FLASHBACK: Christopher Reeve on ‘The Tonight Show’


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The late Christopher Reeve would have been 57 today.

The actor, born in New York in 1952, died on October 10, 2004, after a truly valient second-life as a champion for victims of spinal cord injury and advocate for stem cell research. Reeve had been left a quadriplegic after he was thrown from a horse in Virginia in 1995 during an eventing competition.

The Man of Steel in four films, he also had memorable turns in “Remains of the Day,” “Deathtrap” and “Somewhere in Time.” He is sorely missed. Here’s a look at his appearance on “ The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson” shortly after the release of Richard Donner’s 1978 classic “Superman.”

-- Geoff Boucher



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All images from the Los Angeles Times archive.