Jack Larson ‘Jimmy Olsen’ dies at 87

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Jack Larson , who played the role as reporter Jimmy Olsen on the first Superman TV show, died on Sunday at his home in Brentwood, Calif.
He was 87.

Larson played George Reeves’ (Clark Kent/ Superman) wide-eyed coworker at The Daily Planet — a role he tried, in vain, to escape
throughout his career — on “Adventures of Superman” in the 1950s.

Larson appeared on “Superman” for six seasons, beginning in 1951. The series came to a close following Reeves’ sudden death in
1959.

Larson was also a playwright; his works include 1966’s “The Candied House,” based on “Hansel and Gretel”; “Cherry, Larry, Sandy,
Doris, Jean, Paul,” a comedy about being gay; 1968’s “Chuck”; and 1998’s “The Astronaut’s
Tale.”

Larson also wrote librettos for operas, such as Virgil Thomson’s “Lord Byron.”

He produced several films written and/or directed by his longtime partner, James Bridges, who he met on the set of Ethel Barrymore’s final film, “Johnny Trouble,” in
1957.
Larson produced “The Baby
Maker” (1970), “Mike’s Murder” (1984) and “Perfect” (1985), among Bridges’ other movies, through their production company.

Larson also appeared in the 1991 series “Superboy” as “Old Jimmy Olsen” (an older version of Justin Whalin’s character), in an episode of ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New
Adventures of Superman” and Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” in 2006.

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