He always came across as an affable, cheerful guy, even after the accident, and I always admired him for that. He was no slouch as an actor, either. Everybody knows him as Superman, of course, but I always remember him in Noises Off, as the hopelessly-sensitive and self-doubting Freddie, getting nosebleeds whenever somebody else got hurt and being completely clueless that Carol Burnett was hitting on him.
Of course, the fact that Culpeper, site of his accident, is just a short hop down the road from here, has always made me feel rather apologetic for my state. "Um, Mr. Reeve sir, on behalf of Virginia, we're very sorry about that."