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Jack Larson: Original ‘Superman’ Actor Dies At 87 — So Sad

Mon, September 21, 2015 1:01pm EDT by 1 Comment
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Jack Larson, the actor who was best known for his role as Jimmy Olsen in the very first Superman TV show, sadly passed away on Sept. 20. He was 87-years-old.

Actor-turned-playwright Jack Larson, 87, died in his Brentwood, Calif. home on Sept. 20. Although Jack was best known for his portrayal of Clark Kent’s sidekick Jimmy Olsen, he held a fairly short acting career. Once The Adventures of Superman series ended, the actor continued to stay in the entertainment industry and had a successful career as a writer and producer.

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While the details of his death are unknown at this time, his passing was confirmed by longtime friend Alan Howard. Born in Los Angeles, Calif. on February 8, 1928, Jack was an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and librettist. Though Jack’s portrayal as Clark Kent’s sidekick was very memorable, he was initially hesitant to take on the role because he intended on becoming a Broadway actor and was scared of becoming typecasted.

After his agent convinced him the show would most likely not be aired, Jack reluctantly took the role. Unfortunately for Jack, the show went on to air from 1952 to 1958. His worst fear came true once the series came to an end, which caused the actor to do very little acting. However, he did make an appearance in 1996 on an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and again in 1991 on the Superboy series.

Jack Larson’s Work Behind The Scenes

Instead of continuing his career as an actor, Jack started to focus on work behind the scenes such as writing and producing. This led him to create a successful career as a librettist, playwright, and producer. Some of the plays he wrote were The Candied House (1966), Chuck (1968), and many years later, The Astronaut’s Tale (1998).

Our thoughts go out to Jack’s family and friends during this difficult time.

— Michelle Phi