urban syndromes

Jack Edward Larson (February 8, 1928 – September 20, 2015), performing arguably the most iconic portrayal of Jimmy Olsen across an array of media. He was concerned about being typecast in the role of young, naive (and slightly dumb) young men owing to his popular performance on The Adventures of Superman – and he was right to be concerned. The portrayal dogged him for decades, and it was later in his career that he came to regard his place in pop culture history with some measure of acceptance.

Not that his talents withered while waiting for film and stage roles. Larson was a playwright from an early age, a composer in his later years, a collector and curator of the works of Frank Lloyd Wright (both architectural and otherwise – he lived in Wright’s George Sturges House in Los Angeles for most of his life), co-produced many of the films directed by his long-time partner James Bridges (The China Syndrome, Urban Cowboy, etc), and moved in elite artistic circles in Hollywood throughout the second half of the Twentieth Century.

He would also go on to appear in later Supeman productions – as the bartender Bibbo in Superman Returns, in an episode of Superboy alongside Noel Neill, and as a prematurely-aged Jimmy Olsen in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.


Urban Syndromes 2013 Germany Dresden