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
Thanks Jim for everything you’ve done for Chris. He is, was and always will be an inspiration to us and everyone all around the world. I am always grateful for the times in my life where I am fortunate enough to cross paths with a teacher…and Chris is a great teacher. He was a good guy who will never be forgotten…we were lucky to be a part of his life. Best Wishes and Keep your Love for Superman more alive than ever.
— Marc McClure, October 11, 2004
The best way we can honor Christopher’s extraordinary life is to continue to support the Christopher Reeve Foundation and its work with spinal cord research, and to push our political leaders to resume funding for stem cell research, something Chris felt very strongly about. He was one of those rare movie stars who’s activism and very humanity was as, if not more, influential than his wonderful work as an actor. I shall miss his friendship and his courageous and unself-pitying example.
— Margot Kidder
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.
— Gene Hackman
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.
— Susannah York
We had a unique and special relationship since filming Somewhere in Time in 1980. We shared the ups and downs of our lives since then. When Chris was injured there was no hope for a cure or the possibility that he would ever walk again. He refused to accept that. He had a passion to find a cure and an ability to move mountains, to create and inspire opportunities for the brilliant medical minds to find a cure for those dealing with spinal injuries and champion the rights for stem cell research. He never gave up. He told me “so many of us ‘able bodied people’ are paralyzed in our own lives.” He was not. When our twins were born, James and I named one of our sons after Chris who was not only his godfather, but his role model for inspiration and courage. He will always inspire us to do what we can to help others. His legacy will be global. He taught us that nothing is impossible if you put your passion, mind, and spirit into the possibility.
— Jane Seymour
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
Philip Seymour Hoffman
I knew Chris and Dana long before they met. When we were growing up, Chris and I would play against each other in hockey. I met Dana when she was going to Middlebury College in Vermont. My brother was playing McMurphy, the lead in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” the character Jack Nicholson played in the film. Dana was playing Nurse Ratched, who, you may know, is a very cold, awful character. Dana had to be a great actress to pull that off. She was so warm and very funny. Years later, we reconnected after the accident. By now, I was involved with a charity for the disabled. Chris put up his bicycle for an auction we were running, and I bid on it and won it. I took the bike and sent it back to him with a note saying, “You’re going to walk again, so you’ll be needing this.” Then, the next year, he donated the bike again! I bought it again and sent it back to him. This became a running joke every year. He’d even get his business friends to bid up the price. I would often see him at Madison Square Garden. He was a huge hockey fan. After his accident, I went to see him in the hospital. Dana and Will, their son, were also there. Will would be sitting on his lap, and you could just feel how badly Chris wanted to hug him. Will plays hockey now. After Chris died, Dana would bring him to the rink and watch practice. We would have some time after to work on some of his skills. We all really enjoyed these times. When Dana fell ill, everybody was in shock. Then she sang at my retirement ceremony at the Garden on Jan. 12 this year. It was a surprise and honor. You could just feel the energy from the crowd, it was so emotionally powerful. After the fact, I learned that she had changed her chemotherapy schedule to perform at my celebration, which made her commitment to be there all the more powerful.
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
I met Chris well before his accident. Actually, when he was doing ‘Superman’, I interviewed him at a press junket. After the accident, we spoke a number of times and I became close to him and Dana and the people at the foundation. I was always touched that he always had a wonderful sense of humor about what he was going through. A year before he died, he told me he dreamed of doing all the things that a 51-year-old man dreams about. We were talking about sex, of course. Then the phone rang, and he said, ‘That’s God calling. He’s ticked about my dreams.’ But he had many, many vivid dreams. He told me he often dreamed of swimming in a meet — and winning. The time that he did that Super Bowl ad — the controversial one that showed him standing — it was so liberating for him. He always told me that he was going to walk again. His lobbying for stem-cell research also generated controversy, and he loved that, too. I asked him once whether he takes delight in “tweaking” people. He told me, ‘It is my favorite thing …’ He wanted to shake things up. He was willing to take the heat from those who criticised him for raising false hopes. After Chris died, I did interviews with Dana and we even discussed putting a book together. Then, she lost her mom shortly after she lost Chris. Then she was diagnosed with her cancer. I never saw someone who could be so strong and positive in light of everything she went through. She told me, ‘Either I can sit here and wallow with self-pity or I can turn what we’ve gone through into something positive.’ Clearly, she was talking about the foundation. And she was no figurehead there either. She insisted upon going over every single grant proposal. She dug into all the minutia that goes into running a foundation and wanted to know all about the latest in science, too.”
— 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
Chris and Dana came into the Yankees clubhouse one day with Will. I had never met them before. I was immediately impressed with Chris. There was always a look of purpose in his eyes — the energy he conveyed was riveting. And he was excited to be there, to be in the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium, with all the history there. I remained in touch with the family, and made myself available for whatever they wanted for the foundation. Dana and I both attended the special opening for Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays”. We went to Tavern on the Green for the post-show party and she wanted me to take part in the animated project, “Everyone’s Hero”. It’s an animated film about a boy who travels 1,000 miles to help the Yankees win the World Series. It’s a movie about never giving up, and she so dearly wanted me to do a voice part. I told her I’d do it that very night. No questions asked. She had such a positive outlook about everything that she did, that you could never say no.
— Joe Torre, manager of the New York Yankees — USA WEEKEND Magazine, July 30, 2006
Michael J. Fox
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.
— Glenn Close
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.
— Michael Caine
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
I can still remember the first time in 1978 that I saw SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, I was 16 years old. It was the first summer after Star Wars had taken the world by storm. I had gone to the theater to see Superman and I ended up staying there ALL day watching the film three times in a row. The promotion for the film was “You will be believe a man can fly” – I did, we all did. It was not the special effects that made us believe a man could fly – it was CHRISTOPHER REEVE. Never before or since has an actor been so perfect for a character, Reeve was, without a doubt, born to play Superman. He accepted a role that would forever cement him in the minds of fans as the last son of Krypton. Many actors had passed on playing the part fearing that they would be typecast and never work again. Reeve would put on the cape and trunks for three sequels. That took guts. Nine years ago we were all shocked when Reeve, during an equestrian meet, was tossed from his horse and paralyzed from the neck down. In the months and years that passed we were all convinced through his sheer force of will and determination that he would walk again. I, for one, was convinced that if anyone could do it, it would be Superman. I knew in my heart that Christopher Reeve would walk again…it was only a matter of time. Sadly time was not on his side. His life should not be measured by the simple fact that he played Superman or that he was paralyzed… no he accomplished so much more than that, and most of it from his wheelchair. Reeve had become an accomplished director, doing TV movies, he had become an outspoken advocate for stem cell research often appearing before congress to try and get all matter of legislation passed. He founded the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation to further aid his cause. His most recent notable on-screen appearance was as the mysterious Dr. Swan on Smallville. Let us not mourn the passing of SUPERMAN, he will live forever. Let us, Instead, praise the life of CHRISTOPHER REEVE and see to it that the work he was doing will continue, and that, in the not too distant future, the thousands in wheelchairs today will be able to walk tomorrow. If there is a heaven, Christopher Reeve is up there now soaring higher than Superman ever could. Christopher Reeve 1952 – 2004.
— Chris Mason
[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
Hi Jim, just wanted to let you know about a tribute floral piece my florist and I created for Christopher’s memorial at Julliard today, 10-29-04. The piece was inspired by one of the images of Chris you have on your site. I figured you might be attending and would like to get your reaction to the piece. I have been a fan of Chris’s since his debut as Superman back in 1978. Your site is an on-going tribute to a man that in one way or another touched us and proved not only that you will believe a man can fly, but that you will believe in the human spirit and the passion Chris had. Thank you for your time and continued success on your site. Thank You.
— 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
I’m sitting here, in my Superman pajamas, and with a teardrop in my eye. I don’t feel like going to school today. My hero died and it’s hard for me to believe. He had so many goals, and people watched him reach them! He was a Superman on and off the set. All sympathy to Dana and the kids. But one thing is for sure; Superman will fly again! If not as Christopher Reeve, he is an angel. Rest in peace, my hero. May you always be in our hearts! Love you forever, “Superman”! And you are still my hero…
— 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.
— Judy Tenerife
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
Christopher Reeve will always be known as the embodiment of everything that is great about Superman – strength, determination, and hope.
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,
— Lou Koza
I am not an actor, nor am I an active politician, a head of state or a statesman. Truth be told I am one of the many millions of everymen. My life is O.K., it could be better, but somewhere along the line I accepted that my life, as it is, is pretty much as good as it is going to get. And I am contented with my lot. From the early years of my formation, I was an avid cinema fan. Of course, when you are ten years of age, (the age I was when “Superman The Movie” was released) it pretty much narrows down the ‘type’ of movie that you are allowed to see. But that didn’t make one bit of difference. Especially when with a few friends and I saw “Superman The Movie”. I had never before, and have never felt since, the feelings of bonding that I experienced with a character and with an actor. I felt I had made a new friend, someone who would never let me down, someone I could turn to when I needed to, someone of integrity, someone on my side. And here I am today some 30 years later, and those feelings are as strong and real to me now as they were to me then. Christopher Reeve brought to life a one dimensional character, and turned him into a living, breathing, helicopter-catching, reality. Few actors, none that I could think of today, could have done what he did 30 years ago. Superman II followed, then III, and IV, and even though by the end of the series of Christopher’s Superman movies, something went a little astray, many of us kept faith with him. I couldn’t sit through Superman III again for a King’s ransom, but I did at the time, because it was the least I could do to support that guy who took me to another life in those early Superman movies. The ensemble of Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando as the principal characters, was either a stroke of genius, or a massive stroke of good fortune. The other actors, crew, Donner, etc., created the world they inhabited, the world we thought was a reality. Then reality kicked in. Margot, who will forever be the one and only Lois Lane as far as I am concerned, battled her own demons, and then Christopher, my super pal who could get himself out of any scrape, was felled. I remember thinking in the aftermath of the crippling accident that he had, that it would be merciful if God took Chris then. I mean how could such an active, outgoing, fun-loving, movie making bundle of energy live the life that the medical team predicted? But live it he did. It broke my heart to see him, and I wept when he would valiantly proclaim that a better future was waiting for him. I often wonder if he knew, really knew, that an active future was a poor script, from a poor movie. When he died, as he inevitably did, I thanked God that we had Christopher at all, making images that would last forever, highlighting medical issues, and humbling any human being with a heart with his lack of self-pity and abundance of hopeful spirit. I still cry, now and then, when I hear the fantastic music and see Christopher take to the skies, gliding through the clouds with Margot Kidder, beating the b’jesus out of the three super criminals, or stumbling as Clark Kent. And in another 30 years time, people will still watch Christopher Reeve as “Superman”. He really did make us believe that a man could fly. And I thank God that in his release from a body that had failed him, he was able to fly freely from his disability, for the sky is where he truly belonged.
— David Cash
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.
— Thomas, Singapore
Billy J. Henderson
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
Jim, I was enjoying the latest episode of BOSTON LEGAL when a bell sounded on the soundtrack. The subtitle appeared at the bottom of the screen: “ABC NEWS REPORTS THAT ACTOR CHRISTOPHER REEVE HAS DIED…..” The first thing I thought was “Jim is asleep; I can’t call him and share our mutual shock and grief! I then followed that thought with….”No, He needed to walk again!” What a loss. A truly remarkable person and as we both know the only actor that could have stepped into a certain aliens shoes. I know that CAPED WONDER will have fitting tributes posted on it. We are now the torchbearers of two Supermen. My best to you today my friend.
— 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,
— Ron Nastrom
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.
— Miguel Lopez
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
Hi Jim, Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you today. Just remember, today he is once again young, beautiful, and walking. What he did for us while he was here will never be forgotten. Love on ya,
— Larry Williams, Atlanta, GA
Jason Marsh Larouche
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
I cannot speak to the news that I’ve heard. My heart is broken for the man that showed me how to believe in anything and never give up on my dreams. Christopher Reeve began in me a passion to see everyone do their best, to believe the best about everyone, but most of all…to never give up on my dreams. He IS Superman. Because even when he wasn’t on the screen, he continued to be Superman to the world. I grieve deeply his loss. Superman has always been my hero, and as far as I’m concerned, there will never be another. Christopher lived the role, and to so many people, he is a symbol of hope. He will ALWAYS be a symbol of hope, because to those who loved him, Superman will never die. I’ll see you in Heaven Christopher where I’ll be able to fly by your side, with a red cape if God will allow it. To the Reeve family, I can only say that I, too, feel your loss, one in a sea of millions I am sure, and you have my deepest condolences and sympathies. Thank you for always believing in Christopher and sharing him with the entire world. I am certain that were it not for your love and support, Christopher would not have had the hope and strength to dream the impossible. God Bless You and keep you in this time. I am, and continue to be, devastated.
— 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.
— Victor Swindell
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,
— Terron Williams
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
Hi Jim, I love your site very much and think you have done an amazing job. I wanted to share with you my deep sadness over Chris’s passing. I never had the chance to meet him and i will always regret not having done so. He has been my hero ever since I was able to watch the first Superman movie. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and all of us fans who love and respect and admire him. He will be terribly missed. It’s now up to all of us to make sure his dreams are fulfilled. I would be grateful if you could pass on a message to his family for me in a few weeks. Thanks.
— 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.
— Matt Bertschy
I watched my son growing up loving superman believing he would one day grow up and be him. He went through five outfits, knew all the words to every movie, Superman was his hero. When he starred in Smallville the early years he made us all stand up as a mark of respect. He then said he really is a Superman. I still want to be just like him. My son is 19 years old now, we both cried at the loss of a Super Man.
— Sue Barron
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.
— Nichole Reynolds
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.
— Benjamin Henry
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.
— Phil Malko
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!
— Jordi Rosell
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.
— Jared Martin
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.
— John Fueshko
Cory L. Burnett
Hey Jim, thanks for this site, and thanks for doing something I would love to do. I am deeply saddened today; I have never felt a loss so poignantly for a celebrity as I do today for Chris. I first saw him in 1978 in Superman: The Movie. I believe the religious undertones in that movie greatly shaped my life. Still today, I can clearly hear him say, “Lois, I never lie.” In the Superman movies and and in “Somewhere in time” he taught me how to love and sacrifice. I always thought I might meet with him one day, but now that time has passed, for that I am sorry. A heartfelt Thank You. Sincerely,
— 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.
— Kenneth McAdoo
Sebastian Pablo Martinez
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
Hi! My name is Peter and I am sending this message from Vienna/Austria. When I was a young boy of seven years I went with my dad to the movies to see Superman II. From that day I fell in love with the wonderful Christopher Reeve…the one and only Superman. Now I am over 30 years old and after all those years my flat looks like a Superman museum ;-). Yesterday was such a sad day in my life. It was like a part of me died. At night I lit a candle at my framed picture of Christopher. That man showed us during the last nine years that he really was Superman…a hero of flesh and blood…a fighter for love and hope. My lifetime hero is not any longer :-(. Thank you Christopher!
Peter Heilegger 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.
— Darren Close
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.
— Doug Carter
Hey Jim, Just left you a message at work hoping to speak to you personally. I found out Sunday morning when one of my closest friends called to tell me knowing that there was no television around. I ran to the local store to get a morning paper but there was nothing and then later impatiently listened to the radio. Later, what I didn’t want to be true had been confirmed. Chris was gone. My friends teased me relentlessly with regard to Chris and his dream to one day walk again. I smiled and took their jabs in good fun knowing deep down that one day we WOULD walk again. Now that dream has been stolen. I suppose we can only hope that somewhere high above it all, high above the hate, high above the jealousy and high above all the negativity that surrounds us on a daily basis that Chris is finally enjoying the casual walk he so wished to have one day proving to us all that, truly, nothing was impossible. I still believe. It’s Wednesday morning and something just doesn’t seem right. He was supposed to walk, Jim. All I can come up with is that his death HAS to bring such focus to this terrible condition that the government will no longer be able to turn their back on stem cell research benefiting thousands if not hundreds of thousands. All I can offer you is my hand in friendship. You’ve been so giving to me and welcomed me into your life and we’ve never even met. You’ve sent me pictures both publicly and privately. We’ve communicated to one another via e-mail about our lives. I feel like I know you and I’m proud to say that I do. I guess I’m just trying to say that I’m still out here. That I’m your friend and that I’m thinking of you. We’ve lost not just a great actor, but a symbol, as well as an ideal. In a way, we’ve lost part of ourselves. But not really. So long as we continue to believe in that ideal as well as the man himself and what he believed in then it will always be a part of us. There will come a day when others WILL walk and we will think of Chris. They will take the steps he so wanted to take himself. NOTHING is impossible. A statue of Chris should be erected in New York. That would be magnificent. Perhaps, if it’s not to cliché, a statue of him as Superman pointing to the sky. With every year it becomes tarnished it becomes a reminder to everyone of all that was once good and the hopes and dreams that continue to be in all our hearts. Something both Superman and Chris stood for. Stay strong, Jim. After all, it’s the least he would have done if he were still with us. All my best to you and your family,
— 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
Hi Jim, I can definitely understand that it’s a serious emotional roller coaster for you.. for me, too, indeed for so many of us who either knew him personally or knew of him and followed his example. When I heard the news on Paul Harvey, it was like a sledgehammer hitting me in the gut, and I’ve felt that way only once before, when my dad passed away. But when I heard the news, there was only one thing that went through my mind: “Call Jim.” I found myself thinking back yesterday to when I was 12 years old when the first film came out. For me “Superman” was one of the defining films, if not THE defining iconic film, of my youth. I told my 7th grade teacher, Suzanne Davis, that I wanted to be, like the song “Down Under” goes, “six foot four and full of muscles,” and I showed her a picture of Chris as Superman. I can’t remember if I drew the picture or just showed her a photograph. When other guys in my class wanted to be like football players or rock stars, I wanted to be like Superman, like Chris. Sure enough, I grew up and became six foot four, muscular, well built, and some people commented that I even looked like Superman – not by choice, but by example of living. At the same time Chris was going through his paralysis that was when my dad was beginning his downward spiral as a result of strokes and Parkinson’s. It gave me something to relate to, and every day I would lift Chris up in my prayers. I almost got the chance to see Chris a couple of years ago.Three weeks after my dad passed away, in March 2002, Chris came to the University of Mississippi to accept an $85,000 donation from the fraternities on campus. For the last 15 years the fraternities have sponsored an annual Charity Bowl football game to raise money for spinal cord research. This was because of a young man by the name of Chucky Mullins, who was tragically paralyzed during a football game and couldn’t move. He lived only a year and a half after his accident, but everyone at Ole Miss rallied around him until the end. Chris and his medical team made the trip to Oxford to attend the Charity Bowl, and they gave Chris a personalized #38 jersey (38 was Chucky Mullins’ number). Mind you, Oxford’s only about 2-3 hours north of Clinton, and I could have easily made the weekend trip up without any problems. But like I said, I almost got the chance to go, but I didn’t. Instead, that was the same weekend I was sent to Albuquerque to attend a K-12 videoconferencing seminar as part of my job training. Looking back, I should have gone up to Ole Miss instead. And I feel like I’m grieving over my dad once again, only this time it’s a major part of my youth. This morning Rachel was asking me about Chris’ passing, and I found myself telling her that while so many of us in our generation looked up to him as a hero, he was still a man, but one who lived with a heroic ideal. It’s an ideal I can now convey and emulate not only to Rachel but also to Lily Grace in their lives. We’ll talk soon, my friend.
— Bill Williams, Alabama
Dear Jim, Today I feel the need to write to you, to share my emotions with you. I don’t know how much e-mails you receive these days but I want to let you know that I do not only feel my own tears for missing Christopher but my thoughts and sympathy are also and more with you. I never had the honor to meet Chris or receive a message from him; I never searched contact, besides through your website. Getting such nice e-mails from you was and is special enough for me. I’m enjoying your CapedWonder website very much (and that won’t change !!!!) and make my picture books with Chris more complete thanks to you (and there are also pictures in it with you and Chris). The only way I knew Chris, was by movie, magazines and later on by television, internet etc. Since I was 10 years old he’s a part of my life and always will be no matter what ! I almost can’t imagine how you’re feeling, missing your hero and your inspiration. I can only guess. The special feeling you had in 1978 seeing Chris acting in Superman, it’s like I hear myself speaking….I recognize a lot in what you’re writing. I hope and believe there is a better place and better world for Chris now than the life he had in his wheelchair. You named it: Free !, and that’s what it is. Christopher was a super-man in the most complete way a man can be. His body is gone, but generations will put hope and inspiration out of him as superman, and for what he has done for many people in the world. Yesterday and today it was very nice noticing that friends and college’s at work asked me about my feelings with the lost of my superhero (in my office there are a lot of pictures from Chris). I received a German newspaper from a college and I also bought papers by myself from the Netherlands (of course), Belgium, US and England with the sad news that Christopher has died. It is not the stuff I want to have for my collection but I couldn’t leave it in the bookstore…It’s still hard to believe that he is gone…Well, that’s it for now. I will send you later on a composed message to Dana and the children. Thanks for listening. Hang on there, Jim! My best regards,
— 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 Insite, the International Network of Somewhere in Time Enthusiasts)
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
Jim, Yes, we lost someone very dear to both of us. I have thought about you many times in the last week and have visited your site and read your tribute to Chris…he would be proud. I know the push for a cure is far from over. I know there is much that you will continue to do on Chris’s behalf. There is still much that I want to do in Chris’s memory with the images I’ve created and have yet to create. I also think I can use some of my gifts as an artist to further Chris’s cause in some small but important way. Tom told me he saw the interview with Dana and Deborah Norville on MSNBC Monday night and he said that they showed the print of “Someone To Believe In” during the segment. I would love to have recorded that segment. Even more so than ever I think that image is so appropriate. It would still make me so proud to see that image reproduced and use a portion of the money to help others with paralysis. I still can’t believe he’s gone. I’ve had moments when it just brings me to tears to think that he wasn’t able to realize his dream to walk again on this Earth. In just over nine years he was able to touch more people around the world through his courage, hope and determination than most can do in a lifetime. He showed the world that he was more than a Superman…he was “a friend” too! A friend that is greatly missed around the globe. No one will ever come closer to Chris’s portrayal of Superman both on and off screen. He was and always will embody for me exactly what Superman should be. Having known him really makes me realize just how precious the gift of life truly is. I hope that Chris is finally in a place of peace. I will always remember the good times. We always agreed on one thing…Christopher Reeve was a hero to us both and changed our lives early on. We will be forever grateful to him for that. Super Sincerely,
— 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 was Chris 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,
— Lynn Anderson
Mr. Bowers, hi. I just wanted to let you know that usually twice every day or 2 I visit your CapedWonder site. Thank you so much for displaying pictures for me in your photo gallery in the past! I left the States about 10 days now (I am currently in Austria) and was crushed and heartbroken to learn that Christopher Reeve had passed away. I couldn’t stop crying for a few hours! This man had a HUGE impact on my life before and after his tragic accident. Not too long ago my grandmother(which was like my mother had also died and she and I loved Mr. Reeve. When we first came to the U.S. from overseas I was about 4 years old and Superman The Movie was the first movie I ever saw. MY memories grew from then on up to Superman II! Will your site still continue even after what has transpired, because now every time I go to your site I feel like a fighter just like the way Mr. Reeve was!! I don’t feel like giving up on anything!! Your site is the only thing now that gives me confidence!! Anyway I just wanted to share this with you, and thank you. Sincerely yours,
— Hooman Gohari
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,
— Steve Younis
Jim, Hi Stranger!!! Remember me? Hope so. Obviously, I wish I was emailing you under better circumstances. I’d been planning on emailing you this weekend, but then I got your email today, so decided to just go ahead now. How are you doing? I immediately thought of you when I heard the news about Chris. You are so fortunate to have been able to meet him several times over the years. He is one of those people I’d always wanted to meet, or at least hear speak in person. I’ve been watching Ent Tonite, Extra & Acess Hollywood all week to tape clips of all their coverage. The most freaky thing is, I was out in CA this past weekend. When I got back to my hotel in Long Beach Sun nite & turned on the TV & heard the news, I just dropped onto the bed in disbelief. I went from a very high-high after just having seen Collin Raye in concert (the 3rd show this past weekend-Fri/Sat/Sun) to a very low-low. Since I was taking the red-eye home from LAX Mon nite, I changed my plans for Monday, as there was no question that I was going to make the trip up to Hollywood to pay my respects at Chris’ Star. Of all the times I’ve been out to LA/Hollywood since that wonderful day in 4/97, I never missed visiting his Star at least once each visit while I was out there. However, on Monday, the walk down Hollywood Blvd from La Brea was a very long one, esp once I got close enuf to see the flowers, etc to mark the Star. There were several people there. A couple guys came by wearing Superman shirts. That was around 2:30 or 3pm. I spent some time there, but told myself I’d come back a little later with a rose. People had placed flowers, notes, photos, candles, Superman items & even pennies on the Star, but Chris’ name was never covered up. I needed to head over to Dick Clark’s office in Burbank, so I got myself composed & drove over to Burbank. Once I left there, I was then on a mission to find flowers. In that whole Hollywood & Vine multi-million $$ complex, there is not one place that sells flowers. I even had the visitor’s bureau try to find me one. Anyhow, by the time I did find a store several blocks away & got back to the star with my rose, it was dark. There was no one standing guard or any lights. Everyone was just very respectful of the area. In the afternoon when I was there, there were 3 news vans (I remember 1 was K-CAL) & when I got back around 6pm, there was still 1 parked there. I thought so much about that day in 1997, how you & I met & talked since we were 2 of the first people to show up. I remember standing in the street, tearing up while I watched Chris & Dana & Will come down the ramp & then taking as many photos as I could, before, during & after the ceremony & wishing so badly that I could’ve been able to be included in the reception. So many memories, good memories. It is so ironic that the reason I was out in LA in 1997 when he got his Star was because I was at the Long Beach Grand Prix that prior weekend. The timing for me to be able to attend his Star ceremony was pure good luck. Then, this past weekend, I just happened to be out in LA again for Collin Raye’s 3 concerts (Agoura Hills CA, Henderson NV & then Long Beach, CA). How coincidental is it that I was in Long Beach Sunday & then being able to make the trip to Hollywood on Monday am. Totally different circumstances, but very freaky. But, … I am so glad that I was out there, so I had the opportunity to pay my respects at his Star on Monday. Take care!
— 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.
— Jo Addie
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.
— Marc Guerrero
Felix Vasquez Jr.
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.
Title: Show Me : A Tribute To Superman
“Dedicated To Christopher Reeve”
© 2004, JC PeraltaTraveled 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.
— JC Peralta
Jim, after the passing of Chris Reeve I once again went searching for all things Superman and came across your wonderful site again. Words can’t express the loss that one feels right now. I never met the man but I ‘knew’ him through his movies. I remember you contacted me many years ago when the DVDs were released in regards to buying the region 4 Australian version of the DVD. Having checked out the Multimedia section of your site I haven’t seen any images for the australian cover art at all, nor a link to a region 4 review. Below is a few links for you to include at your pleasure. 1 | 2 | 3
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
I woke up as normal today, got up to go to work. I was in just my boxer shorts – not my Superman ones, I have them saved for special events or when I need extra support – I left my bedroom and my Mum was walking up the stairs… she said to me, “Your mate has died”. I didn’t know what she meant; she saw the look of confusion on my face and said,“Superman… Christopher Reeve has died”. I walked right back into my bedroom, saying nothing to girlfriend who was busy doing her hair. She is now a converted Superman fan, that’s what being with me for the last four years has done – in fact, it’s funny because her father’s uncle was Roy Field, who won an Oscar for the special effects on Superman: The Movie. I turned on the TV; she asked me what was wrong I told her, although I didn’t believe it. “It couldn’t be true” I thought I was dreaming. Well, the news was over 20 minutes away, but the BBC suddenly cuts to LA and their reporter confirms what my Mum had said, My friend was dead. Superman The Movie is the reason I am who I am today – Chris Reeve made me believe in heroes, made me believe that Superman is real. Even after his accident he was still that hero, more so because of his determination and will to achieve the impossible. He is a real man of steel. This man is and will be forever my hero. He made me believe I could fly; he gave to hope where there was none. My heart goes out to his family, he was our Superman. I feel as if my childhood has died, maybe Chris is up there somewhere now walking and maybe even flying. Rest In Peace ‘Friend’
— 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,
— Costas Vinieratos
Dear Mrs. Dana Reeve & family, Hello, my name is Martha Pennisi, I am 24 years old, and I live in Tel Aviv, Israel. I want to congratulate you on this web site that you have done in honor of our beloved Christopher Reeve. You have honored his memory his life and his death. I have been a fan of Christopher Reeve as long as I can remember my self. As the years past I grow to love him more, not only because he was my childhood hero, but also because I learn how grate actor and a grater person he was. I loved him truly, I always believed that one of these days he would walk again and everything would be ok, because he was always so optimistic about his sickness, that I believe he is going to be just fine. When you and Christopher ware here in Israel, unfortunately, I couldn’t meet you. But everyone who did meet him said that they ware surprised to meet such a great person, so polite and so pleasant man, and courageous man who fought not only for himself but for other disable people. Of course it wasn’t a surprise to hear that, I already new that. I received the terrible news on Monday morning (Israel time). My neighbor came and told me what was on the news, a strange thing happened by that time I was holding a shirt that I have, a black shirt with the symbol of superman on it. I can not explain but I just felt that I had to ware that shirt. And then she came and told me the horrible news. I was in mourning that day and I still am. It’s like a deep pain in the chest that doesn’t let go, it’s hard to accept that Christopher is gone. I felt so close to him and it made me so sad not only that we lost this great person but because of you too. Each night since then I go to sleep crying. I am truly sorry, I’m sure that for you it is unbelievable. I wanted to commend you and your family for all the care and love that you gave your beloved husband and father and for taking care on the foundation too, I’m sure that he appreciated that. You are a strong, loyal and wonderful woman, I don’t think there are a lot of women like you, I salute you for all your work. I’m sure that this is a hard time for you and for his children. Even that I am just a fan and I never met him in person, it’s very hard for me too I cried like I haven’t cried in years. I send you all my love and hoping that you and your family will stay strong as much as it is possible under the circumstances. Yours Truly,
— Martha Pennisi
My first encounter with the work of Christopher Reeve was seeing his incredible performance as Superman. Incredible, because he managed to convince as two of the most complicated characters ever stretched across the big screen. Clark Kent, the self-effacing everyman – who does the small, mundane things in life that every one takes for granted. Without complaint. And Superman – often in the past, little more than an extension of the American flag – but due to Christopher’s accomplishments, he became a Universal language of hope that reached all of us. Bigger than life – but not detached. Superhuman – but also humane. Representing the best that any of us could dream to strive for. Ironic that Christopher should carry this defining battle into his real life. There is no doubt in my mind that Christopher Reeve would have walked again. His determination was written bold, the depth of his spirit; infinite. Christopher exemplified the phrase ‘to travel in hope’. Many of us may not achieve our dreams – but there is no shame in that. Life may be just the resolution to try. Perhaps that’s Christopher’s real legacy. The world has changed a lot in the last few years. We need hope more than ever. I think Christopher started something – and in lieu of a Superman, it will take a lot of Clark Kent’s to finish it. We can, at least, try.
— 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
First I would really like to present my condolences to you all. I know this is a painful moment but hopefully, this tribute will show you a lot of people are mentally supporting you, and that everyone will miss Christopher Reeve. Very honestly, as thousands of other people, I grew up living on M. Reeve’s adventures as the Man of Steel. In fact, he inspired me in a lot of ways and actually had a big influence on my life. It’s probably hard to believe …. but it’s true! First of all after watching Superman 1 one evening (I was probably 4 years old), I went into my room and sat in front of the light bulb (turned on !!) and sat staring at it for minutes and minutes, hoping I would gain super powers, as Clark Kent gained his from kryptonite !! As a result … I now have to wear glasses !! More importantly, through his movies, M. Reeve gave me my dreams…and clearly gave me an important side of my personality! My “love” for the Superman character and for M. Reeve actually make my friends call me Clark Kent. Also, today, I live in Paris – France and I have started an acting career. I have a passion for cinema since as far as I can remember … but that passion definitely was triggered by the movies I loved as a child, and largely by the Superman movies. If I succeed in that career … it will be thanks to the dreams Mr. Reeve gave me. Finally, I must say that I was very touched by his accident some years ago. But, I really admire his courage! I know it was an extremely hard challenge for him to survive under such difficult physical conditions, but he held on !!This is probably the most important way he influences me today : no matter how difficult things can be, you have to hold on and believe. That’s exactly what he did, and with your help, he succeeded in showing the World that courage is a power we ALL have.Christopher Reeve is my biggest hero !! … on screen and in real life !! I regret his departure, but he will never be forgotten and through his courage, he will always symbolize heroism.Thank you all for the support you gave him in the hardest of times.Best wishes to you all,
— Philippe D’Imperio, 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-
— Troy Heckethorn
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
The man of steel has risen to Heaven. You embodied courage, devotion and perseverance. I did not know you personally but many praised your kindness and humanity. To me you’ll still be faster than the train, faster than the bullet, the one and only Superman. I send my deep prayers to your loved ones and to you in the hope you’ll catch them and smile. Be proud, Christopher of what you did. You will be forever an example for many people around the globe. Peace to you and your family,
— Christopher Thirty
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.
— Scott Hedlund
Ryan Steven Witalison
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
To Christopher and the Reeve family, Stay strong, and always remember that there is always a future, for there are no endings in the life of the soul, only new beginnings. The Warmest condolences from a Superman and Christopher Reeve fan.
— Kehinde Adeyemi
Curtis M. Joseph
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
Vijay D. Varu
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
Gerad M. Duffy
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
Jonathan & Emma Walker
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
Dave & Kelly
As a 35-year-old woman with Muscular Dystrophy I grew up knowing Christopher as Superman and admired him for his integrity and strength. But who I remember him as is a Humanitarian and Advocate for ALL people with disabilities. He is a true hero and will always be remembered and appreciated. His inspiration taught that true strength is in the heart and we can over come many obstacles.Thank You For Being A True Leader And Being That Strength. Sincerely,
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.
— Steve Orlando
Kevin E. Curdgel
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 was four years old when Superman the Movie came out so I can’t honestly say that I don’t recall seeing it upon it’s theatrical release. As the eldest of five children I do remember growing up poor. Many times we couldn’t afford to go to the movies like many other young families did. Though we knew of Superman from the old tv show and comic books, we saw Christopher Reeve as Superman for the first time on our 13″ black and white tv. In fourth grade, I got braces and the dental center where my orthodontist kept his office operated a small theater room to occupy patients waiting for appointments. My mother worked retail so many days my father was left with all five of us. The small theater played movies on laserdisc and the most often requested movie was Superman. My father took us to that theater every chance he could, even when I didn’t have an appointment. Christopher Reeve quickly became a much loved member of our family. As the years have gone by we’ve collected the movies on video and DVD but nothing will compare to those first years. I have two nieces and two nephews who have grown to love Superman as much as my parents, siblings and I do. In 1995 when Christopher Reeve suffered the accident that paralyzed him from the neck down our family was deeply affected. Christopher Reeve was so much a hero on screen and in real life. He’s inspired so many people to overcome obstacles regardless of perceived disabilities. Mr. Reeve may have lost the use of his body but his heart and soul remained intact and the loving gentle person he was endeared him to all. Sadly, my father passed away suddenly almost three years ago. Many nights since then I’ve thought about what I learned from my father: Fight hard for what you believe in. Nothing is impossible; and most importantly Always show those you love how much you care. I believe Christopher Reeve lived his life with those same principles in mind. He brought much joy to my childhood. My sympathy, love and deep appreciation go out to his family at this time. He is a man truly missed. The following are lines quoted from the song “Kite” from U2. The lead singer dedicated this song to his father upon his death. I dedicated it to my father when he passed. I was listening to the song again a few days ago and a couple of the lines made me think of Christopher Reeve…”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…”
— M. Flores
I know this may sound like a hoax, but believe me this is totally real. In 1987 Chris Reeve went to a young boy’s home in Brooklyn, New York because the boy believed then that a man can fly. He believed that Superman was more then just the worlds greatest superhero. This boy was a cancer survivor and made a wish to the make a wish foundation for children with cancer. This young man was in a hospital in NYC undergoing a surgery when he saw a picture of Chris in the superman costume and knew then and there that his wish was to meet the man who played superman. Anyway Chris received word of his wish and agreed to meet the boy and his family. Chris spent several hours at this child’s house answering any question he may of had. I know all this because I was this young man. My name is Justin Shapiro I’ve been a Superman fan all my life. The way I’ve been told once I saw the Superman movies I was hooked. I would fly around the house in my underoos and towel believing I was Superman. I believed Chris was Superman. He believed he was Superman he told me if they wires were cut that he felt he would still fly. When I heard about his accident my family and I were in shock and couldn’t believe what had happen. It was then I wrote Chris a letter explaining who I was and what he did for me. He believed in me and i believed in him when he said he was going to walk again. I am truly sorry for the tragic news about his death. However, we can not stop believing and we can not give up on his fight. Now while you may not believe my story I figure I would try and let the world know what he did for me. If you do pass along this message to his wife. Dana. Please send my love and prayers for my Superman. Thanks,
— Justin Shapiro
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,
— Jason Brasher
Hi, I love your site, really heartbroken about Mr. Reeve’s passing, he’s been my hero for 20 years now, on the screen and in real life. Attached is a colored version of a tribute editorial I did for my college newspaper. Thanks,
— Dan Wyke
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.
— Tony Piccirillo
As a child, I remember watching for “Superman” for the first time and feeling a sense of decency and good in what I saw. I saw someone that I wouldn’t be able to be like, but that could emulate the qualities of courage and optimism in the face of difficulties. When the riding accident took place, I remember feeling a sense of awe and humility for what Christopher Reeve was facing. He didn’t face it with a bad attitude or one that was ready to give up, but he faced it with the same Courage and optimism that I saw all those years ago in the Superman films. I saw what it means to be a real “Superman.” Years ago, I was burned severely, and the only thing my parents could think of doing was have me watch all of those films to show me that I would be able to handle my adversity. Seeing what Christopher Reeve did and how he fought, has been an inspiration. Thank you for sharing him with the world, and for helping him have the strength and courage to continue on. He will always be “Superman” to me.Sincerely;
— 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
Dear Jim, As the passing of Chris Reeve (and how his life touched each of ours) begins to settle into our consciousness, I have reflected on the impact the undying image of Superman has on my life. If you will bear with me, I would like share some of those feelings with you and with Chris’ family. For as long as I can remember (40 + years), Superman has been my one enduring hero. He is everything I ever wanted to be; strong, compassionate, fearless and unerringly good. George Reeves portrayal set the tone of Superman for me for television and movies, however; the comic book held sides of a more anguished soul. This was a Superman who could never be a man. He would forever wrestle with his godlike powers that were reigned in by his simple upbringing in a small rural American town. Over time I discovered that it was the struggle that truly made this character what he was, indestructible on the exterior, yet fully vulnerable on the inside. It is in this ongoing paradox that the true nature of a superman resides. In 1978 the multi-million dollar production of Superman needed to fulfill the mythos of this powerfully weak man to meet the expectations of the character I had developed over the years. With apprehension on a cold, Minnesota winter night, I waited in line on opening day not being certain if I would be disappointed or rewarded. The entire movie showed me how much the Man of Steel had grown u since the 1950s. He was sent to Earth with the mission to guide us to be a great people. Here was the outsider (in Smallville) who struggled with his knowledge that he could do virtually anything; yet was reminded by his Earth father’s simple wisdom, You are not here to score touchdowns. When Chris Reeve first appeared on screen in costume, my vision of what the Superman would truly look like was happily fulfilled. No one could have looked more like the Curt Swan artwork I had come to equate as Superman than Chris.His next task was to infuse into the character the soul struggle I expected. Once again, the talent of this actor took the larger than life character and gave him that conflict. In his eyes you could see the determination to do what was right, yet the struggle of am I doing what is right. The scene of Lois’s death showed the pain and loss; later (in Superman II) his decision to forsake his powers for her love; his (all to human) realization that forsaking his responsibility was selfish; his fight to reclaim his destiny; and finally the isolation demanded by being Superman as he releases Lois from the memory of their love. This was a three dimensional Superman. This was the indestructible/vulnerable being that was both blessed and cursed as Superman. When Chris suffered his accident in 1995, I saw the reversal of this indestructible/vulnerable character into the reality of the vulnerable body with the indestructible soul. His inspiration touched many. His unwillingness to surrender to an injury that seemed hopeless showed utter determination. Yet, he would be trapped in a body that could no longer truly feel the physical touch of another. Trapped, struggling for the very air to breathe. He would be trapped with dreams and aspirations that would be difficult to achieve. Trapped with the one power that remained to him; his ability to inSpire. In embracing this power, and using it for the good of all, Chris Reeve became Superman. In closing, to all those who are saddened by Chris’ all to early passing, I keep reading that many think it is a disappointment that his dream of walking again was never realized. I say to those people, remember that he never needed to be able to walk again; Superman can fly; and I believe that this man (Chris Reeve) can fly. Sincerely,
— Mike Crawford
James Heath Lantz
Reeve was a hero to many, both on and off the silver screen. In a red and blue costume and in a wheelchair, he gave hope to all and showed us the strength and courage of a superhero. He made us believe that man with an injured spine could one day walk no matter what odds were against him, and he made us believe a man could fly. He especially did this for a five-year-old boy.I would like you all to come with me on a trip through time for a moment. The year is 1978. A little boy is sitting in the cinema with his parents.He has a big smile on his face because he is seeing something he had previously only seen in the comic books he had always loved to read. An old friend he had met two years ago was right there flying through the air with his red cape streaming in the wind and bright, primary-colored costume with a familiar red S shaped shield on his chest. That’s right, Superman was up there for the wide-eyed five-year-old boy to enjoy. The Man Of Steel was on the silver screen allowing the boy to dream. At that moment, everything was bigger than life for the boy. The boy learned that Superman was just a fictional character as he got older,but that didn’t stop him from dreaming. In fact, that’s why that boy is sharing his memory of seeing Superman fly on the big screen with you right now. Yes, that boy was me, and Christopher Reeve allowed me, and others like me, to dream. I guess in my own way I want to thank him for that. Thank you Christopher for letting this big-eyed boy dream again and again. Reeve went from accomplished actor to activist for spinal cord research after a fall from a horse paralyzed him. His Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation is working tirelessly to help others with spinal cord injuries have less difficulty with medical treatments and working to hopefully find a cure for those paralyzed due to spinal injury. Financial donations are currently being accepted in Reeve’s honor. I feel like I lost an old friend today, also if I never met Christopher Reeve. However, my wife Laura told me today as I wiped the tears from my eyes after hearing of Reeve’s passing that she believes he is walking again,and maybe even flying, wherever he is now. I’d like to believe that Laura is right. After all, he made us believe a man could fly in the the cinema. Why can’t we believe that same man is flying in the place he’s in right now?
— 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
Such a great loss for our world. I was informed on the “Super-Hero Hype” forums that you were to send tributes to Dana Reeve – I think this is fabulous idea, please accept my tribute (attached.). Thank you very much for your gratitude towards this great man, and thank you on behalf of the millions of other Christopher Reeve and Superman fans out there. P.S. I am very impressed by the artwork on your website! Thanks again,
— 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-
— Marty Burke
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,
— Charles June
Dear Jim, I hope you remember me, its me, shay, from Tel Aviv, Israel. I wrote you last year when Chris visited my country and I gave to Diana de Rosa a hand painted superman statue which I made, and wanted to give him personally and tell him how much I appreciate and love him, unfortunately I came too late to the hotel and they were on their dinner and last preparations to return to the states, so I called Diana a few days later and she told me that Chris saw my gift and was very excited and even had tears. Now, after the terrible news, I feel a deep hole in my heart like it’s a bad dream and maybe he will come back to us? I’m 32 years old Jim, and for me superman in far more than a guy that shoots lasers from his eyes, it’s the essence of my childhood and I will never forget when I went with my mom to watch the movies when I was a kid,I wasn’t popular in school and many kids teased me for nothing and beat me for no reason so I came home crying and played the tape of superman and for 2 hours I felt like a superman! Chris/superman was EVERYTHING I wanted to be as a man and he inspired me on every aspect in my life! I will carry him inside of me forever Jim. I’m sad, SO sad. Please send my condolences to his family. My mom told me today that his suffering is over, deep inside me I know she’s crying with me, crying with you all. Thanks Jim, for everything,
— Shay Ron, a friend
I 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.
— Jonathan Halliwell
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,
— Saurabh Sukhani
What can be said about a man who shapes ones childhood? There was no one I wanted to be more than Superman. When I was a child I thought Christopher Reeve actually was Superman. I thought he could do anything. When I rode a train I knew he would be fixing tracks for a safe passage. If I traveled by plane, I knew I would be safe because he would catch us if something happened to the engines. He could stop earthquakes, turn the world backwards, bounce bullets off his chest, walk through fire, fly in space and he always stopped the bad guys. Christopher Reeve was my idol, my hero. He was Superman. I was in high school when I heard about his accident, and I was devastated. I remember thinking “How could this happen to Superman? How could this happen to my hero?” Then I realized how ridiculous that must sound. He was Christopher Reeve, I told myself. He was just an actor who played Superman. But somewhere deep in my heart, in a part of me that was unwilling to let go of those childhood thoughts and feelings, I knew he was Superman. As I grew older, and a little wiser, I realized he was. Anyone who has the strength to fight on in the face of seemingly unbeatable odds, never giving up, is a true hero in anybodies eyes. I think Christopher Reeve put it best when he said, “The only limits you have are those you put on yourself.” He, much like Superman, was always fighting for “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” for those who couldn’t and I am sure he still is. Sincerely,
— 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