George reeves (born george keefer brewer january 5, 1914 june 16, 1959) was an american actor. He is best known for his role as superman in the 1952-1958 television program adventures of superman. His death at age 45 from a gunshot remains a controversial subject the official finding was suicide, but some believe that he was murdered or the victim of an accidental shooting. was once in a gay bar in weho with my straight boyfriend and a bunch of his gay coworkers. Was staring at another man just because he looked exactly like christopher reeve as superman. Apologized and said i wasnt trying to offend him or my boyfriend but that he should be a double. b efore any of the baby-boom martyrs - jimi hendrix, janis joplin, marilyn monroe, elvis - there was george reeves, tvs first superman, dead by his own hand in. mini bio of actor george reeves who is most famous for portraying superman in the 1950s tv show the adventures of superman. But, by 1951, george reeves would become the most famous on-screen superman in the tv show the adventures of superman, and his bulge was decidedly flatter than kirk alyns. Actor george reeves was best known as superman on the popular 1950s television show the adventures of superman. The series made him a household name, but brought an end to his film career. george reeves had the harold lloyd athletic, with a stocky muscle mass build.