Christopher Reeve Net Worth Income Profile and Salary. American actor who gained worldwide fame after embodying the mythical superhero Superman in 1978. After his parents’ divorce in 1956, he and his brother Benjamin (1953) grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. Charge of his mother, who remarried a few years later and gave him two other brothers, Jeff and Kevin.
Reeve studied at Princeton Day School, where he served as an assistant to the conductor’s orchestra, as well as singing in a local choir, tempering his good baritone voice, and working regularly as a teenager as an actor ( Debuted with fifteen years at the Williamstown Theater Festival).
He continued his artistic training at Cornell University, where before graduating in 1974, he was one of the two selected actors (the other was his friend Robin Williams) to study drama at the Juilliard School in New York with the renowned John Houseman. Meanwhile, she worked on a television series (Love of Life, 1974-1976), starred in a work starring Katharine Hepburn (A Matter of Gravity, 1976) and landed a brief role in the David Greene film Red Alert: Neptune Sunken (1977).
A born sportsman, an excellent swimmer, an ice-hockey fan and licensed riding instructor, his physical appearance, who was 6 feet tall, and a lovable and good-looking boy whose features looked astonishingly like the hero of the comic book, earned him The role of Clark Kent in Superman (1978) by Richard Donner, an expensive blockbuster that featured such a brilliant cast (Marlon Brando, Susannah York, Glenn Ford, Terence Stamp, Trevor Howard) as opaque was its quality, Had no impact at all on the film, judging by its impressive commercial success.
Reeve, who earned $ 250,000 for that first starring job (compared to Brando’s 14 million perceived by his brief secondary role, but a fortune for him), employed them in a new house he occupied with his new wife, British models Gae Exton, mother of their first two children, Matthew (1979) and Alexandra (1982).
One of the legacies of the Reagan era that enjoy better health are the cinematic sagas. It was during his rule when screens all over the world began to populate with serial superheroes (Rocky, Mad Max, Rambo …), and Superman was not going to be an exception. It did not even give Reeve time to project his future as an actor when he was already immersed in Superman II (1980), whose repercussion multiplied that of the previous one, and this generated Superman III (1983), both of Richard Lester. And the actor, who had appeared in other films – Somewhere in Time (1980), by Jeannot Szwarc; Sidney Lumet’s Trap of Death (1982); Monsignor (1983), by Frank Perry – assuming very different roles, he saw how, despite this, everyone identified him with the hero of the comic.
It was commented already that Reeve could not remove the character. That success buried him in life, just as it had happened to Johnny Weismuller with Tarzan or to Bela Lugosi with Dracula. That he was trying to prove his talent over and over again without succeeding. In fact, it has come to be said that he “consoled” himself from this alleged dislike on television, a medium in which, in effect, he developed an enormous activity until the end of his life.
A little probing in its trajectory, nevertheless, not everything seems so clear. It is true that this identification has persisted, but so too has the actor declined to star in many successful films such as American Gigolo (1980), Fire in the Body (1981), Mutiny on Board (1984), Pursued (1987), or Total Challenge (1990), which perhaps would have given him a different trajectory, and instead not only did not reject, but even wrote the script and intervened in Sidney Furie’s Superman IV (1987) production, the fourth sequel to the saga.