Christopher Reeve 69th birthday: Google Doodle honours Superman star

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Google has honoured Superman star Christopher Reeve with a special Doodle on what would have been his 69th birth anniversary.

The special doodle shows Christopher Reeve in his wheelchair and respirator, smiling heroically with a city skyline in the distance.

Overhead, some of the letters of “Google” are spelt out in clouds, while the first and last letters “G” and “e” are formed by a trail through the sky, a homage to Superman.

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His family were thrilled by this action and released a statement about the Google Doodle, writing:

“We are so thrilled that Google is [honouring] our father on what would have been his 69th birthday. While the world first knew him for his starring role in the 1978 film Superman, it was his courage and humanity following the accident that left him paralyzed that touched so many people around the globe.

“Our dream is that his message of hope and optimism, of pushing to achieve goals considered impossible, and his example of striving to make a difference in the world will continue to influence people around the globe.,..His legacy lives on through the work of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.”

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Who is Christopher Reeve?

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Christopher Reeve and his Superman Character

His full name is Christopher D’Olier Reeve, and he was born on 25 September 1952 in New York City. At a young age, his parents got divorced and he and his mother moved to Princeton, New Jersey.

When he was 9, Reeve discovered his love of acting and landed himself a role in a student play, The Yeoman of the Guard.

Christopher Reeve started his acting career with a Broadway play and a soap opera simultaneously, before landing a small part in a film. In 1978, he auditioned and got to play the titular character in Superman.

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The dual role of Superman and Clark Kent skyrocketed his career into the big leagues, with the film generating three sequels.

In 1995, an unfortunate incident occurred. Reeve injured his back and was left paralyzed from the shoulders down, after a horse-riding accident.

He has two children from his ten-year relationship with modelling executive Gae Exton – Matthew and Alexander Exton Reeve. Meanwhile, in 1992, he married Dana and they both had a son, William. They both lived happily until Reeve’s death in 2004.

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