Jack Larson Dead Superman

Jack Larson, Who Played Jimmy Olsen on TV's Superman, Dead at 87

Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen to George Reeves’ Clark Kent/Man of Steel on TV’s Adventures of Superman, died on Sunday at his home in Brentwood, Calif., the New York Times reports. He was 87.

A 23-year-old aspiring Broadway actor and playwright at the time he was offered the Superman gig, Larson famously was reluctant to play Jimmy for fear he’d be typecast. He eventually said yes after his agent posited that the sponsor-less syndicated program would have a one-and-done run; Adventures of Superman premiered in 1952 and ran for 104 episodes.

After the series’ run, Larson went on to realize his original dream of being a playwright and librettist.

Larson later channeled his Superman roots with appearances on TV’s Superboy and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (as an aged Jimmy Olsen), and in the film Superman Returns (with a cameo as a bartender). He also guested on a 2010 episode of Law & Order: SVU.

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6 Comments
  1. Bobby says:

    Rest In Peace trail blazer and amazing man.

  2. I got to see Jack Larson at SDCC once. He and Noel Neill were walking on the exhibit hall. I cleared a small path for them to get through, he thanked me, and I went on my way.

  3. DavidJ says:

    Damn, sorry to hear that. I’ve been rewatching some of the original show recently, and he was always really fun to watch on that, with some of the best comic timing and often some of the funniest lines.

  4. herman1959 says:

    Aw, he was so cute, even as an old guy.

  5. Any reason no mention of his sexuality, that he lived his entire life out of the closet, or that his partner was film director james Bridges? Any reason?

  6. Sheri says:

    Such a great actor!..He was blessed to have lived a long life at 87 years young. One worthy of remembrance..Rest Easy In Paradise..《★》