George Reeves Net Worth

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George Reeves net worth is
$1 Million

George Reeves Wiki Biography

George Keefer Brewer was born on the 5th January 1914, in Woolstock, Iowa USA and known as George Reeves, was an actor who appeared in major films from the late 1930s to the 1950s. Reeves is best known for his role as Superman in the hit television series “Superman Adventures” aired in the 1950s and for speculation regarding the circumstances of his death. He was one of the first important figures of the television industry in the US. He passed away in 1959.

How much was the net worth of George Reeves? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of his wealth was as much as $1 million, converted to the present day. Acting was the main source of Reeves modest fortune.

George Reeves Net Worth $1 Million

To begin with, the boy was raised in Woolstock, but after the divorce of his parents, he and his mother settled down in Pasadena, California, where he was educated at Pasadena High School. An amateur in boxing but more importantly in music, he enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse to develop his potential as an actor. In 1927, George took the name of his new father-in-law and called himself George Bessolo until 1939, then he changed his name again to stabilize his acting career, taking the stage name of George Reeves.

Concerning his professional career, he was a part of the prestigious distribution of the masterpiece “Gone with the Wind” (1939) with Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland, directed by Victor Fleming. During the following ten years, he was hired by Warner, Fox and Paramount, and in the 1940s, he appeared in a number of productions, although not very well known, such as “Always a Bride” in 1940 with Rosemary Lane, “’Til We Meet Again” in 1940 with Merle Oberon, as well as in “Lydia” in 1941 with Edna May Oliver and Joseph Cotton. In 1951, glory came with the success of the series “The Adventures of Superman”, which gained a worldwide reputation, and the series were broadcast until 1958 (in total 104 episodes). The end of the series marked the decline of the actor. Poor investments and unnecessary expenses put him into debts.

He died on the 16th June 1959 in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA after having something of a party in his Hollywood villa that evening – the official cause of death is suicide. Although others in the house essentially supported the verdict, theories are evoked as to his death, as this happened a few weeks before his second marriage. Some think of a murder committed by EJ Mannix (1891-1963), the husband of his ex-wife working at MGM. The hypothesis of suicide was based on the fact that the cancellation of the series “The Adventures of Superman” in 1958 would have left him depressed for not getting other work, since his image would be strongly associated with the character, so the suicide conclusion seems the most likely. He is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, California. His death was the subject of the film “Hollywoodland” released in 2006, in which George Reeves is portrayed by Ben Affleck with Adrien Brody in the role of a private detective.

Finally, in the personal life of the actor, he was married to Ellanora Needles from 1940 to 1950. From 1958, he was dating Leonore Lemmon, and they were apparently planning to marry.

Full NameGeorge Reeves
Net Worth$1 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 5, 1914 Woolstock, Iowa, U.S.
DiedJune 16, 1959 (aged 45) Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Place Of BirthWoolstock, Iowa, U.S.
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
EducationPasadena Junior College, Polytechnic School, Pasadena, Pasadena Playhouse
SpouseEllanora Needles (m. 1940-1950)
ParentsDonald Carl Brewer, Helen Lescher
PartnerLeonore Lemmon (1958-1959, his death)
NominationsTV Land Most "Out of this World" Character Award (2005), TV Land Superest Super Hero Award (2003)
MoviesGone with the Wind (1939), So Proudly We Hail! (1942), Superman and the Mole Men (1951), From Here To Eternity (1953), Forever Female (1953), The Blue Gardenia (1953), Stamp Day for Superman, Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956)
TV ShowsAdventures of Superman (1951-1958), Tony Bennett show (1956), I Love Lucy (1957)
Adventures of Superman (1952)$2,500 /week
Adventures of Superman (1952)$1,000 /episode
1Because 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.
2Although 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.
3He 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).
4He was the oldest actor to play the role of Clark Kent/Superman.
5Best remembered by the public for his starring role in Adventures of Superman (1952).
6In Blood and Sand (1941) as Captain Pierre Lauren, Reeves shares the screen with Rita Hayworth in her first Technicolor scene.
7Served 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.
8Another 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.
9On 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.
10A 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.
11A 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.
12A 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.
13A 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").
14Met wife, actress Ellanora Needles, while studying at the Pasadena Playhouse.
15What 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.
16During 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.
17Is portrayed by Ben Affleck in Hollywoodland (2006)
18Actor 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).
19Although 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.
20Did 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."
21Although 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.
22Personally 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.
23His 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.
24He 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".
25Was 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.
26He 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.
27Interred at Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, California, USA in the Pasadena Mausoleum, Sunrise Corridor.
28Born 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.
29On 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.


Adventures of Superman1952-1958TV SeriesSuperman Clark Kent Boulder
I Love Lucy1957TV SeriesSuperman
Westward Ho, the Wagons!1956James Stephen
Funny Boners1955TV SeriesSuperman
Stamp Day for Superman1954ShortSuperman Clark Kent
Forever Female1953George Courtland
From Here to Eternity1953Sergeant Maylon Stark (uncredited)
The Blue Gardenia1953Police Capt. Sam Haynes
The Ford Television Theatre1952TV SeriesMr. Lindsey
Kraft Theatre1949-1952TV SeriesSgt. Stivers The Captain Don Richie ...
Fireside Theatre1952TV SeriesJohn Carter
Bugles in the Afternoon1952Lt. Smith
Rancho Notorious1952Wilson
Superman and the Mole-Men1951Superman Clark Kent
Lights Out1950-1951TV Series
The Adventures of Ellery Queen1950TV Series
Hands of Mystery1950TV Series
Suspense1949-1950TV SeriesRoger Sherman / Bill Reed / D.P. Bradford
The Web1950TV Series
Starlight Theatre1950TV Series
The Trap1950TV Series
The Good Humor Man1950Stuart Nagle
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1950TV Series
Believe It or Not1950TV Series
The Silver Theatre1949-1950TV SeriesFrank Telford
The Adventures of Sir Galahad1949Sir Galahad
Samson and Delilah1949Wounded Messenger
Actor's Studio1949TV Series
The Great Lover1949Williams
The Clock1949TV Series
Special Agent1949Paul Devereaux
The Mutineers1949Thomas Nagle
Jungle Jim1948Bruce Edwards
Thunder in the Pines1948Jeff Collins
Jungle Goddess1948Mike Patton
The Sainted Sisters1948Sam Stoaks
Variety Girl1947George Reeves (uncredited)
Champagne for Two1947ShortJerry Malone
Airborne Lifeboat1945ShortPilot
Time to Kill1945ShortFrank
Winged Victory1944Lt. Thompson (as Sgt. George Reeves)
Bar 201943Lin Bradley
The Kansan1943Jesse James (uncredited)
So Proudly We Hail!1943Lt. John Summers
The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith1943ShortTom Smith
Colt Comrades1943Lin Whitlock
Leather Burners1943Harrison Brooke
Buckskin Frontier1943Surveyor
Border Patrol1943Don Enrique Perez
Hoppy Serves a Writ1943Steve Jordan
The Mad Martindales1942Julio Rigo
Sex Hygiene1942ShortFirst Sergeant
Blue, White and Perfect1942Juan Arturo O'Hara
Man at Large1941Bob Grayson
Lydia1941Bob Willard
Throwing a Party1941ShortLarry Scoffield
Blood and Sand1941Captain Pierre Lauren
Dead Men Tell1941Bill Lydig
The Lady and the Lug1941ShortDoug Abbott
The Strawberry Blonde1941Harold
Meet the Fleet1940ShortBenson
Father Is a Prince1940Gary Lee
Always a Bride1940Michael 'Mike' Stevens
Knute Rockne All American1940Distraught Player (uncredited)
Calling All Husbands1940Dan Williams
Argentine Nights1940Eduardo 'El Tigre' Estaban
Ladies Must Live1940George Halliday
Pony Express Days1940ShortWilliam F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
Gambling on the High Seas1940Reporter
Torrid Zone1940Sancho
Tear Gas Squad1940Joe McCabe
'Til We Meet Again1940Jimmy Coburn
Virginia City1940Maj. Drewery's Union Telegrapher (uncredited)
Calling Philo Vance1940Steamship Clerk (uncredited)
The Fighting 69th1940Jack O'Keefe (uncredited)
Four Wives1939Laboratory Man (uncredited)
Gone with the Wind1939Brent Tarleton - Scarlett's Beau
On Dress Parade1939Southern Soldier in Trench (uncredited)
The Monroe Doctrine1939ShortJohn Sturgis
Espionage Agent1939Warrington's Secretary (uncredited)
Ride, Cowboy, Ride1939ShortPancho Dominguez / Sam Brenner


Adventures of Superman1958TV Series 3 episodes


Suspense1950TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Strawberry Blonde1941performer: "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" 1902, "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis" 1904 - uncredited
Argentine Nights1940performer: "Amigo, We Go Riding Tonight"


Arson, Inc.1949dialogue director


Superman 50th Anniversary1988TV Movie documentary acknowledgment


The Tony Bennett Show1956TV SeriesHimself
Sheriff John's Cartoon Time1953TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics2010Video documentaryClark Kent Superman
The Life and Legacy of George Reeves2006Video shortHimself
MovieReal: Hollywoodland2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Curse of Superman2006TV Movie documentarySuperman Clark Kent (uncredited)
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman2006TV Movie documentarySuperman
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentary
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryClark Kent / Superman
Derrick contre Superman1992TV ShortSuperman (as Steve Reeves)
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths1990Video documentaryHimself
Action Heroes of Movies & T.V.: A Campy Compilation1989Video documentarySuperman
Arena1981TV Series documentaryHimself
Superman1973Superman Clark Kent
San Francisco Mix1971TV SeriesSuperman Clark Kent
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1961TV SeriesJames Stephen
Superman's Peril1954Clark Kent Superman
Superman and the Jungle Devil1954Clark Kent Superman
Superman Flies Again1954Clark Kent Superman
Superman in Exile1954Clark Kent Superman Boulder
Superman in Scotland Yard1954Clark Kent Superman
Adventures of Superman1953TV SeriesSuperman Clark Kent
Footlights Theater1953TV Series
Forty Thieves1944Steve Jordan (uncredited)
Breakdowns of 19411941ShortHimself (uncredited)

Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6709 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

2005TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsMost "Out of This World"Adventures of Superman (1952)
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsSuperest Super HeroAdventures of Superman (1952)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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