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Actor George Reeves was best known as Superman on the popular 1950s television show. It made him a household name, but brought an end to his film career.
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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' career to a grinding halt and
From Here to Eternity marked his last major motion picture.
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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