George Reeves

George Reeves


1/5/1914, Woolstock, Iowa, USA



Birth Name

George Keefer Brewer


Also Known As

Sgt. George Reeves
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There is still controversy over whether or not he killed himself intentionally, unintentionally, or was murdered. Also credited as: Sgt. George Reeves


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • George did not live to have a cameo appearance in the 1978 "Superman" film.

    • George possessed a photographic memory, letting him memorize 24 pages of dialogue a day during the production of The Adventures of Superman.

    • At the time of his unexpected death, George had plans to produce a science fiction film starring Phyllis Coates, who had co-starred with him as Lois Lane during the first season of The Adventures of Superman.

    • When he made public appearances as Superman, George was afraid to wear the costume for fear that someone would shoot at him to see if the bullets really bounced off.

    • George is buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, California.

    • George married Ellanora Needles on September 22, 1940. They were married for ten years prior to being divorced.

    • George was actively involved in causes such as cancer research and cerebral palsey.

    • George's Army Air Corps responsibilities included starring in training films.

    • George's hobbies included boxing and music.

    • George attended Pasadena Junior College.

    • George was raised in Pasadena, California.

    • George personally spoke out in denying charges against Robert Shayne (Inspector Henderson), who was in danger of being blacklisted.

    • George did a Kelloggs Frosted Flakes commercial. He dressed as Clark Kent, used his x-ray vision to find kids fighting, and then Superman would deliver the cereal causing the kids to settle their differences. His line was, "See, kids may argue, but never over Kelloggs Frosted Flakes."

    • George was born less than nine months after his parents' wedding. So his mother "moved" his birthday from January 5 to April 5, even lying to George.

    • George Brewer adopted the name George Bessolo, when adopted by his step-father. He acted under the stage name of George Reeves.

    • George was born January 5, 1914 as George Keefer Brewer.

    • George's parents are Don Brewer and Helen Lescher.

    • Between George's military service and his role as Superman, George earned a living digging septic systems.

    • George played in the 1942 movie So Proudly We Hail

    • George played the role Stuart Tarleton, one of one of O'Hara's suitors, in Gone With the Wind.

    • George had a military career when he enlisted un the United States Army Air Corps.

    • George almost declined the role of Superman, for television was not widespread enough to make him think he would be widely seen.

    • George's final role was in Westward Ho the Wagon. He was cast with a false beard, likely to prevent recognition of Superman.

    • George was cast to appear in From Here to Eternity. His role was cut when a preview audience would yell "Superman!" whenever his character appeared.

    • In 1987, Don McLean dedicated a song to George entitled "Superman's Ghost."

    • Investigations about George's death have persisted as recently as 1996, 37 years after his death, with the release of a book Hollywood Kryptonite, by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger.

    • George's death occurred on June 16, 1959, and was ruled a suicide.

    • George's death occurred three days before a planned wedding to Lenore Lemmon.

    • George Reeves, John Hamilton and Jack Larson did commcercials for The Kellogg's Cerial Co. during the original run of The Adventures Of Superman.

  • Quotes