Superman turns 75: Actors who have played the iconic superhero

Movies | | April 14, 2013, 2:54 pm
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The first on screen version of Superman came in the form of a TV series. Kirk Alyn was the first actor to play the iconic superhero on screen in 1948.

The first on screen version of Superman came in the form of a TV series. Kirk Alyn was the first actor to play the iconic superhero on screen in 1948.

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In the 1950s, George Reeves was roped in to play Superman in the TV series.

In the 1950s, George Reeves was roped in to play Superman in the TV series.

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Reeve played 'Superman' in four films, 1978-1987 before he met with an accident and was paralyzed neck downwards.

Reeve played 'Superman' in four films, 1978-1987 before he met with an accident and was paralyzed neck downwards.

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Although, he did not receive as much popularity as Reeve, Cain did manage to capture the imagination of loyal fans of Superman. Actress Teri Hatcher played Lois Lane.

Although, he did not receive as much popularity as Reeve, Cain did manage to capture the imagination of loyal fans of Superman. Actress Teri Hatcher played Lois Lane.

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Although a good actor, Brandon Routh's portrayal of the iconic superhero did not get that great feedback.

Although a good actor, Brandon Routh's portrayal of the iconic superhero did not get that great feedback.

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Already a known face by then, George Reeves played Superman after initially refusing to it. The role made him a star almost instantly.

Already a known face by then, George Reeves played Superman after initially refusing to it. The role made him a star almost instantly.

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When one thinks of Superman, actor Chistopher Reeves comes first in mind. The actor was perhaps the most popular Superman of all time.

When one thinks of Superman, actor Chistopher Reeves comes first in mind. The actor was perhaps the most popular Superman of all time.

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As the popular comic hero Superman turns 75, we look at the actors who have played the super hero on screen- both in movies as well as television.<br><br>Created by DC comics, the first Superman comic book was published in 1938. Since then, the comic book series has been adapted on screen several times.

As the popular comic hero Superman turns 75, we look at the actors who have played the super hero on screen- both in movies as well as television.

Created by DC comics, the first Superman comic book was published in 1938. Since then, the comic book series has been adapted on screen several times.

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Alyn started out as a chorus boy on Broadway, appearing in notable musicals in the 1930s till he got his big break in the 'Superman' series.

Alyn started out as a chorus boy on Broadway, appearing in notable musicals in the 1930s till he got his big break in the 'Superman' series.

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In 1978, Director Richard Donner made the film 'Superman'. The film used about every visual trick available, and it has become a modern classic.

In 1978, Director Richard Donner made the film 'Superman'. The film used about every visual trick available, and it has become a modern classic.

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In the mid-90s, Dean Cain palyed the superhero in TV series 'Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman'.

In the mid-90s, Dean Cain palyed the superhero in TV series 'Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman'.

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Superman returned on the big screen after a long sabbatical. Actor Brandon Routh played Superman in 2006's 'Superman Returns'.

Superman returned on the big screen after a long sabbatical. Actor Brandon Routh played Superman in 2006's 'Superman Returns'.

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Tom Welling made  Clark Kent, the alter ego of Superman popular in TV series 'Smallville' in 2003.

Tom Welling made Clark Kent, the alter ego of Superman popular in TV series 'Smallville' in 2003.

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Actor Henry Cavill will soon be seen playing Superman in a film that is scheduled to release in 2013.

Actor Henry Cavill will soon be seen playing Superman in a film that is scheduled to release in 2013.