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8 sets of famous college roommates

By: Matt Hickman on Nov. 15, 2013, 10 a.m.
Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams, Dana Reeve, college roommates

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Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams

Believe it or not, the man from Ork was roomies with the man from Krypton at one of America’s most prestigious performing arts conservancies in the 1970s. In 1973, the aspiring actors were two of only 20 accepted as incoming freshmen at the Julliard School in New York City. Paired as roommates, they became lifelong confidants in a friendship described by a relative of Reeve’s widow, Dana (shown here at right), as being “closer than brothers.”

Following a 1995 accident that left Reeve a quadriplegic, Williams became an active member of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. There’s also the widely published rumor — one that Reeve and Williams have denied — that the latter paid for his buddy’s medical expenses. Williams did, however, provide Reeve with much-needed comic relief. In his 1998 autobiography “Still Me,” Reeve recounted that, during an “especially bleak moment” while awaiting a high-risk surgery to reattach his skull to his spine, the door to his hospital room flew open and “in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent." The man announced he was a proctologist there to perform a rectal exam on Reeve. “For the first time since the accident, I laughed,” wrote Reeve. “My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.”