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Jack Larson, who played Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen in TV series, dies

Jack Larson, who played Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen in TV series, dies

[Reuters] Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen, the boyish, frequently imperiled cub reporter on the 1950s U.S. television series “Adventures of Superman” who was oblivious to the fact that his co-worker was actually the man of steel, died at the age of 87.

Larson died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood, said Lieutenant Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy was pending.

 

 

Actors Jack Larson (L) and Noel Neill, who played Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane respectively in the 1952 Superman television series, pose for photograph during the Superman Returns DVD and video game launch party in Hollywood November 16, 2006. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Actors Jack Larson (L) and Noel Neill, who played Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane respectively in the 1952 Superman television series, pose for photograph during the Superman Returns DVD and video game launch party in Hollywood November 16, 2006. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

After abandoning acting out of frustration in the early 1960s, Larson went on to be a playwright, lyricist and movie producer. But he made his most lasting impression as television’s Jimmy Olsen, the enthusiastic young reporter in the bow tie at the Daily Planet newspaper, where he worked with Clark Kent, Superman’s alter ego, and Lois Lane in the fictional city of Metropolis.

Larson appeared in 101 episodes of “Adventures of Superman” during its run from 1952 through 1958. His Jimmy Olsen was eager and full of good intentions and gee-whillickers naivete but also a bit of a stumblebum who provided the show’s comic relief. Read more here…

GiGi Capone

September 23rd, 2015

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