Men of Steel: 9 Actors Who Have Played Superman

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1. Kirk Alyn

Superman (1948) , Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)

Kirk Alyn (born John Feggo Jr., October 8, 1910 – March 14, 1999) was an American actor, best known for being the first actor to play the DC Comics character Superman in live-action for the 1948 movie serial Superman and its 1950 sequel Atom Man vs. Superman, as well as Blackhawk from the Blackhawk movie serial in 1952, and General Sam Lane in 1978’s Superman: The Movie. (wikipedia)

2. George Reeves

Superman & The Mole Men (1951) , Adventures of Superman (1952-1958)

George Reeves (January 5, 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor. He is best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman.

His death at age 45 from a gunshot remains a polarizing topic; the official finding was suicide, but some believe that he was murdered or the victim of an accidental shooting. (wikipedia)

3. Christopher Reeve

Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Christopher D’Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular. He is best known for his motion picture portrayal of the classic DC comic book superhero Superman, beginning with the acclaimed Superman (1978), for which he won a BAFTA Award. (wikipedia)

4. John Haymes Newton

Superboy (1988)

John Newton (also known as John Haymes Newton) (born December 29, 1965) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his regular roles on the television programs Superboy as Clark Kent in the show’s first season and as Ryan McBride on the soap opera Melrose Place.  (wikipedia)

5. Gerard Christopher

The Adventures of Superboy (1989-1992)

Gerard Christopher (born Jerry DiNome in New York City on May 11, 1959) is an American actor. He was the second actor to play the role of Superboy in the television series of the same name (from 1989–1992), replacing John Haymes Newton who played the role in season one (1988-1989). (wikipedia)

6. Dean Cain

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)

Dean George Tanaka (born July 31, 1966), better known as Dean Cain, is an American actor, producer, writer, director and television show host. He played the role of Superman in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, was host of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and appeared in the soap opera series Hit the Floor. (wikipedia)

7. Tom Welling

Smallville (2001-2011)

Thomas John Patrick “Tom” Welling (born April 26, 1977) is an American actor, director, producer, and model best known for his role as Clark Kent in The WB/CW superhero drama series Smallville (2001–11), and is currently playing Marcus Pierce on the Fox superhero drama series Lucifer since October 2017. (wikipedia)

8. Brandon Routh

Superman Returns (2006)

Brandon James Routh (born October 9, 1979) is an American actor. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and subsequently appeared on multiple television series throughout the early 2000s including Gilmore Girls. In 2006, he gained greater recognition for his role as the titular superhero of the 2006 film Superman Returns. He also had a recurring role in the TV series Chuck, as Daniel Shaw. (wikipedia)

9. Henry Cavill

Man of Steel (2013)

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill ( born 5 May 1983) is a British actor. Cavill began his career starring in the film adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) and I Capture the Castle (2003). He later appeared in minor and supporting roles in television shows such as BBC’s The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, ITV’s Midsomer Murders, and Showtime’s The Tudors, then crossed to mainstream Hollywood films such as Tristan & Isolde (2006), Stardust (2007), Blood Creek (2009), and Immortals (2011). He then co-starred with Armie Hammer in the spy film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and the Netflix war drama Sand Castle (2017). (wikipedia)

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