George Reeves; the 1950’s Superman, had a young boy point a gun on him to test “Superman’s” InvincibilityReeves convinced him to put the gun down by telling him someone else would get hurt when the bullet bounced off
“He 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.
Was 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.
He 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””.
His 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.
Personally 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.”