George Reeves

George Reeves

  • Highest Rated: 100% Rancho Notorious (1952)
  • Lowest Rated: 63% Samson and Delilah (1949)
  • Birthday: Jan 5, 1914
  • Birthplace: Woolstock, Iowa, USA
  • In his youth, George Reeves aspired to become a boxer, but gave up this pursuit because his mother was worried that he'd be seriously injured. Attracted to acting, Reeves attended the Pasadena Playhouse, where he starred in several productions. In 1939, Reeves was selected to play one of the Tarleton twins in the Selznick superproduction Gone With the Wind (1939). He made an excellent impression in the role, and spent the next few years playing roles of varying sizes at Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Paramount. He was praised by fans and reviewers alike for his performances in Lydia (1941) and So Proudly We Hail (1943); upon returning from WWII service, however, Reeves found it more difficult to get good roles. He starred in a few "B"'s and in the title role of the Columbia serial The Adventures of Sir Galahad (1949), but for the most part was shunted away in ordinary villain roles. In 1951, he starred in the Lippert programmer Superman vs. the Mole Men, playing both the Man of Steel and his bespectacled alter ego, Clark Kent. This led to the immensely popular Superman TV series, in which Reeves starred from 1953 through 1957. While Superman saved Reeves' career, it also permanently typecast him. He made an appearance as wagon train leader James Stephen in Disney's Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956), though the producer felt it expeditious to hide Reeves behind a heavy beard. While it is now commonly believed that Reeves was unable to get work after the cancellation of Superman in 1957, he was in fact poised to embark on several lucrative projects, including directing assignments on two medium-budget adventure pictures and a worldwide personal appearance tour. On June 16, 1959, Reeves died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. The official ruling was suicide -- and, since he left no note, it was assumed that Reeves was despondent over his flagging career. Since that time, however, there has been a mounting suspicion (engendered by the actor's friends and family) that George Reeves was murdered.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

90% Waiting for Superman Actor $6.5M 2010
No Score Yet Westward Ho the Wagons! James Stephen 1956
No Score Yet Forever Female George Courtland 1954
92% From Here to Eternity Sgt. Maylon Stark 1953
86% The Blue Gardenia Haynes 1953
No Score Yet Bugles in the Afternoon Lt. Smith 1952
100% Rancho Notorious Wilson 1952
No Score Yet Adventures of Superman Actor 1952
No Score Yet Adventures of Superman Actor 1952
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole-Men Actor 1951
94% The Day the Earth Stood Still Newscaster 1951
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole Men Clark Kent/Superman 1951
No Score Yet The Good Humor Man Actor 1950
No Score Yet The Adventures of Sir Galahad Actor 1949
No Score Yet The Great Lover Williams 1949
63% Samson and Delilah Wounded Messenger 1949
No Score Yet Special Agent Paul Devereaux 1949
No Score Yet Jungle Jim Bruce Edwards 1948
No Score Yet Jungle Goddess Mike Patton 1948
No Score Yet The Sainted Sisters Sam Stoaks 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
No Score Yet The Kansan,(Wagon Wheels) Jesse James (uncredited) 1943
No Score Yet So Proudly We Hail! Lt. John Summers 1943
No Score Yet The Leather Burners Harrison Brooke 1943
No Score Yet Hoppy Serves a Writ Steve Jordan 1943
No Score Yet Colt Comrades Lin Whitlock 1943
No Score Yet Lost Canyon Presence unverified 1943
No Score Yet Border Patrol Mexican Officer 1943
No Score Yet Bar 20 Lin Bradley 1943
No Score Yet Buckskin Frontier Jeff Collins 1943
No Score Yet Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die Actor 1942
No Score Yet Blue, White and Perfect Juan Arturo O'Hara 1942
100% Blood and Sand Capt. Pierre Lauren 1941
No Score Yet Dead Men Tell Bill Lydig 1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde Harold 1941
No Score Yet Argentine Nights Eduardo 1940
No Score Yet Torrid Zone Sancho 1940
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again Jimmy Coburn 1940
No Score Yet Calling Philo Vance Steamship clerk 1940
No Score Yet The Fighting 69th Jack O'Keefe 1940
86% Knute Rockne---All American Player 1940
No Score Yet Virginia City Telegrapher 1940
No Score Yet Four Wives Laboratory man 1939
92% Gone With the Wind Stuart Tarleton 1939
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X Actor 1939
No Score Yet Espionage Agent Warrington's secretary 1939

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Superman/Clark Kent Director
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Himself
  • 1957
  • 1955
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman [INACTIVE]

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