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.