Bud Collyer

Bud Collyer


6/18/1908, New York,NY



Birth Name

Clayton Johnson Heermance


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From a show business family, Bud decided to pursue his father's field, law, and attended Fordham University. However, with radio becoming such a lucrative profession, he decided to become a radio actor and by the 1930's, was performing on every network. His most famous role was that of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Collyer has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    • Before becoming a game show host, Collyer worked as a law clerk.

    • Superman's vulnerability to kryptonite grew out of Bud Collyer's desire for vacation time while doing the Superman radio show. The writers needed to dream up a way for Superman to be incapacitated for several shows when Collyer would be out, so kryptonite and its debilitating effects on the Man of Steel were introduced into the Superman mythos.

  • Quotes

    • Bud Collyer: (describing his years of voicing Superman on radio and TV) Of course, it grew into a magnificent career-within-a-career. It was great fun and a great way to get out all your inhibitions real fast. I love Superman, the guy who can fly through the air. It's the ultimate. So many people get the least bit embarrassed by fantasy when they're directing it or performing it and it loses all the great charm it should have, but if played honestly and whole-hog all the way, it's great.

    • Bud Collyer: I played Clark Kent just a little bit higher to give myself somewhere to go with the "UP, UP AND AWAY!"