving is held a bit earlier than yours in the States. Ours was on the weekend that Christopher Reeve passed away. When I found out on Monday morning, I couldn’t believe it. My heart fell to the floor. Immediately, I searched for a way to express my sorrow. As always I turned to my two passions in life: writing and art. The first came writing. Using the follow-up stories in the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun, as well as information from the Internet Movie Database, I set to work on writing a tribute piece. I did my best to include all of the significant data: his education, his career, and of course his family. On the artistic side, I drew, then inked, a comic strip of Chris’ finger moving, followed swiftly by him standing up and removing his garments to reveal Superman underneath. I wrote only two captions at the end panel, where his chair is empty, and a caped figure is taking to the skies, but I’ll save that for later. Although my editors cut a chunk of material out and altered some of my sentences, the message got out. As for the strip, well, let’s just say it wasn’t as large as the original copy. Again, editors. What’re you going to do? Guess this is where I should express what Chris meant to me. My mother first exposed me to Superman when I was little. Out of all the cartoons and comic books, Chris’ portrayal of Superman stood out greatly among the rest. I actually believed he could fly. The fluidity and gracefulness he displayed in the air were phenomenal and still are to this day. When I learned of his accident in 1995, I couldn’t believe it. Superman can’t walk? Unheard of. But again, Chris proved he was more than just a Hollywood Man of Steel. Like I believed he could fly, he made me believe he would walk again. I was grinning from ear to ear when I heard he had feeling in his shoulders, in his feet, and his fingers. That grin reappeared when I saw him on “Smallville”, one of my favorite shows. The medical advances that he promoted and brought to the minds of the U.S. Government are the foundation on which new hope will rise. People like Brooke Ellison will someday regain mobility and independence in their lives thanks to Chris’ efforts. In closing, to Matthew, Alexandra, and their mother, Gae; Chris’ former Julliard roommate Robin Williams; Chris’ parents Barbara and Franklin Reeve; and finally Dana and young Will Reeve, my condolences and those of my family go out to you in this time of mourning. I truly consider you blessed to have known such an individual so intimately as both friend and family. I think the best way to end this letter is by closing with my captions from the comic strip mentioned earlier: “What we wished he could do…what he did instead…will enable others to do themselves someday. God bless you, Chris…and thank you.” Sincerely,
Jason Marsh Larouche
Karl J. Kabelis
Lois Lane said it best…There goes a Super man…I’ll treasure my memories of Mr. Reeve…and those 120 times I’ve seen Superman the Movie.
Dear Mrs. Reeve, My name is Terron Williams. I’m a 19 yr. old Theatre Arts major from Berkeley, CA attending Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. I am also one of the millions of fans of your late husband’s work, both on and off screen. First and foremost, let me say that I am deeply, deeply sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. I’ve been a fan of Superman for as long as I can remember. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Reeve’s work for about as long. It was his example that made me want to be a good guy and always do the right thing. He showed me that you could triumph over the most impossible odds. He’s also inspired me to become an actor. I never received the opportunity to meet your husband in person, but from what I’ve seen and heard, he was just as much a super man in real life. I know that there is nothing that I can say or do that will ease your pain, but I will say that Christopher Reeve will be missed and he will never be forgotten. Thank you for taking the time to read this message and once again, I am truly saddened for your loss. Sincerely,
I would just like to say that Chris was the true Superman in my opinion. He was such a determined man filled with perseverance and I admire every piece of work he’s done. NO one else who may play Superman in the future will be able to live up to him. He IS an amazing human being and always will be. RIP Chris.
Jeff, Charlotte, North Carolina
Steve Jolliffe, Age 24, UK
Thank you very much for this beautiful site. At this time it is a great way to memorialize Christopher Reeve’s achievements as Superman.
Dear Dana and family, I am deeply saddened by news of the death of Chris; I have always looked upon Chris as being a role model for all. As a child I loved Superman. Whenever I watched Superman, I always had a warm feeling inside of me, and now, as an adult (27), I still love Superman. I can’t believe this has happened, but they do say that bad things always happen to good people, and by god it’s true. (There will never be another one like him)
God bless you all – Love and Prayers.
Dave Metcalfe, UK
Hi There. I just wanted to express my sympathies to the family of Christopher Reeve. I was only four years old when my Dad took me to see Superman. At that time I didn’t think anything was more magical than Star Wars. I was wrong. Superman made me believe a man could not just fly, but be caring and give 100% in everything that was good. I believe Christopher Reeve had these same qualities and I wish I had half of his determination and will power to overcome the everyday obstacles we all face. God Bless You forever Chris. You did not need a cape and suit to convince us you were Superman. Thank you and thanks Jim for the best Superman site on the web.
I am, along with countless others, very sad regarding this tremendous loss of an icon. Barbara Walters was also blessed to have met with him on several occasions. Last month Ms. Walters aired a special, The 50 Most Beautiful People she has had the pleasure of interviewing over the years. Among them, Christopher Reeve. He said something during his interview that has stayed with me since then and echoes in my mind, today especially. Chris said something along these lines….I look around at all the able bodied people in the world that are not reaching their full potential and I say, “Come on, what are you waiting for…you can do it!” Sunday, Chris did do it. He is now able to ‘leap tall buildings in a single bound’ today and forever more. I would like to thank him for giving my two year old son the gift of exploring his imagination. My son watches Superman The Movie religiously! For a while, we would watch it EVERYDAY (NO JOKE). Just the thought of a man doing such wonderful things for ALL mankind is just something you could never get tired of watching. We all know Chris was an advocate for stem cell research and research for paralysis not just for himself, but for ALL mankind! What a Superman! He will be missed, but always remembered by everyone -Black, White, young and old. God bless the family, friends and fans. We are all blessed to have such positive, fond memories of everyone’s favorite super hero.
I would like to send my condolences to the Reeve family. I saw Superman when I was eight years old and I believed a man could fly. Christopher Reeve was the perfect Superman in every comic book fan’s mind and on the big screen. He was an amazing man who never became bitter for his accident or being best known for an alien named Kal-El. I went with my father to see the movie since he was a Superman fan, and a boy had seen the miracle and gift of flight on the big screen. I am a huge fan of Superman, but Christopher Reeve is the only Superman that I think of when you say the name Superman. I know there have been others, but he was the first one I saw and in my heart he is truly the Man of Steel. He will be missed by Superman fans around the world, as well as by everyone who knew of his fight for a cure. Godspeed Christopher Reeve and fly toward the heavens.
Lawrence Rutt, Hawaii
My Hero Has Passed. What a sad day. The seven year old boy in me who first saw Chris Reeve as Superman on the big screen is heartbroken. The man that I am mourns the latter (and greater) hero I found in Christopher Reeve as he battled his way back from his injury for nine years. I will always love him.
Hey Jim, words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the loss of Chris. I feel like I’m talking about one of my close friends. He was a great man who showed me you can do whatever it is you want. I have designed commemorative wallpaper in his honor and was wondering if you would like it. Thanks again.
I can’t imagine my whole life without you, Chris. For me, you are God, and I will remember you forever. I love you, Chris and I love this nice place, Jim. Thanks again!
Today I truly mourn the loss of my Superman, Christopher Reeve. I haven’t been so hit from a death than from his. I was introduced to Christopher Reeve in 1978 when my dad took me and my brother to see it and my dad always chuckles because at the end when it said: Coming Soon Superman II, I was ready to see it then. Mr. Reeve really made me believe that a man could fly that night and gave me courage in later years that anything is possible when you have faith. Since that movie I have never stopped flying towards my goals and will never stop. He embodied the Man of Steel so well, that I never could see anyone else as the “Man”. I wish I could have thanked him in person for the positive effects his movies had on me as a child and now as a father who is trying to pass along the same ideals in an insane world. I want to say thank you for making a little boy run around outside with his hands out pretending to fly, for all the attempts at making makeshift capes out of whatever blanket I could find, for all the VHS tape copies of the movies that I wore out, for driving my parents nuts with my 100+ viewings, for knowing all the words to the movies, and last but not least when seeing my son watch the movie for the first time knowing the answer to the question: Who are you? A Friend. I never could understand why I gravitated to Superman while everyone else had other heroes and to this day pick on my love of Supes. I asked my parents and they tell me I always liked Superman, and that was the way it always was. I now know why. Thank You for Helping Us Believe.
This message is concerning the death of my hero Christopher Reeve. I was born with severe asthma which meant I couldn’t play sports or anything like that so all I had was my VCR. And the first movie I ever sat through as a child was Superman. By the age of 10 I knew Superman 1-4 word for word and have been a die hard fan ever since. I dreamed of one day meeting him and 2 years ago it happened. It was at Mercer County College where I was studying theater. I had a test to take on a Saturday and as I entered the cafeteria, I found that Christopher Reeve was going to speak. I flunked my test, needless to say, but after much sneaking around, I saw him and he smiled at me. I will never forget it. Today I heard the worst news ever. My hero is dead. I will miss him more than he’ll ever know. He was there for me when no one else was and I will forever be grateful. Fly high and rest peacefully Chris. You will always be Superman to me. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I would also express my deepest condolences to the Reeve family. God bless you all.
Cory L. Burnett
First I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Reeve family. Christopher Reeve will be remembered for many things from acting to his dedication and support to paralysis research. I will best remember him as my role model, childhood and adult the same. As Superman, he gave me hope as a child to always stand for what I believe when the odds are against me and to remain brave in the face of darkness. There are so many things HIS character as Superman has given me over the last 26 years of my life, I am only able to express them in feeling. He gave life to the Man of Steel and no one could ever replace or duplicate what the Man of Steel has given to me. May God Bless you all as you lay to a peaceful sleep a wonderful husband, father, friend, and role model.
I am from Argentina and I want to tell Chris’s family that I always dreamed of meeting him; I’m crying right now. He made me believe that everything is possible in the world. I don’t know what to say; I’m broken. Thanks to him, I am the person and I believe in what I do now. Thank God for this wonderful man! Best wishes.
Sebastian Pablo Martinez, Argentina
Jim, thank you for your fantastic work with the photos, it has really made dealing with Reeve’s death bittersweet. I mourn him terribly, but seeing him in such high-quality images made me remember him as he was when I was just a boy and first felt wonder watching the films. He inspired me more since his accident, but it was in the suit that I’ll remember him by, thanks to you. Best wishes and I share your sorrow, and I am very glad that you got to know him personally, which I will never be able to do now.
First, I want to say that I appreciate your site and the tireless efforts that have obviously gone into it. I’m 31 and, like many, I grew up with the Superman films. I saw Superman: The Movie and Superman II when HBO aired them for the first time. I was lucky enough to see III and IV on a big screen. Even though they weren’t the movies that the first two were, they were my only experience seeing Mr. Reeve fly on the big screen. My mind’s only image of Supermen was Christopher Reeve. I never really got into the comics, nor did I see the George Reeves TV shows. One of my most vivid memories from childhood is my parents mentioning that they thought an address was shown during the closing credits of Superman II. This address was posted so that you could write in to be in the next movie. We didn’t have a VCR, so I watched every showing of Superman II on HBO that I could to get that address. However, I always missed it, convinced that I just didn’t see it again. Nevertheless, this fueled dreams of being in a Superman movie with Chris Reeve. I saw myself flying through that air in his arms, just being pulled from some terrible disaster. All that to say, thanks to Chris Reeve, I’m 31 and would still love to fly with Superman. Thank you, Chris, for being a superhero beyond any known sense of the word. You are whole again.
Julian Adderley, Canada
Jim, I just woke up and heard the news. I cannot put into words how upsetting this is. On this tragic day, I have to tell you that your fabulous gift arrived. I don’t mind admitting to you that as I looked through the wonderful photos, I shed some tears. The loss of Chris Reeve has hit me as if he were a family member or close friend. It’s just horrible that this has happened. I want to thank you so much for sending the wonderful photos of Chris as Superman. Incredibly, you included perhaps my favorite photo which is the one where Chris is in front of the Manhattan skyline and he’s pointing skyward. Strange mix of emotions today. Sadness when I heard the news. Happiness when I saw your great gift, then more sadness as I looked at them. I’m glad that a lot of people have contacted you. I’m sure that this is because many fans feel you were their connection to the man himself. Your devotion to him and his character make you a natural choice for people to want to share their sadness with you at the news of Chris’s death. I read the message from Marc McClure. That’s a lovely thing for him to say. It makes you realise just how well loved, respected and admired Chris was by all those who knew him or enjoyed his work. Kind Regards,
Chris King, Birmingham, UK
Bill Williams, Alabama
Quinten, The Netherlands
Hi Jim, It’s a great loss, and very painful to accept.I was just thinking of you this morning. As you probably know, the Somewhere in Time Weekend is coming up in two weeks and we’re planning a memorial tribute program for Chris. We’re inviting Jane Seymour and others from SIT to contribute a brief statement about Chris to be read for them at the program. Would there be any possibility that you could pass on this request to any of your Superman contacts, e.g. Richard Donner, etc.? You could mention that this is the 14th Annual SIT Weekend, attended by 800 people, and that Chris last attended the fall before his accident. I drove into Hollywood on Monday to put some flowers on his star and there were, of course, lots of Superman items there. Very best,
Bill Shepard (Former President of the Somewhere in Time fan club)
I just heard the news last night about Christopher. I don’t have cable anymore and i have been busy with assignments for school. I wanted to drop you a line to make sure that everything was okay with you. It actually got a little misty eyed just looking at his pictures on the website. This actor had a huge impact me. I hope keep the website going and I’m going to spread the website around to other people i know. Thank you Jim for creating this website. It allows us not only to enjoy but to remember Christopher Reeve the way he was. I’ll be in touch. Take Care. Warm Regards:
Hi Jim – I know you’re probably being bombarded but I just thought I’d let you know we are totally united in our grief. I just can’t help feeling a boiling sense of pride that he will always be our hero and take great comfort in the knowledge that the world thought so to. He’ll always be with us.
Martin Lakin, Birmingham, UK
Kris Meadows, Atlanta, GA
Dearest Jim, That is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. I, too, have felt devasted and lost this week. Monday morning, the day here was bright and sunny, and I asked the Sun how dare it shine, but then I felt the sunbeams on my face and realized it wasChris shining down and telling me not to weep, he is whole again. Now whenever I feel the sun shine on my face, I will know Chris is with me once more. We will be holding a special memorial service for Chris at the weekend this year, and I am glad that once again, he is drawing us together for the strength that comes from being with your dearest friends. I wish you and Sallie could be there too, as I count you in that realm as well. Take care of yourself, my friend!! Supersized hugs,
What a sad, sad week…I (and I’m guessing many of you) have lost a personal hero. Someone I looked up to in various aspects of life. Christopher Reeve will be sadly missed…This being the newsletter of the Superman Homepage website, it is only fitting that I focus on Christopher Reeve in the role of the Man of Steel. But before I do let me note that he was much, much more than just an actor who wore the cape…His efforts in the face of the adversity he faced was nothing short of super human. His fight for a cure for Spinal Cord injury, while quite controversial at times, was nonetheless inspirational. He brought a bright spotlight down on an area of disability that the wider community seemed to shun as impossible to overcome. He brought hope to many. And although he is no longer with us, his legacy will live on until a cure is found. Yet as Superman fans, Christopher Reeve, for us, will forever be the Man of Steel. To many fans he was the greatest and best Superman. For me, the character of Superman is special not because of his alien origins or his super powers. No, for me Superman is special because of his greatest power, which s also his greatest weakness… He cares. Superman uses his powers to fight for Truth and Justice because he cares. He cares about people. This to me is the character’s best feature. And for me, this is what Christopher Reeve best portrayed in his time playing Superman. Christopher Reeve brought a charm and caring nature to Superman. You trusted him. You cared for him in return. He truly was “a friend”. Christopher Reeve’s death for Superman fans will definitely be one of those days when you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you first learnt of his death. Yes, Christopher Reeve was a controversial figure in the eyes of many in regards to his stance on Stem Cell research. But those who were against him did so on moral and ethical grounds mostly based on religious beliefs. I cannot see these people resorting to such despicable behavior as posting derogatory remarks on internet sites. Regardless what you thought about Christopher Reeve (as an actor or activist), the fact is that he was a man. A human being. Someone’s son, brother, father, husband, friend… His passing for me was sad enough without the time I had to spend fighting off such parasites. Both my websites received so many visitors that they literally went over the maximum limit allowed by the counters I have placed on the sites. My web host contacted me warning that the web server could possibly collapse under the sheer volume of traffic. This is a testament to Christopher Reeve… It just shows how much of an impact he has had on our lives. He will be sorely missed. Christopher Reeve once flew as Superman…Now he flies with the angels. Regards,
Sue Ballmer, Ohio
Hello Jim, I have been thinking about you this week. What a blow…like the air is out of my sails. I’m sure you feel the same. He was my friend for 25 years…I am so concerned for Dana. Words are weak. We posted a memorial section to our SIT Website so people could post their feelings. You are invited to participate.
Jim,I had to finish it while i was emotional, my thumbnails of the design was better. I was terribly upset when I found out about Chris’s passing. Growing up, Christopher Reeve as Superman was who I’d always wanted to be. I played Superman and a little red-haired girl named Wendy from down the street played Lois. We re-enacted the entire movie scene where she was trapped in her car, as well as all the other parts of the movie where Lois and Superman were together. Almost every day I wore a cape my grandmother sewed for me, where she ironed on a glittery gold colored ‘S’ on the back. I was 5 years old. I still look back and smile on those times. Thank you for that, Chris. You were my One True Superman. I still feel pretty emotional about it. Take care and thank you very much.
I’m at a loss for words right now, I mean it’s hard to believe that he’d been taken so quickly, but I’m pretty grief-stricken as a fan. I admired the man, not only because of his good portrayal of the man of steel, but how he overcame adversity, and became a real life hero for conquering his disability in many ways, and in turn, by achieving research and physical accomplishments that would limit anyone on his position, he became a real life superhero, and will no doubt create a legacy and role model for many others with disabilities and give them hope that though their body is down, their spirits are not out. His research has set a precedent and will help others in the future and by his selfless pursuit of overcoming his affliction, he’s become a superhero on Earth, and he will be very sorely missed, particularly by people like me and all of you who grew up watching Reeve fight the forces of evil as Superman, and then saw him fight disability with the guts and selfless power o f the man of steel. God bless him and may his spirit live on forever. Reeve has given everyone something to keep with them for the rest of their lives.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Christopher Reeve’s passing was tragic. The prayers of myself and my family are with everyone of the family. Through trials of life we learn that even the slightest beacon of hope can bring the fires of passion. Christopher was that light, He gave us Hope as Superman and a new belief that there was nothing we could not do. I pray that we all can learn from that lesson. God Bless.
“Dedicated To Christopher Reeve”
© 2004, JC Peralta
Traveled long and far,
Trying to find myself.
Trying to pull it off,
Being someone else.
Working nine to five,
A Hero overtime.
Trying to save the world,
In the nick of time.
Found a pretty girl,
Perfect time for love.
What am I to choose,
If in the end I’ll lose?
I’ll soar high in the sky,
I’ll take her for a ride.
I’ll make it through somehow,
And Love will show me how.
I never would have known,
That it would be this hard.
It’s something I must do,
I feel it in my heart.
No struggle can defeat,
The strength that’s within me,
It’s what make us whole,
And what sets us free.
Simply show me how.
It’s the only way.
I can overcome,
The struggles of each day.
Thanks in advance and hope to hear from you again soon.
Steve Koukoulas, Editor, DVDnet
Jim, First of all let me say thank you for sharing your love of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies. I am saddened at the death of Christopher Reeve. I was born on 9-27-1975. When I was born I had a hole in my heart and I had to have cleft pallet surgery. When I was 10 months old I had open heart surgery. I also had both of my ear drums totally rebuilt when I was 10 years old. My point to all of this is that no matter what kind of pain I was in whenever I saw Superman: The Movie I knew that everything was okay. Christopher Reeve not only inspired me as Superman he also inspired me as hero in real life. I know how it is to never give up hope. Please send my prayers to the Reeve family. I still believe that a man can fly. You may ask how do I know this? Well we now have a superman in heaven. Thanks again for all that you have done and for all that you will continue to do in the future.
Kenny Richardson, Clarkton, Missouri
To the Reeve Family, I would like to share with you the joy and wonder that Christopher Reeve brought to my life. As a young boy growing up with a real life Superman on the big screen, it made for many years of amazement, happiness and inspiration. Whilst the character of Superman is predominantly American, the beliefs that he adheres to resonate, like a beacon of hope, to the millions of us around the world. And whilst Christopher only played the character on four splendid occasions, he will remain in my mind, linked to those beliefs. Even after his days as Superman were over, Christopher continued to uphold those beliefs in the way he lived, and he showed us that happiness really does only come from within. I will miss Christopher Reeve. He was, and will always remain, my Superman. Thank you.
Manuel Bouw, Melbourne, Australia
James A. Redington
Christopher Reeve epitomized Superman in a way no one can, both on screen and off. I remember seeing the first clip back in 1978 of Superman rescuing Lois and the helicopter from the top of the Daily Planet and being completely dumbstruck. I pestered my father for days to see the film at the ABC on White ladies Road in Bristol, sadly no longer a cinema but soon to be a gym. It was an old school cinema, uncomfortable seats, dodgy sound but proper burgundy velvet drapes that as soon as they parted sent a tingle down my spine. The film like Star Wars blew me away. Chris bought a sense of honour and dignity to the role that no one could, The 2 hours after the film finished my dad myself and my brother spent waiting on a rain drenched night at the bus stop seemed insignificant to what I had witnessed, as the movie kept flying around my head. In every interview Chris gave he came across as a genuinely nice man who wasn’t full of his own ego or self worth. He was inspiring as Superman, he was inspiring after the accident that left him paralyzed and most importantly he was inspiring as Christopher Reeve. I never met him but I felt like I knew him. He was a hero to an 8 year old boy and also to a 35 year old man. I and the world will miss him. Love,
Jeff Myers, England
It’s rare for me to go see a movie these days with the innocent enthusiasm that I saw the movie and TV adventures from my childhood. I could see them and be transported to fantastic worlds and fight with heroes and travel to space and fly. Chris Reeve was one of these heroes. he was one of the special people who gave me a chance to dream and to believe in the magic that´s only possible in our imaginations and in this amazing world of the written word and illustration and the big and small screen. When he flew and he went to the rescue and fought supervillains, he wasn´t an actor playing a role… to me, he was Superman. And even as I grew and matured, he continued to be, as an actor who played the part to perfection and as a man who fought with tremendous obstacles to keep going on with his life and helping others with similar needs. My condolences and best wishes for all those whose lives were touched by him, family, friends and fans. For if a man could fly, effects or not, special needs or not, that man was Mr. Reeve.
Alexandre Winck, Brazil
My name is Stephen Coffey, from Dublin in Ireland, I like many people was devastated about the loss of Christopher, since I was a child his performance of Clark Kent, and Superman, made me feel better about the world. It sounds stupid but when being scared during my childhood it was the image of Christopher as Superman brought comfort to me. I have enjoyed him in his other films too, Somewhere in time is another of my fav’s. On 11th of Sept 2001, at the same time as the WTC got attacked, I was involved in a car accident, being rear ended by another car. I lost the use of both my legs and had other injuries. There were times I wanted to give up, but then I would think about Christopher, how through all that he had gone through he never gave up, how that he became stronger than the man of steel, he became stronger than any superhero. I want you and yours to know that I am now walking again, unaided, despite the doctors saying at the start that I would not. Christopher’s example will never be forgotten, his life is a triumphant example of the human spirit and I personally owe his spirit a drink at the bar. Thank you for reading this.
Stephen Coffey, Dublin, Ireland
I grew up in a small town called Fairfield, Iowa. I was born in 1974. I can fondly remember growing up with 2 cousins born the same year as me. We were all 3 huge superhero fans, and were always more into DC comic characters then we were into Marvel. Those were (until the marriage to my wife and the birth of my 2 children) the best times of my life. We used to watch the Superman movies whenever we got a chance, wishing they were shown more, or that the next movie would come sooner. We had no idea who Christopher Reeve was, we knew we were watching Superman. As the years went by, I kept watching Superman whenever one of the movies would show on TV, still eyeing it like it was the first time I’ve seen it. Then, it happened. Christopher Reeve was injured. Suddenly the definition between Superman and Mr. Reeve was evident. It hit home that the actor was vulnerable to accident. But, as the years went by, I paid close attention whenever I saw an interview or biography about Christopher to see what the latest advancements were, praying he’d get more movement. Then, he was gone. I watched a biography on A&E just last week about him and learned so much more about him. I learned how he fought for what he believed in (even before he was famous) and it wasn’t for things that would help himself out. When I saw how he helped out with the Special Olympics and others who were paralyzed, I was touched and realized something. Superman fought for truth, justice and the American way. What fits that bill more than helping people who either can’t help themselves, or who need help helping themselves? It was then that I realized I was right when I was young. I wasn’t watching Christopher Reeve, I was watching Superman the whole time. I know his legend as a man, not just as Superman will live on forever. He’ll always be with his family, friends, and even people who never met him. Take care-
P.S. I will be purchasing the Superman boxed set for my son to see and will always explain to him who Superman really was. Just as a side note, he has had his costume for 2 months now for Halloween- Superman. Christopher Reeve was Superman…at least he was my first experience in knowing the legend. I remember as a young child getting our first sattelite system. Not the new compact kind, but the big bulky “have to get the whole neighborhood to come turn it” sattelite. The very first image I saw on the television after it was hooked up was the fight scene between Superman and Clark Kent in the junkyard in Superman III. When the installer changed the channel to see if all channels were working I cried. I became a lifetime supporter and lover of everything Superman because of how accurately Mr. Reeve portrayed the values that Superman possesses. I was a great admirer of his other works as well. He will be missed but not forgotten. God Bless.
Tom McCall, High School Teacher and Coach, Zwolle, Louisiana
I wish there was something I could say or do to take away the pain we all feel, none more deeply then the family. Christopher was a truly special man in my life. I never had the chance to meet him, but the thought of him and of his triumph through adversity has always been an inspiration. When I have been in a tight spot and fear was creeping in, he would just sort of “pop” into my mind. Being in the US Navy I have had my fair share of these moments in the past 8+ years. The thought of his strength and willingness to go on has been a subject discussed many times over the last 4 years, both on and off the battle field. He gave courage and hope to so many and will continue to do so for all time. When we heard the news about his passing some of my buddies and I took timeout to say a quite prayer. My CPO came along and started to berate us for being lazy. When we told him what we were doing he joined in. No matter where I go in this world, he will always live on in my heart and soul. My thoughts prayers are with you his family and loved ones…always.
I happened to be looking through the Superman homepage links and came across the site and saw the tribute page so I decided to write down a tribute. I never knew Christopher Reeve, but I like to say he was a friend, not to just to those who knew him and were his friends but everyone he touched through his films and his actions. My earliest memories of Superman were the film, and I was hooked. To me he was a Superman, he could do no wrong to the 5 year old that I was and he still couldn’t do no wrong in the eyes of the 15 year old I was when he suffered his accident. It was his accident that really made me see what kind of man Christopher Reeve was, he was a man who should be respected, praised, and loved. I still remember the day I learned that the University of Wisconsin Hospital was going to research Stem cells I thought to myself, maybe he’ll finally walk again like he did in that super bowl ad, you know what one I’m talking about. I leave you with this, Christopher Reeve is not dead. He will never die, for true heroes never really die.They live on in the hearts of those they touched. Though he has left his body, and moved on to a better place he has not left us.As the old saying goes,”The Spirit lives as long as someone who lives remembers it.”
Ryan Steven Witalison, Madison, WI
Childhood heroes are supposed to phase out once you get older…but, for any that know me, I’m a huge Superman fan…and…this hurts for some reason. Call it I’m really sad…i know the character is fictional…the story fictional…but Christopher Reeve made that larger than life for me…i used to say when I was little, that i based my life off of Superman mottos and the way he did things…and to extent I still do…I admired him for his role…and after his accident in 1995, admired him more for his spirit…but, it’s hard hearing your childhood hero has died…there is no other Superman in my mind…except him…I’m just really sad right now….I’ve watched those movies hundreds and hundreds of times…I have videos of myself when I was 3, walking around in a diaper…carrying my superman action figures…singing the theme song…I always wanted to meet him…to thank him for inspiring my life…i know he hated at times, being typecast as Superman…that’s understandable for an actor…but it was his ability, and his portrayal that made him a hero to me…not his super powers, not his costume, not his theme music…it was his ability to convey that his character cared…I’m having a hard time writing now…I’m scared to even hear the theme music, for fear of breaking down in front of people…but…if you know me…you know what this means to me…I can’t begin to imagine what his friends and family are going through right now. I can only wish them the best and give my sympathy for their loss. I don’t want to sound like a star struck fan, but i am. When I think about his contributions to his work, his life, his fans, his family and friends, it makes me feel like a little kid again, sitting in front of the TV, eyes wide, watching my hero, save the day. He never had to wear the cape to save lives. I really wish i could have met him. I really wish i could have thanked him. Thanked him for his inspiration, and thank him for shaping my life.Thank you Mr. Reeve, thank you for being the hero I could only dream of being.
Vince Renda, Age 21, Dearborn, Michigan
Dear Reeve Family, I wish to tell you, I’m sorry for your loss of a man that was a husband, father, son, humanitarian, actor and a mythic legend of this terra firma. As with the ages past, we see and meet people that define, change, establish and bring about divine balance to life’s continuum. One can never be at ease to death, but one and all of you should know that life is a continuum to a new paradigm and Christopher will always be in spirit to how he was in this plane of life, a force of goodness and a Mahdi. He is to you as everyone is to humanity, a divine soul that is embodiment of compassion and abundance among the oneness of life. I remember when I was four years old in 1978, and being unfortunately too young to see your husband/father’s movie was not surprising shocking since I was the youngest of three and being spoiled to the alternative superman the movie apparel and toys. What has left an indelible and messianic mark on my life was looking at and assembling the superman/U.S.A puzzle. It signified truth, strength, boundless in mind and spirit. Christopher brought these gifts to the world. Please never forget this. Now, that I’m 30 and a spiritualist, the before half has never left me in the esoteric form. It’s hard to speak of someone you have never met and never will, but in the distance Christopher was a heroic role model for me growing up. Thus, I wish to say to you this, that a passing has surfaced, but a celebration of a continuum begins. Know that we all in the physical form are impermanent. Yet, in spirit we are continuous in all of our missions, love, compassion, will, strength and grace. I know that you as a family will find all peace in this time and forthcoming. Also, there is always truth in the goodness of knowing that you all will resurrect to a new bountiful happiness and grow stronger as a family for many, many years to come. Never a day will this be forgotten. Never more such will the days forth be taken for granted. You as a family have set a paramount in life as a whole that brightly burns a sun that shines upon humanity that makes us all super in the face of adversity with unwavering nobility. “Always look to the heavens, for he that was with you always has never left, and won’t ever.” To me and others, Christopher will always be a Man of Humanity, but never as equal to immeasurable how he was to you: A Man of All Purity. Please accept my words to you as a continually hope and nourishment in spirit, that it brings forth comfort and ever growing confidence, and light in your family in the years forth to come. Bless you all. Yours truly,
Curtis M. Joseph
Christopher Reeve will always be our true hero. I speak for not only Ilford, London but for the world. We grew up on his films and he gave out his strength to us via his magical persona. He will be long remembered. My regards,
Vijay D. Varu, Ilford, London
Christopher Reeve is a source of strength for so many people not only as Superman but also as a man who suffered a terrible accident and fought to survive and to regain his life and not giving into despair. He is a Valiant man who will be sorely missed by all, not one person I know, has not been touched and saddened by Christopher Reeve passing. For me and so many He is a “Superman” .and to his Family and Friends I wish to offer my heartfelt condolences to you all, May you all, in your sorrows find some strength in the days and years ahead. This morning I entered my local Church for the first time in a many years and prayed for him and for you all.
Gerard M. Duffy, Dublin, Ireland
It is with great sadness that I send this email, losing a loved one is never easy, especially when they are taken away too early!I know you realise how much Christopher meant to people, for a man coming up to my 30’s I feel that a part of my childhood has also crossed over, as I sit here typing this and looking a the superman shield tattooed on my arm, I hope you don’t think it is too strange if I tattoo a tribute to Christopher underneath it.Heart goes out to all of you…I hope you take comfort in knowing that Christopher is now looking down at everyone and that he does not need wires or a team of FX specialists to fly…..Angels have wings of there own. Lots of love,
Jonathan & Emma Walker, Great Britain
Christine Robinson, Canada
Move over God, Superman’s coming. Love,
Dave and Kelly
I would like to express my sincere sadness and sympathy to you at this time of loss. Christopher Reeve was the shining example as to what a true hero is in every since of the word. He brought my generation the belief in Superman and the coming generation that through all adversity there is nothing that can not be overcome. Even though personally I never met Christopher Reeve I feel like I knew him like a friend who always stood by me through anything unfailing his words and his cause strike a cord in me every time I hear one of his Lines or Hear him speak on Stem Cell Research. He was like an angel sent down to show us that good and Decency still existed. I thank God Every day I had the chance to experience such a Profound and Outstanding Individual. May God Bless you in all you do and may he see you through your time of sorrow.Sincerely,
This is History
Moving down a path, drifting
Through a hall of moving faces
Through a myriad of places
Strolling the mystery, history
So many things to catch an eye
Things to rightfully admire
Set a mind on fire
So many things to see, be
In the walls walked past
And image appears and grows
Well defined as a person knows
And blurs the images ‘round it
This is history
This is nation’s memory
This is immortality
It is nigh invulnerable
It soars above time
He rides high in history, and won’t fall from memory.
Dear Mrs. Reeve and family, I am 18 years old, and I just finished high school. Chris was always an inspiration to me, if not in the form of mild mannered Clark Kent, or the heroic Superman, but as the legendary Christopher Reeve. I was saddened when I had heard the news of his accident, but proud at the advances he achieved because of it. He will always be a hero in the hearts of many, and an inspiration to us all. He’s in a place now where he doesn’t need help to fly. Sincerely,
Kevin E. Curdgel
Dear Jim, I can recall I believe that early Sunday morning returning from work from my night shift at the post office coming home and going thru my normal ritual of checking my e-mails, surfing the web particularly the Superhero hype website just to keepmyself updated in what was going on when all of a sudden the image of Chris posed as Superman was beginning to slowly materialize which I thought at first that there was an update about the new Superman movie but then when the image was fully realized I was totally shocked and dismayed when I noticed a birthday year and current year hyphenated, the reality had set in that he had passed away. I was so sad with disbelief that he had been taken away so tragically without any chance for survival. All I can say that his bravery, courage, and all the things he believed in will truly survive and endure as well as his timeless portrayal of Superman will live in our hearts forever because his deeds far eclipsed the character he played. My heart goes out to his family. Sincerely,
Carmine Bastian, Mt. Vernon, New York
“I’m not afraid to die
I’m not afraid to live
And when I’m flat on my back
I hope to feel like I did…
Who’s to say where the wind will take you
Who’s to say what it is will break you
I don’t know
Which way the wind will blow
Who’s to know when the time has come around
Don’t want to see you cry
I know that this is not goodbye…”
When I was a kid growing up, you had three heroes to look up to. Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker, and Superman. That was it. Looking at how I turned out today, I now see how much Christopher Reeves’ Superman influenced me. I have an 8 year old nephew, who lives with my sister, (a single parent). Aside from my father, I am the only man in his life. I spend every day with him after school and we have an amazing friendship. To him, Superman is me. He looks to me for what’s right and wrong, he looks to me for what’s hip and cool, he looks for my approval a lot of the time too. Imagine Luke Skywalker trying to teach him how to be a man? How would Indiana Jones teach him respect for others? Well who taught me to stand up for your beliefs? That you should stand up for what’s right? To be a leader? Superman. And when I say Superman, I mean Christopher Reeve. The comics have been around forever, and created into many different interpretations of what a man of steel looks like. But you ask anyone, even the hardcore comic junky, what does Superman look like? They all reply: Christopher Reeve. On screen he conveyed to me, way before I ever heard of a ‘Spider-Man’, that with great power comes great responsibility. He showed that a man who is stronger than a locomotive can feel pain. And most important, he showed me a man who would do anything in his power for the ones he loved. And that even though some days you may feel alien to the rest of the world, your friends and family will always be there for you. Christopher Reeve is Superman to me. There is no ‘one or the other’. When I heard of his tragic accident I was crushed by the news. My hero was crippled in an accident. And when the world heard the message in the days to follow: “I will walk again.”, everyone in the world knew he would. Film hero transcended into real life as he paved the way for spinal cord research, a crusade that will lead the way well into the future. I hope he knew just how much of an impact he had on the world for that. There will be many more super hero films in the future, there will be many more super hero comic books as well. But they will all be in the shadow of the one true Superman, in our fantasies and in life. The world will never see another man like him. Rest in Peace Christopher Reeve. Your fan from boyhood to man,
Dear family of Christopher Reeve, I am a fourteen year old named Tony Piccirillo and I am a fan of your Christopher Reeve. I know he is with God in heaven and hope he is will always be happy. I am sorry for your lost and I now you must be thinking, “He doesn’t know how I feel” and I don’t, but I did cry when I heard he died. It seemed as if I lost one of my own family members. The date of his death will forever be burned into my mind… Sunday… October Tenth, 2004 at the age of 52. He was my hero… I looked up to him and I still look up to him… He is a very important person in my life. He encouraged me to always do the right thing even when there was a slim chance of winning if you did. I didn’t know him until I saw the Superman movies when I was really young. I use to go to the library and rent his Superman movies every time I went there. To me Christopher Reeve was Superman. He defined the role of Superman. Whenever I see another interpretation of Superman I compare it to Christopher Reeve’s performance as if he were really Superman. I am currently working on a script for a Superman fan film that I will dedicate to Christopher Reeve when I’m done making the movie. Christopher Reeve was a very nice person… He was and still is my favorite actor. His foundation helped many people and that’s why I know he is in heaven. When I grow up I want to be a man like Christopher Reeve.
Julio Camacho, Lehi, Utah
Writing this e-mail I am struck by own unoriginality. How do I pay tribute to my hero without repeating the sentiments of countless others? I shouldn’t even try, I should just be honest.In the early eighties, I was a toddler and I had Superman on video (taped from television). Sure, at first it was all about the bright colors and the flying man; but anyone who knows me knows that that that movie has helped shape me into the man I am today, and the man I hope to become. Superman made me want to be incorruptible. Pure. I am not a religious man and as such I work toward no paradise and I fear no hell, rather I live my life to the highest standard my flaws will allow because when I was a child I KNEW that man should be like Superman. That this was the way to live a life. Christopher Reeve’s performance shaped my life and shapes it still. In his book “Still Me” Christopher told the story of a film idea that he had about a man in a wheel chair venturing onto a boat at night. In recent months I have been working on a screenplay based on that idea that I had hoped to send him for his approval. He influences me still. When I heard of Christopher’s accident I was in shock but hearing him speak and reading his books I believed that one day he would walk again. I am vengeful of fate for putting him in that wheel chair and I am bitter that he has been taken out of it. But when these emotions pass I am left with a sense of aching sadness. That we should lose a man who defined popular culture with his talent and then drove modern science and politics with his character is grossly unfair. Life owed him more. I am thankful that he touched my life. Today I think of Dana, Matthew, Alexandra, and Will and I send you my deepest condolences such that they are. I just wanted to convey how much your father and husband meant to a kid from England that he never met.
Matthew Daly, London, England
James Heath Lantz
I can so vividly remember the very first time Christopher Reeve came into my life. It was cold, wet January day in Sydney Australia in 1979 and my mother had 4 children under the age of 11 to keep entertained for the afternoon. My parents had separated in the months before, and being theeldest of 4 children and the only girl, I couldn’t understand why my father had left me. We were all trying to cope the best we could. From that dayon Christopher was the place in my heart and my head I escaped to when I couldn’t cope with what was going on around me. From my parents divorce, my battle with bulimia and subsequent diagnosis with clinical depression, he was always there, always a constant and always an inspiration to carry on. Like friend you can count on no matter what time of the day or night. I have loved Christopher since I was 11 years old and think wow, he has been with me most of my life. My only regret is that I didn’t get to meet him in person, however, I am happy to live vicariously through my best friend Robyn who was fortunate enough to meet Christopher on his trip to Australia last year.My deepest sympathies go out to Dana, Will, Matthew and Alexander on the loss of husband and father. I have no words to express my sorry deeply enough. From his death though, I have heard from many old friends I have lost touch with over the years, some of whom I haven’t heard from in over 10 years. Just calling to say, ‘Hey, I heard about Christopher Reeve and I’m sorry, how are you?’ Thank you for bringing these people back into my life. And thank you for being a part of my life.
Jody Henderson, Melbourne. Australia
Ross Chambers, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Christopher Reeve…words can’t even express on how much of an impact you had on my life. Your an icon a legend but above all else my hero. I was just a little 4 year old when i first saw Superman 4 Quest For Peace. After the movie i realized you would be my hero forever i quickly told my mom after the movie to buy the other three she did. All through my childhood I cherished the movies and things you did. I wasSuperman 5 years in a row for Halloween. Then I saw somewhere in time and after i saw that i begged my parents for a replica pocket watch like the one in the movie. They bought it for me on my birthday. Then your accident happened and I was about 10 years old. My heart was broken and my mind was in disarray. How could this of happened i questioned myself he’s Superman. After the tragic accident i saw you in an interview telling the reporter someday you will walk and the reporter said “yeah we’ll take a walk down the beach when you get better” then you said “that’s absolutely doable I will see you there”. That brought a smile from ear to ear to my face. All through your trauma and recuperation I made countless prayers in hope of you walking again. Now I am 17 years old I wake up one morning and went down stairs to get ready for school my dad walked up to me and said Christopher Reeve died last night. It was like a bullet to my heart. I had a lump in my throat. I slowly walked upstairs with tears beginning to come down my cheek. I was speechless all I could do was cry. My mom came upstairs and hugged me. I couldn’t speak at all. It was an unreal feeling i couldn’t believe it. I slowly walked over to the CD player and put in the Superman soundtrack blasting the theme throughout the house. It made me think of all the memories with my brother who also loves Reeve fighting over who stands in front of the tv when superman smiles and waves at the end of the movie. I went to school speechless all day my friends wondered what was the matter, but I just ignored them and said nothing. I went home and put in Superman 4 Quest For Peace and it made me feel like I was 4 again all over it made me smile. Christopher Reeve i will never forget the precious memories you left me. “Superman will never fade away because he’s a good friend and everybody needs a friend.” -Christopher Reeve-
Hi, I am Charles June, from Pascagoula, Mississippi. I have a five year old son. He heard the news about “Superman is dead” from the TV and wondered how this could have happened. He asked very innocently and very seriously, “Was he just fighting someone” and that’s how it happened? He said, he didn’t think Superman could die. I told him Superman is not dead. He will never die. He will always live on in the comic books, and on TV in cartoons. I told him about Christopher Reeve. How he played Superman in the movies. That it was he, who had passed away. He accepted that and asked whether there would be any more Superman cartoons or comics? I told him ,”that there would always be Superman, the man of steel.” Sincerely,
Shay Ron, a friend
have watched in awe since I was able to remember (my mother tells me from when I was 3) the way Christopher Reeve brought Superman to life. I am 27 now and the films have remained by some margin the most wonderful films I have ever seen. Even my four year old is more grown up than me when we are watching the films together I just adore the wonderful performance Christopher puts in. I don’t know what it is about him that makes me feel a connection, I didn’t know him yet I feel like I knew him I feel like I have lost him. Only a very special person can have this affect on us who have not met him, those who have only seen him on the “big screen”. I think it is because of the way he is on the screen, as a child you wanted to be him you grew up feeling that he would be there for you, as an adult you see all the subtle wonderful acting presence he has a “Clark Kent” and “superman” I will always be amazed at how he did that. When he had his accident I was sick to my stomach I was hurting in a way I couldn’t believe, to hear of his death 9 years later saddens me so much I s till am finding it hard to accept. He did so much good and has brought so much hope to many not just the disabled but doctors and scientists this shows us all how much one man has done, so much when we all do so little he didn’t accept the word “can’t”, this just makes it harder to accept he’s gone. I feel awful as well because I know his family must be inconsolable my thoughts go out to them. I will miss Christopher Reeve and even though I did not know him I can not believe he is gone, he will live with me forever. I will continue to watch his films in honor memory but it will be sadder to watch them now. I am sure I will shed many more tears for the man who brought us all such wonder. I know its been said but he really is Superman. Rest in Peace Christopher.
Dear Sir, My name is Saurabh Sukhani. I live in India. I am a big fan of Christopher Reeve’s and I think all the work he has done in his life whether its Superman Movie or Charity has been superb. Though i have never met Christopher Reeves but whatever I have read and known about him, makes me feel he is one of the finest man I have ever known. Christopher will be really missed by his family and his fans.I want to say thank you (Jim) for setting up a wonderful website. Regards,
Mark LeMieux, Director, Platypus Productions
To say that a man whom I have never met or spoken to is the singly most influential person on my life, might be hard for some people to understand. However, when Christopher Reeve suffered his horse ridding accident that left him paralyzed millions of fans sent him letters expressing sympathy andsupport for there fallen hero. This support was primarily geared towards the fact that to millions around the world Christopher Reeve is Superman, and always will be. Mr. Reeve actually flew on screen in a way previously and presently not emulated. He saw an obligation to develop the character further, by making the barrier between Clark and Superman far greater than just putting on a pair of glasses. He changed his tone of voice, posture, slicked back his hair and would look for any opportunity to humiliate himself as Clark Kent, so that this mild mannered reporter could not conceivably be recognized as Superman. But ultimately he wanted to harness the values that are held by Superman (truth and justice), so that people could see a deeper side to character, as opposed to that of the comic books version. Due to Reeve’s determination and undeniable willingness to fight his way through his biggest hurdle, the respect that I have towards him hasonly grown. When I learnt about his death I couldn’t believe it, as I had conceived that the biggest news report I would hear about my hero was that he had walked. I am extremely gratifying to Christopher Reeve for the interpretation he has given us of Superman, which will be everlasting. He has since his injury gathered a wider fan base as he has taught us the true meaning of the word hero, and I thank him for that. I also send my condolences to his family as it was there love that sustained him. No doubt no other person will ever truly fly on screen again, and no doubt that we will ever be blessed by such an exceptional human being.Chris, you taught me the true meaning of human spirit and determination, thank you for being an endless hero though my life. Rest in Peace Chris.
Oliver Wearne, Australia (W.A)
I thought that I would drop you a letter tonight… I want to send you my deepest condolences… I found out about Chris by a message on my machine and I thought that it was a lie… After finding out the horrible truth I spent most of yesterday bawling. I cried so much that my eyes hurt!I got a letter from his aunt Dorothy Lamb Crawford soon after his accident and She told me that I was brave because I had Cerebral palsy. There are so me days that I worry about my own future. I live in my parents home and they are nearing their 70s. But I will have to try and keep fighting. I just hope that Chris can help give me strength to keep going. I loved him so much… You had a great man in your lives…Please know that he made my life a lot better while he was here, and will continue to through his films…
Pamela Parrish, Columbus, OH