George Reeves Death PhotoOctober 25 2006 at 8:53 AM
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Frank Wilkins (Premier Login spindaddydad)
For those who are into such things, you can view a photo of Reeves' dead Superman body over here on the Findadeath.com site:
The link is about halfway down the page.
P.S. Don't come complaining to me if you don't like the photo. It is mildly disturbing so if you think such things might upset you, DON"T LOOK.
|This message has been edited by spindaddydad on Mar 23, 2007 4:41 PM|
The Superman CurseNo score for this post
|January 28 2008, 8:54 AM |
* Writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster created Superman in the 1930s but their employer DC Comics held the copyright to the character. In 1946, the two sued DC, arguing that they were inadequately compensated for the character. The New York Supreme Court limited their settlement to $60,000 each, a small sum compared to the millions of dollars Superman comic books, films, television series, and merchandise grossed. In 1975, in response to a campaign launched by Siegel and Shuster and joined by many prominent comic book creators, DC agreed to pay the two lifetime pensions of $35,000 a year and give them credit in every adaptation of the character. While Siegel and Shuster were respected in comic book fandom for Superman, neither went on to work on any other high-profile comic books after Superman. Some tellings of the curse state that Siegel and Shuster themselves cursed the character out of anger for the injustice.
* Brothers Max and Dave Fleischer founded Fleischer Studios, which produced the original Popeye, Betty Boop and Superman cartoons. Shortly after bringing Superman into animation, the Fleischers began feuding with one another and their studio slumped financially until they were forced to sell to Paramount Pictures. Paramount ousted the Fleischers and rearranged their company as Famous Studios. Although Dave Fleischer went on to a career as a special effects advisor at Universal Studios, Max died poor at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital.
* Kirk Alyn played Superman in two low-budget 1940s serials but failed to find work afterwards, saying that casting directors thought he was too recognized as Superman. He eventually retired to Arizona. He made an uncredited cameo appearance in the 1978 film Superman: The Movie as the father of young Lois Lane, who witnesses young Clark Kent racing the train they are riding on. (His wife is portrayed by Noel Neill, also uncredited, who played Lois Lane on The Adventures of Superman from 1953 to 1958.)
* George Reeves played Superman in the 1951 film Superman and the Mole Men and the ensuing television series Adventures of Superman. Like Alyn, he was recognized only for the role. On June 16, 1959, days before he was to be married, Reeves was found dead of a gunshot wound at his home, his Luger was found by him. The death was ruled a suicide but other theories persist.
* In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy's staff approved of a Superman story in which the hero touts the president's physical fitness initiatives, scheduled to be published with an April 1964 cover date. On November 22, Kennedy was shot and killed but, at the request of successor Lyndon Johnson, DC published a reworked version of the story
* Comedian Richard Pryor, who had previously suffered from a drug addiction that lead to an almost fatal accident, starred as an anti-hero in 1983s Superman III, but later took Superman's side near the end of the movie and became a hero. Three years later, he announced that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He died of cardiac arrest on December 10, 2005.
* Richard Donner, who directed Superman: The Movie (1978), was hired by the Salkinds to direct Superman: The Movie and Superman II. With the completion of the first film released and about 25% of the sequel left to finish, Donner was fired from the project and director Richard Lester was hired on to finish and direct Superman II. Around 50% of Donner's film was scrapped and re-shot by Lester delaying the theatrical release by a few years until 1980 (Superman II was released in 1981 in the United States). In 2006, Donner released his version of Superman II on DVD with all of his footage restored (deleting most of Lester's film) making Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut a close estimation of what it could have been if he was allowed to finish it.
* Marlon Brando, who played Superman's biological father Jor-El in Superman (1978) underwent various personal tragedies later in his life:
o In May 1990, Brando's first son, Christian, shot and killed Dag Drollet, 26, the lover of Christian's half-sister Cheyenne Brando, at the family's home above Beverly Hills. Christian, 31, claimed the shooting was accidental. After a heavily publicized trial, Christian was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to ten years in prison.
o The tragedy was compounded in 1995, when Cheyenne, said to still be depressed over Drollet's death, committed suicide by hanging herself. She was only 25 years old.
o Marlon Brando's notoriety, his family's troubled lives, his self-exile from Hollywood, and his obesity attracted considerable attention in his later career. On July 1, 2004, Brando died at the age of 80. The cause of his death was intentionally withheld, with his lawyer citing privacy concerns. It was later revealed that he died of lung failure brought on by pulmonary fibrosis. He had also been suffering from liver cancer, congestive heart failure and diabetes, which was causing his eyesight to fail.
* Both John Haymes Newton and Gerard Christopher, who starred as the title character in the Superboy television series (19881992), fell into obscurity after their respective tenures as the character. The same case can be made for Stacy Haiduk, who played love interest Lana Lang on the show.
* Lee Quigley, who played the baby Kal-El in the 1978 Superman movie, died in March 1991, at the age of fourteen, after inhaling solvents.
* Christopher Reeve played Superman/Clark Kent in the Superman film saga, Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), was as paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from his horse in a cross country riding event on May 27, 1995, Reeve died on October 10, 2004 due to heart failure stemming from his medical condition.
* Margot Kidder, who played Supermans love interest Lois Lane opposite Reeve suffered from intense bipolar disorder. In April 1996, she went missing for several days and was found by police in a paranoid, delusional state .
* On July 2, 1996, on the anniversary of their grandfather's suicide, Superman IV (1987) co-star Mariel Hemingway's older sister Margaux was found dead at age 41. She had taken an overdose of sedatives. Though Margaux's death was ruled a suicide, Mariel disputed this finding.
* Mark Pillow, who's acting debute began by him playing Nuclear Man in 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace never went on to star in another movie.
* Lane Smith, who played Clark Kent and Lois Lane's boss Perry White on the Lois & Clark television series, was diagnosed with the rare Lou Gehrig's Disease in April 2005 and died of the disease on June 13, 2005.
* Dana Reeve, the widow of Christopher Reeve and co-founder of the Christopher Reeve Foundation with her late husband, publicly revealed that she was diagnosed with lung cancer on August 9, 2005, despite the fact that she was not a cigarette-smoker. She died of the cancer on March 6, 2006 at the age of 45.
* Jeph Loeb, writer of Superman comics and the Smallville TV series lost his son, Sam Loeb, due to cancer.
* It can be noted that actors who played villains in the movies have not suffered from the curse. Some of the villain actors experienced just the opposite. Gene Hackman (who played Lex Luthor in Superman I, II, and IV) for example had a hugely successful acting career even long after the Superman movies. The same can be said for Terence Stamp (who played General Zod in Superman: The Movie and Superman II), and Kevin Spacey in Superman Returns (2006).
DEATH PHOTONo score for this post
|June 20 2009, 3:57 AM |
THE COP'S IN L.A. ARE REALLY ON THE BALL! IF REEVES KILLED HIMSELF,WOULD YOU NOT THINK THE POINT OF ENTRY WOULD HAVE BEEN FROM THE SIDE OF THE HEAD. LOOK AT THE PHOTO,TOP OF THE HEAD?THIS WAS A KISSOFF!!!REEVES WAS SITTING WHEN IT HAPPENED. I AM JUST ABOUT SURE HIS GIRLFRIEND DID IT. SHE HAD A HEAT ON. END OF STORY. P.S. DO NOT GET MURDERED IN L.A. JUST ASK O.JS WIFE! OVER AND OUT.
yep yepNo score for this post
|June 27 2009, 5:04 PM |
if you are going to kill your wife do it in Catalina. Just ask Robert Wagner.
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|January 4 2013, 11:34 PM |