Deadline is reporting that Jack Larson, an actor, playwright, producer and screenwriter best known from the classic 1950s comic book series The Adventures of Superman, died Sunday in his Brentwood home. He was 87 years old.
Born in 1928 in Los Angeles, Larson’s film debut was in the 1948 war movie “Fighter Squadron.” Intent on becoming a Broadway actor, he only reluctantly took the role as cub reporter and photographer Jimmy Olsen on The Adventures of Superman. Afraid of being typecast, he agreed to appear in the series only after his agent convinced him the show was unlikely to be aired. The opposite happened, and The Adventures of Superman would air in syndication from 1952-1958.
He would often appear in cameo roles that mentioned his time as Jimmy Olsen, including an episode of Lois & Clark, the short-lived early 90s series Superboy, and an American Express commercial with noted Superman fanatic Jerry Seinfeld.
The mark he left on the Superman universe will last forever.