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Jack Larson Obituary

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Jack Larson (Everett Collection)
Jack Larson (Everett Collection)
Jack Larson, the actor who played the eager cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on TV's "Adventures of Superman," has died. He was 87.

Larson died Sept. 20 at his home in Brentwood, California. The cause of death was not immediately released.

Before his most notable television role, Larson had small parts in several films, including "Fighter Squadron," "On the Loose," "Starlift," "Battle Zone" and "Man Crazy."

His role as Jimmy Olsen resulted in typecasting, as he went on to play guest-starring roles on other TV programs when not playing the reporter character in other Superman-related television programs.

He later gave up acting and found a new career as a playwright.

Asked later about his typecasting, Larson said he felt "completely at peace with that. You are blessed in life if you can give people pleasure and happiness. That's all I've ever tried to do with my work.

"If I've learned anything from my career, it's that you don't really know the value of what you're doing. So, you had better do your best with whatever is at hand. You never know what will outlive you."

Larson was preceded in death by his life partner, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and director James Bridges, whose credits included "The China Syndrome" and "The Paper Chase." Bridges died in 1993.
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