Jack Larson

Actor, Producer
One of the most famous faces of TV's golden age of the 1950s and '60s, actor/writer/producer Jack Larson enjoyed a career chock full of its share of highs and lows. As Superman's bowtie wearing sidekick, Jimmy Olsen in ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1928 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

Bo the Bartender (Actor)

Greta Garbo: A Lone Star 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Montgomery Clift: The Hidden Star 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Hudson: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Debbie Reynolds 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Superboy 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

Max's Doctor (Actor)

Montgomery Clift 1981 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Johnny Trouble 1957 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Adventures of Superman 1952 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Mike's Murder 1984 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

One of the most famous faces of TV's golden age of the 1950s and '60s, actor/writer/producer Jack Larson enjoyed a career chock full of its share of highs and lows. As Superman's bowtie wearing sidekick, Jimmy Olsen in "The Adventures of Superman" (Syndicated, 1952-58), Larson made "Golly jeepers, Mister Kent!" a household phrase. Unfortunately, its resonant echo survived long after the show's demise and, along with the premature death of the show's superhero star, George Reeves, would haunt the rest of Larson's acting career. Later, Larson found some success as a film producer, working closely with his longtime partner, writer/director James Bridges. Lasron died of undisclosed causes on September 20, 2015 at the age of 87.

Relationships

James Bridges Screenplay

Companion
Acted with Bridges in "Johnny Trouble"

Montgomery Clift Actor

Companion
Had relationship c. 1957

Milestones

2011

Played final screen role in indie drama "Bob's New Suit"

2006

Had cameo role as a bartender in "Superman Returns"

1996

Reprised role of Jimmy Olsen in an episode of "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"

1988

Produced "Bright Lights, Big City," starring Michael J. Fox; directed by James Bridges

1985

Produced aerobics drama "Perfect," starring John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis; co-written and directed by James Bridges

1984

Produced thriller "Mike's Murder," starring Debra Winger, written and directed by James Bridges

1969

Produced surrogate-mother drama "The Baby Maker," written and directed by James Bridges

1953

Co-starred in Hollywood-set drama "Man Crazy"

1953

Co-starred in western "Star of Texas"

1952

Co-starred opposite Leonard Nimoy in boxing drama "Kid Monk Baroni"

1952

Portrayed cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in "The Adventures of Superman"

1952

Co-starred in WWII drama "Battle Zone"

1950

Had supporting role in western "Redwood Forest Trail"

1948

Made film debut in WWII drama "Fighter Squadron"

Bonus Trivia

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Unlike many gay men in Hollywood in the 1950s and '60s, Larson was relatively open about his sexuality. He was in a committed relationship with director James Bridges from 1958 until Bridges' death in 1993.

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On accepting the role of Jimmy Olsen: "The casting man and my agent talked to me very seriously about doing this. They said, 'Look, you’re a very mixed-up kid, do this. It’s 26 shows, it’s a season’s work, and you’ll have enough money to go to New York. It’s probably like doing a Saturday morning serial. No one will ever see it. Take the money and run.' " -- The Archive of American Television, 2003

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