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Christopher Reeve

Sacha Newley, born 1965
Christopher Reeve, 25 Sep 1952 - 10 Oct 2004
Oil on linen
Stretcher: 172.7 x 111.8 x 3.8cm (68 x 44 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 176.1 x 115.9 x 6.7cm (69 5/16 x 45 5/8 x 2 5/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sacha Newley
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© 2004 Sacha Newley
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Born New York City
Perhaps best known for his role as Superman, actor Christopher Reeve went on to become a powerful voice for people living with disabilities after a 1995 equestrian accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. Reeve lived his life according to his own definition of a hero—“an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” His advocacy efforts led to the passage of the 1999 Work Incentives Improvement Act, allowing people with disabilities to return to work and still receive disability benefits. He also served as chairman of the board of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, which supports research to develop effective treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders.
The artist; gift 2005 to NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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