George Reeves was an American actor 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 issue. Some believe the official verdict of suicide; others believe George Reeves was murdered or the victim of an accidental shooting.
Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, the son of Don Brewer and Helen Lescher. Reeves was born five months into their marriage. They separated soon afterward and Helen moved back to her home at Galesburg, Illinois.
Later, Reeves’ mother moved to California to stay with her sister. There, Helen met and married Frank Bessolo. George’s father married Helen Schultz in 1925 and had children with her. Don Brewer apparently never saw his son again.