Jack Larson Passes Away At Age 87

Jack Larson in The Adventures of Superman

Jack Larson, has sadly passed away at age 87 for yet unknown reasons on Sunday, September 20, 2016 according to The Hollywood Reporter. This would mark the second passing of someone who contributed to the world of DC this year as Wes Craven, director of Swamp Thing passed away earlier this past month.

Jack Larson, holds the distinction of playing the very first live action version of Jimmy Olsen on the George Reeves series The Adventures of Superman, his favorite episode from the original series he had said was “Semi-Private Eye” an episode with a Maltese Falcon like tone to it. His portrayal of the character was so popular that he was in talks to continue the role on a spin-off entitled Superman’s Pal: Jimmy Olsen, which never got off the ground outside of a comic book. He would later reprise the role in a way as “Old Jimmy Olsen” in an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

He was also seen on an episode of The Adventures of Superboy, alongside Noel Neil, who played Lois Lane on the George Reeves series. His final contribution to the world of Superman and DC would be seen in Superman Returns as the bartender who serves and speaks with Sam Huntington’s Jimmy Olsen and Brandon Routh’s Clark Kent.

He was also featured on the DVD extra for Smallville’s 7th Season featurette “Jimmy on Jimmy” where he spoke on the character alongside Marc McClure (from the Christopher Reeve films) and Sam Huntington (from Superman Returns) as they welcomed in newcomer Aaron Ashmore (who played the role on Smallville).

Our condolences go out to his friends and family

Jack Larson can be seen in these DC Properties

The Adventures of Superman-with George Reeves

The Adventures of Superboy-with Gerard Christopher {Season 4 Episode “Paranoia”}

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman-with Dean Cain {Season 4 “Brutal Youth}

Superman Returns -with Brandon Routh


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