Jack Larson, The Lovable Cub Reporter ‘Jimmy Olsen’ On First Ever Superman TV Show, Dies At 87

Alap Naik Desai - Author

Sep. 23 2015, Updated 5:48 a.m. ET

Jack Larson, who was iconized for his role as the lovable cub reporter on the first ever Superman TV show, died at the age of 87.

Larson, who appeared on Adventures of Superman at the age of 23, died at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, confirmed longtime friend Alan Howard. Though he produced several films written and many-a-times directed by his companion, the late Oscar nominee James Bridges, he was forever known as the overenthusiastic cub reporter who always got into trouble at the Daily Planet, only to be rescued by Superman’s alter ego, Clark, played by George Reeves.

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Larson originally signed up to appear as Jimmy Olsen in 1951. While many doubted the success of Adventures of Superman, the pay was $250 per episode, a handsome fee for the time, reportedMSN. As it was the first TV show ever to feature the Man of Steel, an imaginary superhero from a distant planet in a distant galaxy who possessed superhuman strength and was overly protective of a single American city and was head-over-heals in love with another reporter who worked with him at the Daily Planet, no one knew how the TV show would fare.


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