Newswire: R.I.P. Jack Larson, playwright and TV’s Jimmy Olsen
Jack Larson, the actor-turned-playwright who—despite his best efforts—is best remembered as cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the Adventures Of Superman TV series, has died. The New York Times does not list a cause of death, but says that he died at home in Los Angeles. He was 87.
Larson was 23 and had appeared in a handful of supporting roles in war movies and Westerns when he was offered the role of Jimmy Olsen, Daily Planet photographer and Clark Kent’s adoring sidekick on the TV series Adventures of Superman. With aspirations of becoming a “serious” Broadway actor, Larson initially rejected the role out of fear of typecasting; after receiving reassurances from his agent that the show would probably never make it to air, he accepted. Adventures Of Superman ended up running for 101 episodes, establishing Larson as a comedic actor.
When Adventures of Superman ended, Larson tried …