RIP Jimmy Olsen

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    Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on first 'Superman' TV series, dead at 87
    BY Nicki Gostin
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Monday, September 21, 2015, 1:18 PM
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    George Reeves as “Superman” and Jack Larson as “Jimmy Olsen” in “The Adventures of Superman.”
    Jack Larson, who played eager cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the first Superman TV show, died at his Brentwood home on Sunday. He was 87.

    Larson was an accomplished librettist and playwright — but for a generation of baby boomers he'll best be remembered for his turn in the “Adventures of Superman.”

    Larson didn’t enjoy school, eventually dropping out. But he did like to bowl and by the age of 14, he’d become the California state champion for his age group. Larson flirted with the idea of turning professional but in the fall of 1945, he enrolled in Pasadena Junior College.

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    Jack Larson at the premiere of “Superman Returns” in 2006.


    “My instructors discovered that I had a gift for writing and motivated me to write plays, and to be in plays as well,” he told the Superman homepage. This encouragement would lead to a fruitful second career.

    When Larson was offered the role of Olsen, an enthusiastic reporter and photographer who idolizes his colleague Clark Kent in 1951, he was leery of taking the role lest he be typecast. An agent assured him the show would probably not be seen as it had no sponsor. The show ran from 1952 to 1958.

    Plans to revive the series were scuttled when George Reeves who played Superman died under mysterious circumstances in 1959.

    The Los Angeles native’s fears of being typecast proved prescient, so taking the advice of actor Montgomery Clift, whom he was seeing romantically, he decided to stop auditioning and embarked on a new career.

    He penned the libretto for Virgil Thomson’s opera “Lord Byron” for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, which premiered in 1972 at the Julliard Theater. Larson also wrote several plays and was the first playwright to be awarded a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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    Sam Huntington (l.) as Jimmy Olsen and Brandon Routh as Clark Kent greet Bo the bartender (Jack Larson) in “Superman Returns.”


    While filming “Johnny Trouble” (1957), Larson met another actor on set, James Bridges. The pair became a couple and were together for 35 years, until Bridges passed away in 1993.

    Bridges became an Oscar-nominated director and writer on films like “Perfect” and “Bright Lights, Big City” and Larson was his producing partner.

    Larson lived in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Brentwood, called the George Sturges House.

    His later on-screen roles tended to revolve around “Superman.” He was featured in a 1991 episode of “The Adventures of Superboy,” and a 1996 episode of “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” He also had a cameo as a bartender in the 2006 film “Superman Returns.”
     
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    As long as the Olsen twins are OK
     
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    RIP GAY JIMMY
    :rip::sadbye::sadbye2:
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    Robin, I was just writing a nice note to Jimmy Olsen. Robin?
     
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    I never knew that he had that much talent.. wow!
    Very cool that he got to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home.
    He looked very happy :thumbup2:
     
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    Great Caesars ghost, that's too bad.
     
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    Robin, Jimmy Larson passed away in my honor. He played Clark Kent on the old Superman shows, Robin.
     
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    RIP JL
    appearance in last Superman movie, did not know that.
     
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    They're not.
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    Im liking that rise on Superman's outer briefs

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    Dude was banging Montgomery Clift. He must have had a huge cock Robin.

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    1 for Jimmy look up into the sky, it a bird , its a plane , no its superman. Didn't superman commit suicide
     
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    his house in brentwood
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    Of the original 4 main characters, Superman/Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Perry White and Jimmy Olsen, only Noel Neill who played Lois Lane is still alive. I had the pleasure of seeing her at a charity dinner. When her name was called as a winner of a door prize, I looked and sure enough it was her, 40 years later. I went up to her and told her that she still had fans and she was very happy to hear that. She still looked good. She was a redhead in those days and Jayla can testify that I like redheads.
     
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    I used to hang out with the bass player quite often in the early 90's. Guy was a great dude. Nice selection, and a great jam....I wish I kept in touch with him, he was on AGT sometime ago.
     
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    That's cool. I saw them in the mid 90s in Orlando at the peak of their popularity. I remember after the show they hung out by the stage and chatted with the fans. They didn't put on any rock star personas...just seemed like really cool guys.

    I always loved that song.