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George Keefer Brewer was born on January 5, 1914 in Woolstock, Iowa to Helen Lescher and Don Brewer. After the Brewers divorced, Frank Bessolo married Helen and adopted George as his son. That marriage too was ill-fated, and George was left without a father. In his youth, he began what he hoped would be a career in boxing, while also doing parts in community theatre using his adoptive father's last name "Bessolo". The roles kept coming, then came his big break, a small role in what would be one of the biggest films in the biggest year film has ever known; Gone With The Wind. In 1939, just before George filmed his role as Stuart Tarlton in Gone With The Wind, his name was changed to Reeves. (George is incorrectly listed as Brent Tarlton in the opening credits to the film.) As small a part as it was...next time someone asks you who was the first man to speak in "Gone With The Wind", you tell them it was "George Reeves".

George Reeves, who had made his movie debut in Gone With the Wind, became so typecast by his TV Superman role that he could not get other work. Although there were conflicting stories surrounding his death on June 16, 1959 --including one that the series was about to return to production--the coroner's verdict was that he had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

The Adventures of Superman Cast

Superman/Clark Kent ....... George Reeves

Lois Lane ............................(1951-1952) Phyllis Coates

Lois Lane..............................(1953-1957) Noel Neill

Jimmy Olsen ........................ Jack Larson

Perry White ........................ John Hamilton

Inspector Henderson .......... Robert Shayne

Professor Pepperwinkle ................................ Phillips Tead

Producers: Bob Maxwell, Bernard Luber (first season)

Whitney Ellsworth (1953-1957)

Theme score: Leon Klatzkin

Films in which George Reeves appeared...

1939: Gone With The Wind, The Monroe Doctrine, Ride Cowboy Ride, Pony Express Days, Smashing the Money Ring, Espionage Agent, Four Wives, On Dress Parade

1940: Tear Gas Squad, The Fighting 69th, Torrid Zone, Argentine Nights, Gambling on the High Seas, Till We Meet Again, Father is a Prince, Ladies Must Live, Virginia City, Calling All Husbands, Calling Philo Vance, Knute Rockne -- All American, The Man Who Talked Too Much, Always A Bride

1941: Strawberry Blonde, Lydia, Dead Men Tell, Man At Large, Blood and Sand, Blue White and Perfect

1942: Hoppy Serves A Writ, The Leather Burners, Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith, Bar 20, The Mad Martindales, Colt Comrades

1943: So Proudly We Hail!, Border Patrol

1944: Winged Victory

1947: Variety Girl, Champagne For Two

1948: Sainted Sisters, Special Agent, Jungle Jim, Thunder In The Pines, Jungle Goddess

1949: Adventures of Sir Galahad (a serial), The Great Lover, Samson and Delilah, The Mutineers

1950: The Good Humor Man

1951: Superman And The Mole-Men

1952: Rancho Notorious, Bugles In The Afternoon

1953: From Here To Eternity,Forever Female, The Blue Gardenia

1956: Westward Ho The Wagons

Source-Internet Movie Database

George Reeves
http://www.celebhost.net/georgereeves/

 A Tribute to George Reeves
http://come.to/georgereeves

Death of a Superman
http://www.tvparty.com/super.html