Long before he became a devoted dad and loving husband, Christopher Reeve was a true TV hero. He played the role of Superman in the franchise first trilogy, from the late 70s to the early 80s, and a fourth installment in 1987.
He had a lot of stage and TV roles before that big opportunity came calling. Born in 1952, Christopher had a really strong acting career for many years. Unfortunately, his life was cut short way too soon.
In 1995, Christopher suffered a horse-riding accident which led to him being paralyzed from the neck down.
Despite the heartbreaking experience, the actor found a way to make sure some good came out of it. So he founded the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation in 1998. The organization was aimed at promoting research on spinal cord injuries.
Unfortunately, Christopher died in 2004, at the age of 52, after suffering a cardiac arrest. The actor did so much for the world that he left a legacy behind which his son, Will, has been honoring his memory.
Will Reeve did not have it easy growing up. Shortly after his father died, his mother passed away from cancer. At just 13, he was facing life all alone and he also had his father's legacy to carry on.
Will would later pen a letter to his teenage self, putting into words what it felt like to be 13, but with big shoes to fill. In it, he talked about the pain of being at his "lowest" and feeling "terrified and confused."
Some days, like when you join the board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, you'll feel like you're doing a great job. Other times, like when your work-play balance gets a little too skewed toward fun, or you're lazy or rude or selfish, you'll feel nothing but shame.
His advice to his 13-year-old self was to simply be himself and that this was the best way to make his mom and dad proud.
Now in his 20s, Will Reeve has done a great job of carrying on after his parents. He often attends charity events and speak on behalf of his parents. While speaking to ENews, he explained that he has always been touched by how his parents inspired millions of people and he intends to do his best to keep that going.
Not only does Will remind people of his dad through his works, but he also looks very much like Christopher. He and his late father share similar chiseled features. In fact, Will can pass for a young Christopher Reeve.
It can't be easy losing both parents at such a young age but Will Reeve, like his father, knows how to make the best out of a bad situation.