Magazine article Variety

Writer Jack Larson Was Jimmy Olsen

Magazine article Variety

Writer Jack Larson Was Jimmy Olsen

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Jack Larson, best known for his role as reporter Jimmy Olsen on the first Superman TV show, died Sept. 20 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.

Larson played the wide-eyed co-worker of Clark Kent (George Reeves) at the Daily Planet on "Adventures of Superman" in the 1950s. It was a role he tried, in vain, to escape throughout his career.

Larson appeared on "Superman" for six seasons, from 1952-58. He was also a playwright whose 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 Tkle." He 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, including "The Baby Maker" (1970), "Mike's Murder" (1984) and "Perfect" (1985).

Larson also appeared in the 1991 series "Superboy"; and in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" in 2006. …

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