’21-09-25° The Google doodle for Christopher Reeve on his birthday

Today’s Google doodle celebrates Superman star and advocate for the disabled, Christopher Reeve would have turned 69 today. Actor, director and advocate for the rights of the less fortunate, Christopher Reeve is today honored with a doodle created by Erich Nagler, artistic director of Google Doodles.

We all remember him flying on the screen wearing a fluttering red cape and with the iconic giant S on his chest. However, the title of hero probably owes him for what he did after his serious accident. Yes, because despite the doctors having called the injury one of the worst possible, Reeve showed strength of spirit, giving it all and promising that one day he would walk again.

Born in 1952 and died in 2004, at the age of 52, Reeve is known to the general public for having starred in the 1978 film Superman after overcoming the other two eligible candidates, Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman. The role earned him a BAFTA Award in 1979 as the best promising newcomer and has definitively opened the doors of the cinema. Perhaps not everyone remembers him, but the man was paralyzed from the neck down after a horse accident – in 1995 – which compromised his spinal cord.

After rehab, he resumed his acting career, starring in a 1998 TV movie remake of Backyard Window, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award, and starred in two episodes of Smallville. He also became a supporter of spinal cord injury research and founder of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. In 2004, after a long battle, he suffered cardiac arrest and went into a coma before dying. Christopher Reeve’s doodle The doodle for Christopher Reeve shows the actor sitting in his wheelchair with the skyline of a city behind him.

The hidden word “Google” is formed by the clouds in the sky and the wake of a flying figure behind him. When word got out that Reeve had begged his wife to let him die, the actor responded with a firm denial. “I have not given up. I will never give up.” After his accident, he became a powerful advocate for people with disabilities and increased funding for medical research.

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