Today would have marked the 62nd birthday of Christopher Reeve who died from heart failure ten years ago. The beloved actor and activist is remembered for his iconic role as Clark Kent/Superman in the seventies and early eighties but it was his championing for stem cell research after a horse riding accident that left him a quadriplegic in 1985 that inspired a new host of fans for his tireless effort to find a cure for him and others. Reeve's performance as the Man of Steel still resonates with fans even in this era of comic book movies.
Here are just some things said about Reeve when he passed on October 4, 2004:
- "Some rare human beings transcend our greatest dreams of wanting to be strong and bring freedom, goodness, and justice to the world. Christopher Reeve was one of them. He made our dreams a reality. In a fantasy world, Superman is the best incarnation of our finest qualities. In the real world, Christopher Reeve was a true super man who will forever inspire us to strive to attain those qualities." - Ilya Salkind (Executive Producer on "Superman: The Movie").
- "What can you say about Christopher Reeve. He embodied all the best that a human being can hope to be. To continue life in the face of such adversity and to make things better for other people, and to contribute so much, is a miracle. He was so kind and generous and funny. He was a prince. His presence in our lifetime has given us all an example of how to live our lives. I am so grateful I knew him. And while I am so sorry for the loss his family must now endure, to me he will always be a constant source of comfort and hope, and will remain up in the stratosphere where he has always been in my eyes." - actress Annette O'Toole (co-starred with Reeve as Lana Lang in Superman III.
- "His brave determination to see the benefits of stem cell research reach patient care was an inspiration to everyone in our field." - Director of Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Professor Roger Pedersen.