George Reeves has brought the superhero world in a new direction by donning the ‘S’ symbol on his chest to the small screen with the Adventures of Superman show for children. Due to his successful efforts of bringing the widely popular canon character on-screen, he imprinted his name in the superhero world.
But little did he know that his very role would end up changing the course of his personal life. The iconic character had supernatural abilities but Reeves did not, which nearly pushed him to death’s gate. Given that the superhero possesses invulnerability powers, it ended up giving the actor a hard time when a child nearly shot him.
A Child Nearly Shot George Reeves to Test His Invulnerability
George Reeves Hated the Superman Role
Playing a superhero is one of the greatest things people consider but for Reeves, it was not a healthy advantage. Back in 1956, he talked about disliking his role as it restricted his acting career.
Sharing with Akron Beacon Journal, he mentioned,
“The only rub in playing Superman is that I have a tough time finding other roles. Most movie producers feel I’m too closely identified with Superman, so they won’t use me.”
He passed away at the age of 45 on June 16, 1959, from a gunshot wound to the head. His tragic end shook Hollywood as his demise was officially declared a suicide but many facts remain dubious leading to many believing that he was murdered that evening.