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Monday, September 21, 2015

Jack Larson, The Best Jimmy Olsen of All, Dies At 87

Above, Jack Larson addresses the Superman Celebration luncheon in August 2014. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Tonight, I am totally shocked by the news of the passing of Jack Larson, best known as Jimmy Olsen on the Adventures of Superman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Jack Larson, forever typecast as the overeager cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman, has died. He was 87. 
Larson, who later produced several films written and/or directed by his longtime companion, the late Oscar nominee James Bridges, died Sunday at his home in Brentwood, The New York Times reported. Further details of his death were not immediately available.
Jack seemed to be very vigorous and in good health last year when we had the plaque dedication in Tarzana and the luncheon at the Beverly Garland Hotel. Yes, he was 86 at the time, but he seemed much younger. Given today's news, it appears that we honored him and the rest of the Adventures of Superman cast just in the nick of time.

Above, Jack Larson addresses the plaque dedication in Tarzana. Daily News photo.

I first met Jack 14 years ago when we held the "Superman Week" ceremony at the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and later at the luncheon at Cafe Pinot.

He had a natural gift of comedic timing that made the Jimmy Olsen character so popular that DC Comics introduced a new comic book, Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen.

He will be missed.

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