- Tip: Navigate with your left and right arrow keys1«»Christopher Reeve played the titular hero in the '70s and '80s Superman franchise (including "Superman: The Movie" and three sequels.) The actor was paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from his horse in a cross country riding event in 1995, and subsequently died in 2004 due to heart failure stemming from his medical condition.
But Reeve isn't the only person involved in the "Superman" films to face personal struggles. Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane, suffered a bout of mental illness in 1996, and was found dazed and filthy, wandering the streets of Los Angeles. Richard Pryor, who appeared in "Superman III," died of multiple sclerosis only a few years later.
Amazingly, this was not the only troubled retelling of the Superman story. George Reeves, who played the Man of Steel in the 1950s television program "Adventures of Superman," died at the age of 45 in 1959. The official finding was suicide, but some believe he was murdered or the victim of an accidental shooting.1 of 10
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