The man who made a mark in Baby Boom America as a cub reporter has died: Actor Jack Larson, who played a sidekick to Superman's alter ego Clark Kent at the fictional Daily Planet newspaper, was 87.
The actor and playwright died at his home in the Los Angeles community of Brentwood, according to CBS Los Angeles, Variety and multiple news outlets. A cause of death was not mentioned.
Larson rose to prominence in the 1950s, when "The Adventures of Superman" sidetracked his dreams of being a stage actor on Broadway. The runaway success of that show, starring George Reeves, made it hard for Larson to find new work; he eventually found success in writing plays and librettos.
The New York Times reports:
"Although Mr. Larson was pleased that Jimmy Olsen developed into a comic role, his fears of being typecast were realized. After a particularly upsetting encounter with the producer Mervyn LeRoy, he was advised by the actor Montgomery Clift, with whom Mr. Larson was having a romantic relationship, to stop putting himself in those casting situations. So Mr. Larson gave up acting and made a new career."
That new career saw Larson write librettos and plays, including "The Candied House" (1966) and "Chuck" (1968), as well as helping produce films such as "Perfect" (1985) and "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988). On both plays and films, he often collaborated with his longtime partner, James Bridges.