1933-02-08

JACK LARSON, American actor born (d: 2015); an actor, librettist, screenwriter and producer, he was raised in Pasadena, California and was best known for his portrayal of Jimmy Dean in the TV series Adventures of Superman. In 2006, he appeared in Bryan Singer’s film Superman Returns in a cameo role as “Bo the Bartender”; it was rumored prior to the film’s release that his role would actually be Suicide Slum resident and Superman fan, Bibbo Bibowski, a supporting character from the modern Superman comics. In one of Larson’s Superman Returns scenes, where characters celebrate Superman’s rescue of a plane, his character is shown wearing a bow tie in the style of Jimmy Olsen and hugging the film’s incarnation of Jimmy Olsen played by Sam Huntington.

As a writer, Larson wrote the libretto to the opera Lord Byron to music by Virgil Thompson. Larson was the life-partner of director James Bridges [The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome, Urban Cowboy, Perfect, and Bright Lights, Big City. Their relationship lasted 35 years until Bridges’ death in June 1993. Prior to that, he was the companion of actor Montgomery Clift.