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'Man of Steel:' 3 local Superman connections
As America counts down the hours until the Friday release of the new Superman movie, "Man of Steel," Newsday Westchester reveals three Hudson Valley ties to the superhero, who happens to be celebrating his 75th birthday.
1. Two celebrities with local ties star in "Man of Steel." Sadly, "Man of Steel's" version of Superman/Clark Kent, Henry Cavill, isn't originally from the Hudson Valley — or even this country (he's British).
But New Rochelle's Laurence Fishburne plays Perry White, Kent's editor at The Daily Planet. And Academy Award winner Russell Crowe, who rented a Nyack house during the filming of 2007's "American Gangster," plays Jor-El, Superman's biological father.
Check out Crowe as he chews up all of Krypton's scenery in the third official "Man of Steel" trailer:
2. Christopher Reeve called Pound Ridge home. Cavill may be from across the pond, but Westchester does lay claim to its own Superman.
Playing the Man of Steel in four Superman movies released between 1978 and 1987, Reeve lived in Pound Ridge during the final years of his life.
After a 1995 equestrian accident left him paralyzed, Reeve spent the rest of his life as a spokesman and activist for spinal-cord research, founding what's now known as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to raise money for treatments and potential cures for paralysis, as well as improve quality of life for quadriplegics. He passed away at Mount Kisco's Northern Westchester Hospital in 2004.
His wife, actress Dana Reeve, who grew up in Greenburgh and graduated from Edgemont High School, continued work with the foundation until she died of lung cancer in 2006.
Their legacy lives on through Christopher Reeve's three children: Matthew Reeve and Alexandra Reeve Givens, whose mother is model executive Gae Exton; and Will Reeve, whose mother was Dana Reeve. All three continue to support foundation events and causes.
3. Hudson Valley native Dave Annable advocates for the Reeve Foundation. A star of ABC's "666 Park Avenue" Annable isn't in "Man of Steel," but he is a hero of sorts. The Suffern native and former Walden resident is an ambassador to the Reeve Foundation to raise awareness for the foundation and its causes.
"After seeing first-hand the impact of the Reeve Foundation's efforts, I am proud to represent an organization that is doing such amazing things for those living with spinal cord injury, as well as for their families and caregivers," Annable was quoted as saying after he signed on as an ambassador in 2009. "Although I am not personally affected by paralysis, I have learned that life can change in an instant, which is why I have decided to join the Reeve Foundation in educating the public about all of its invaluable resources."
Want even more superhero connections to the Hudson Valley? Newsday Westchester's got you covered.
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