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Jack Larson (I) (1928–2015)


Jack Edward Larson was born in Los Angeles, California, to Anita (Calicoff) and George E. Larson. He was raised in Pasadena, and attended Pasadena Junior College (by coincidence, exactly as did his Adventures of Superman (1952) co-star George Reeves). He was a contract player at Warner Bros. Typecast as Jimmy Olsen, Larson found it virtually ... See full bio »

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Known For

Superman Returns Bo the Bartender
(2006)
Adventures of Superman Jimmy Olsen / Collins
(1952-1958)
Perfect Producer
(1985)

Filmography

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 2016 Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel
Uncle Jimmy Williamson
 2013 Superman and the Secret Planet (Video)
Jimmy Olson
 2011 Bob's New Suit
Edward McIntyre
 2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Dewey Butler
- Quickie (2010) ... Dewey Butler
 2006 Superman Returns
Bo the Bartender
 1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Old Jimmy Olsen
- Brutal Youth (1996) ... Old Jimmy Olsen
 1991 Superboy (TV Series)
Lou Lamont
- Paranoia (1991) ... Lou Lamont
 1965 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Tommy
- PFC Gomer Pyle (1965) ... Tommy
 1960 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Buzz
- Millionaire Julie Sherman (1960) ... Buzz
 1959 Tales of the Vikings (TV Series)
 1952-1958 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Jimmy Olsen / Collins
- All That Glitters (1958) ... Jimmy Olsen
- The Perils of Superman (1958) ... Jimmy Olsen
- The Brainy Burro (1958) ... Jimmy Olsen
- Three in One (1958) ... Jimmy Olsen
- Superman's Wife (1958) ... Jimmy Olsen
 1955-1957 Navy Log (TV Series)
Gordon / Freddie / John Crawford / ...
- Human Bomb (1957) ... Gordon
- The Big A (1956) ... Freddie
- The Plebe (1956) ... John Crawford
- Operation Three-In-One (1955) ... Herbie
 1957 Johnny Trouble
Eddie Landis
 1954 Stamp Day for Superman (Short)
Jimmy Olsen
 1954 About Mrs. Leslie
Buddy Boyd
 1953 Man Crazy
Bob
 1953 Three Sailors and a Girl
Sailor (uncredited)
 1953 Star of Texas
Henchman John Jenkins
 1952 Flat Top
Sailor with Scuttlebutt (uncredited)
 1952 Battle Zone
Cpl. James O'Doole
 1952 Belles on Their Toes
Packy Talbot (uncredited)
 1952 Kid Monk Baroni
Angelo
 1951 Starlift
Will (uncredited)
 1951 On the Loose
Charleston Bit (uncredited)
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Newsboy (uncredited)
 1950 Redwood Forest Trail
Dusty
 1950 A Wonderful Life (Short)
Richard Wood (age 16)
 1950 Trial Without Jury
Tommy (uncredited)
 1949 Flame of Youth
Boy (uncredited)
 1948 Fighter Squadron
Lt. 'Shorty' Kirk
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Other Works:

TV commercial (w/Jerry Seinfeld): American Express ("Superman cartoon") See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 4 Interviews | See more »

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on being best known for playing Jimmy Olsen in Adventures of Superman (1952)] I feel completely at peace with that. You are blessed in life if you can give people pleasure and happiness. That's all I've ever tried to do with my work. If I've learned anything from my career, it's that you don't really know the value of what you're doing. So, you had better do your best with whatever is at hand. ... See more »

Trivia:

In 2006, he told The New York Times that he quit acting in 1961 on the advice of his then-boyfriend Montgomery Clift. Larson had gone to an audition for producer Mervyn LeRoy, who had rejected Larson right away because he had played Jimmy Olsen. Clift counseled Larson not to put himself in that situation any longer, so Larson concentrated instead on producing and writing, becoming the first ... See more »

Nickname:

Junior

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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