- NAME: George Reeves
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Television Actor
- BIRTH DATE: January 05, 1914
- DEATH DATE: June 16, 1959
- EDUCATION: Pasadena Junior College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Woolstock, Iowa
- PLACE OF DEATH: Beverly Hills, California
- Originally: George Keefer Brewer
- AKA: George Reeves
- AKA: George Brewer
- AKA: George Bessolo
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Actor George Reeves was best known as Superman on the popular 1950s television show The Adventures of Superman. The series made him a household name, but brought an end to his film career.
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However, as the popularity of the series swelled to a phenomenal level, Reeves became more and more dissatisfied with the direction in which his career was headed.
In 1953, Reeves was given a chance to rejuvenate his flagging film career with a substantial role in From Here to Eternity. However his hopes were crushed when a preview audience laughed and yelled "There's Superman" when Reeves first came on-screen. In the film's final release,
the actor appeared only momentarily and without screen credit. Typecasting brought Reeves's career to a grinding halt and From Here to Eternity marked his last major motion picture.
After five successful seasons, Superman was canceled in 1957. In addition to his professional problems, Reeves was burdened by his relationship with longtime lover Toni Mannix, the common-law wife of Eddie Mannix, vice president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1958, Reeves began a relationship with a young New York socialite, Leonore Lemmon. When he broke off his romance with Mannix, she was enraged, and began to harass the new couple, causing Reeves to file for a restraining order against his former lover.
On June 15, 1959, Reeves was found dead in his bedroom from a gunshot wound to the head. He was 45 years old. The police ruled his death a suicide, but rumors quickly surfaced that Reeves was murdered. Although Lemmon and Mannix were both suspected of killing Reeves, no arrests or convictions were made. His death remains shrouded in mystery.
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