Christopher Reeve (1952-2004) was a prominent American film and television actor, best known for playing Superman. On Memorial Day in 1995, he was thrown from a horse and became paralyzed from the neck down. Despite his injury, he continued to act and use his platform to promote stem cell research and independent living for paralyzed individuals.
While Reeve is best known for his 1978 Superman franchise, along with many other films, he also directed, wrote two autobiographies, and was nominated for two Best Spoken Word Album Grammys for the narration of his two books Still Me and Nothing is Impossible. Above all, he “motivated neuroscientists around the world to conquer the most complex diseases of the brain and central nervous system,” (From the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation). As chairman of the foundation, Reeve lobbied and testified for funding to research and cure diseases such as Parkinson’s, ALS, strokes, and other issues related to spinal cord damage.
Christopher Reeve is a shining example of someone who embraced unexpected challenges and defied all expectations.