George Reeves Net Worth

George Reeves Net Worth is
$1 Million

George Reeves Biography

A global known Actor George Reeves born in Monday, January 05, 1914

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameGeorge Reeves
Net Worth$1 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 5, 1914
DiedJune 16, 1959, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles
Height1.85 m
EducationPasadena City College
SpouseEllanora Needles
ParentsDon Brewer, Frank Bessolo, Helen Lescher
NominationsTV Land Most "Out of this World" Character Award, TV Land Superest Super Hero Award
MoviesSuperman and the Mole Men, Gone with the Wind, So Proudly We Hail!, Rancho Notorious, Stamp Day for Superman, Jungle Jim, Adventures of Sir Galahad, The Blue Gardenia, Bar 20, The Strawberry Blonde, Samson and Delilah, Jungle Goddess, Blood and Sand, Bugles in the Afternoon, Lydia, Man at Large, The Good Humor Man, Westward Ho the Wagons!, Torrid Zone, Hoppy Serves a Writ, Winged Victory, Colt Comrades, Argentine Nights, The Sainted Sisters, Tear Gas Squad, Border Patrol, Sex Hygiene, Forever Female, Blue, White and Perfect, Virginia City, Calling All Husbands, The Great Lover, Buckskin Frontier, Special Agent, The Mad Martindales, The Mutineers, Thunder in the Pines, Always a Bride, The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith, Champagne for Two
TV ShowsAdventures of Superman

Interesting Facts

1 Because he was so associated with being Superman that only children loved him, he was purported to have told a friend, 'I wish I had one adult fan.' Now he has plenty.
2 Although credited in the credits in Gone With The Wind as Brent Tarleton, it is clear from the film's dialogue that he is actually Stuart Tarleton.
3 He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Gone with the Wind (1939) and From Here to Eternity (1953). The same was true of his Adventures of Superman (1952) co-star Noel Neill, who appeared in An American in Paris (1951) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952).
4 He was the oldest actor to play the role of Clark Kent/Superman.
5 Best remembered by the public for his starring role in Adventures of Superman (1952).
6 In Blood and Sand (1941) as Captain Pierre Lauren, Reeves shares the screen with Rita Hayworth in her first Technicolor scene.
7 Served with actress and friend, Virginia Grey, as chairperson of autograph booth for Fiesta Sunday, a fundraiser for Rancho San Antonio, the Boys Town of the West, Fifth Annual Benefit, sponsored by Knights of Columbus of the Southern California Chapter on September 19, 1954, Chatsworth, California.
8 Another false story has Reeves appearing as a bespectacled TV news reporter in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). In reality, the actor playing the role bears no resemblance to Reeves, and in a 1995 interview with Reeves biographer Jim Beaver, director Robert Wise stated unequivocally that it is not Reeves in the role. It appears that someone jumped to conclusions based on the image of a reporter wearing glasses and thus resembling roughly the image of Superman alter-ego Clark Kent. Reeves had nothing to do with the film in any capacity.
9 On April 15, 1955, he made a rare public appearance as Superman at the annual Cub Scout Jamboree at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, where he patiently met hundreds of Cub Scout fans and signed autographs of himself as Superman in his famous costume.
10 A false story has circulated that Reeves auditioned for the role of Samson in Samson and Delilah (1949) but lost the role to Victor Mature. Reeves was never under consideration for the role of Samson. However, he was given a role as the Wounded Messenger at the recommendation of Mature, who was very loyal to his friends from his student days at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. Many of the smaller roles in Samson and Delilah (1949) were played by Mature's friends from Pasadena. The source for the rumor is most likely confusion over the similar name of the bodybuilder/actor who was considered for the role of Samson. The actor who auditioned for the role was in fact, Steve Reeves, (Mr. Universe, 1950.) Steve refused the role when Cecil B. DeMille demanded that he lose fifteen pounds of muscle. The role eventually went to Victor Mature, when Burt Lancaster wasn't available.
11 A false story has also circulated that Reeves had signed a five-picture deal with Paramount studios just prior to his death, this given as evidence that his life was on an upbeat and thus, presumably, he could not have been depressed enough to take his own life. Whether he did so or not, there is no truth to the rumor that he had a deal of any size or number of pictures with Paramount or any other studio at the time of his death. Paramount, like all the major studios in the 1950s, was jettisoning actor deals and contracts as quickly as possible in face of the onslaught of television. In 1959, only superstars such as John Wayne or William Holden would have been given multi-picture studio contracts. Reeves, whose contract with Paramount had been dropped a few years earlier was, in 1959, a typecast TV kiddie show star who hadn't had a job anywhere in film or television in over two years. It is virtually impossible that he could have achieved such a deal at that point in his life and in the existing studio hierarchy, and indeed Paramount administrative records confirm that no such contract existed.
12 A false story has circulated that Reeves was hired to play detective Milton Arbogast in Psycho (1960) and filmed a few of his scenes with the rest of the cast just a week before his death. There is no truth to this rumor at all. Reeves died on June 16, 1959, almost two months before Alfred Hitchcock decided to make a film of "Psycho." Work on the script began in October, 1959, four months after Reeves' death. Filming began in November, 1959, five months after Reeves' death. At the time of his death, Hitchcock was on a world tour promoting North by Northwest (1959) (Source: "The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock," by Donald Spoto). Reeves did not live long enough to even know the film was planned, much less actually appear in it.
13 A skilled musician, he appeared briefly with his Adventures of Superman (1952) co-star Noel Neill in a touring county-fair act in which she sang and he played guitar and upright bass, following his performance of a wrestling/judo act as Superman (versus "Mr. Kryptonite," "Gene LeBell").
14 Met wife, actress Ellanora Needles, while studying at the Pasadena Playhouse.
15 What raised eyebrows regarding Reeves' death is that he was found naked in his bedroom by his guests during a small gathering at 1:59 a.m.; his guests waited 45 minutes to call police; detectives found additional bullet holes in the floor of his bedroom; bruises were found on Reeves' body; shell casings were discovered in strange locations; and a jilted lover of an MGM executive and a volatile, overly- possessive fiancée also figured into the unhappy storyline.
16 During the hiatus of the Adventures of Superman (1952) TV series, Reeves made guest appearances around the country. In one appearance he appeared at Kennywood Amusement Park just outside of Pittsburgh; the next year he was also slated to appear and billboards had advertised that fact, however that was the year that he died and Kennywood had to find a replacement act; the act which replaced Reeves was Guy Williams as Zorro. The billboards whitewashed over the Superman ad to add Zorro, but the Superman logo could still be seen underneath the ad for Zorro.
17 Is portrayed by Ben Affleck in Hollywoodland (2006)
18 Actor Jim Beaver is at this writing (2006) preparing the definitive biographical book on Reeves's life, and served as historical consultant on the film about Reeves's death, Hollywoodland (2006).
19 Although his Superman costume was padded, Reeves himself was actually very athletic and did most of his own stunts for his role in the Adventures of Superman (1952). Episodes routinely required him to jump from significant heights to simulate Superman landing in frame or hitting a springboard with enough force to propel him out of frame. A frequent stunt required Reeves to grab a bar (outside of camera range) and swing in through a window, clearing his own height (over six foot) and landing on his feet. Reeves had mastered this gymnastic move so well that he could perform the stunt and immediately deliver his dialog without the need to cut to another angle.
20 Did TV ads for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes during his tenure as Superman in the 1950s. In one commercial, George, as Clark Kent, used his super vision to see through a wall to show the viewer two children arguing over whether or not a girl could be Superman, but by the end of the argument they had united over their mutual fondness for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, which Superman promoted. George then turned to the camera, smiling, and said "See, kids may argue, but never over Kellogg's Frosted Flakes."
21 Although it is circulated that he was depressed over being labeled Superman, and that it inhibited his future career, he took the part of "role model" seriously, even to the extent of quitting smoking and not making appearances around children with his girlfriends.
22 Personally defended Noel Neill when she replaced Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane in the second season of the Superman TV series when he felt the director was being too harsh with her. He also defended Robert Shayne, who played Inspector Henderson, when Shayne was accused of being a radical during the 1950s witch hunt and was in danger of losing his job. Producer Whitney Ellsworth also defended Shayne along with Reeves.
23 His birth date is often given as April 5, 1914, but that was due to his actual birth date, January 5, being considerably less than nine months after his parents' wedding. His mother lied even to him about his birth date and it was not until adulthood that he learned the truth. To further confuse matters, his mother made a mistake when having the urn containing his ashes inscribed, and thus his burial urn reads January 6 instead of January 5.
24 He was cautious in his interaction with the young children who were fans of Adventures of Superman (1952) because they often tried to test his "invulnerability" by assaulting him. At one appearance a young boy came up to Reeves, pulled out a pistol and pointed it at him. The boy had taken the weapon, a Luger that his father had brought home from World War II, to see if "Superman" really was invulnerable. Reeves convinced the boy to give him the gun by saying that someone else would get hurt when the bullets bounced off of "Superman".
25 Was somewhat depressed over his identification with the role of Superman because he felt that it prevented him from being able to take on more challenging roles.
26 He was a devout supporter of "The City Of Hope" Cancer research hospital and the Los Angeles chapter of United Cerebral Palsy. He also appeared on "The City Of Hope" and UCP Telethons on local Los Angeles TV and at "The City Of Hope" parades in Duarte, California as Superman.
27 Interred at Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, California, USA in the Pasadena Mausoleum, Sunrise Corridor.
28 Born George Keefer Brewer, but was adopted by step-father and took name George Bessolo, by which he was known until taking the stage name George Reeves in 1939.
29 On June 16, 1959, he was found shot to death at his home in Hollywood, California. To this day, there is still controversy over whether he killed himself or was murdered.

Net Worth & Salary

Adventures of Superman (1952) $2,500 /week
Adventures of Superman (1952) $1,000 /episode


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6709 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Most "Out of This World" Adventures of Superman (1952)
2003 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Superest Super Hero Adventures of Superman (1952)



Adventures of Superman 1952-1958 TV Series Superman Clark Kent Boulder
I Love Lucy 1957 TV Series Superman
Westward Ho, the Wagons! 1956 James Stephen
Funny Boners 1955 TV Series Superman
Stamp Day for Superman 1954 Short Superman Clark Kent
Forever Female 1953 George Courtland
From Here to Eternity 1953 Sergeant Maylon Stark (uncredited)
The Blue Gardenia 1953 Police Capt. Sam Haynes
The Ford Television Theatre 1952 TV Series Mr. Lindsey
Kraft Theatre 1949-1952 TV Series Sgt. Stivers The Captain Don Richie ...
Fireside Theatre 1952 TV Series John Carter
Bugles in the Afternoon 1952 Lt. Smith
Rancho Notorious 1952 Wilson
Superman and the Mole-Men 1951 Superman Clark Kent
Lights Out 1950-1951 TV Series
The Adventures of Ellery Queen 1950 TV Series
Hands of Mystery 1950 TV Series
Suspense 1949-1950 TV Series Roger Sherman / Bill Reed / D.P. Bradford
The Web 1950 TV Series
Starlight Theatre 1950 TV Series
The Trap 1950 TV Series
The Good Humor Man 1950 Stuart Nagle
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1950 TV Series
Believe It or Not 1950 TV Series
The Silver Theatre 1949-1950 TV Series Frank Telford
The Adventures of Sir Galahad 1949 Sir Galahad
Samson and Delilah 1949 Wounded Messenger
Actor's Studio 1949 TV Series
The Great Lover 1949 Williams
The Clock 1949 TV Series
Special Agent 1949 Paul Devereaux
The Mutineers 1949 Thomas Nagle
Jungle Jim 1948 Bruce Edwards
Thunder in the Pines 1948 Jeff Collins
Jungle Goddess 1948 Mike Patton
The Sainted Sisters 1948 Sam Stoaks
Variety Girl 1947 George Reeves (uncredited)
Champagne for Two 1947 Short Jerry Malone
Airborne Lifeboat 1945 Short Pilot
Time to Kill 1945 Short Frank
Winged Victory 1944 Lt. Thompson (as Sgt. George Reeves)
Bar 20 1943 Lin Bradley
The Kansan 1943 Jesse James (uncredited)
So Proudly We Hail! 1943 Lt. John Summers
The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith 1943 Short Tom Smith
Colt Comrades 1943 Lin Whitlock
Leather Burners 1943 Harrison Brooke
Buckskin Frontier 1943 Surveyor
Border Patrol 1943 Don Enrique Perez
Hoppy Serves a Writ 1943 Steve Jordan
The Mad Martindales 1942 Julio Rigo
Sex Hygiene 1942 Short First Sergeant
Blue, White and Perfect 1942 Juan Arturo O'Hara
Man at Large 1941 Bob Grayson
Lydia 1941 Bob Willard
Throwing a Party 1941 Short Larry Scoffield
Blood and Sand 1941 Captain Pierre Lauren
Dead Men Tell 1941 Bill Lydig
The Lady and the Lug 1941 Short Doug Abbott
The Strawberry Blonde 1941 Harold
Meet the Fleet 1940 Short Benson
Father Is a Prince 1940 Gary Lee
Always a Bride 1940 Michael 'Mike' Stevens
Knute Rockne All American 1940 Distraught Player (uncredited)
Calling All Husbands 1940 Dan Williams
Argentine Nights 1940 Eduardo 'El Tigre' Estaban
Ladies Must Live 1940 George Halliday
Pony Express Days 1940 Short William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
Gambling on the High Seas 1940 Reporter
Torrid Zone 1940 Sancho
Tear Gas Squad 1940 Joe McCabe
'Til We Meet Again 1940 Jimmy Coburn
Virginia City 1940 Maj. Drewery's Union Telegrapher (uncredited)
Calling Philo Vance 1940 Steamship Clerk (uncredited)
The Fighting 69th 1940 Jack O'Keefe (uncredited)
Four Wives 1939 Laboratory Man (uncredited)
Gone with the Wind 1939 Brent Tarleton - Scarlett's Beau
On Dress Parade 1939 Southern Soldier in Trench (uncredited)
The Monroe Doctrine 1939 Short John Sturgis
Espionage Agent 1939 Warrington's Secretary (uncredited)
Ride, Cowboy, Ride 1939 Short Pancho Dominguez / Sam Brenner


Adventures of Superman 1958 TV Series 3 episodes


Suspense 1950 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Strawberry Blonde 1941 performer: "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" 1902, "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis" 1904 - uncredited
Argentine Nights 1940 performer: "Amigo, We Go Riding Tonight"


Arson, Inc. 1949 dialogue director


Superman 50th Anniversary 1988 TV Movie documentary acknowledgment


The Tony Bennett Show 1956 TV Series Himself
Sheriff John's Cartoon Time 1953 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics 2010 Video documentary Clark Kent Superman
The Life and Legacy of George Reeves 2006 Video short Himself
MovieReal: Hollywoodland 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Curse of Superman 2006 TV Movie documentary Superman Clark Kent (uncredited)
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman 2006 TV Movie documentary Superman
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special 2001 TV Movie documentary
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Clark Kent / Superman
Derrick contre Superman 1992 TV Short Superman (as Steve Reeves)
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths 1990 Video documentary Himself
Action Heroes of Movies & T.V.: A Campy Compilation 1989 Video documentary Superman
Arena 1981 TV Series documentary Himself
Kisses 1976 Superman
Superman 1973 Superman Clark Kent
San Francisco Mix 1971 TV Series Superman Clark Kent
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1961 TV Series James Stephen
Superman's Peril 1954 Clark Kent Superman
Superman and the Jungle Devil 1954 Clark Kent Superman
Superman Flies Again 1954 Clark Kent Superman
Superman in Exile 1954 Clark Kent Superman Boulder
Superman in Scotland Yard 1954 Clark Kent Superman
Adventures of Superman 1953 TV Series Superman Clark Kent
Footlights Theater 1953 TV Series
Forty Thieves 1944 Steve Jordan (uncredited)
Breakdowns of 1941 1941 Short Himself (uncredited)

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