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At the age of seven years old, I wrote three heroes of mine for their autograph. The only one that responded was Christopher Reeve. 8 months after I mailed it, in an envelope one day came a small 3x5 photograph of Superman autographed “To Harry, Christopher Reeve”.

As an Eagle Scout that believes in Truth, Justice and the American Way… that believed when that man flew, that a man could fly… every issue of Action, Adventure, World’s Finest, Superboy, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Superman… in every word bubble that came out of a Curt Swan's Supes' head, I heard Christopher Reeve. I don’t believe any actor will ever completely own a role so perfectly as Chris owns SUPERMAN.

Around 6 months after his accident that left Christopher paralyzed, I was hit and paralyzed. As I laid in my bed, before this website was created, vainly searching the internet for something to take my mind off those damn unmoving toes, it was the articles about Christopher Reeve and his Spinal Injury that gave me hope. I read all of them, read the hope in his quotes and when my feet came back to life and as I taught myself to walk again, I prayed that Chris would too.

Being a geek, having that hero that wrote that simple autograph all those years ago fighting and holding on to hope meant something to me. Something, I’d never be able to make anyone understand that hasn’t been through that type of helplessness. I hate that he never walked again, I despise the fact he’s dead. There are too few heroes from my youth that remained heroic in my eyes. We find reasons to knock them down, chip at the mythology we build around them. There’s usually a scandal or two or three… Gossip and failures… To me, Chris was a pillar of strength.

How many people would have the strength to be SUPERMAN in the world’s eyes, then take center stage, struck in a wheelchair on respiratory equipment and barely able to speak and yet COMMAND the world’s attention. Who could put the thoughts of what all those eyes were thinking behind them? Christopher Reeve not only could, he did.

Reeve never had the career I would’ve hoped for from him. The role of SUPERMAN was nigh impossible to shake in many’s eyes, and the fear of that baggage I feel kept him from a great many parts that he could have been great in. However, watch SOMEWHERE IN TIME and tell me that isn’t one of the best damn character performances you’ve seen. Reeve is heartbreaking in the film. The character work he did in DEATHTRAP was also outstanding, as was the tiny part he played in REMAINS OF THE DAY. But there’s no shaking that it is as SUPERMAN that he’ll be immortalized.

The scene in Lois’ apartment – after he’s just taken her on an aerial date as Superman, and he’s taking her out for burgers, and she’s changing – and he takes off those glasses, and without an edit – he becomes Kal-El… His body posture, the look in his eyes, the voice… it’s as if a completely different person is suddenly before us. That scene, for me, is one of the great actor moments in any film. Simply tremendous. The Kent glasses had always been a joke – like, how could everyone not see through it, but Reeve, for the very first time made that impractical bit of zaniness and made it not only believable, but perfectly understandable. Sure, John Williams’ stunning music played its part, but Reeve owned every scene he played.

Nobody has ever owned Batman, like Reeve did Superman.

Heroes, real and imagined are few and far between. For the middle second & third of my life, he embodied my favorite imaginary hero. And in the last quarter of my life, when I needed a hero to give me that extra bit of strength for enduring an impossible situation, the same man of steel was there. I’ve never flown in a plane and not looked out a window at the wing hoping to see him holding it up, and I never will. He made us all soar and he always will.

Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation

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  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Chris....

    by UnclePuppethead

    I too will miss you greatly. I sincerely hope that the loss of spinal injury researches greatest spokesperson doesn't diminish the publics enthusiasm for it.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:51 a.m. CST

    No words...

    by eternal76

    Where to begin... Dude, I'm so choked up... I'll write a response in the morning. Much love to his family.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:53 a.m. CST


    by cherrycola

    Another fine actor passes on. I know this sounds cliched and somewhat hokey, but I like to think that chris is finally able to fly. Rest in peace Mr. Reeves.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:54 a.m. CST

    I'm at a loss. The world is at a loss.

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    Superman is Dead Long Live Superman. I'm deeply upset by this, I always imagined Christopher Reeve would one day walk again. His courage, strength of will and sheer determination are an inspiration to all. He will be sorely missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Look Up in the Sky...

    by BlockbusterWhore

    This is really a terrible loss, but it makes me smile to picture Christopher walking through the gates of Heaven tonight. Thank you for your talent and the inspiration that you gave to the whole world.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:55 a.m. CST

    He made us believe a man could fly.

    by ZeroCorpse

    He was a good man. It's too bad there are so many people on the Yahoo! message boards who are spitting on his grave because they think he was a liberal. Have we sunk so low as a society that some of us actually celebrate someone's death because we don't agree with their politics? It's a sad day.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Terrible loss...

    by the flashlight

    Christopher Reeve *WAS* Superman for an entire generation of fans - it's hard to imagine anyone embodying the role more perfectly. I enjoyed his work as Dr. Swan on Smallville, and had looked forward to seeing more of him on that show. One wonder how they will handle this, but that's hardly the uppermost concern....

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:56 a.m. CST

    A brave man who could've just withdrawn into himself

    by filker-tom

    ... and instead he not only worked to bring hope, he worked to defy science -- and, by God, he was actually beginning to succeed. First spinal case I ever heard of to get back even a little movement and sensation. A good actor, a very good human being. Damn, this stings badly. Farewell, Superman.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Just when the world needs Superman the most...

    by lurk3001

    ....God bless and Rest in Peace Mr. Reeve.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:59 a.m. CST

    I was just about to comment here about the yahoo boards...

    by cherrycola

    when I saw that someone else here already has. A message to the posters here that complain about childish behaviour on THIS message board: check out the yahoo board about mr. reeves passing and you'll see pure evil. Plain and simple. No respect for the dead. At least harry and co. monitor these messages.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3 a.m. CST

    He was also had a surprisingly eclectic acting range...

    by Jimmy Jazz

    I am specifically thinking of his performances in Street Smart and Above Suspicion. The farthest from Kal-el as you can get. Superman seemed a mixed blessing. It gave him fame, but it also typecast him in a role so iconic it took years for people to see past it. 'Tis pity his accident cut short the inevitable growth of his overall acting career as time passed. I was not as big a fan of the Superman movies as some. I did not like many of the character choices that the scriptwriters made. But that does not take anything away from Reeves' indelible portrayal of The Man Of Steel. RIP Mr. Reeves.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Too sad for words

    by Demon Disco

    I saw the news this morning here in the UK and actually cried. How amazing to think that a man I never actually met in life could be so inspiring and affect so many people thousands of miles away? It hurts like a bitch. My heart goes out to his family, his friends and his fans - and, of course, to the great man himself. Here's to you, Supes!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:02 a.m. CST

    up and at them chris....

    by Soundofred

    may God grant you the ability to fly once again

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Sad news

    by proper

    We can all learn from the fact he never gave up despite the odds.Just like Superman.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:04 a.m. CST

    What tragic news...

    by REMcycle

    Reeve's Superman was the first and only "hero" I ever had in my life...and the way he's carried on since his accident, well, he's proven time and time again that Superman was more than just a role. I think the world lost something very special today, and he'll be sorely missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:04 a.m. CST

    I truly believed..

    by Hamish

    ..that one day he would be up and out of that chair and walking around again, and I'm truly sad taht he won't get that chance. A trite thing to say I'm sorry, but there's one of the greatest movie cameos that will never happen when the next Superman movie finally rolls out. Rest In Peace Mr. Reeves.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace, Christopher Reeve, thanks for the inspiration...a

    by Commando Cody

    Here's hoping that now Christopher Reeve really IS flying now -- alongside the angels -- where I'm sure he's showing them a few special ways to loops around the Statue of Liberty, all the while smiling and exuding the natural grace, charm and charisma the man always had. His portrayal of SUPERMAN will never be equaled in my mind, and it was Reeve's terrific acting skills that turned a simple comic book character into a true movie icon. Yes, I believed a man could fly and it was because of Reeve's performance that I believed a man could actually stand for Truth, Justice and the American Way the way SUPERMAN stands for. For once cinema had a TRUE hero that everyone could be believe in, and it was all due to Reeve's stellar abilities. And, Harry, kudos for your example. I work out here in Hollywood and when I get together with friends and whatnot to debate things like acting, the example you cited -- where Reeve returns with Lois from their date over Metropolis and turns back into Clark MINUS a camera cut -- is an example I always cite as one of the greatest acting moments in cinema history. Just for that scene alone, where Reeve and his acting PROVED that the gimmick of simply wearing glasses COULD disquise a Superman from the rest of the world as Clark Kent, was worth an Oscar as far as I'm concerned. To this day that one moment is still acting which is leaps and bounds (and faster than a locomotive) better than what you'll see in most movies. And it's because of that one moment and that one scene that I'll still stake my claim that Donner and Reeve's SUPERMAN is the greatest translation of a comic book to screen, bar none.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Sorry I met REEVE, not REEVES

    by Jimmy Jazz

    I try to write a little (hopefully) respectful missive and get the man's name wrong. Damn. I wish this board had an edit feature.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Up, Up, and away!

    by deadboy1313

    Christopher Reeve did something that truly does show that superheroes actually exist. Against all odds, against what all doctors said, he accomplished things that were deemed impossible. His greatest power was giving others hope and never giving up. I'd like to think that today, Christopher Reeve got out of his wheelchair, stood up, and with a mighty "up, up and away" flew off in a blue blur having taught us all he could about the strength of the human spirit.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I surprised myself

    by gobofraggleuk

    by finding tears in my eyes when I read the news.... It takes a lot to make that happen.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Chris

    by reni

    Goodbye Chris. Thank you.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:13 a.m. CST

    A shame he couldn't walk just one more time

    by lettersoftransit

    ...though I heard that he managed to walk -- sort of -- a time or two in a swimming pool. The only reason I heard tonight was that I couldn't sleep and got on the computer because I had used up the stack of DVDs that I keep by the bed with the portable player. The night before I had gone through the stack and briefly popped in the first superman film just to watch one scene: the one in which he drags Lois out of the car and weeps like a baby for hours before screaming like a madman and defying his oath and his dead father so he could turn back time and make her all well again. A godlike creature torn by grief and desperate to see a girl smile again. Then when she does, he still can't bring himself to say how he feels about her. A great scene. He'll be missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:13 a.m. CST


    by Demon Disco

    Does anybody out there know where we can send cards/messages/tributes? Many thanks, guys.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:15 a.m. CST

    when do the other versions come?

    by KyleKrane

    i'll be sitting around tomorow waiting for the arrivial of boy-reeves, half root reeves, steel reves, and reeves from the future to show up. they won't. i'll still be sad. thanks chris.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:17 a.m. CST

    RE: Demon Disco

    by REMcycle

    Hey...I would try in the next 24 hours. The family will most likely request donations to that in lieu of cards and such. The talkbacks here tonight are choking me up more than anything. It's nice to know we all meet at the same ground about some things. :)

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Another reason to vote for KERRY!

    by RenoReno

    A few weeks ago Christopher Reeves was really sad in the negative way the Bush administration acted against steam cell research. Damn. He WAS Superman for me...he had so many hopes from the steam cell research.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Would I be out of order if I said you will believe a man can die

    by ZeedarTeretz

    You will believe a man can die? No disrespect though, Christopher Reeve was the man.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:28 a.m. CST

    RIP Chris Reeve, A Memoriam and a Message

    by Dr Farragammo

    I just want to say RIP Superman. A man who in his later life became as brave as the hero he portrayed. He really encapsulates the full reach of being a man, in heart, in mind, in purpose. And he reached these milestones in increments which passed onto to our own lives, giving us perspective and insight. When we were kids his Superman made us feel invulnerable, optimistic, wide eyed. When he had his accident it was around the time many of us reached manhood, and it showed us we are not invulnerable but very much so. And in the aftermath of this accident he became wiser, patient, the epitome of grace under pressure and a man whose faith and resolve were infinite. I want to pass on what he wanted and to be nonpartisan in my aim. Let's keep an open mind to stem cell research and help the future christopher reeves walk again, live a full life again, and give them the same hope that he clung on to to help him go on. His passing is not only tragic but the timing almost makes it like a call to arms to help the cause. Please bear with me, and keep an open mind: John Kerry mentioned this at the last debate, 2 days before his death, that Chrisopher said stem cell research gave him this hope, and to take it away would dampen his spirit. I just wanted to give the man his due and to try to further his message, and I hope it was recieved in kind. RIP Superman, Christopher Reeve, you will be missed but you will always inspire.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Thanks, REMcycle

    by Demon Disco

    And I thoroughly agree with your sentiment - it is heartening to think that there is a forum where we can all put aside any petty differences and band together in sympathy for someone truly deserving. The world has lost a guiding light, but I am so glad we, as a community, can acknowledge this together. Best regards.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:31 a.m. CST

    So very sad...

    by EveKendall

    He was doing so much good work and bringing hope into so many people's lives. He was much too young to die. As Superman/Clark Kent he was my very first movie star crush. He will always remain beautiful and brave in my memory. I just bought the DVD set of those movies last weekend and watched them. As a child of the 80's, this news has just thrown me for a loop. My thoughts are with his family, they must be devastated.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Someone truly to believe in.....

    by castaway

    I have always been a bigger Batman fan than a Superman fan but I most certainly agree with Harry's assessment that Christopher Reeve is the Man of Steel. May his portrayal as that of a heroic character and his real life heroism in the dealings he had with, well, everyday life forever live on. Please let's not make this talkback too political. To the person who posted about those heartless shits over at Yahoo spitting on this man's grave, please don't believe that those people speak for that entire side of thinking. Those people truly do not have a soul. I myself am mainly right wing but I would never post such hateful bile. Such people are truly deserving of a good thrashing that leaves them disfigured. On the better side of things, Christopher Reeve has directed a new movie coming out this month on A&E called "The Brooke Ellison Story" for anyone interested in knowing. With that I take my leave (sobbing uncontrollably while humming the Superman theme).

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Wow, Orionsangel...

    by Commando Cody

    ...I swear I hadn't even thought of that. Now I suddenly feel the need to pop in a certain DVD just to relive some absolutely true cinema magic and timeless casting choices. Again, rest in peace Christopher Reeve AND Marlon Brando as well. And to Richard Donner, thank you for giving the world the greatest translation of a comic to screen so we COULD believe in heroes.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Goodbye, Chris

    by lycanthrope

    He was Superman - in every sense of the word - I wish he could have finished his work in Smallville - I wish he could have walked - wished he could have done so much - played Jor-el, or an aged Superman... He was (and is) one of my heroes - a great man. Fly free, Chris.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:38 a.m. CST

    RIP Chris.

    by Conan_the_Humble

    Thanks for the efforts. Cheers.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Terribly sad...

    by DocPazuzu

    I remember seeing Superman at the age of 11, and that incredible rush of seeing him in costume for the first time just before leaving the Fortress of Solitude. John Williams' score swells as Superman takes off. As far as I was concerned, a man DID fly. Reeve always seemed larger than life to me, and I always imagined that if anyone could overcome a handicap like that, it would be Reeve. In a way, he did. The strength and focus he applied to his struggle for research and awareness is without peer. A super man indeed. I'll watch Somewhere in Time tonight to honor him. Rest in peace, Kal-El.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:45 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Reeves

    by mrglory

    I still remember running around my front yard in with a towel tucked into the back of my shirt.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:46 a.m. CST

    RIP Chris. You are truly the hero of mine.

    by Z0D

    Harry nailed it with his performance in Superman II. This man brought me a superhero I can relate to. A hero who hid from public eyes, only to be seen by common folk as a reporter 'geek' who felt ashamed about how powerful (and not so powerful) he really was as his true self. This has lead me to believe that behind every man's facade there lies any number of ablities that can enable them to surpass any difficulty. I believe that I have the power to change my destiny and to take control of any situation. I do it everyday in the United States Army. <KNEEL>

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:49 a.m. CST

    feel like I've been hit in the chest with a hammer

    by azzrael

    Damn,Damn,Damn, Can't believe it. Chistopher Reeve as Superman convinced me as a child to be believe in imaginary heros. Chrisopher Reeve as himself taught me to believe in real heros. Sleep well...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:49 a.m. CST

    One thing this makes me think of...

    by REMcycle

    I'm reminded, when I think of Reeve's performance as Clark Kent, of a line that I think was in "Unbreakable"...the part where Jackson's awesome character reminds us that "(loosely quoted)...most superheroes are normal joes that dress up in spandex to become heroes, while Superman, who was born a true superhero, went the other way and had to dress 'down' to fit in with us mere humans. He jumbled and stumbled around through his day, acted ignored, discouraged, scared, naive, unassertive, and almost ignorant. Sad that this is how a true superhero viewed humanity" Harry's right...Reeve owned that role. He had the "superhuman-turned-scared-country-boy-with-a-secret" thing nailed!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:50 a.m. CST

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  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:53 a.m. CST

    I rewatched the Complete DVD collection...

    by DoctorWho?

    ...this weekend. I click over here, and find that he just recently passed! We were just commenting on how amazing he was as Clark. Check out the size of his eyeglasses next time...they're huge! Richard Donner said the #1 reason Superman was such a success was Christoper. Well written Harry,you were echoing some of our same sentiments about Reeve today (having no idea he was gone!). He owned that role! We commented if his accident had never happened, he could still don the blue tights and make you believe it! Any other actor would look utterly silly! Think of one...anyone else trying to make it happen like he did. They originally had guys like Redford and Newman in mind LOL!^^^In these days of The Matrix and X Men, an older, wiser Reeve could rule over every superhero franchise with a fresh, new contemporay installment of Superman. It was never meant to be. I GUARENTEE YOU THIS...Bryan Singer will deliver a great Superman film, but his guy wont touch Reeve.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Christopher Reeve will always be a Superman. Bid farewell goodby

    by FD Resurrected

    Sad. Very sad that he had to pass away. I have a little tear in my eyes because of the memories watching the first two Superman films with this actor. Rest in peace...the world will always love you, Mr. Reeve. Adieu...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:02 a.m. CST


    by UCFKevin

    He is someone I never expected to die. He is someone I grew up with. He is someone who's always been my hero and always will be. He is someone I will never forget. I need a hug. I need a hug so fucking badly. I'm not always the biggest fan of Harry's, but what he wrote was extraordinary. Thank you.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:06 a.m. CST

    RIP Chris

    by ryLRci

    An outstanding actor and an American icon. He will be greatly missed. Thank you Harry, for a well-written entry.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:09 a.m. CST


    by The Founder

    Shocking news. Sad to see him go. R.I.P Chris Reeves

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:17 a.m. CST

    God's speed Superman.

    by prickle28

    Superman the Motion Picture fostered my love for Super Heros. Almost 20 years later I saw amazement and wonder in my 3 year sons eyes, when he saw Superman for the first time; and for the first time my boy I shared a love for a common interest. That's something I can't ever repay to Mr. Reeve. I just hope that he's going for a walk in Heaven.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Thank you Harry....

    by JAGUART

    Its hard to type with tears welling in your eyes. Let's all try to live life fuller, complain less, and show some compassion and perseverance, like the example set by Christopher Reeve.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:25 a.m. CST

    A real hero died.

    by Steal_Dragon

    I just can't believe Christopher Reeve is dead. He will and always be Superman, and I am not talking about the comic book icon. While a lot of people would had given up on life because of a tragedy that happened to them, he didn't. He helped, inspire, and did other great things that there isn't enough words in the dictionary can describe. A real hero died.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:29 a.m. CST

    I have no words...

    by L.H.Puttgrass

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:38 a.m. CST

    A true hero

    by Rolnikov

    (Mrs Rolnikov) When I read this morning that Christopher Reeve had died I just thought Superman had died. He was a true hero to me. Growing up I believed Reeve and Superman were one in the same and as an adult watching how he displayed so much courage and no fear after his accident showed me he was a great man. When my daughter is big enough I will watch the Superman films with her and hope that as she is growing up she finds someone she can admire as much as I admired Reeve. He helped me get through some difficult times and I'll never forget him for that. My thoughts are with his family. Goodbye my hero.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Rest In Peace

    by Psyclops

    This is very tragic news. He was a hero to all of us and he never gave up the fight. God bless him.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:08 a.m. CST

    An inspiration

    by Melian

    Christopher Reeve was an inspiration, a man who turned his own personal tragedy to the good of others rather than becoming reclusive, and whose genuine talent, humour and intelligence made the world see ability rather than purely disability. God bless Dana and all his family.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:19 a.m. CST

    "All those things I can do...all those powers...and I couldn't e

    by Charlie & Tex

    To a couple of movie fans whom one of their first big screen experience was watching Chris Reeve as the world's most iconic comicbook hero left an impression on us that sent us down the path of a lifelong love of cinema. With one of us being away in Scotland, I had the sad task of calling my brother to tell him the bad news - I still have the bad taste in my mouth from doing so. That Chris Reeve has died from unavoidable medical complications rather than just giving up on it all is testament to the true character of a man whose body may have been all to perishable, but his resolve to keep living and sheer determination to leave his wheelchair and made him a true Man of Steel, a hero unbound by the pages of a comic book. Chris Reeve brought a measure of credibility to turning back the Earth at the end of Superman: The Movie, and God knows, we wish to hell that someone could spin the world back on its axis and turn back time once more. Goodbye, Chris.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Chris

    by Superpaddy

    I'm 32 years old. I think I was 6 when Superman opened here in Ireland, in 1978. My father, who was younger than I am now, took me. When I heard the news of Christopher's death on the radio this morning, I removed myself to an upstairs room for a few minutes, and wept. I could have explained it to my girlfriend, and she would have understood, but I didn't want to explain it. And this website is the one place I don't have to explain why I Was so upset. So thank you, Harry, for your touching tribute, and for praising Chris for the wonderful actor and true gentleman that he was. He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:36 a.m. CST

    No more heroes anymore

    by xmanse

    We have lost another great champion of the human spirit. There aren't many left. In this world we need people to look up to. To be our compass. To believe man can fly.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:07 a.m. CST

    rest in peace Mr.Reeves

    by Ali786

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:09 a.m. CST


    by antmanx68

    We all know chris reeve as superman, and after his accident I used to kind of poke fun. But now that he's gone, i am very sad. Reeve was so perfect as Superman that i believe NO ONE can ever replace him. I cannot comment on what kind of man he was, or what was in his heart, but I can say that he brought the character to life, and he made it believable that a man could be THAT heroic, THAT selfless, and THAT good, not an easy task, but its like he was born to do it. He has given to ages the greatest performance of the greatest hero... and he has left two impossibly huge red boots that no other mortal could ever hope to fill.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Ouch... this hurts

    by antonphd

    I really really really really really really wanted him to walk again and live to 100. He seemed like he had enough inner strength to do it. I really believed he would. Someday someone will and they will remember that the world learned that we needed to fight for a cure for spinal injuries from the Man of Steel himself. He will be a legend. I just wish he could have lived longer. At least he died fighting. You're my hero Chris. I will miss you, even though we have never met. You're an inspiration forever.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:11 a.m. CST

    I say we vote for a national holiday for real life heros and cal

    by antonphd

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Nobody kills Superman

    by CuervoJones

    He is just resting. The Planet loves you, Super.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:46 a.m. CST

    We have lost

    by Bart of Darkness

    a genuine hero. Chris was both Superman and a super Man. He will always be the Man of Steel to me (no disrepect to the other actors who have played the role). Lois Lane: "Any more at home like you?" Clark Kent: "Uh, not really, no." Rest in Peace Chris.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:47 a.m. CST

    You will believe a man can cry

    by RenoNevada2000

    I'm just too sad for words right now and my eyes are filling up with tears. Rest in Peace and thank you for the talent you shared with us...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Chris was the Man !

    by jon-e-blaze

    This is really sad i really feel badly for his wife and his children.Reeve's was born to play Superman,i have never seen anyone play a role to a t the way he did in the Superman films.I still remeber watching that movie for the first time ,and then watching it the extended version on t.v over the course of two nights.Superman was the standout in his career,but of course Reeve's had other roles,who could forget his game of cat and mouse with Morgan Freeman in 1987's Street Smart ? Or a man who crosses oceans of time to find the love of his life in 1980's Somewhere in Time.And thats only naming a few.Reeve's admitted he considered suicide after his accident,but he bravely went on becoming a spokesman for other's who also were living with paralysis.So its the triumph of the human spirit that made Reeve's a real Superman.R.I.P Christopher....

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Lost for words

    by Shano

    I was on the way into work this morning and heard the news that Chris was dead. I just don't know what to say. One of my earliest memories of cinema was seeing the first Superman movie...he was just the embodiment of what a decent man was supposed to be. I know that Superman has recently been post-modernised and we've had the TV series and all that shit, but for anyone of my generation those movies have never been surpassed. I think we've all admired Chris so much since the accident. I spent some time in a wheel-chair, and I can only try to grasp what it must be like for a man so physically fit to find himself in that situation and knowing that the likliehood of recovery is slim. He dealt with it with such poise and dignity and has become a major world-figure and an idol for people with physical disabilities. Chris, we will all miss you. The world has lost another good one. We are better for your having been here.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:17 a.m. CST

    I've never posted on an Obit talkback...

    by Mr Chuff

    I've never really felt the need to but I just saw this news on TV and my first thought was "ah, shit..." To me (like millions I guess) he was Superman and in a stupid, childish way I thought we'd see him taking those first shakey steps on the news sometime purely because this was Superman. I dont mean I think that in some kind of delusional way but ... I dunno... you all know what I mean otherwise you wouldnt be reading this talkback... RIP

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Mother Fucker

    by DSB1369

    This is unbelievabe. I'm no longer undecided. RIP Chris.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:26 a.m. CST

    so sad

    by Heleno

    I was sure he'd live to walk again.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by Moonwalker

    The best Superman ever, he will be missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I have no words...

    by acebandage express my genuine sorrow. Harry, you said it all. Goodbye Mr Reeves. God speed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:30 a.m. CST


    by Crackshot

    This wasn't how it was supposed to be. He was supposed to walk again and prove everyone wrong thae said he would never walk again. Dammit...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I am so angry that he has been taken from us,

    by Andy Dufresne

    Goodbye Chris, You defined my childhood and I will never love another character or performance more than your portrayal of Superman. Thank you, and I hope you are happy where you are.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Superman never made any money saving the world from Solomon Grun

    by Rex Manning

    I think this says it best;

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:50 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Christopher Reeve

    by Darksider

    A real man of steel.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:52 a.m. CST

    He WAS supposed to walk again!

    by -=Shin=-

    Damn. The guy on cnn was getting choked up talking about this as well. I'm going to cry frmo this. GOd bless him and all the lives he's touched.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:52 a.m. CST

    i wish none of this had ever happened..

    by Y282

    so do all who live to see such times.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:53 a.m. CST

    by gobofraggleuk

    It's refreshing to read a talkback where we can share something rather than bicker and fling insults... a few people have mentioned the words 'bush' or 'kerry' and a couple of others have responded to them... if anyone mentions politics, just don't respond to them. Chris Reeve cared about Stem Cell Research - it provided him with hope - but that research is happening in the rest of the world, like here in the UK for example, regardless of US political/business decisions and Chris Reeve knew that... he had his hope and others in the same situation can take inspiration from his life and comfort from knowledge that the research is happening.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:54 a.m. CST

    This year just keeps getting worse.......

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    How many more heros are we gonna lose over the next 2.5 months???? Even though he was Supes, even though he worked thru so much pain after the accident, the one thing that struck me from interviews before and after he was cruelly injured was how decent a guy he was. Deathtrap is still a movie I always manage to catch when its on. I love the fact that both he and Michael Caine had to get pissed before having the snog! It was just a shame that the red cape overshadowed a brilliant actor. But at least he is immortalised in such a iconic way. Go leap them buildings in a single bound Chris, you will be missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by Gabba-UK

    The only time I've ever cried at the death of an actor. And I can't think of higher praise than that.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:05 a.m. CST

    "It's just too heavy for Superman to lift"

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Time to watch The Movie on mute with Flamming Lips playing. Truly a dark day.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:05 a.m. CST

    I'm glad that Singer seems determined to honor Reeve & Donner in

    by Eugene O

    I'll miss the guy...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:08 a.m. CST

    I'll be looking up in the sky today

    by Swithin

    I don't know who will read all this talkback. I don't know who, of us, can say something we don't all feel right now. I don't know where to direct kindness or concern, or where to vent my anger for fate not treating Christopher Reeve the way he deserved. The man was strength, gentleness, determination, and the embodiment of 'keeping the faith'. I will *NOT* say "rest in peace"! Damnit, I don't believe in castles in the sky, but if there are, you go Chris! Fight the good fight wherever you are, you were a tower of a human being, with or without the ability to walk. His talent will be missed, but it's the man behind Superman's baby-blues who will be mourned, the man who stood fast to hope and his family, and who carried the love and respect of millions with a grace rarely seen. My thanks to you, Christopher Reeve, and my thanks to you who are his family. Hopefully you'll be re-united some day. Nothing more I can say. He was one of the guys who made me a little more proud of humankind, so I can at least be grateful he leaves us with the respect and the love he deserved.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Goodbye, Superman

    by Wellesian

    Harry, that was a heartbreaking and beautiful euology to Mr. Christopher Reeve. I've never known anyone to truly embody the strength and the spirit that you would imagine Superman to have like him, on screen and off. One of the great true heroes of the world as passed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:24 a.m. CST

    What five or six actors have played/voiced Superman/Superboy sin

    by Big Bad Clone

    Who's the next best actor? Tom Welling, Tim Daly (from the Bruce Timm cartoon)? Really, no comparision. God, I'm so shocked about the news. Doubly so since I was wwatching the local news and they lead off with Ken Caminiti's death (I'm in Houston) I shouted "Holy Shit!" then they say Chris Reeve died. Fuck. Those guys were idols to me when I was a kid. Caminiti less so after it turned out he was on the 'roids. But Chris Reeve became even more of a hero as he fought to overcome his paralysis. Shit, I'm rambling and I'm tearing up. Good bye Chris. I guess you really will fly now.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Christopher Reeve...RIP

    by boba_rob

    Christopher Reeve was a childhood hero to me as well, at least in cinema. But let's not forget how many people who are parlalyzed who think of him as a hero in real life. He was truly a Superman, in cinema, and in life.

  • Rest in peace, Chris. You were a hero to me as a child and a bigger hero to me as an adult. And while we're at it, please support stem-cell research!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Rest In Peace, Chris.

    by Coatsy UK

    You were an inspiration to us all...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Wheel before Zod

    by NFLRefugee

    Since Reeve had a sense of humor, I thought I would throw that out there. He will be missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by Purgatori

    can't do it justice. Superman is gone. As said already, Superman can fly once more. Love you Chris.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:14 a.m. CST

    A lament for Christopher Reeve....

    by IndustryKiller

    An American Hero.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by KingKrikkit

    I cant even put into words how sad I am... he will be missed, so, so much......

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Another American hero gone.

    by Uncapie

    He represented truth, justice and the American way in his role as Superman. Rest well.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by awkwardboyhero

    YES, he WAS supposed to walk again. And he was supposed to have a cool cameo in the new Superman movie whenever it got made. I can't stop sighing.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Simply heartbreaking

    by BAMF

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Well done Christopher...

    by Napolean Solo

    That's what they'll say at the gates when you get there. Now you will walk again...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:56 a.m. CST

    FROM ELSTON GUNN - Nooooooooooo.

    by Elston Gunn

    When I was 5 years-old my parents were a little concerned that whenever I was handed a blank piece of paper I would draw one thing only... Superman. I was obsessed. UNBELIEVABLY obsessed with Superman. I got to see all four movies in the theater opening weekend. When I saw SUPERMAN II I remember having to go to the bathroom during the scene where Clark got beat up at the diner and freaking out that he was so vulnerable. The ending ruled. He showed Zod what for. We didn't have HBO but my grandparents did and my parents were cool enough to drive me an hour to their house so I could see SUPERMAN II again the day it premiered on HBO. We got there in the morning and I saw the second half of it and watched the whole thing again that night. First day of second grade I saw SUPERMAN III with my best friend and I thought it was so cool and weird that Superman got to be bad for a little while. I was REALLY weirded out when I saw him and Michael Caine in DEATHTRAP as a kid, thinking "use your powers, man." I still have my Superman bed sheets and pillow case which I found a few weeks ago. I even went as Superman for Halloween when I was in Kindergarten (a knitted costume, too, not one of those plastic deals) and, of course, my birthday cake was Superman and they used a plastic emblem on his icing chest. It was awesome. Christopher Reeve was a big part of my childhood that way. He and Jim Henson, really. They gave me a way to escape and so many good times. I always knew I wanted to be a part of the entertainment industry even at a young age because I had no interest in anything else. I remember getting misty eyed when Reeve made a surprise appearance at the Oscars the year after his accident and my heart even skipped a beat the other night when Kerry mentioned him when talking about stem cell research. I'm crushed... but not as crushed as the five year old me.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:56 a.m. CST

    "But most will remember this sad day as the day the proudest, mo

    by PrezMike

    "But most will remember this sad day as the day the proudest, most noble man they ever knew finally fell. For those who loved him -- one who would call him husband, one who would be his pal, or those who would call him son -- this is the darkest day they could ever imagine. They raised him to be a hero: to know the value of sacrifice, to know the value of life. And for those who served with Superman in the protection of all life comes the shock of a failure: the weight of being too late to help. For a city to live, a man had given his all and more. But it's too late. For this is the day that a Superman died." - Superman #75, 1992 (written by Dan Jurgens) Kryptonsite reminded me of this quote, and I'm just copying and pasting it here.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Can't help...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but thinking of the Five For Fighting song, Superman, the melancholy of which takes on a new meaning today: "I'm more than a bird...i'm more than a plane, More than some pretty face beside a train. It's not easy to be me. Wish that i could cry, Fall upon my knees, Find a way to lie, About a home i'll never see. It may sound absurd...but don't be naive, Even heroes have the right to bleed. I may be disturbed...but won't you concede, Even heroes have the right to dream. It's not easy to be me.."

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Does anyone else remember that Super Bowl commercial Chris was i

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    The one where they used CGI so that he could stand up and walk on stage to accept an award? I have no recollection of what they were advertising, but it just gave me goose bumps at the time to see him get up out of that chair. And you just knew he'd actually do it some day. I think we were all just waiting, counting down the time, until Chris would do it in real life. I've never met anyone who doubted he'd walk again some day. Everyone talked about it with certainty. It wasn't an if; it was a when. He was a larger than life figure. It's just such a tragic shame Chris was felled short by a complication from a mere side effect. It wasn't fair that he ended up going down like that. To borrow Rocky Balboa's line from when Mickey died in Rocky III, (sobbing) "We've got more to do. We've got more to do."

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:08 a.m. CST

    "In the end, the world didn't need a Superman. Just a brave one

    by Salvatore

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:15 a.m. CST

    we will Believe; we will forever Believe

    by Clark Clay

    Mr. Reeve, you are what we all should be as individuals: selfless - always serving the need and cause of others no matter the personal cost. You are our hero. You gave us a flight path. You will always be our Superman and so much more. I hope we and our children can live our lives with the selflessness and courage you gave and personified every day. For you and because of you I will forever believe in myself and all people.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Teaching me to believe.

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    When I was a child, I saw Superman - I believed a man could fly.....When I got older, and watched some of Christopher Reeve

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Of all the things to wake up to

    by 007-11

    Well, he's walking and flying now.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:37 a.m. CST

    At least his suffering is finally at an end...

    by Osmosis Jones

    Godspeed, Chris. You'll *always* be the definitive Man Of Steel to me...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I felt like crying when I heard this today...

    by Ridge

    I was at work when I heard this news over the radio. I'd love to say I've seen all of Mr Reeves movies in my life, but the truth be known I haven't. I only know him as Superman. But isn't it profound that one single role, has such an impact on me, and others, rather than a whole range of roles. I work at a hospital, a lot of people there know him not only for his Superman role, but also his push for the continuation and fair funding of Stem Cell research. One of the doctors there once attended a meeting with him in America (Im in australia.) When I told her today he had died, she told me she'd met him, and tears were welling in her eyes. She told me she found him one of the most courageous gentlemen she had ever met. She said the word Gentleman didnt even begin to describe the kind of man he was. Rest in peace Christopher. To me you're superman, to a lot of others out there, you're a driving force behind the furthering of medical achievements.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Thank you.

    by Harris

    You have helped raise a generation of super men. Men who care about their neighbors and their communities and their country. Bless you, my hero. I will never forget you.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:51 a.m. CST

    a true hero has left us

    by Aurora's spectre

    With great pain, i found myself weeping and realizing that my chilhood hero has moved on. thanks chris for making me believe that a man can really fly..... may i suggest to all the talkbackers that today in his honor, we leave our political views aside and embrace life in a positive way.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:58 a.m. CST

    thanks, Harry.

    by Hud

    Go in peace, Chris, and god's blessings on your family.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Freeze Reeve!

    by Batutta

    Judging by his commitment to Stem Cell research and science in general, I wouldn't be surprised if he was cryogenically frozen...Maybe someday in the distant future, Superman will walk again. Hell, maybe he'll even fly!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:02 a.m. CST

    As I read this talkback...

    by Bad Guy

    I am touched by most of the comments. I was 12 in '78 when I fist saw "SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE". My adult self is teary-eyed, but my inner child is weeping. Kal-El (Reeve) has finally rejoined Jor-El (Brando). R.I.P. Chris

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I can't believe this

    by coen_fan

    Seems like every other week that another great actor/actress passes on. Christopher Reeve will always be the one and only Superman. On a side note, it's nice to see all of us Talkbackers not whining and bitching, but actually agreeing on something. Too bad it takes something like DEATH to bring it out of us.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I still believe a man can fly.

    by Evil Chicken

    "At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable." Christopher Reeve said that. He had such a heart and was such an example of courage. He will be sorely missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:13 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Mr. Reeve...

    by Fugazi32

    He was a childhood 'hero' (pun intended) and still is...R.I.P...he was also a huge LOTR fan too - he read the book every summer!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:16 a.m. CST

    God Bless Chris R.I.P

    by Brundlefly

    I am really gutted. This is truly a sad day indeed. Superman was the first film I ever saw - I was 4 and I remember it vividly - it was solely responsible for kick starting my love for the magic of cinema and filmmaking in general - he was a hero to me on celluloid and in life. The man had a strength of heart & spirit that the rest of us can only wish for.....Goodbye Chris.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:21 a.m. CST

    what really killed him

    by DesertSquirrel86

    no way can it be a coincidence that less then 24 hours (for me at least) after the trailor for "Fat Albert" is released that Christopher Reeve dies of heart failure. Only something that god awful could kill the man of steel.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:28 a.m. CST

    man of steel

    by hank quinlan

    Usually celeb deaths don't hit me hard. This one did. Something about his dignity and stength since the accident was so amazing. I think the shock of it was how young he was. I always thought Reeve was a great actor. And I think if he hadn't been hurt, it's just possible he would experienced a comeback in some independent film or television show in the 90's. Look at his performance in Carpenter's Village of the Damned. Despite that, his performance in life was maybe his most moving. I hadn't seen Superman in some years (although I always liked it) when my brother bought it after seeing it at a friends house and raved about the DVD earlier this year. It really is a great performance in a great movie. I always love those stories that they wanted to pad the suit but Reeve said no way and worked out to get the Superman muscles. Bye Chris. You won't be forgotten.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:33 a.m. CST

    RIP Chris

    by Cappybeara

    Wow, this is the first thing I read this morning, and nowmy day will be a little sad. I was 4 years old when Superman came out and Christopher Reeves became my hero along side Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. I was so sad for him after his accident, and I believed that he would walk again. When he said he would, there was no doubt in his voice, he knew he would do it, and if only given more time.... I hoope that there is a special place in heaven for Chris where he can walk and fly and be free of the confines of a metal chair. He was such a beacon of hop to others who suffered from paralysis, and I hope that his work lives on.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Well said Harry.....Goodbye Chris...

    by Daryl van Horn

    I remember as a little comic-insane boy, seeing Superman II in the theater. Few things have matched that feeling of awe. Years later I can still feel the little goosebumps when I see the scene where the wind announces his return to face General Zod. Superhero costumes, while fine on the page, can often look silly on screen. Especially a bright blue-red-yellow one. But Chris somehow gave it dignity and grandeur. He looked impressive and larger than life. He did indeed make me believe. I too thought he was underrated as an actor. (I love Deathtrap and Somewhere in Time.) I read both his books and again, he made me believe. I believed he would walk again. He'd already done things thought impossible when paralyzed. Perhaps given more time (And perhaps if we didn't have a president who sees fit to shove his religious beliefs down the throat of the rest of the country) he would have. Goodbye Chris. You were an inspiration.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:43 a.m. CST

    well said harry

    by testicleez

    I too will miss Christopher's run on smallville as Dr. Swann. He was one of the things I looked forward too the most when i watch it. No matter who Bryan Singer gets to play the part in the new movie, they will never be able to enbody the role and become the absolute icon that he was. God bless his family and all who knew him as a man because i am sure that they were all truly blessed. One thing is for certain though, he got to walk again, its just none of us had the chance to see it. Chris, if youre listening, no matter where you go, you'll ALWAYS be Superman to BILLIONS of people, and no one will be able to take that away or replace you.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Christopher Reeve - sadly missed, but never forgotten

    by Ivan_Mtl

    On this long, Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, Christopher Reeve's death serves to remind me about everything I have to be thankful for. He made the hopes and dreams of others in similar situations soar higher than he ever did in his most famous role. Thank you for your courage and inspiration, Superman!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Goodbye and Thanks Mr. Reeve...

    by StudioPlant69

    Thanks for Superman, thanks for never giving up. Even in death you will continue to inspire and your legacy will endure...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:06 p.m. CST

    A few thoughts on a true hero

    by solitaire

    I had convinced myself that this would never happen, that somehow the role he had molded himself to in body and spirit would be enough to sustain him until he was healed. They were words that I never thought would have real meaning, in that the last time we heard them it was an obvious ploy for a clever storyline and an inevitable resurrection. Still, I awoke this morning to the truth

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:08 p.m. CST

    "You Are Here For A REASON"

    by Action

    -Pa Kent in Superman The Movie The best line in the movie, and so true about Christopher Reeve. God Bless him and his family.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Good Bye Chris

    by Captain Comet

    It was nice knowing you. Be well.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace Christopher...

    by Bruce Leroy


  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Five for Fighting Superman video

    by m2298

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:41 p.m. CST

    He was my hero...

    by Gilkuliehe

    And now he's gone. A very sad day this is.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:49 p.m. CST

    My Chris Reeve Story.

    by RobinP

    I have a similar story to Harry's. Back in the day, in the early to mid eighties I regularly hald screenings of movies for my friends at my parents house. One of these went on to become an actor, based in London. One day he found himself working as a walk-on extra on Superman 4 which was being filmed in Milton Keynes, here in the UK. On that day, Christopher Reeve was on set as Clark Kent. They were filming the scene near the end where Perry White has regained control of the Planet. My friend is actually onscreen for a moment as one of the two delivery boys who hands him the latest edition. Sensing the opportunity for complete coolness, he approached Christopher Reeve for an autograph what he could send back home to me for my collection.Unlike most of today's primadonna crybabies, Mr Reeve didn't go screaming to security because an extra had dared speak to him....he graciously obliged. Naturally, my buddy didn't have a pen or Mr Reeve signed part of a script page...just like Harry's "To Robin, Christopher Reeve". A great gesture from a great man. Needless to say, that piece of paper is mounted, under glass with an appropriate still, on a wall in my study that never sees direct sunlight. God speed to you Christopher, you made us believe that a man can fly...but nobody soared higher than you did.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:54 p.m. CST

    God-DAMMIT, ChickenGeorge

    by SlightlyCharred

    You made me cry, punk. Thanks to you and everyone for your wonderful words today (minus the political yahoos on both sides). I'm reminded why I like spending time with all of you, even when we're bickering and complaining. We are truly a community. I'll remember Christopher Reeve as the actor who was the first to make me feel real anguish for a fictional character...S-Man crying for Lois, his performance in Somewhere in Time. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us, Chris. Rest In Peace Eternal. Love to your family.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Condolences,,, and now more than ever vote Kerry

    by flipster

    fucking Bush and his crazy religious bullshit has got to go! Peace out to Chris Reeves and his family.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Thanks, m2298

    by SlightlyCharred

    Crying my ass off at work. Great.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:09 p.m. CST

    And now, Son of Jor-El, kneel before GOD

    by Grabthars_Hammer

    RIP Chris. God speed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

    That was by far one of the best Talkbacks I've ever read. Thank you.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:19 p.m. CST

    If there is a heaven, and I believe there is, then Christopher R

    by Moonwatcher

    What a blow this is. This was a man who thought of, as he put it, "checking out" shortly after his accident, yet decided to stay and see where his new life would take him. Harry said it well - it took guts to stay strapped to that chair after appearing so strong and beautiful on screen. I can remember when my wife and I watched him, bigger than life and wearing red and blue tights, and it was as if I ceased to exist, but I didn't care - his charm and humanity outshown his physique. I still laugh with joy when I see him grab that helicopter and assure Lois Lane, "Don't worry - I've got you," and I never cease to be drawn in to the tension and hilarity of that rooftop interview ("How big are you - how TALL are you?!"). Yet, as good as he was on screen, nothing compares to the heroism of his efforts on behalf of those who suffered along with him. God be gentle to you, sir, as you are able to walk once more.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:20 p.m. CST

    A real hero on screen and off

    by Sidious-1138

    As it seems for most people here, this news is really upsetting to me. We all loved this Superman. I remember seeing Superman the Movie as a young kid and it was the first time I remember an audience cheering and clapping during a movie. It was the scene where Supes catches the helicopter after catching Lois and the amazing main theme plays fully for the first time in the movie proper in all its glory. It made a huge impression on me. I believed and still do. I always knew he would walk again...who doubted it for a second? Man, this is sad new. I can only imagine he is flying for real now.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:26 p.m. CST

    There is truly no justice in this world!

    by Rogue_Leader

    When a man like Christopher Reeve who had nothing but compassion and kindness towards his fellow man is forces to spend the rest of his life in a horrible condition and die at just 52 it truly makes me sick at the way good men are made to suffer while evil men seem to get all the breaks. Well R.I.P. Mr. Reeve. At least maybe you can find the peace in death you were denied for the last years of you life.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:40 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Mr Reeve

    by Wormie

    I don't know what to say, other than that when I saw Superman II as a kid, I loved it instantly. It wasn't until I grew up that I realised what an awesome performance Chris gave in those movies - he will always be THE Man of Steel. It's heartbreaking that he was never able to fully walk again, although it's amazing the progress he did make. And, Harry, thanks for the words.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Just a thought, Harry...

    by Moonwatcher

    Any chance that this talkback can be forwarded to his family? I think they would appreciate knowing how much he meant to those who have written in here.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:43 p.m. CST

    he made me a DC fan for a while

    by PlantBoy!

    For a guy who's mostly been a Marvel fan his whole life, Christopher Reeve (and Richard Donner) made me a Superman fan when I was five. It's sad that a guy who was even greater in real life had to pass away like this. Vaya con Dios, CR.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Memoriam for The Man of Steel

    by Purgatori

    is going on my companies newletter as I do the movie reviews for it...this is the first one of these I've ever done, and I hope I do him justice: In Memoriam for The Man of Steel: I have never done one of these for the newsletter. I have never felt compelled to before. But the loss of one of my hero

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Harry, thanks for not mentioning Kerry and Stem Cell research...

    by aceattorney

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by solitaire

    Thanks Brother...that means a great deal to me. I feel this will haunt us all for a long time, I know it will haunt me.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:03 p.m. CST

    The never ending battle. . .

    by desslok

    As an adult, I can seperate the actor from the roll. But the ten year old in me is crying because Superman is dead.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:07 p.m. CST

    A small sentiment for you, my friends

    by Clark Clay

    I just wanted to say to you all, my friends, that I'm sorry, very, very sorry for your loss. This is hard. Really hard. We've lost our hero. Our standard. And it seems that all we can do is cry because it hurts so bad. Well.... Well, two things: 1) Maybe we can live in his honor and thereby live for helping others; 2) We can know that God built Heaven especially for individuals such as him. But, yeah, it still hurts.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Kal-El is not dead. Can't be. I don't believe it.

    by Terry_1978

    I still don't.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:49 p.m. CST

    A superb actor and a charismatic campaigner

    by Aston Lad

    Rest in peace. We love you Chris.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Thank you guys

    by I Dunno

    Thank you for once not bringing negativity into a TB. I don't know if it's the moderators or if this tragic event actually brought out the good in the otherwise caustic posters to this site. I hope it's the latter. And thank you for your words, Harry. You can shut down on production of the next Superman movie guys, we're not interested. It's been covered. RIP

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Thank you all (for the most part) for not making this talkback p

    by Cletus Van Damme

    His memory deserves better, and you all are doing a great tribute to that memory.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:19 p.m. CST

    by Norm3 I'm so Bummed!

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Godspeed Chris

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Like many here I entertained the notion that one day Chris would walk again and I even envisaged him donning the cape one more time. In retrospect I felt this way because here was a guy who never gave up, a guy who, when faced with the loss of everything we take for granted, kept battling to the end. I loved the first two Superman films for the great entertainment they were and I'll miss Christopher Reeve for that contribution but, more than that, I'll miss the guy who has been one of the few people who I regard as a true hero.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:33 p.m. CST

    almost made it....

    by jedielf

    I first read the news on BBC's website, then headed here to read the "geek" reviews that i knew would say nothing but the best for Christopher Reeve. I had made it through almost all of this unbelievably sad news without a tear... I was hurting, don't get me wrong, but ever since my father passed away, I cry very seldom anymore. I almost made it until i read the small talkback by desslok: "As an adult, I can separate the actor from the roll. But the ten year old in me is crying because Superman is dead." *tear and a thanks* The twelve year old that lost his father so many years ago is crying again. And it's a warm cry. The adult is happy to be re-united with his inner child. I truly believe that only a great man like Christopher Reeve could have "literally" reversed the spin of the earth to re-unite me with a boy I thought long-lost. If you meet my dad up there Mr. Reeve, tell him I said hello. JR

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:34 p.m. CST

    I don't even know what to title this...

    by Johnny Smith

    ...I don't know what to say. I really don't. I heard about this last night before I went to bed, but this morning I spent about twenty minutes bawling reading all the beautiful things you guys have said. This is probably, with about three exceptions, the most sensitive, most beautiful talkback I've ever read. There's not much I can say about the man that you guys haven't said already, except for maybe -- "He turned and walked away, in complete silence. I ran after him, calling his name. He didn't reply...and by the time I realized where he was heading, it was too late. As he walked into the blinding golden light he turned, and looked back over his shoulder. He smiled at me..." He's smiling on us all now...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by JEDIswimr

    My roommate and I were up all night with teary eyes. We listened to Mozart's reqiuem, some somber LOTR tracks and a handful of songs about Superman... We've lost our hero, both on and off the screen. No matter what you're feeling, THE BEST WAY ANY OF US CAN PAY OUR RESPECTS IS MY MAKING A DONATION to his foundation dedicated to his memory. You can donate here: Please, hold your cheap shots about plugging his site. I'm just a fan putting my money where my mouth is. For all he's given us, it's the least we can do to pay our respects.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Margo Kidder said it best in superman..

    by zathras34

    As Lois falling from the platform with the hellecopter..."YOU'VE GOT ME!?...WHO'S GOT YOU!?" With all the prayers and love going out to his family tonight, "I know God has him now,Rest in peace Chris" Peace

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Best Supes ever?

    by Mutant Leader

    I wish there were some way I could have as much fun seeing a movie in 2004 as I did when I saw The Movie in the theater for the first time. Not gonna happen. It's a royal bitch that Mr. Reeve didn't get what he sought after so hard these last 12 years. I watched my DVD of the film in his honor. Cavezal-or whoever-has a lot to live up to. Maybe they should just give up now.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:10 p.m. CST

    A real, real loss.

    by ol' painless

    Christopher Reeve was truly a class act. Of course, I didn't know him personally, but I just had a feeling his own personality must have been very close to the Superman he portrayed: compassionate, a sense of what is right, and resolve in the face of great adversity. This was shown clearly in the last ten or so years of his life, when he fought and battled daily to restore movement to his paralysed limbs. God knows the strength that took. I would have given in to bitterness and depression years ago, but whenever he spoke at engagements and to the media, he never once exhibited it. Cheers, Christopher. Your life made a difference.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Just a shame

    by NeoAngelus

    Christopher Reeve. I can't believe this. You never think something like this would ever happen. I thought that when he became paralyzed, and I'm thinking it now. Things like this remind you that no one is exempt from the grand scheme of things. Christopher Reeve meant to me the same thing he meant to all of his fans. One moment that stands out for me is the Super Bowl commercial he starred in a few years back. The one where, through special effects, Chris was walking again. Literally, I shed some tears at that, because I sincerely wanted him to walk again. I was pleased at each little piece of news that came out about any progress he had made. Regaining sensation. Achieving mobility in his finger. Taking steps in a pool. Little things like that just seemed incredible. Chris has been an inspiration, and I'll continue to support his crusade to make stem cell research legal.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Harry...That Was the Best Thing You've Ever Written...

    by Shut Up and Read

    ...God Bless Chris Reeve. Do you believe a man can fly? I did then; I do now.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:44 p.m. CST

    "Superman never made any money saving the world from Solomon Gru

    by r_number6

    "And sometimes I despair the world may never see another man like him." I listened to that song while I was reading the Death of Superman comic story. I'll be listening to it again this evening. I remember Siskel & Ebert both saying he deserved an oscar nomination for Superman II, that he took a character who could been campy and laughable and made him seem completely real and believable. So true. As much as I've enjoyed the Spider-Man, X-Men and Hellboy movies, Superman II still gets my vote as best super hero movie. It was also basically my son's introduction to the world of super heros (he was around 4 when I first showed it to him) and by the big fight at the end, he was hooked. I remember after one of the Kryptonian baddies nails him and sends him crashing into a building, my son saying to the TV "Oh no! Are you okay, Superman?" and how much he loved it when the bad guys all got theirs at the end, including Rocky at the diner ("Excuse me, sir, I think you're sitting in my favorite seat."). Like another poster here said, it was the first time my boy got into something I had enjoyed in my younger days, and it just made me love the movie even more. It is truly rare that a man can help us believe in both imaginary and real heros. Chris was both. Like many others, I really thought with his strength and determination, he would get up and walk one day. Without turning this into a stem cell research debate, I hope his legacy lives on for many years and that we soon see a day where others with similar disabilities are able to live the dream that, sadly, he did not. Godspeed, Superman.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:49 p.m. CST

    A Life Well Lived

    by Fireball XL-5

    Any man who can tame this message board to the extent Christopher Reeve has is a wonderful man indeed. He had the amazing (though unwelcome) experience of going from screen hero to real-life hero by his demonstration of bravery, hope and optimism. This whole day reminds me of the scene in "Reality Bites" when Winona Ryder's character wonders why life can't just be like it is on "The Brady Bunch" and Ethan Hawke answers "Because Mr. Brady died of AIDS." Thanks for everything, Chris.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 4:51 p.m. CST

    A Large Hero On-Screen; a Bigger One Off It

    by hipcheck13

    ...Superman was brave, Chris was braver. Superman was determined, Chris was driven. Superman was the all-powerful defender of the weak, Chris was paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair and an air-hose but also fought for the weak. Superman was a hero in the comics and the movies...Chris was a hero in our lives and world. Thank you, Chris, for your bravery, dignity and spirit. I knew it'd take a hell of a lot more than kryptonite to slow you down. God bless you and your family.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:02 p.m. CST

    You know what'd be nice...

    by drmidnite

    If Warners re-released Superman: The Movie for a month and donated the proceeds to the foundation Chris set up. Goodbye Christopher Reeve, you'll be with me in spirit all the days of my life.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:07 p.m. CST

    DeadOrganPlayer, Dead Organ Player...

    by solitaire

    I suppose it was inevitable. I expected a few political jerk offs and an occasional bad joke...but I guess there just HAD to be one ass monkey like you, eh? Calling him an asshole so people pay attention to you...comparing it to Fay Wray (people did care, spanky, her sad passing hardly went unnoticed)and claiming you can't see why people think he was the best you regularly beat your head against something, or are you a naturally gifted child? It is the oppinion of most that he owned the role, but I'm not going to debate his legacy as Superman with you. if you like Reeves better, or Cain, or Welling...that's fine. I actually think Welling has great potential...but to come here and do what you did...know what? Nevermind. I'll drop this and let you come up with your juvenile little self important response. Thing is, if we were all just standing around, about thirty of us would have beat you to death with your own legs...but it is nice and safe and anonymous to type something vile online. F&^king coward.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Top 10 Movie Moment

    by teedadawg

    "World's Oldest Boy Scout." That is supposed to be a wisecrack about Superman but boy, did it ever fit him as characterized by Christopher Reeve. No comic book movie will ever mean as much to me as "Superman" and "Superman II". My kids watched them with me on DVD because I wanted to share the sense of awe and wonderment I felt when I first saw them onscreen and "believed a man can fly." There will never be another Superman like this son of Jor-El. One of the movies' all-time great visuals is Superman rising above the earth with the sun cresting over the horizon and Christopher Reeve looking directly into the camera and smiling ... at every little kid in the world. I get goosebumps and my eyes water just thinking about that. God bless, Christopher Reeve. And thank you.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:11 p.m. CST

    My wife and I were driving to work when we heard it...

    by JackBristow

    ...and the conversation stopped for a moment. After that, we talked about Christopher Reeve for 5-10 minutes. I remember a Super Bowl commercial years ago, where they used special effects to show Christopher Reeve stand up and walk. I think ever since I saw that commercial, I believed he would one day conquer his disability and walk. I really did. He was the perfect actor for Superman, because he just seems like a man you believe could fly, could leap tall buildings in a single bound. Christopher Reeve made you believe anything is possible. And now he's gone. I think some of that hope has gone with him. I'm reminded by the last line of Superman #75, popularly known as "The Death of Superman." It said, "this is the day...when a Superman died."

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Great activist, great actor, super man.

    by tile_mcgillus

    He more then acted in a film about Superman, he personified him in his actions. Facing such adversity in life and emerging triumphant is an extraordinary task. You do not have to defeat something to overcome it. Through his advocacy advancements in the science of spinal injuries flourishes and through his actions he gave hope to everyone. Mr. Reeve you will be missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by r_number6

    Are we all now even more relieved that the new Superman movie is in the hands of people with respect and appreciation for the character and that the Abrams/McG/Bay "reimagining" is history? Don't be surprised to see a subtle but touching tribute to Reeve in Singer's film. This is probably a tough day for the crew of the film and hopefully it will inspire them more than ever to produce a great film.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Have you ever seen the video for "Superman's Song" by Crash Test

    by Boris Grushenko

    ... it is incredible. I remember seeing it for the first time back in 1991 late one night on MTV 120 Minutes before anyone had ever heard of Crash Test Dummies. During the video, you see a casket being carried down the aisle at a church and you see part of his cape hanging out of the casket. The men carrying the casket are all old, eightsomething men wearing grey suits, but you see bits and pieces of their superhero costumes sticking out of their sleeves or their colars. You wonder, is that the Green Lantern? Is that Flash? You also see an old woman on the front row who is crying, and you wonder who it is... she dabs her eyes with her hankercheif and you see the initials "L.L.". I must say the video is really powerful. It leaves you feeling terribly melancholy that all of these superheros are old and dying, and that the world no longer needs them. Nobody attends Superman's funeral because nobody believes in him or needs him anymore, just his old super hero buddies. And then you've got this deep baritone voice of the CTD lead singer, singing "Superman never made any money, For saving the world from Solomon Grundy, And sometimes I despair the world will never see another man like him..." You've got to see this video. Powerful stuff. R.I.P. Superman old buddy, I still believe in you.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:18 p.m. CST

    This is what sucks about getting old:

    by splbrg75

    You have to watch all your heroes die. :(

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Superman #75

    by JackBristow

    "But most will remember this sad day as the day the proudest, most noble man they ever knew finally fell. For those who loved him -- one who would call him husband, one who would be his pal, or those who would call him son -- this is the darkest day they could ever imagine. They raised him to be a hero: to know the value of sacrifice, to know the value of life. And for those who served with Superman in the protection of all life comes the shock of a failure: the weight of being too late to help. For a city to live, a man had given his all and more. But it's too late. For this is the day that a Superman died." - Superman #75, 1992 (written by Dan Jurgens)

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:25 p.m. CST

    truly a heroic man ...

    by Lou C.

    ... for no other reason than the work he did after he was paralyzed. he could have ponied up the cash to give himself the best care possible and leave it at that. instead he continued to fight for other people and to find a cure. it's a shame this stuff has to happen to truly exceptional people, and he will be missed. If anyone has not seen his remake of "Rear Window," rent it or buy it. It's not perfect, but it's a clever retelling of my favorite movie, with some nice twists and a good performance. God bless, Christopher.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:28 p.m. CST

    RIP Man of Steel

    by mwhelan67

    to me, he was Superman

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by Napoleon Park

    I hope that (with perhaps some selective editing) this talk-back and Harry's eulogy can be permanently archived. This was not only the best and most moving outpouring of emotion I have ever encountered here, it is probably the only thing I've read at Ain't It Cool News that I would truly describe as beautiful. Ironic that it is so far from being cool news. ***** And in Heaven Christopher Reeve walks through Heaven's gates and declines the offer of a set of wings. For now he's happy just to walk, but when the time comes... you will believe that man can fly.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:24 p.m. CST

    archiving and making a collection is a great idea...

    by solitaire

    I agree that this should be archived, and sending it to his family is a wonderful idea. I'm actually sorry I responded to a negative remark, but became extremely angry. I am elated, however that as far as I can see, any editing will be minor. Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen for sharing your hearts and showing respect. solitaire folds

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Mr Reeve - May you rest in peace.

    by frightnight

    6.45 Monday morning UK time, I switched the tv on and the news hit me..Christopher Reeve has died! I switched the channels, again the same thing. I recall being at the cinema a kid, surrounded by mainly adults to watch the fantasy come to life..and it did. There was Superman, living, breathing and we did believe a man could fly. I have never really experienced that kind of emotion since, but there on the screen was a guy who drew people's attention to him, through his performance and his humuility. And over the past 9 years we have been moved by his courage and conviction that he will one day walk again. I feel cheated, angry, hurt and betrayed that Mr Reeve never got that chance. My condolences to his family and god bless to a fine actor who will be sorely missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:35 p.m. CST

    There Were No More Like Him at Home

    by Jedibobster

    I'm sure for many that visit this site Christopher Reeve was always and will always be Superman. Everyone else is just playing at it. Bryan Singer's movie had a hell of a job anyways, but now he better make something worthy of not just Superman but Christopher Reeve too. (And it had better be dedicated to Reeve as well, with Warners giving some percentage of it's gross to Reeve's foundation.) Today an icon to children of the 80s has passed away, someone as iconic as James Dean and Bruce Lee in my eyes. I sincerely hope that Christopher Reeve's Quest for Peace has come to an end.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 6:57 p.m. CST

    A Tribute

    by Bad Guy

    I was inspired and did this quick drawing for myself and all of Christopher Reeve's fans. Hope you buys like it.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:02 p.m. CST

    This man literally shaped my childhood

    by KingKrypton

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:03 p.m. CST

    unbelievable...what chris meant to me....

    by satansteve

    i was about 3 or 4 when I first saw superman the movie and remember sitting glued to the screen watching this brightly attired man fly across the screen. i must have seen that movie over 100 times since then and not once have i ever been bored of it. alas my vhs copy was worn out a long time ago and i finally have an excuse to buy the dvd. its still one of my top 3 favourite movies ever, just because no matter when, where or who i watch it with, when superman catches lois from the helicopter, i get a tingle in my spine, that very rare tingle that you get at moments that hold a very special meaning to you. i doubt very much that dean cain could have elicited that kind of emotion with the same scene, that is a testament to how good an actor chris reeve was; 20+ years after release, it is still a beloved film, and able to send tingles down the spines of fans everywhere. when i was 10, my grandmother handed me a newspaper clipping on chris's accident and i sat at the dining room table and stared at it for what must have been 20 minutes, just utterfly dumbfounded that superman could be hurt in such a way. superman was invulnerable wasnt he? it rocked me to my core and months after i found it hard to believe. years passed and chris persevered, unwilling to accept this cruel hand fate had dealt him and i admire that so very, very much. he was one of the strongest men i know of, and i wish that i could have had the privelege of meeting him someday and telling him how much i admired his courage. when i read of him regaining sensation in parts of his body and being able to move his finger, and arms and legs in water, i smiled one of the biggest smiles i ever have. 'thats superman' i remember thinking; superman never would have given up, even in the face of such overwhelming odds, and neither did chris reeve. i respect that so much. i was convinced that someday id watch the news and see him stand up and smile that classic smile of his. i believed he would walk again, and nobody could convince me otherwise. this morning i awoke to my mum and sister watching gmtv and hearing them talk about how he wasn't suffering anymore. i thought nothing of it and tried to sleep again, and then i heard that one word: "superman". in an instant i switched on my tv and was unbelievably shocked to hear that chris reeve had died so suddenly. i sat up in bed and tried to soak everything in, and after hearing all the facts, a tear rolled down my cheek and i didnt even wipe it off. i believe it is a great testament to chris that almost everybody on the planet knows who he was, that no matter where you go in the world, someone will know who superman is and that is so good to know that a man who had not been a well known actor came in and blew the world away with his dead on portrayal of the man of steel. 15 years on, i still believe a man can fly. chris reeve did that.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Re: A Tribute

    by Bad Guy

    "Hope you buys like it."??? Damn! That was supposed to say, "Hope you guys like it." Why can't we edit on this forum??

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:26 p.m. CST

    andare con dio

    by DyslexicHeart

    I loved that Superman audition sketch on SNL back in the early 80s, about catching the bullet with his teeth. Chris will be missed and treasured. Bryan Singer has an almost impossible job selecting the next silver screen Supes.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Fallen Hero...

    by CeeWulf

    Reeve was one of those rare celebrity deaths that affected me.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:49 p.m. CST

    by BBSloth

    The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very bright...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:55 p.m. CST

    by Jedibobster

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 7:57 p.m. CST

    There were no more like him at home.

    by Jedibobster

    I'm sure for many that visit this isit Christopher Reeve was always and will always be Superman. Everyone else is just playing at it. Bryan Singer's movie had a hell of a job anyways, but now he better make something worthy of not just Superman but Christopher Reeve too. (And I hope it will be dedicated to Reeve as well, with Warners giving some percentage of it's gross to Reeve's foundation.) Today an icon to children of the 80s has passed away, someone as iconic as James Dean and Bruce Lee in my eyes. I sincerely hope that Christopher Reeve's Quest for Peace has come to an end.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8 p.m. CST

    Reeve was a decent guy, and it showed through in his performance

    by FrankDrebin

    That's why we believed that Supes was decent and optimistic and humble and strong--because Reeve was. Whoever wears the cape next better have those qualities.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:05 p.m. CST

    "just a lititle bitty place......"

    by RedEaglez everyone's heart and mind. Chris Reeve held that spot

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:11 p.m. CST

    "Superman" is going in my DVD player immediately...

    by keyserSOZE

    devastating news. watching the 20/20 special right now, it's amazing how much progress he was making...incredible determination, incredible spirit.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Funeral Blues

    by Wellesian

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead, Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever; I was wrong. The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood, For nothing now can ever come to any good. W. H. Auden

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Jor-El and Kal-El died in the same year. This is so depressing.

    by Charley Varrick

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 8:56 p.m. CST

    the last hero is gone

    by Darth Philbin

    rest in peace Mr. Reeve. you truly were a super man.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:08 p.m. CST

    A Hero he'll Forever be known as...

    by Atomica

    Christopher Reeve was a Gracious, Talented, Steadfast, Diligent, Original, Creative, Strong, Compelling and Beautiful human being. A True Star...without the shortcomings that come with a Hollywood Actor. His performances in the Superman Movies gave me hope and imagination as a child. And his words of Peace and Compassion and Understanding regarding disabilities were always relevant, poignant and deep enough to raise awareness in anyone. He was a Hero, in my eyes and Always will be. May His Soul Rest in Peace and May he forever be known a Hero.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by pantera777

    That hit about as hard as when I heard Stevie Ray died...

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 9:33 p.m. CST

    My Superman has gone

    by Captain RawBeard

    I remember when I was a kid watching Superman 3 with my dad and getting really scared when that woman gets pulled into the computer and turned into a killer robot. but then Superman arrived and saved the day and the feeling of joy was amazing. I use that image of Superman everytime something in my life scares or upsets me. Thank You Christopher Reeve for being my Superman. Rest In Peace

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Tragic... but SELF-SERVING and OVERRATED

    by Vaebn

    Let me begin by saying that Christopher Reeve was a wonderful person, and it is a tragedy that he has passed on. But this hero worship surrounding the man is unfortunate; it takes no strength of will to devote your life towards curing an affliction that you yourself suffer from. I would have been far more impressed had Christopher Reeve devoted time and energy to paralysis research BEFORE his accident, or if he had spent time campaigning for AIDS, heart disease or cancer (all three of which are more deserving of monetary support than paralysis) afterwards. A wonderful man, but lets not let the tragedy of his death blind us to the truth behind his actions -- there are people out there who donate money to causes WITHOUT having a vested interest in doing so.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace, Superman

    by Robofag

    Chris, you were one of the heroes of my childhood in the '80s, and you nailed the charater of Supes like no actor will probably ever will.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:20 p.m. CST

    A implore all talkbackers and Superman fans to join me in a crus

    by MrBlutarsky

    I think the greatest show of love that we can do for Christopher Reeve is to petition Warner Bros and demand that they dedicate the new Superman film to Mr Reeve. There will NEVER be another actor that will so completely embody that character. I was 8 when Superman first hit theaters and I will never forget it. Only Star Wars surpasses it in terms of the impact it made in my life. Christopher Reeve's performance above all else was responisble for this. And that same impact is now felt on my 7 year old son who lives and breathes Superman. So I ask you to join me in this. Email me at with your name or email address and I will compile a list to send to the studio. We have the power to make this happen. It's the least we could do for the magic that this incredibly brave man gave us. Thank you Mr Reeve. You will ALWAYS be Superman to me. You couldn't have convinced me the way you did unless somewhere in you, you had that courage. Nobody's that good an actor. You are Superman, and now you really can fly. God bless.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:36 p.m. CST

    harry that was a touching piece you wrote

    by Rcamacho2278

    I as well grew up with superman, and can never forget the first time I saw a man fly. the classic line "You got me...but whos got you??" Some may rip on reeves that he was a hipocrite for doing so much for spinal injuries when before his injury he never even thought of it , but truth of the matter is you cannot spend every waking moment trying to help everyone, and in the end, you have to define whats important to your own life. He lasted far longer than anyone else who would be under that condition and with strength and integrity. Christopher Reeves was a real SuperMan, because something that shitty happened to him and he didnt just blame everyone, he adjusted to his life and made the best of it. he will be missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Proof positive Christopher Reeve IS Superman....

    by MrBlutarsky

    You never for one moment doubted Christopher Reeve as Superman. Not for one SINGLE SECOND. EVERYONE loves Superman I and II. But far less enjoy III and IV. But even if you didn't like those movies, you STILL believed in Christopher Reeve as Superman. He shined and made you believe, even if the movie itself was beneath him. I have posters of Superman I and II on my wall. And when I came home tonight and looked up at them, I cried. He is one of my heroes. For both the performances he gave, and for the strength of character he showed in the face of a devastating accident that would've caused so many of us to give up. A hero in every sense of the word.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11 p.m. CST


    by Noriko Takaya

    I just got done a few days ago reading "It's a Bird. . ." by Steve Seagle and Ted Kristiansen. Read it. It's in hardcover under the Vertigo imprint and it is the best non-Superman Superman story ever written. I am not exaggerating; it kicks 100 levels of ass. I have the origional soundtrack to the movie on right now, the 2-disk remastered one. As I said once before, Superman: The Movie was and is the best superhero film ever made bar none. X-Men, X2; the first two Batman films, Hulk. . .none hold a candle and 80% of the reason for that is Christoper Reeve in the red-and-blue tights. He was the best Man of Steel ever. Harry is right; no one owned that role like he did, not even Dean Cain, who came the closest. I am making a gift to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and hope you will, too. Please ignore the trolls like Vaebn, they are soulless assholes who only post to draw attention to themselves and their pointless, nothing lives. "Bad Guy," you suck! ^_^ Your drawing made me tear up again and now I can't write anymore!! And "the Flying Sequence" is playing on the soundtrack too. Dammit. *sniff.* May the angles guide ye with sure hands on your way to heaven, Mr. Reeve! The Lord God grant ye peace. I am wearing black tomorrow.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:01 p.m. CST

    God bless Chris Reeve

    by Darth Thoth

    Man, this one was tough. My emotions today ranged from hurt, to anger, to sadness, to numbness, to joy. Even still I'm shaken up. But through it all, I thank God. I thank God for allowing Christopher Reeve into all of our hearts and minds. For showing us an example of true courage and the persistence to fight and never give up. I thank God for His mercy and love. I know Christopher Reeve is in a better place now, where there is no pain and he can yet fly again. God bless you Superman! And thank you. We will never forget you.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:19 p.m. CST

    The scene where Lois dies and Supes lays her down is one of the

    by Johnny FilmMaker

    The way he lies her down, being careful to catch her her, so it doesn't fall, even though she had died. And then he cries, and screams, then flies this day, and forever i imagine, it always gives me goosbumps. I think alot of people forgot what a tremendous actor he was. Chris Reeve DID own the role, and he was my hero. Not just childhood hero, but man, i cant believe this. This is a very sad day, and he will always be remembered as one of the biggest parts of my childhood. Rest in peace. You will be missed.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Superman R.I.P.

    by spookymulder

    I remember one day years ago, when my mom came home from work with an excited smile on her face. I was about five or so then, so this would be about twenty five years ago. Anyway, my mother ran to me and said, "Terrence, you'll never believe who I saw today!" I asked who. "Superman! I went into the deli next to my job and I bumped into him! I mean, my face went right into his chest! I was so embarrassed but I was even more embarrassed when I saw who he was!" I remember my mouth dropping open. How was it that my mother of all people met the world's greatest superhero and I didn't? What I do remember to this day, jealous feelings aside, is how polite and kind she made him out to be. He had given her an autograph for me on one of the deli napkins and even put a little "S" on it. I never forgot that day when my mother saw him and though I never got to see him myself afterwards, I always made sure to peep inside the deli on 79th Street whenever I visited my mom at her beauty salon. To know that he is no longer with us is sad news. Wherever he is, he is definitely in a better place.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:27 p.m. CST

    The Man of Steel

    by Virtual Satyr

    RIP Mr. Reeve. You will be missed. You made us belive a man could fly and you made us know that hope does exist.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Fitting, or program change?

    by r_number6

    AMC is showing "Somewhere in Time" right now. Don't know if that was originally scheduled or if they are airing it as a tribute to Mr. Reeve. Very nice either way. Not necessarily my kind of movie, but I'm definitely giving it a look now. Chris & Jane Seymour do make quite a fetching couple. After it's over, Superman II goes into the VCR. My compliments to (almost) everyone on this TB. More of them should be like this (sincere and intelligent I mean, not sad and mournful).

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Please let this Eulogy by archived...

    by NubtheSquirrel

    And I hope that the new Superman movie be dedicated to Mr. Reeves. You were my hero when I was a kid. It was because of Mr. Reeves that I wanted to be Superman for Halloween every year. Your portrayal of the "great blue boy scout" still makes me smile to this day. Now when I see the movie, I will cry. I will cry knowing that the world is a little emptier now because of your passing. God bless you Mr. Reeves. God bless you and your family.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Please let this Eulogy by archived...

    by NubtheSquirrel

    And I hope that the new Superman movie be dedicated to Mr. Reeves. You were my hero when I was a kid. It was because of Mr. Reeves that I wanted to be Superman for Halloween every year. Your portrayal of the "great blue boy scout" still makes me smile to this day. Now when I see the movie, I will cry. I will cry knowing that the world is a little emptier now because of your passing. God bless you Mr. Reeves. God bless you and your family.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:46 p.m. CST

    My favorite super hero movie

    by shady73

    It's just gonna sound like I'm on the bandwagon now, but I always thought Superman was one of, if not the, best super hero movies ever! Better than Batman, Spider-man, Daredevil, X-men, Hulk, or the Punisher. And damn, did Christopher Reeves ever seem like he was Superman! The scene where Superman meets Lois Lane on her balcony is, I feel, one of the best movie moments ever, let alone for a super-hero comic book movie.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 11:57 p.m. CST

    What a super man

    by Fernwick_

    Those words from the first Superman movie are the most fitting I can think of. I truly admire his courage, and fortitude in being in the public eye after such a tragic accident. Like Harry I also remember watching Superman and believing a man could fly, or that a man could outrun a train. I truly think that after such a loss that Warner Brothers or whoever owns the rights to the Superman movies, let them lie as the true and best interpretations of Superman. There is NO better Superman then Christopher Reeve, no better cast, no better score, no better feeling that a movie could get you. Warner Bros's please forget the profits and money and let this one go. Let the only crappy Comic book movies stay with the Batman franchise after Tim Burton left. Fernwick

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by koosbane

    I remember seeing Superman back in '78 and being amazed. A man could fly. I spent the summer watching the film a dozen times. As far as I'm concerned, it was the first great rendition of a comic book character on the silver screen, and is still one of the best. Christopher Reeve will be missed.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Thanks everybody.

    by DoctorWho?

    I posted last night, but find myself back reading all the latest additions.Every other one brings a well of tears to my eyes. I know how sad I'm feeling, (no celebrity passing has ever touched me like this) but to read you all echo the sentiment with your own words and stories of seeing Superman when we were kids is so touching. Just want to thank you all. Your words are beautiful. And let's not worry about Chris...he's free forever.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Thanks everybody.

    by DoctorWho?

    I posted last night, but find myself back reading all the latest additions.Every other one brings a well of tears to my eyes. I know how sad I'm feeling, (no celebrity passing has ever touched me like this) but to read you all echo the sentiment with your own words and stories of seeing Superman when we were kids is so touching. Just want to thank you all. Your words are beautiful. And let's not worry about Chris...he's free forever.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Thanks everybody.

    by DoctorWho?

    I posted last night, but find myself back reading all the latest additions.Every other one brings a well of tears to my eyes. I know how sad I'm feeling, (no celebrity passing has ever touched me like this) but to read you all echo the sentiment with your own words and stories of seeing Superman when we were kids is so touching. Just want to thank you all. Your words are beautiful. And let's not worry about Chris...he's free forever.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Goodbye, Chris

    by MimiRogers3rdNip

    And, thank you.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 12:48 a.m. CST

    And I thought I was sad when Mr. Rogers died.

    by Zeldas

    I was definately crying while reading the talkbacks. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I heard on the radio was "Superman is dead." Talk about your shitty wake up. Superman was one of the first movies I ever remember watching (that and Rocky Horror). When I was about 5, I would tie a towel around my neck for a cape and jump off of things singing the theme song. My mother would call me Little Supergirl. I always thought Chris was a hunk and we could fight crime together someday. The quote from Unbreakable that someone referenced earlier will speak even more to me now. I think Mr. Reeve was born with a little bit of Superman in his heart.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Nice work, Bad Guy....

    by tucson

    ...and a nice thought, Napolean Park. I don't think he'll need the wings at all.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Godspeed Superman !

    by LCD

    The first movie I saw in a cinema was Superman. I was 11 years old and had never experienced anything like it. It filled me with awe and wonder - it changed my life forever and I knew from that day on I had to make movies! Thanks Chris for showing me the light! We will never forget you! Godspeed Superman!

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 2:29 a.m. CST

    In Memory of a Great Actor

    by MrStinger

    Christopher Reeve's craft and humanity shone through every part he played, and after a tragedy that would have felled lesser men, he rose with a courage and spirit more heroic than the comic book hero he portrayed onscreen. I will forever retain the first two Superman movies, "Somewhere In Time," and "Death Trap" as among my favorite experiences in my favorite medium, and his layered performances are the reasons why. His first appearance on "Smallville" is probably my favorite single moment from the last television season. An actor has died, but his performances will live forever. Thank you, Christopher Reeve, for inspiring the young college student who saw the first Superman movie, and for continuing to inspire the middle-aged man who has prayed for your recovery and supported your foundation. One day, people will walk again because of the work you began, and it will forever be a tragedy to this world that you will not walk among them. Your work, both onscreen and off, will live forever.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Bizarro am sad.

    by HanFiredFirst

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Harry, that was beautiful

    by TheGinger Twit

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace Chris, you were a great human being

    by Spacesheik

    This is a very sad an unexpected death. He was an inspiration to all. He was so young and so much he was doing to help others. I am really very moved by this. May God bless Chris with peace and solace.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 5:47 a.m. CST

    We are old and mortal

    by Spacesheik

    When Christopher Reeve passed away, a part of my childhood passed away with him.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Warner Please read this

    by Spacesheik

    We want to hear the John Williams score again in the next film and we want to see the words "For Christopher Reeve" amidst a sea of galactic stars at the *opening* of the next film. You will see an unbelievable bond between audience members and the filmmaker in those few moments.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Words fail me

    by TheGinger Twit

    When i was 4 I jumped off a 2 story building with nothing more than a red towl around my neck and a determined belief that I could fly. I would watch superman 2 from start to finish all day. It was only when I discovered Superman 1 that I finally stopped watching it, in place of this other superman advnture. Then Superman 3 came. For me, Cristopher Reeves WAS superman. When he had his accident there was no doubt he would walk again. The mans determination made me believe. When he developed some motor skills in his fingers I just knew he'd walk again. I don't want to get into Bush on this talkback, but Bush prevented Stemcell reasearch from be legalized, And if it's possible, just possible that stemcell technology can make a man walk again, cure diseases, then it's something that must be looked into - but still highly regulated. Goodbye Superman. Next years academy tribute will be truely heart breaking with all the great people who have passed this year.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Sometimes I despair the world will never see another man like hi

    by Rex Manning

    Brad Roberts and Crash Test Dummies were saddened to learn of Sunday's passing of Christopher Reeve. After seeing several journals and blogs post the lyrics to Superman's Song as a tribute, we've decided to offer a free download of a special live version of the song. The MP3 is approximately 6 MB, and it was recorded during a Dummies concert in Italy in 1994. It is available at . For those interested, donations can be made to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Sometimes I despair the world will never see another man like hi

    by Rex Manning

    Brad Roberts and Crash Test Dummies were saddened to learn of Sunday's passing of Christopher Reeve. After seeing several journals and blogs post the lyrics to Superman's Song as a tribute, we've decided to offer a free download of a special live version of the song here; . The MP3 is approximately 6 MB, and it was recorded during a Dummies concert in Italy in 1994. The lyrics to Superman's Song are available here. For those interested, donations can be made to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Great Comic Actor

    by revenge2003

    He is one of the most underrated comic actors of all time. It's a shame many never noticed that. His interpretation of Clark Kent was pure comedy. Then his turn in that Kathleen Turner/Burt Reynolds flick was fantastic and probably worthy of a best supporting actor nod. RIP...He was my first celebrity crush and it was nice to know through seeing him deal with his adversity that he was worth all the admiration.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by Larry Jay

    Dumbfounded, horrified, Stunned. And now I feel mortal. Goodbye Christopher, I will miss you...but I will NOT forget you.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 10:08 a.m. CST

    52 was too young...

    by Jeditemple

    We'll miss you Superman.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Up, Up, and Away!

    by diverdan

    It was Halloween '66 or so. My mom made me THE best ever Superman costume! (At least that's the way I remembered it. New found photos tell a very different story! lol). Even tried to fly thanks to the encouragement of an older sister and brother. Crashed on the sidewalk! I've always been a Superman fan. Read the comics. Watched every rerun of the George Reeves TV show I could. I was 17 when I saw Christopher Reeve don the blue tights. I still vividly remember how much I loved watching that movie. How exciting that first "night on the town" as Superman was. He took over that role and kept it. Can't imagine anyone ever taking that cape from his shoulders.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Thanks Chris and thanks to everyone writing.

    by R0BTRAIN

    I just really wanted to say that this is the best talkback ever. This has really moved me in a profound way. When I was a kid my dad was in the military and I spent alot of my childhood in Germany and South Korea. There was only one channel that spoke English as I recall, but we did have my Dad's Betamax machine, which it turns out, was one of the reasons I love movies so much today. Most of the movies were stuff for Dad, The Outlaw Josey Wales and Jeremiah Johnson, but the were two tapes in the drawer that were for me. Both were a light grey color instead of the ususal black color tapes are. One tape was Star Wars. The other was Superman 1 and 2. To this day if I see those tapes I still get a chill go through me. Those three movies helped shape who I am in many ways. I'm 26 now and still no movie themes effect me the same way as when I hear Superman or Star Wars. When my friends asked me what I thought of Siperman 2, my response was "well he doesn't turn the world around backwards and stop time or anything." I think if I was going to pick my favorite scene in any movie ever, "the you've got me?, who's got you? scene always sticks in my mind. the scene is just perfect. Clark finding the purse. Almost panicking at first, but then realizing he has to act. The "wink Wink" nod to the old phone booth gag. Then the perfect shot of him running and pulling his shirt open. Even the pimp with "That's a BAD OUTFIT!" doesn;t ruin the moment as Supes flies up to save the woman he would grow to love. Then he catches her and then helicopter with ease. Perfection. Christopher Reeve was someone I just always wanted to meet. I just wanted to say thank you. Now I'll never get too. I hope he hears my thank you now.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Damed fine write-up Harry.

    by morGoth

    God bless ya Christopher and I hope you're enjoying your new life.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Can You Read My Mind - See you soon, Chris.

    by hatchme

    Can you read my mind? Do you know what is is that you do to me? I don't know who you are Just a friend from another star Here I am like a kid out of school Holding hands with a god I'm a fool Will you look at me Quivering Like a little girl Shivering You can see right through me Can you read my mind? Can you picture the things I'm thinking of? Wondering why you are All the wonderful things you are You can fly! You belong in the sky! You and I Could belong to each other If you need a friend I'm the one to fly to If you need to be loved Here I am Read my mind

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I wish I still had that silly armband from the death of superman


    In my formative years, nothing impacted the development of my morality or my sense of right or wrong more than seeing "Superman the Movie" for the first time... My favourite was Superman IV:The Quest For Peace, oddly enough. Sure Nuclear Man was silly, but the message of that film seems all the more poiniant in today's W.M.D. crazed world. The fact that Chris was so passionate about that one really meant a lot to me as well. Seeing him round up all of the nukes on earth and hurl them into the sun really made an impact on my young mind. It was as if Superman had said, "That's it, you have all lost your reason, I am removing the temptation to use these terrible weapons". I wish he was here to do that now. Hell I loved all of the movies, even III which was the least spectacular of the four. I have so many fond memories of marathon Superman and Batman showings growing up. Christopher Reeve was a hero in the gold and blue and he was a hero when he refused to give up when it seemed that everything had been taken from him. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of stem cell research, no one can deny the inspiring power of the man's courage. Left, right, red, blue, liberal, conservative, it doesn't matter. The legacy that Christopher Reeve leaves behind trancends all of this. His charm, grace and winning smile will live on and those of us who knew him best as the Man Of Steel will never forget him or the causes he fought for. That cape will never truly belong to anyone but him. We miss you Superman.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 4:52 p.m. CST

    R.C.'s opinion: Christopher Reeve was Superman in every essence

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    R.I.P. :^'

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 5:48 p.m. CST

    One 7-year-old's reaction

    by teedadawg

    My wife told me that one of the boys saw Reeve's obituary on TV yesterday morning and came to her and asked, "What's wrong with Superman, mama?" She told him, "He died, Steve." She said he just stood there and finally looked up: "They can get another one, right?" "Not like that one." Man, if the comic book companies never understood how much kids need these heroes - and how much WE ALL need these heroes - than my son's hopeful question made me realize it more than ever. We need superheroes who ACT like heroes, man!!! Not all these super-cool, gun-wielding vigilantes who are so popular. We need more Christopher Reeves.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by TomVee

    Was there ever a greater moment in superhero movie history than when Reeve would zoom into camera range at the end of at least three of the four SUPERMAN movies, look left, then right, then directly at the camera, smile and soar off on world patrol? And all to the accompaniment of that terrific theme song. He was the real TEAM AMERICA, keeping the world safe for another day.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Look! Up in the Sky!

    by Dead Megatron

    I was taking a few days off in a beach, away from teh internet, the news ante world at large, so I only knew about that now. I can't believe that news actually made me cry. C'mon, I said to myself, it's only an actor, not a friend. But that's not so. Once I saw at Inside Actor's Studio with him that he played the part as "a friend", not a cop, not a hero, not an icon, but "a friend". I still remember that scene from Superman I, when he removed his glasses in Lois' apartment, and, abracadabra, right in front of my eyes he turned from Clark Kent into Kal-El, then quicly put them back and turned back again. No FX, no editing, no nothing. Amazing! And what can we say about a guy who's stuck in a wheelchair, unable to move or breath without help, and STILL be able to tower over other people like the way he did. The bravery. The unrelenting hope. The will-to-power. Screw the movies, screw the parts, HE WAS SUPERMAN IN HIS OWN LIFE!!! He was more than an American hero, as someone said in this talkback, he was a HUMANITY HERO! He was MY hero. Who shall now take his place and continue his fight? Who could? This world of our is lessened, and the next one is hightened. If there's any justice in the universe at all, and I truly believe there is, he is flying right now, towards the Sun...

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:31 p.m. CST

    The right thing to do.

    by ewokstew

    Darn, it was good to be a kid back in that time when the first Superman movie came out. Unjaded children will always believe a man can fly. Thanks, Chris.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:32 p.m. CST

    You will be missed Chris...

    by Shigeru

    ...But we will always have your image and performance on screen. I am crying over the death of someone I have never met or known personally. He was a hero.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I believe

    by ewokstew

    Darn, it was good to be a kid back when the first Superman movie came out. And it was due in part to the actor that WAS Superman. Thank you, Chris, from the little boy inside of this jaded man

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 10:03 p.m. CST

    first the ramones and joe strummer, now this....

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    rest in peace chris. you were truly a class act.

  • Oct. 12, 2004, 10:58 p.m. CST

    the Man of Steel

    by Master_S*H*A*K*E

    I had to wait a few days, because the emotions were too strong. I've never felt this way about any celebrity, not Brando, not Dangerfield...but this was Reeve, and more importantly, in a way, it was about Superman. I don't get emotional, maybe i'm different, maybe a bad childhood...whatever the reason, I never cry like I have today and aall the days since I heard. I rushed out and bought the first two supman movies and something deep inside, some lost part of my childhood sprang up, something poked up, and the tears just flowed. i remember faintly all my childhood icons. Superman was near the top. I can't remember how old I was when I saw the first movie, it was definitely an experience though because I saw it with my grandpa who passed on years ago, but it was a strong memory, just grandpa and grandson watching one hell of a movie. And boy, did it make an impression. I would tie on a red towel around my neck, and jump off the ends of the couch, jumping off the bed, and even jump off the hood of the car. It wasn't until I was eight that I got the brilliant idea to climb on the roof of the house and jump off like my favorite superhero. I got a broken knee for that one and horrible scars and a deformation in the bone where it healed wrong to show for it. It was magic...So thank you Mr. Reeve, thank you for making me believe. I know for a fact now that men like you, men who never give up in the face of adversity, will fly...

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 3:17 a.m. CST

    I'd love it if...

    by gobofraggleuk

    ...there was a campaign to name an airport after him. Christopher Reeves Intl Airport... Just, well - it would be great for him to be remembered and to have something substantial named in his memory - and, an airport? Where people fly? That would be just perfect. We already have JFK Airport in NY and John Lennon Airport in Liverpool - I think this would be so cool. I wish I could think of a way to promote this idea.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Even though this lump in my throat still persists ... I feel tha

    by JDanielP

    Monday, after receiving the news of his death, ... in his honor, ... I wore my Superman t-shirt. And I proudly wore my Superman t-shirt under an "unbuttoned" shirt, which I suppose could resemble a curtain closing over the "S". I wore it that way in public, just after the news had begun cirulating ... and I wore it to work that way, even mentioning it was my way of giving tribute. (I could have swore at least one co-worker seemed affected by it ... and said he should have wore his Superman t-shirt, too.) Maybe we, as such fans, should have all expressed our gratitude to him in letters before it was too late, before his passing. I'm sure there were thousands of fans who did. I, however, did not. And yet, that's the way life works. We take people for granted, ... we take life itself for granted, ... and the next thing you know, we lose someone to discover we never realized just how imortant that person was to us, ... and suddenly our lives seem a little less full, ... and our yellow sun a little less bright. I somehow imagine a casket with both an American flag and a Superman cape draped across it, because to us, that's what Christopher was to us. A patriotic, all-star American. And most of all, a super man.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 3:23 a.m. CST

    ...I've never felt such loss for someone famous, some I never tr

    by JDanielP

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by radio1_mike

    I was 11 when Superman came out. It was a great movie that I saw in a drive-in. Superman II even better than the first. Mr. Reeve simply was Superman. No matter how hokey III and IV were, you never thought of anything but Christopher Reeve is Superman. That was his gift of acting. His gift as a man, was inspirational belief to never stop to struggle no matter what you face. A sad time indeed.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Superman's dead...

    by Dru

    "An ordinary boy, an ordinary name; but ordinary's just not good enough today... I'm thinking why? ... Yeah, Superman's dead." Christopher Reeves was the mould from which actors playing comicbook heroes SHOULD BE (but aren't always) forged. An excellent tribute from Harry, + truer words were never spoken. He owned that role; he was (+ will always be Superman.) Who else were you thinking about when you tied a bedsheet around your neck + jumped off the living room couch? Out.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Bad Guy.....

    by Cletus Van Damme

    .....but you did a great tribute. The link again to Bad Guy's tribute, in case anyone missed it, was

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Complete lyrics to Superman's Song:

    by Cletus Van Damme the Crash Test Dummies: Tarzan wasn't a ladies' man He'd just come along and scoop 'em up under his arm Like that, quick as a cat in the jungle But Clark Kent, now there was a real gent He would not be caught sittin' around in no Junglescape, dumb as an ape doing nothing Superman never made any money saving the world from Solomon Grundy And sometimes I despair the world will never see Another man like him Hey Bob, Supe had a straight job Even though he could have smashed through any bank In the United States. He had the strength, but he would not Folks said his family were all dead Their planet crumbled but Superman, he forced himself To carry on, forget Krypton, and keep going Superman never made any money saving the world from Solomon Grundy And sometimes I despair the world will never see Another man like him Tarzan was king of the jungle and Lord over all the apes But he could hardly string together four words: "I Tarzan, You Jane." Sometimes, when Supe was stopping crimes I'll bet that he was tempted to just quit and turn his back On man, join Tarzan in the forest But he stayed in the city, and kept on changing clothes In dirty old phonebooths till his work was through And nothing to do but go on home Superman never made any money saving the world from Solomon Grundy And sometimes I despair the world will never see Another man like him Superman never made any money saving the world from Solomon Grundy And sometimes I despair the world will never see Another man like him

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 12:56 p.m. CST

    You blind ideologues just couldn't follow Harry's lead. Can't p

    by Immortal_Fish

    I read Harry's eulogy the day he posted it and avoided reading the TB because of what I suspected to find. Today, after skimming the heartfelt headlines, I figured it was worth a shot. About 1/3 the way down fighting the tears the whole way, my initial concern was confirmed. You people are reprehensible. First of all, there are three forms of stem cell research, embryonic, umbilical, and adult. So far, only adult stem cell research has yielded cures. This is fact, yet you allow yourself to be programmed by John Kerry and Howard Stern that Bush is against all forms of stem cell research. Just look at your posts! Another fact is that we have no freaking idea what other forms of stem cell research will yield. To make the claims that Kerry and Edwards are making is to provide false hope to the sick. We simply *don't* know what embryonic stem cell research will yield. To listen to Kerry, it's like Bush is dangling a carrot. Shameful. Worse yet is how you parrot Kerry's pandering, in complete denial of the fact that Bush is only against continuing *federally funded* stem cell research. He's already funded some of it. He's just not funding more of it. And there's nothing preventing a private company from taking the reigns. Look at what Pfizer did with Viagra. If you have no problem playing God by way of creating life to destroy life to maybe save life, then fine -- just as long as it isn't my tax dollars funding it. As your candidate said during the second debate, "I'm not going to take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn't share that article of faith" -- and that should work *both* ways. But don't allow yourself to come to terms with any of these facts. Instead, keep your nose down and do as Kerry and Stern tell you to. Once Kerry gets in, the blind will walk and the crippled shall see... or something like that.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by vicious_bastard

    I'm still too sad to write a decent post. Nothing has affected me this much since Joe Strummer died. I'll always love you Chris.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 7:37 p.m. CST

    No respect.

    by Krazee-Eyez Kill

    It seemed like Rodney Dangerfield was about to get the respect he deserved but then this guy had to come along and die and show that Rodney Dangerfield indeed is still getting... no resect.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Yeah, nice one Harry - Reeve was Superman, and I don't think tha

    by Silver_Joo

  • When will people get it through their heads...SUPERMAN IS FUCKING BORING. Let the bastard die in piece. You know this to be true.

  • Oct. 13, 2004, 11:12 p.m. CST

    by AlwaysThere

  • Oct. 14, 2004, 5:22 a.m. CST


    by Zbob

    Superman to me was always the greatest superhero. Superman 1 was and is the greatest ever superhero movie. When I was young(like 4-7) I always believed in Superman as if he was real, as if the comics were graphic reports of the adventures of Superman. I knew he was real because I saw him embodied in and by Christopher Reeve. Fuck this world sucks.

  • Oct. 14, 2004, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Who should play superman now.....

    by SIR-SLEDGE450

    a little known guy named jack white.....check him out at, i swear,he would be perfect

  • Oct. 14, 2004, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Fucking Horse!

    by numberface

    This just reminds me of why I hate horses so!

  • Oct. 14, 2004, 1:13 p.m. CST

    The first movie I ever saw...

    by Lost Skeleton

    was Superman: The Movie. I have always loved Superman...even 3 and 4. Chris owned that role, maybe to his detriment because he was so typecasted. I loved his strength after tragedy and the fact that he never gave up. Stem Cell research should be resumed NOW! RIP Chris!

  • Oct. 14, 2004, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Christopher Reeve tribute video

    by kilerb

    Check out this cool video of Christopher Reeve depicting the greatest Superman character that will ever grace the silver screen!

  • Oct. 15, 2004, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Dr. Swann Role On Smallville

    by Cheif Brody

    LostHighway...Unfortunately, Christopher was unable to film any more scenes in his recurring role as Dr. Swann on The WB's Smallville. Between all of his advocacy work and his directing projects, his schedule prevented it. I thought it poinant that he only agreed to do The Dr. Swann role when it actually advanced the plot and was necessary to the narrative. He never wanted to appear on Smallville for mere nostalgia's sake. How fitting that, as Dr. Swann, our own "man of steel", was passing on the secrets of a young Clark Kent's destiny to a new generation of Superman fans. The scene where Clark (Tom Welling) finally meets the mysterious Dr. Swann was voted the #6 best scene on TV for 2003 by TV Guide. I can tell you I cried when I watched it...Each line of dialog was riveting...The music underscoring the scene...lifted from John Williams wonderous Superman score...was goose bump raising. Watching Reeve help Welling to understand his fate, I couldn't help but thinking Chris was saying, "Listen to me, kid...I know...I've been there". I hope The WB replays that episode soon. The show did dedicate last Wednesday's episode to his loving memory...But I hope they add this to every episode Reeve appeared in. As for how his passing will be handled on Smallville? The producers have tapped Margot Kidder to play his emissary, who will bring Clark messages from an unseen Dr. Swann. She appeared in the season premiere, and will guest a few more times this season. Long live Superman.

  • Oct. 15, 2004, 1:41 p.m. CST

    God rest his soul. A good actor and even greater person

    by axelfoley

    Having only been familiar with his excellent betrayal of Superman, I only know Reeve from several other films. I do, however, know enough of his bravery and contributions to the research and knowledge of paralysis. I think he was too young to go. 52 is not that old. He's in a better place now. Rest in Peace, Christopher Reeve.

  • Oct. 16, 2004, 1:17 a.m. CST

    I believe

    by 1816

    I guess like alot of people on here I just wanted to say, or type, something. Just to remember Mr. Reeve. He brought such a great light and enormous joy to my childhood. I remember the first time "Superman" was broadcast on T.V. like it was yesterday. It was a Sunday night and our family popped popcorn and gathered around the set. This was a big deal because we kids actually got to skip evening service at church for it! I remember the excitement of driving to the theater to see "Superman II" and then jumping down the steps of the theater when it was over, pretending to fly. In those movies, Christopher Reeve was Superman. I never doubted him for a second. He was a great man, a great actor and a great hero. Through all he did, from flying my 8 year old imagination through the clouds to fighting and speaking out for those that couldn't be heard, he exemplified "Love thy neighbor" better than most of us can ever hope to. God bless, Mr. Reeve. And God rest you.

  • Oct. 17, 2004, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Immortal_Fish & Jaguaro

    by DeeJay

    One shining light that has come from the last battle Mr. Reeve fought is that so many laypeople are talking about scientific research and medical technology. As the former area has been particularly abused in the world of cinema, it' somewhat ironic that Reeve's passing has stimulated such discussion. First, Immo_Fish... the argument you make is, in all honesty, a false one. Our awareness of adult stem cells predates that of embryonic stem cells by at least 2 decades. As the research in those two areas has not moved on the same timeline (and knowing that ES cell research was stagnated over the past few years), your argument is akin to claiming that an athletic rival never beat you in the 50-yard dash, when you always started your races with a 45-yard head start. While the umbilical cord blood issue is a little different, I ask you this; what if we were to find that numerous the stem cells taken from the +3,500 UCB cells had been donated by mothers of aborted fetuses or still-born infants, as opposed to newborns? It