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George Reeves ACTOR


George Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer on January 5, 1914 in Woolstock, Iowa. He is probably most known for his incredible acting in the hit Superman television series during the 1950’s, but he was a talented film and play actor as well. He appeared in many movies and TV shows, playing both supporting and leading roles.
In 1927, he changed his last name to Besselo, due to his mother remarrying.  When George was younger, he wanted to be a boxer. His mom did not approve due to the possibility of injury, which would ruin his good looks. He decided he would take up acting, since it was also something he was drawn to. He enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse, in Pasadena, California. While there, he performed in some plays, and that was ultimately the reason he was discovered. In 1938, he was approached by an agent, who signed him to Warner Brothers Pictures. He debuted his film career with the movie “Ride, Cowboy, Ride” (1939) starring Dennis Morgan and Maris Wrixon, and was featured in some other lesser known films such as “The Monroe Doctrine” (1939) starring Grant Mitchell and Charles Waldron and “Smashing the Money Ring” (1939) starring Ronald Reagan and Margot Stevenson. He was not credited, but furthermore appeared in “The Espionage Agent” and “On Dress Parade” also in 1939.
In his very busy initial year of 1939, Reeves emerged in one of the most memorable movies of all time, “Gone with the Wind” starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. He only played a minor role in the opening scene, that of one of Scarlett O’Hara’s potential bachelors, but it was this breakout role that really got him noticed.  This was his first part in a movie under the last name Reeves. Over the next ten years he had contracts with Warner Brothers, Fox, and Paramount, and played parts in over three dozen movies. He appeared in several films, not limited to one with Ronald Reagan (“Knute Rockne, All American” 1940) also starring Pat O'Brien, and three with James Cagney (“Torrid Zone” 1940, “The Fighting 69th” 1940, “The Strawberry Blonde” 1941).
It was in 1941 that Reeves starred alongside Merle Oberon in the box-office disappointment “Lydia”. His failure was followed up with a success, though, when he achieved near-stardom with his role in the melodrama “So Proudly We Hail!” (1943) as Claudette Colbert’s military suitor. After this achievement, his acting career was temporarily halted, due to his service in the military during World War II.
While serving, he appeared in the Broadway piece “Winged Victory” (1944). When he returned to civilization and the acting scene in 1945, roles weren’t as available to him. He found spots in lower budget works, such as “Airborne Lifeboat” (1945), “Champagne for Two” (1947), a “Jungle Jim” (1948) movie, and the lead role in a serial called “The Adventures of Sir Galahad” (1949). He was not aware that he was about to enter the limelight, though.
In 1951, he replaced actor Kirk Alyn in a Warner Bros. Superman movie titled “Superman and the Mole Men”. The producer’s of this film were so impressed by his demeanor and talent that they cast him in a Superman television show with a seven year contract. This series was shot throughout 1951 and aired from 1952 to 1958. This television series is what really put Reeves on the map, and it is his most well known contribution to the acting field. While his show broadcasted, he also appeared as some more considerable characters like in “Rancho Notorious” (1952) starring Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy and Mel Ferrer, “The Blue Gardenia” (1953), and “Forever Female” (1954). He was present in a supporting role in the Oscar-winning feature “From Here to Eternity” (1953) starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine and Jack Warden, although he received little recognition for this part.
In the meantime, the heroic movie “Superman and the Mole Men” (1952) went to the big screen, and he became known as the Man of Steel. Shortly after, his TV show “Adventures of Superman” 1952-58 was put on the air, and this gave him the fame that the movies failed to give him. The younger viewers of his show loved him. Reeves took his role model position seriously, avoiding being photographed smoking cigarettes or appearing with a lady counterpart, and he even appeared in a Walt Disney movie, “Westward Ho the Wagons!” (1956), which was his very last film. While he received much glory from his role as Superman, he spoke publicly about the harmful effects his typecast as Superman was giving him; it was almost not possible for him to find television or film roles because the public only saw him as that character.
His dilemma might have been getting to him, because on the morning of June 16, 1959, he was found to be shot dead in his Beverly Hills home. While some believe that he was the one who took his life, others stay true to the theory that he was murdered. To this day, George Reeves’ death remains a true Hollywood mystery. He was even brought up in the movie “Hollywoodland” 2006, where Ben Affleck portrays Reeves and it focuses on the conspiracies and controversies surrounding his decease.
Reeves is remembered for more than just his premature demise, though. Under his name he acquired two TV Land award nominations for his role in the famous heroic small screen series, and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his involvement in television. While his death still remains a mystery, his life is nevertheless in the hearts of many, and no one can forget his contributions in the television and film industries.


1957       I Love Lucy

1956       Westward Ho the Wagons!

1954       Forever Female

1954       Stamp Day for Superman

1953       From Here to Eternity 

1953       The Blue Gardenia

1952       Bugles in the Afternoon 

1952       Rancho Notorious

1952       Adventures of Superman

1952       The Ford Television Theatre

1952       Fireside Theatre

1951       Superman and the Mole Men

1950       The Good Humor Man

1950       Lights Out

1950       Starlight Theatre

1950       The Trap

1950       Believe it or Not

1950       The Web

1949       Suspense

1949       The Adventures of Sir Galahad

1949       Samson and Delilah

1949       The Great Lover

1949       Special Agent

1949       The Silver Theatre

1949       Actor's Studio

1949       The Clock

1949       The Mutineers

1949       Kraft Theatre

1948       Jungle Jim

1948       Thunder in the Pines

1948       Jungle Goddess

1948       The Sainted Sisters

1947       Champagne for Two

1945       Airborne Lifeboat 

1945       Time to Kill

1944       Winged Victory

1943       Bar 20 

1943       The Kansan 

1943       The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith 

1943       So Proudly We Hail!

1943       Colt Comrades

1943       Leather Burners 

1943       Buckskin Frontier 

1943       Border Patrol

1943       Hoppy Serves a Writ

1942       The Mad Martindales

1942       Sex Hygiene 

1942       Blue, White and Perfect 

1941       Man at Large

1941       Lydia

1941       Throwing a Party

1941       Blood and Sand

1941       Dead Men Tell

1941       The Lady and the Lug

1941       The Strawberry Blonde

1940       Meet the Fleet

1940       Father Is a Prince 

1940       Always a Bride

1940       Knute Rockne: All American 

1940       Calling All Husbands

1940       Argentine Nights

1940       Ladies Must Live

1940       Pony Express Days

1940       The Man Who Talked Too Much

1940       Gambling on the High Seas 

1940       Torrid Zone

1940       Tear Gas Squad

1940       'Til We Meet Again 

1940       Virginia City

1940       Calling Philo Vance

1940       The Fighting 69th

1939       Four Wives 

1939       Gone with the Wind

1939       Dead End Kids at Military School

1939       Smashing the Money Ring 

1939       The Monroe Doctrine

1939       Espionage Agent

1939       Ride, Cowboy, Ride

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