Updated: August 09, 2021
SUPERMAN PHOTO GALLERY #01 (GEORGE REEVES)
George Reeves was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at Pasadena Junior College.
He was a skilled amateur boxer and musician. He interned as an actor at the famed Pasadena
Playhouse, and was discovered there. He was cast as Brent Tarleton in Gone with the Wind
(1939). Over the next ten years he was contracted to Warners, Fox and Paramount. He
achieved near-stardom as the male lead in So Proudly We Hail! (1943), but war service
interrupted his career, and after he returned it never regained the same level. While in
the Army Air Corps he appeared on Broadway in "Winged Victory", then made training films.
Career difficulties after the war led him to move to New York for live television. It was
television where he achieved the kind of fame that had eluded him in films, as he was cast
in the lead of the now-iconic Adventures of Superman (1952). He got a few film roles, but
he was mostly typecast as Superman, and other acting jobs soon dried up. His career had
slid to the point where he was considering an attempt at exhibition wrestling when he
committed suicide by shooting himself. Controversy still surrounds his death, due mainly
to the fact of his longtime affair with Toni Lanier (aka Toni Mannix), the wife of MGM
executive E.J. Mannix. Many of Reeves' friends and colleagues didn't believe that he had
committed suicide but that his death was related to the Mannix situation. However, no
credible evidence has ever been produced to support that contention.