48. Christopher Reeve: A Real-Life Superman

"Look up in the sky! It's a bird; 's a plane. No. It's Superman!" This is one the most iconic lines in television history. It the beginning of a new episode of The of Superman. The 1960s show is just one a series of shows, plays, movies, and comic that depict the "Man of Steel." The most actor portraying Superman was Christopher Reeve. Reeve starred four movies during the late 1970s and 80s.

the 1978 movie classic Superman, Reeve was cast the legendary American hero based largely on his attributes, although he was an accomplished actor. Reeve the classic Superman look. He was 6'4" tall, 215 lbs., with a square jaw, and other features that made him perfect for the role. film won critical acclaim, and multiple awards, including "Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects." One of selling points for the movie was that the effects were so good that audience would believe a man can fly after seeing this film.

went on to star in three sequels to original movie, and had a very solid acting in several movies after that. Tragically, Reeve and family were hit with a devastating blow on 27, 1995. Reeve was riding his horse through steeplechase course jumping over obstacles. His horse suddenly , throwing Reeve to the ground. Reeve suffered shattered , and instantly lost the use of his arms legs.

Reeve refused to give up. He spent rest of his years advocating for spinal cord advancement in treatment and technology. He used his status to help the cause, but sadly, Reeve at the age of 52 in 2004 due complications from his injuries. He will always be to his fans as the Man of Steel .