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George Reeves

Highest Rated:   100% Rancho Notorious (1952)
Lowest Rated:   50% Samson and Delilah (1949)
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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
89% 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
50% 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
83% Knute Rockne---All American
  • Player
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Telegrapher
1940
No Score Yet Four Wives
  • Laboratory man
1939
94% 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
  • Actor

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