An actor best known for his role on the 1950s TV series “Adventures of Superman” has died. Variety reports that Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the show, died 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,” the story notes.
Larson’s run on the show lasted six seasons, with the show wrapping in 1959 after the sudden death of Reeves.
Variety adds: “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 wrote librettos for operas, such as Virgil Thomson’s ‘Lord Byron.’”
Here’s a video montage of Larson, as Jimmy Olson, calling Perry White (John Hamilton) “Chief.”