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The Mysterious Death of George Reeves--suicide or murder?

Updated on March 18, 2012

George Reeves

The life and death of George Reeves


Whenever a celebrity dies under strange or suspicious circumstances, there will inevitably be years of endless speculation about what really happened. Even if it’s ruled an accident or suicide, there will always be doubt in some people’s minds about whether or not it was murder. Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Todd and others who have been found dead without witnesses to their demise have been topics of murder conspiracy theories.

One of the most popular and persistent of these ‘Was-it-a-murder-or-not’ celebrity deaths was the story of George Reeves, whose life ended at 45, due to a gunshot wound to the head. The question has been asked over and over, even since that day in 1959…Did Reeves commit suicide or was he murdered?

George Reeves started his acting career in a big way in 1939, appearing in Gone With the Wind, the most profitable film of its time and still considered one of the greatest ever. He played one of the Tarleton Brothers. He continued to work steadily for the next few years, and got critical acclaim for his appearance in So Proudly We Hail. The director of that film, Mark Sandrich, thought Reeves had the looks and charisma to be a leading man and had planned to champion Reeve’s career, hoping to turn him into “the next Clark Gable”

The plan was derailed in 1943, when Reeves was inducted in the army to fight in WW2. He ended up doing army training films. When he returned after the war, his mentor Sandrich died unexpectedly. Reeves had lost his access to the fast track. He was now lost among the throngs of returning actors, trying to resume their careers after the war. He took some temporary work on Broadway in a show sponsored by the Air force called Winged Victory. By the time the stage show ended, and he tried to get back into movies, Reeves was a forgotten man in Hollywood.

He spent the next five years struggling to find work in low-budget B-pictures and kiddie serials like The Adventures of Sir Galahad. Reeves was depressed and disappointed at the downward spiral his once-promising career had taken.

Reeves began a romance with society girl Toni Mannix, the wife of MGM Vice-President Eddie Mannix. Eddie and Toni Mannix had an open-marriage and were allowed to see other people. Toni fell in love with Reeves and even bought him a house.

Reeves was offered the role of Superman in a low-budget film Superman vs. the Mole Men, (1950) which was meant to be a test run for a potential weekly Superman television series. Reeves was reluctant to take the role, not considering it a serious acting part, but he needed the money, so he took the part. The film did well enough to lead to a series and Reeves became the star of The Adventures of Superman show in 1951.

The show became a big hit, especially with younger viewers. Reeves became a national celebrity. He even appeared as himself in an episode of I Love Lucy. He began doing live Superman shows around the country, and appearing in commercials (As Superman.)

Although the show was popular, Reeves’ salary was relatively low for a TV star. He was reportedly not happy with the quality of the scripts which he considered simplistic and juvenile. He wanted to bring more depth to the character of Superman/Clark Kent but he was over-ruled. He was angry at being stuck playing a one-dimensional comic book character. Worse still, Reeves had a clause in his contract that said he couldn’t take other work while he was under contract to do Superman. Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the series, claimed that Reeves once said, ‘If Mark (Sandrich) hadn’t died, I wouldn’t be in this monkey suit.”

By the mid-1950s, Reeves was in his forties, and was fed-up with the Superman series. He felt his career was slipping away along with his youth and that he would never get the chance to recapture the success he’d come so close to before the war. Although he took his image as a role model very seriously (He was careful never to do anything in public that would tarnish his image or disappoint his young fans) he was trying to get out of his contract. He was actually very happy when the series was put on indefinite hiatus after seven years, because of raising production costs and dipping ratings. In 1958, he was free of Superman. Or so he thought.

Reeves found it hard to escape the curse of type-casting. No one saw him as anything else but Superman. He tried to raise the funds to star in his own Independent sci-fi film, but the project never materialized.

Around this time, Reeves broke up with Toni Mannix, and hooked up with a younger woman named Lenore Lemmon. Mannix reportedly took the break-up very hard. Reeves and Lemmon were living together in the house that Mannix had bought for Reeves.

ABC planned to bring the Superman series back on the air. Reeves, unable to find work, reluctantly agreed to return to the role again, although he negotiated a big salary increase for the proposed eighth season.

REEVES’ DEATH:

On June 16th, 1959, Reeves and Lemmon had just returned home after a night out with three friends; William Bliss, Robert Condon and Carol Van Ronkel. Reeves said he was tired and had a headache, so he excused himself to bed at 9:30. The other four had a party downstairs that apparently got rather loud. Reeves came downstairs and got into an argument with Lemmon for her rudeness. The friends calmed him down and he stayed with them for a while, playing his guitar, and then went back upstairs alone after midnight. There was a gunshot at around 1:00am. The police received a phone call from Lemmon at about 1:45 and arrived at the scene at 2:00. Reeves was lying dead on his bed, from a gunshot wound to the temple. His was lying on his back, feet on the floor, with the gun lying next to him.

The guests were questioned and an examination of the body was done. The official ruling was Death by Suicide.


The CONTROVERSY:

There are some unusual or circumstantial facts which have led many to believe that Reeve’s death was not suicide.

Fact One: Several people had a motive to kill him.

Toni Mannix, a very rich woman with many important connections, was reportedly very angry and bitter about being dumped. Also, her husband Eddie Mannix was rumored to have mob connections. Beyond that, some friends of Reeves say that he was planning to call off the wedding to Lemmon and he was afraid how she would take it. All three are potential suspects.

Fact Two: the car accident.

George Reeves had a car accident about a month before he died. His brake line was broken and he hit a tree. It may have been damaged by fluke chance or it could have been cut deliberately.

Fact Three: Where was Lemmon?

The testimony of Lenore Lemmon and the three guests placed her in the living room when the shot was fired. However, third party sources have claimed that Bliss and Condon confided to them that Lemmon was upstairs with Reeves when the shot was heard. These statement are off the record and unconfirmed.

Fact Four: The time discrepancy.

Everyone present agreed that they heard the gunshot at 1:00am, but they didn’t call the police until 45 minutes later. They blamed that fact that they were intoxicated and scared, and therefore delayed in calling the police.

Fact Five: The shell casing.

A shell casing was found on the bed, under Reeve’s body. Some people think it could only have gotten there if someone had moved him and placed him on the bed. However, police experts say it’s possible there was enough bounce when he fell backwards on the bed for the shell to have rolled underneath him.

Fact Six: No prints on the gun.

Reeves’ finger prints were not on the murder weapon. However, forensics professionals say that the gun was too heavily coated in gun-oil for finger prints to be present. (Also unusual was the fact that the police didn’t test Reeve’s hand for powder residue. Apparently, it wasn’t standard procedure for a suicide in the LAPD at the time.)

Fact Seven: The two extra bullet holes.

An investigation found that there were two extra bullet holes in the floor of Reeve’s room. That seemed to indicate that it wasn’t a suicide. However, Lemmon says that the holes were made several months earlier when they drunkenly caused the gun to accidentally discharge.

Fact Eight: The depression issue.

The suicide theory depends on Reeves’ reported depression. Some say that he was so depressed from his failed career and his bad relationship with Lemmon. However, others who knew him well, like Jack Larson and Reeves’ mother, adamantly maintain that Reeves was not especially depressed and was not the type to commit suicide.

It’s likely that we’ll never know what happened that night. No matter what further evidence may come to light, I doubt it will convince everyone. The mystery of George Reeves' death will continue to be a lightning-rod for theories and speculation.

What do you think?



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      gunsock 5 years ago from South Coast of England

      What a great story. I'm into old Hollywood but this was all new to me. Great hub. Thank you!

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hello gunsock. Glad you enjoyed the hub. There was a film about the death of Reeves called "Hollywoodland" a few years back. You might enjoy it.

      Rob

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      Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      I did not know that "Superman" had died under mysterious circumstances. And, I also didn't know he was in "Gone With The Wind."

      After reading your hub, I don't think we will never know what really happened to George Reeves.

      There are too many people with powerful motives, and he really might have been suicidal...

      Very interesting Hub!

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Certainly makes for a good mystery I am not that familiar with hollywood then or now but I imagine there are a lot of mysteries there.

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      marellen 5 years ago

      I have heard that his death was a mystery but you

      brought up things I didn't know.

      Why should he be so depressed, someone bought him a home and he had two women who loved him. I wish someone would buy me a home.

      Oh, a woman scorned.....look out!!!!!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I remember him well. I was a radio and comic book 'Superman' fanatic as a kid, but I wasn't thrilled with the TV version because Reeves just didn't seem 'super' enough.

      But it was indeed a huge story when 'Superman' committed suicide.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      HI Rachelle; you're right, we'll probably never know the truth. As you say, there were motives to kill him, but the police ruled it suicide. I lean toward the suicide theory myself, but who knows?

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi dahoglund. Yes, it makes for a terrific mystery. As you say, there are plenty of other Hollywood mysteries. I may do hubs on some of them, too.

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Marellen; True, he did have some reasons to be happy. That's what Jack Larson and Reeves' mother maintain. Then again, he was depressed about what he felt was a "failed" career, and his relationship with Lenore Lemmon was apparantly tumultuous. But as you say, the "woman scorned" theory makes for a good motive.

      Thanks for reading,

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Will. Apparantly Reeves wasn't too happy with the show either, but he couldn't get out of it. I can only imagine what a huge story it must have been at the time...Superman commits suicide.

      Rob

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      The most damning evidence against the suicide theory are the extra bullet holes. There other things can be circumstantial. It is interesting to note that he didn't want to tarnish the image of Superman for his fans. Committing suicide would certainly do that.

      He did get the chance to be in important films, but his image of Superman would get his part cut down. If he hadn't been the one to tell Lancaster about Kerr in From Here to Eternity, he would have been just an extra in that film for the finished product.

      This story had always fascinated me, more so than other unexplained deaths.in Hollywood.

      It's unfortunate that his career started so well-it helped to make him dissatisfied with his Superman series -that and the fact that the suit was heavy and hot.

      Contrast that with Adam West is a comedian and loved it when Batman was at its least logical and most bizarre.

      Rachelle-he appears in the opening scenes of Gone with the wind with Scarlett at the dance. He is one of two suitors sitting on either side of her on a porch.

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Very nicely done Rob, it is indeed a fascinating mystery.....some other points....(1) He thought his role in From Here To Eternity was going to break the Superman hold on him....instead most of his part ended up on the editing floor and (2) Ben Affleck does a great job playing Reeves in Hollywoodland.

      As for my thinking....I think he shot himself....some people hide their depressions very easily.....he think he was in that boat. Voted up and awesome.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Flora: I think his biggest problem was his high expectations. He started off so strong was promised by Sandrich that he'd be the new Clark Gable. After that, starring in a super hero TV show, aimed mostly a kids, seemed like failure to him. As was pointed out in the film HOLLYWOODLAND, "Where he ended up, should have been good enough. But not for George."

      The two extra bullet holes do seem suspicious. Lemmon had an excuse, but if she were involved, she'd naturally lie about it.

      Adam West was happy with the silliness of BATMAN, and he was good at campy humor. Reeves was a different type of person, with different expectations, so what West thought was fun, Reeves thought was embarrassing.

      Thanks for commenting, Flora,

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi cogerson; I agree that Ben Affleck was excellent portraying Reeves. I'm not normally an Affleck fan, but I'll give credit where it's due. He hit a home run in "Hollywoodland".

      I think the effect of the whole "From Here to Eternity" situation on his career was exaggerated. Even before it was edited, his was still a fairly minor part. He appears in one scene in the final version, but even in the pre-cut version, I think he only had about two or three scenes, and the only notable one was the one that remains in the film. So I doubt that "From Here to Eternity" would have changed his career much, even without the edits.

      Thanks, as always, for your excellent input,

      Rob

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great write on the mystery Rob. So you liked the way the story was done in "Hollywoodland?" It is a good flick. I believe he was murdered. Big mistake with Toni, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned(or who thinks she's been) Eddie had very close connections to Mickey Cohens crew- the main mob guy in L.A.- and was a ruthless dude to boot. Reeves just didn't understand he'd signed on as a permanent boy toy for Toni's love and pleasure. "Super-Hub!"

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being interviewed in this week's edition of Hubpages Weekly. It is good timing since you mention this George Reeves hub.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Alastar: I did like "Hollywoodland". I thought it was smart that they never gave a defintive resolution to the mystery, since no one knows for sure. (Unlike the book "Hollywood Kryptonite" which blames a hit-man for the murder.)

      If it was murder, the evidence would seem to point more to Lenore Lemmon than Toni Mannix, although Toni had the best motive. Revenge of a scorned woman!

      It's a classic mystery. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Rob

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      Lady_Tenaz 5 years ago

      Well you and I both like this subject! I wrote a story about the very same thing on my blog earlier this month! :-) Good Job! There will always be speculation on this one I am afraid, sadly we will never truly know. - (in case you want to check it out)

      http://dreamingcasuallypoetry.blogspot.com/2011/09...

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thanks Flora. It was an honor to be interviewed.

      Rob

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Off subject....but congrats on your interview on the weekly hub page newsletter. Very well done.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Lady_Tenaz; Quite a coincidence that we both wrote about the same thing at roughly the same time. I liked your blog. You seem to lean more towards murder, while I'm inclined toward the suicide theory. We'll never know.

      Thanks for reading,

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thanks cogerson. I was flattered. First there was the podcast about my hubs and then the interview.

      Rob

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      Marlin 55 5 years ago from USA

      Great article Rob and congratulations on your interview.

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      Lady_Tenaz 5 years ago

      Yes it is funny, I wrote mine about two weeks ago. I had been working on my story since June and even did some research with a gun expert about the forensics of it. But became so busy with my schedule I had to put it off. Thanks for checking my blog out. I am much obliged!

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thanks Marlin. Good to hear from you again.

      Rob

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      citychick 5 years ago from Ulster County, New York

      This was very well researched. I'd always believed that Reeves was murdered, but we may never know. Thanks for posting this!

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      I didn't know anything about that but the way you described the facts it sounded very dodgy. It also struck strange the police never check for gun powder on his hands and it wasn't done with suicide but you can only it is suicide if they found gun powder on his hands. A bit a confused law. Well I think Marilyn Monroe was murdered and Kennedy was killed by the CIA. There so many lose ends in the top.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi citychck. You have a lot of company. Many people think he was murdered. I'm inclined to think suicide, but as you say, we may never know.

      Thanks for reading,

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi H.H.; You're right, it was all a bit dodgy. I don't know why the procedure at the time was to only check for powder burns in a homicide, not a suicide, but that was how the LADP did it back then. All in all, it was a sloppy investigation.

      Rob

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Awesome Hub! George Reeves did have a mysterious death. I wanted to see that Ben Affleck movie about his life, it looked intriguing and I heard it was pretty gripping.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Alecia: The Affleck film "Hollywoodland" was very good. I enjoyed it. It was probably Affleck's best performance. Adrian Brody was very good in it, too.

      Rob

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      Brian Lokker 5 years ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      Very interesting hub, Rob. I loved the Superman show as a kid -- "Great Caesar's Ghost!" Although I was aware of the mysterious circumstances of Reeves's death, I hadn't read about it in detail before. You've laid out the facts very well. I'll have to check out the Ben Affleck movie.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hello Brian; Great Caesar's Ghost is one of my favorite TV catchphrases. "Don't call me chief" was another funny one from the "Superman" show.

      Thanks for reading and commenting,

      Rob

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..another wonderful and fascinating hub subject by you my friend and so good that I must post this to my FACEBOOK page with a direct link so CBS' 60 Minutes will discover you and hire you as one of their investigative journalists.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thanks epigramman; I appreciate the kind words. And thanks for the Facebook post.

      Glad you stopped by,

      Rob

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Excellent job, Rob. Really good reading. I personally think George was murdered, by his girlfriend.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I absolutely love watching anything on film with George Reeves in it; and Rob Kardashian in his Superman dance choreography on DWTS this week did put me in mind of Reeves. I saw Hollywoodland and enjoyed that as well. I believe Reeves was murdered, having never should have involving himself with married women and thugs and so on.

      Look for newspaper archives of the event of his death - Our local paper read in headline: Superman Shoots Himself, Dead. Kids were very upset. The position of the body seems posed to me. Somebody should have asked Erle Stanley Gardner and his forensics friends to have a look!

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Paradise; If it was murder, I think she was the probably the culprit. I still lean towards suicide but if it's a homicide, Lemmon is the strongest suspect, considering the evidence.

      Thanks for reading,

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Patty; It's an honor to have such a lauded hubber comment on my work. As for the Reeves investigation, it did seem like they cut a few corners.

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub,

      Rob

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thank u for sharing. I find it strange that all actors who played superman (well, not all, yet) but many died strange deaths. Just goes to further my case that superman is the stupidest superhero ever!

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi PDX. Thanks for stopping by. Actually, only two Superman actors have had tragic deaths. (George Reeves and Chris Reeve.) Kirk Allyn (the original Superman from the old serials)lived to a ripe old age. The rest (Dean Caine, Brandon Routh and Tom Welling) are all alive and well.

      Thanks for the comments;

      Rob

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      tom welling should be ashamed of himself for portraying such a girlie superman. I'm a batman fan, myself. With enough money and a cool voice, I could be batman

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Last weekend I met Kevin Conroy, the guy does the voice for the animated Batman. Maybe you could practice your gruff voice and take over for him when he retires. As for Tom Welling, he was a bit of a dim-witted Superman. Not really girlie but a little too much of the "kinder, gentler" type of Superhero.

      Rob

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      jeanine 5 years ago

      when I was younger... just when I began to believe there was a superman out there... someone killed him... not faster than a speeding bullet... it changed my life forever... I realized there were no super men... so I began my journey to find a good one... and there are some of you out there I found are very good men...lol... nice read Rob...

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thanks Jeanine; There are real heroes and good men out there if you keep looking.

      I appreciate the comments,

      Rob

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      certainly smallville ruined superman for me.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      It was better than "Superman Returns".

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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      I have to say this is definitely the best article that I've ever read based on this subject, and you definitely did a great job laying out all the facts here. Like you, I tend to lean towards the suicide angle, but there are many aspects you brought up that I wasn't aware of, like the mafia connections to all this. Although, I tend to think that might've just added another reason for suicide. Maybe Reeves knew the mafia was after him, and he knew that if he had stayed alive longer then it would only be a matter of time before he, his family and everyone else he cared about got killed with him, so he took the easy way out. Although, I could be wrong, but I'm merely speculating based on the evidence you provided.

      However, I do appreciate you writing this, as I always find myself learning new things whenever I read one of your hubs.

      In a way, I find George Reeves' role as superman, as kind of funny to be honest. Not funny in a comical way, but in an ironic sort of way. Although he hated the role, it's ironic that he would become infamously well known for it anyway. Kind of similar with Marlon Brando playing Jor-El in the Christopher Reeves Superman movies. I remember seeing a behind the scenes interview, in "Superman II: Donner's Cut", where Brando admitted that he never took the role too seriously, but it's funny seeing how he would end up being famously known for that part, in addition to the other great ones that he played in his career. Plus, on a smaller note, I also remember hearing how Orson Welles didn't take his voice acting role that seriously in "Transformers: The Movie", but to this day, fans of that franchise still clamor about how great he was in his role as Unicron. I know I'm in the minority when all this, and probably alone in my thinking, but I find it kind of ironic.

      Anyway, great job on creating another very detailed and in depth hub, and keep up the good work. By the way, congratulations on getting interviewed by hubpages, as I think you're now the third person that I know of to receive such an honor. :)

      @PDXKaraokeGuy

      Well everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but how does your point prove anything about Superman being a lame character in your eyes? That really doesn't make any sense. Just saying. However, if you want to see arguably the best interpretation of Superman (in my mind), then you should definitely see "Superman: The Animated Series", "Justice League", and "Justice League Unlimited", and you might find yourself seeing a much more complex version of Superman that is a helluva of a lot more faithful to the modern comic books that I've seen.

      No offense to Christopher Reeves, as his Superman movies will always be deemed the gold standard for the superhero genre, BUT the movies are dated by today's standards, and based on the version of the character that i read in the 90's, Reeves' interpretation of Clark Kent is way off base. For one, Clark Kent isn't a "Steve Urkell" super nerd. No, he's more like the shy and quiet office guy at work that most people don't notice. If anything, the only live action version of Clark Kent that was done close to the comics that I read comes from "Lois and Clark" if you ask me. Although, that series sucked because they totally botched up Superman and his villains they tried to use for that show. eh. What can you do? However, I do encourage you to watch those animated shows, as they paint probably the best interpretations of superman that might change your mind. :)

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Good article. Lays it all out there. As you probably know, I'm in with the murder theory. I think it was Ms. & Mr. Mannix that were the perps, or they paid somebody to do it. The gun was supposed to shoot blanks.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Stevennix; thanks for the very thoughtful and detailed repsonse. I appreciate your taking the time to contribute to my hub. I lean towards suicide until any further evidence comes to light, but I don't think any evidence will be enough to convince everyone.

      It is sadly ironic that his found his lasting fame in a role he didn't like or appreciate. Too bad, because many people would have killed for a role like that, where they would be remembered for generations.

      The interview was fun to do. I felt honored.

      About Christopher Reeves, his interpretation of the nerdy, dorky Clark Kent was very accurate to the 'Silver age' or 'pre-Crisis' version of Clark. The character changed in 1985 after DC's big "Crisis" revamp, but in the sixties and seventies, Clark Kent was a real geek.

      Thanks very much for reading and commenting,

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Paradise; We'll never know what really happened, and people are split on the murder/suicide thing. I'm not 100% sure but I lean toward suicide.

      Thanks for reading,

      Rob

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i dunno, smallville is like the twilight for nerds.

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      T.G. 3 years ago

      The bullet wound over the right ear was at point blank range. In other words, the gun muzzle had been pressed against the skin before firing.

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