Christopher Reeve's Look-a-Like Son Is All Grown Up at Charity Gala
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Christopher Reeve’s son Will, who’s all grown up and looking just like his famous dad.
The 25-year-old made an appearance at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation “A Magical Evening” Gala in New York City on Thursday.
Posing alongside his older half-brother Matthew, 37, who also bears a striking resemblance to their late father, and Glenn Close, who was a presenter at the event, the youngest Reeve was all smiles at the fundraiser for the foundation, which is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.
Jerry O’Connell, who hosted the event, told PEOPLE, “I first got involved because I met Will Reeve, who’s Christopher Reeve’s son, and I was just so taken with what a well-mannered young man he was. Last year he said, ‘Would you come host this evening that we have?’ And I have to tell you, I honestly didn’t know much about the foundation.”
Will has has been building up an impressive resume over the last few years. After interning at Good Morning America and graduating from Middlebury College, he earned at spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
He was just 3 years old when his father was paralyzed in 1995 and was only 11 when he died in 2004. Two years later, tragedy struck again when his mother Dana died of lung cancer at the young age of 44.
Although he has two half-siblings from his father’s first marriage, Will went on to live with a close friend after his mother died. According to family friends, Dana wanted him to stay in Bedford, New York, with the people he’d grown up with. The proud hockey mom made the arrangements before her death.
Will dabbled with acting in the past, appearing alongside Close in the 1997 TV Movie In The Gloaming. He then went on to play a small role in The Brooke Ellison story, another TV movie that had his dad in the director’s chair.
In addition to acting, Will and his dad shared a deep love of sports. “We shared a very deep bond in general, but sports was definitely a major component of our family bond,” he told PEOPLE last year when he got the ESPN gig.
On Thursday, Will, who continues to work closely with the foundation, rang the bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in honor of the 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $22 million in grants to fellow nonprofits, and has invested more than $130 million in research labs worldwide.