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George Reeves
(Superman)
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After numerous small parts in films such as “Gone With The Wind”, “Samson And Delilah”, ”Jungle Jim” & “Bar 20”, George found his signature role when he was cast as the man of steel in “Superman & The Mole Men” & “The Adventures Of Superman” TV Series.  

Nicholas Hammond
(The Amazing Spiderman)
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Child actor whose early film credits included “Lord Of The Flies” & a memorable appearance as one of the Von Trapp children in “The Sound Of Music”  before becoming the first actor to  put on the tights & weave a web on TV & film as “The Amazing Spider-Man” .

Tom Welling
(Smallville)
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Former construction worker & model who made a number of appearances on the TV series “Judging Amy” before accepting the role of Clark Kent in the Warner Bros. TV show “Smallville”. A Teen Choice award & big screen roles soon followed for Tom.

William Katt
(Greatest American Hero)
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William is the look-alike son of actor Bill Williams who played Kit Carson in the 1950’s TV series. After bit parts on TV William eased into films such as “Big Wednesday” & Butch & Sundance: The Early Days“ before becoming TV’s “Greatest American Hero”.

Dean Cain
(Lois & Clark)
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Adopted son of director Christopher Cain, who once dated Brooke Shields, took up acting after a bad knee injury put an end to his promising football career. After small roles in film & TV, most notably “Beverly Hills 90210”, Dean won the coveted role of Superman.

Johnny Rockwell
(Adventures Of Superboy)
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After the death of George Reeves, young Johnny Rockwell had the distinction of becoming the first actor to portray Superboy when he was given the starring role in the pilot TV episode for “The Adventures Of Superboy” (1961). Sadly, the pilot remained unaired.

Helen Slater
(Supergirl)
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Blue eyed blonde who made her film debut as the girl of steel in the big budget sci-fi “Supergirl”. Sadly, the film performed well below par but Helen went on to star in films such as “The Legend Of Billie Jean”, “Ruthless People”, “The Secret Of My Success” & “City Slickers”.

Sam Jones
(Flash Gordon)
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After a bit part in the Bo Derek comedy “10”, Sam got his big break when he was cast as “Flash Gordon” by Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis who spotted him on a TV dating show. Other starring roles followed for Sam, mostly in TV movies & straight to video vehicles.

Joan Severance
(Black Scorpion)
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After a string of small roles in TV (“Wiseguy”, “Just Deserts” ) & film (“See No Evil, Hear No Evil”, “No Holds Barred”, “Bird On A Wire”) Joan was cast as sexy crime fighter “Black Scorpion”, the female equivalent of Batman, in two made for TV movies.

Kirk Alyn
(Superman)
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New Jersey born actor who spent nearly twenty years, in & out of films, mostly in uncredited bit parts, before finding his signature role as “the man of steel” in two hugely popular big screen serials, “The Adventures Of Superman” (1948) & “Atom Man Vs Superman” (1950).

Brandon Routh
(Superman Returns)
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Tall, handsome actor from Iowa, whose first acting gigs at the Norwalk Theater Of Performing Arts led to TV roles, including a stint on “One Life To Live”, before winning the coveted title role in the long awaited comic book epic “Superman Returns” (2006).

Adam West
Gil Gerard
Gerard Christopher
John Wesley Shipp
Lynda Carter
John Haymes Newton
Tobey Maguire
Dick Purcell
Michelle Lintel
Tom Tyler
Christopher Reeve

Adam West
(Batman)
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Began his acting career making appearances in TV shows such as “Sugarfoot”, “77 Sunset Strip”, “Bronco” “Maverick” & “Bonanza” before winning the title role in TV’s “Batman”.  Adam’s campy caped crusader soon moved to the big screen in “Batman The Movie” (1966)

Gil Gerard
(Buck Rogers)
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After a number of small roles on TV shows such as “Baretta”, “Little House On The Prairie” & “Hawaii 5-0”, Gil won the starring role of intergalactic space man “Buck Rogers”  in the TV pilot “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century”. The popular TV series soon followed.

Gerard Christopher
(Superboy)
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A former fashion model, who had already appeared in TV commercials, on the covers of romance novels & a  few movies, “Tomboy”  (1985) & “Dangerously Close” (1986) before replacing John Haymes Newton as Television’s new “Superboy” (1989 - 1992).

John Wesley Shipp
(The Flash)
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Before becoming Dawson’s Dad on TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”, John played the superfast superhero known as “The Flash”. The TV show was preceded by a pilot & followed by two video films, “The Flash II: Revenge Of The Trickster” & “The Flash III: Deadly Nightshade”.

Lynda Carter
(Wonder Woman)
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Sang in a high school band before becoming a model & later winning the “Miss USA” pageant. It wasn’t long after this that TV producers came knocking, when they were looking for a fresh face to play TV’s female superhero “Wonder Woman” (1975 - 1979). 

John Haymes Newton
(Superboy)
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This tall, martial arts enthusiast, with an uncanny resemblance to a young Christopher Reeve was auditioning for a part in “Weekend At Bernie’s” when he decided to also audition for Superboy. John won the role, dyed his hair & starred in 26 episodes.

Tobey Maguire
(Spider-Man):

For over a decade Tobey made appearances in TV shows (“Great Scott”) and feature films (“The Ice Storm”, “Pleasantville”,   “Wonder Boys”) before landing the starring role of teen super hero, Peter Parker in the big budget blockbuster “Spider-Man”. 

Dick Purcell
(Captain America)
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B-Movie supporting star of Warner Bros. action flicks during the 1930’s & 1940’s who juggled his career playing heroes & villains. Dick is best remembered for starring as Republic’s “Captain America” in the hugely popular 15 chapter Saturday matinee serial.

Michelle Lintel
(Black Scorpion)
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This former Miss Kansas beauty queen got her big acting break when she was cast in the role of  crime fighting superhero “Black Scorpion” (2001). The short-lived 22 episode TV series tagged her as “She’s Bold. She’s Beautiful. Her Sting is Deadly”. 

Tom Tyler
(The Adventures Of Captain Marvel & The Phantom)
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New York actor who began his film career with small parts in silent westerns & later B-grade talkies. Tom’s most remembered  roles, however, were in two big screen super hero serials, “Captain Marvel” (1941) & “The Phantom” (1943).

Christopher Reeve
(Superman The Movie)
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