In April 2020, Will Reeve went viral when he revealed on Good Morning America that he wasn’t wearing pants, but is the ABC reporter related to the late actor Christopher Reeve?
Will Reeve is Christopher Reeve’s son who was born on 7 June 1992 in Williamstown, MA.
Read more below about Will Reeve and the interesting life he leads as a news reporter while dabbling in other realms including acting and sports.
The Things You Need To Know About Will Reeve
If you haven’t heard of Will Reeve before, you may be curious about who he actually is. Luckily for you, below is a list of five things you really ought to know about Will.
1. He’s the son of popular actor Christopher Reeve
As mentioned before, Will is the son of Christopher Reeves but what happened to him?
Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down in 1995 after a tragic horse-riding accident and required a respirator to breathe for the remainder of his life. He sadly died of pathology in 2004, at the age of 52, when Will was just 11 years old.
Will experienced another inconceivable loss two years later, in 2006, when his mother, Dana Reeve, passed away from a particularly harmful type of carcinoma, namely lung cancer. He was raised by family friends in Westchester, New York after his parents passed.
“I think his [Christopher Reeve’s] legacy is never going to go away and think that is a responsibility that I feel, to carry his and my mother’s legacy on for the rest of my life and hopefully beyond that,” Will revealed in a 2019 interview with People.
2. He’s a philanthropist
Will serves on the board of directors at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which his parents started in 1982. The charity advocates for a stronger quality of living for those living with paralysis and spinal cord injuries.
“My parents were—and remain—my heroes and role models, so joining the Reeve Foundation board was a natural fit, considering much of my time with my parents was defined by my dad’s life with a spinal cord injury with my mom as his primary caregiver,” he said in a 2019 interview with Quest. “My involvement was never something I really thought about; it was just something that existed from the time I was a young child, and progressed organically.”
3. He started his journalism career as a sports reporter
Will joined ESPN’s SportsCenter as a correspondent in 2015.
Along with comedian Reese Waters and social media correspondent Sarina Morales, Will was hired to deliver special reports from the sphere.
Along with comedian Reese Waters and social media correspondent Sarina Morales, Will was hired to deliver special reports from the field. “Hopefully [my parents] would get a kick out [of] it,” Will told The Wrap at the time.
“The things I am interested in and passionate about are similar to what they were. My parents definitely define who I am. My dad and I had a huge bond and shared a love of sports. I hope they would be proud and say, ‘Great job,’ no matter what. Then my dad would probably tell me to straighten my tie!”
4. He has an array of acting credits to his name
Will has also dabbled in acting. His credits include the TV movies Into The Gloaming and The Brooke Ellison Story, both directed by his father. He also was the voice behind a personality within the animated comedy Everyone’s Hero.
5. He quickly bounced back after the “no pants” thing after GMA
He joked on Twitter, “When WFH goes wrong (or, your self-framed live shot goes too wide). Hope everyone got a much needed laugh.” He included a longer explanation, writing that he was trying to be “efficient” and sneak in a workout before going on air.”