George Reeves - Actor

    George Keefer Brewer was born in Woolstock, Iowa on January 5, 1914.   Probably best known for his fantastic acting career in the hit Superman TV series during the 1950's George was a well accomplished film and play actor as well.   He starred in numerous leading and supporting roles in a variety of famous films dating back to 1939 including the blockbuster "Gone with the Wind" where he portrayed one of Scarlet's suitors if you remember the early party scene in that movie where he was dressed in a southern confederate uniform.

    George Reeves was only 45 years old on June 16,1959 when he was found dead during a cocktail party at his home from a single gun shot to the head.   Many people speculate that he was murdered but his death was ruled a suicide predicated on the fact that he was probably in a deep depression state due to his inability to find acting work because he was typecast as superman.

   I personally do not believe this ridiculous easy out police conclusion that he took his own life. This man was extremely strong willed and full of life. He had everything to live for including an upcoming wedding with his beautiful fiancee Lenore Lemmon he absolutely adored, a very well planned overseas vacation to Spain with reservations he had been anticipating and also several acting offers and contracts for new acting ventures other than Superman to enhance his acting career. Does that sound like a person out of options that truly wants to take their own life because they are despondent over daily issues? My answer is .. Naw-baby-naw, at least not in my book of reasoning ... I'm sorry to the followers of this inaccurate history but I have to go with the fact that George was enjoying life just a little too much with his new girfriend Lenore. The previous former devious married girlfriend he was having an affair with named Toni Mannix may of been out for revenge. Toni was married to a rich studio executive with mob connections named Eddie Mannix who probably had a serious personal problem with George for messing around with his wife. Also, George had several car accidents prior to his death that were unexplained with almost Hollywood stunt like maneuvers plus a mysterious brake fluid drainage on one of his cars that almost caused a fatal accident. Was someone really out to kill this man or was it a suicide like the police so quickly reported in June of 1959?

  The circumstances of his mysterious death and the police investigation that followed left many unanswered questions and speculation.  

    On the evening of his death, George was entertaining his girlfriend Lenore and a few friends at a cocktail party in his lavish Hollywood two story home when he reportedly went upstairs supposedly by himself to his bedroom on the back of his house and closed the door.   That's the exact time when all the unknown factors began to come into play.   After about a half hour to maybe 45 minutes all the guests heard the single gun shot and found George lying dead on his back across the side of the bed with his feet still on the floor.   George was killed instantly my a German Luger pistol bullet that went through his skull and lodged in the wall above his bed near the ceiling.   The shell casing from the fatal bullet was found after the police picked him up, he had been laying on it.   It is still unknown as to how the casing got there and how George could of been lying on the shell casing if he would have taken his own life.   Curiously, no suicide note was found, and there was never the slightest indication from George that he might have been in a depressed state to any one of the party guests that were there that evening.   It was quite strange also that an additional half hour went by before anyone decided to pick up the telephone and call the police.   Very strange indeed, don't you agree?

I have done in depth research on George Reeves on this case and have personally concluded that this was definitely not a suicide. I believe this murder was intentionally covered up and the next outlined (8) points should show that George did not and could not have committed suicide ...

1) No apparent depression
2) No suicide note
3) Future to look forward to
4) Beautiful fiancee
5) Plans for overseas vacation
6) Family ties
7) Big celebrity status
8) Throwing a party that very evening for friends.

  Let's detail these last (8) points for a second ...

1)   No apparent depression - George never ever showed any signs on the set or off the set of any type of mental anguish that would have triggered a break in George's reasonable thinking where he ever had the notion to end his life.

2)   No suicide note - This seems a little strange that no note is present with George's last will, testiment and thoughts of the life he lived. He loved his living mother immensely but didn't leave her any kind of remember me message? Not even a mere note to his fans that adored him as Superman. Isn't that just the least bit strange? Not even a goodbye cruel world?

3)  Great future to look forward to - George not only had acting positions lined up other than Superman he also was offered another series of Superman episodes that would have kept him working and in the public eye with plenty of generous income.

4)   Beautiful Fiancee - George was in love with this woman (Lenore Lemmon) from the very first meeting and had already asked her to be his bride. They were to be married (3) days after his death. They were planning a Honeymoon trip to Spain together and had detailed all the places they were going to visit there. Does this sound like George making suicide plans?

5)   Plans for overseas vacation - Elaborate detailed plans were made for George's overseas vacation to Spain including passports, airline tickets, hotels, excursions, cars etc. Is this the activity of a man that is about to kill himself? I don't think so.

(6)   Family ties - George loved his mother more than anything in the world and talked to her pretty much on a daily basis by telephone. Because of this devotion - why would he commit suicide and not leave his mother any note of reason? Doesn't make much sense to me. Mrs Brewer (his Mom) hired a private investigator man to investigate the case which he did for many months but came up short in evidence that the police had already sealed and disposed.

(7)   Big celebrity status - Back in the 1950's George was considered one of the biggest and hottest celebrity's of the time with kids and adults alike. He did guest appearances at shopping centers, fairs and studios across the United States that gave him wide range notoriety that other Hollywood people were not experiencing. George would arrive in a large car to these events and immediately be greeted by lots of adoring fans wanting autographs which he gleefully signed.

(8)   Throwing a party - okay let's think about this for just a moment. We have already addressed the above issues as to why that George Reeves would not and could not have taken his own life because of the reasons stated but this last point simply locks in the logic. Okay, think about this .. if you or anyone you know is planning to take their own life by a gun shot to the head would you think that they might plan a two week in advance party and invite all their friends to be there to witness the event but not write any kind of special suicide note? If that much planning went into the party itself then I would think that a suicide note would have been included that evening.

Note: There is also a small possibility of a variation in note 8 above where possibly and maybe George's actual suicide note (if he really left one) was indeed included with his dead body but it was quickly disposed of by party participants before police arrived because it contained content that could have caused serious problems for the socialites in attendance that evening.

    Back in 50's era without the CSI technology we have today, police were more likely to quickly rule a death a suicide if murder evidence was missing.   George's mother knew in the bottom of her heart that her son would not and could not take his own life and immediately hired a private investigation but came up short finding any additional evidence.  This is one of those mysteries we may never find out the real truth in our life time.  In fact, with little original crime scene evidence collected and sketchy police reporting along with the fact that all the people at that cocktail party are deceased now, simply puts the case to rest. We may never ever know.

George Reeves Filmology
Westward Ho the Wagons! (1956)
Adventures of Superman TV series (1953 - 1958)
Forever Female (1953)
Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)
The Great Lover (1949)
Pirate Ship (1949)
Thunder in the Pines (1949)
Jungle Jim (1948)
Jungle Goddess (1948)
Paramount Musical Featurettes (1947)
Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943)
Leather Burners (1943)
Buckskin Frontier (1943)
So Proudly We Hail (1943)
Bar 20 (1943)
Border Patrol (1943)
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
Lydia (1941)
Man at Large (1941)
Tear Gas Squad (1940)
Calling All Husbands (1940)
Always a Bride (1940)
Father Is a Prince (1940)
Gone with the Wind (1939) - (one of Scarlet's suitors)

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