‘Adventures of Superman’ Actor Jack Larson Dead at 87
On Sunday, the TV world lost one of its own.
Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on The Adventures of Superman, died at his home in Brentwood, CA on Sunday. He was 87. His death was confirmed by longtime friend, Alan Howard.
Larson played Superman’s sidekick on The Adventures of Superman from 1952-1958, starring opposite George Reeves, who played the Man of Steel himself in one of early TV’s most iconic roles. However, after being typecast as a Jimmy Olsen type in the years that followed, Larson was convinced by friend and former partner, Montgomery Clift, to pursue a different career path. And that’s exactly what Larson did, becoming a producer with James Bridges, the man who would become his partner from 1958 to 1993. The two men first met on the set of Johnny Trouble, the 1957 film that ended up being Ethel Barrymore’s last. With Bridges as his private and professional partner, Larson would go on to produce several features throughout the years, including 1970’s The Baby Maker and 1985’s Perfect.
And yet, while Larson would find success as a producer and playwright after The Adventures of Superman ended, he did return to the Superman universe in his later years. In particular, he appeared in guest spots in two separate Superman shows from the 1990s, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Superboy. And that’s not all, as he managed to make some high-profile TV appearances in the 2000s as well — most notably, a guest spot on Law & Order: SVU in 2010.
Our condolences are with Jack Larson’s family and friends. R.I.P.