Birthday: 05-01-1914
Date of death: 16-06-1959
Star sign: Aquarius

George Reeves was born 5th January, 1914, in the Woolstock city of Iowa, United States of America.

He was born with the name, George Keefer Brewer. He is also known by a few other names, including George Bessolo, Steve Reeves, and Sgt. George Reeves.

The actor is 6 feet 2 inches tall.

He was the son of Don Brewer and Helen Lescher. George never saw his father as his parents separated when he was just a few months old. His mother, Helen, got married to Frank Bessolo, and after 15 years of marriage, divorced him and lied to George that Frank had committed suicide.

In 1940, Reeves tied the knot with Ellanora Needles, an actress. The wedding ceremony took place in the Beverly Hills of California’s Our Savior Church. Ellanora was his batch mate in college. However, the couple got divorced in 1950. He was also in a relationship with actress Toni Mannix, but eventually the couple ended their relationship in 1958. George later got engaged to Leonore Lemmon, who was a society playgirl. The couple got married on 19 June, 1958.

George is an alumnus of the Pasadena Junior College (now the Pasadena City College) in California. He was a student of acting and was also involved in the college theater society.

He debuted in the American film cinema in 1939 with the movie, Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Gone with the Wind, inspired this film. It was a Selznick International Pictures production and was directed by Victor Fleming. He was casted as a supporting actor and played the role of Stuart Tarleton. His performance in this film was well received.

He made short appearances in TV shows like The Clock, Actors Studio, Suspense, Believe It or Not, et al. In 1951, George did the TV series named, Superman and the Mole Men. He played the lead role in the movie. His character’s name was Clark Kent, aka Superman. This performance fetched him widespread popularity.

He was honored by DC Comics. On the 50th anniversary of the comic publisher, George was featured in the list, ‘Fifty Who Made DC Great’. He is the director of three episodes of the TV series, Adventure of Superman (1958).

On 16th June, 1959, the actor-director was found dead in his bedroom. He shot himself with a gun in the wee hours at around 1:45 am. It was a suicide. Failure in his career is considered to be the reason behind his suicide.

George O Brien English Actor

George O Brien

George O’Brien was born on 4th of April, 1899, in California’s San Francisco city, USA. He was a famous actor in American cinema, who worked both in the silent era as well as the talkie era (the 1930s). He was also a renowned singer of that period. His mother was Margaret L. O’Brien and father was Daniel J. O’Brien. Daniel was San Francisco city’s Chief of Police. O’Brien was married to Marguerite Churchill, also an actress, from 1933 to 1948. They had two daughters, Orin and Darcy. Orin was a bass player, and Darcy was a writer and professor. George shuffled many careers before foraying into the movie business. He was part of the US Navy during the First World War period. He joined the force in 1917 to work as a stretcher bearer to carry wounded Navy soldiers. He was honored for his service to the nation. After his stint in the Navy, he started his career as a Light Heavyweight boxer of the Pacific Fleet. George decided to become an actor in the 1920s. He planned to become a cameraman. He started assisting the famous stars of that era, Buck Jones and Tom Mix, as an assistant cameraman. As far as his acting career was concerned, he first worked as a stuntman in movies. His first movie as a stuntman was Moran of the Lady Letty, in 1922, which was directed by George Melford, and had the famous actor, Rudolph Valentino, in the lead. The very same year, he also did a movie called The Ghost Breaker. He made his movie debut in 1923 in The Ne’er-Do-Well. ‘The Man Who Came Back’, released in 1924, was O’Brien’s first film as a leading hero. In 1924 itself, he featured in two films, The Iron Horse and Shadows of Paris. There was no looking back for George after this. One of the most memorable performances of George was in the movie, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. The movie was a major blockbuster and went on to win 3 Academy Awards at the first Oscar Awards. With the advent of the talkie age, O’Brien smoothly transformed into a talkie movie actor and achieved great success. As World War 2 started, he again got into the Navy to serve his country. He was honored for his contribution. Later, he became a part of the Naval Reserve of the US. He finally left the service in 1962. He did select movies after his retirement from the Navy. George was bedridden for four years after a stroke struck him in 1981. At the age of 86, he passed away in Oklahoma. The Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles features George’s name for his contribution to the American cinema.

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George Sanders

George Sanders was an English actor, songwriter, author, and music composer. He was born on July 3rd, 1906, in Saint Petersburg. His family belonged to Estonian and Scottish ancestry. When he was 11 years of age, the Russian Revolution broke out, and the family moved to England. He completed his schooling from Bedales School, and then went to Brighton College. He completed his graduation from Manchester Technical College. Greer Garson, an actress, advised him to take up acting as a career. Sanders made his debut in British film in 1929. After some years, he appeared in Lloyd’s of London, an American production. He was always on call for American films due to his accent, manner, and his upper air. He appeared as a supporting actor in Rebecca, and Foreign Corespondent. His first American film, International Settlement, was an adventure serial. In Confessions of a Nazi Spy, he played the role of a smooth American spy. He also had leading roles in The Falcon and The Saint. In Rage in Heaven, he played the role of a good, and trustworthy good guy. He however, handed over the role of Falcon to his brother, Tom, in The Falcon’s Brother. In Death of Scoundrel, both the siblings played brothers. He played the role of Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Grey. He featured opposite Angela Lansbury in The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, which was a big hit of the year 1947. His story was based on a novel by Guy De Maupassant. They together also featured in Samson and Delilah. For his role in All About Eve, he won the award for The Best Supporting Actor. He also appeared in Ivanhoe, and King Richard and The Crusaders. He appeared with Peter Sellers in Pink Panther. He provided the voice for Shere Khan in The Jungle Book. His last screen role was in Doomwatch, a television series, released in 1972. Two crime novels have been published in his name, namely My Hands, and The Strangers at Home, launched in 1944, and 1946 respectively. Sanders first music album was George Sanders Touch: Songs for The Lovely Lady, released in 1958. He married thrice, but every time it resulted in a divorce. In the later years of his life, Sanders suffered from dementia, and also had a minor stroke. He committed suicide in a hotel in Castelldefels on April 23rd, 1972, leaving behind several suicide notes. Some of Sander’s films include Love, Life and Laughter, Dishonour Bright, Lancer Spy, Love is News, Find the Lady, The Lady Escapes, Slave Ship, Bitter Sweet, The Outsider, Hold The Line, Moonfleet, Call Me Madam, and The Fan.

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