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'Superman' Stars Then & Now

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Kirk Alyn as 'Superman'

Movies: "Superman" (1948) and "Atom Man vs. Superman" (1950)

Kirk Alyn was the first actor ever to play the Man of Steel on film. The former dancer was recruited by producer Sam Kazman for the role. "When he asked me if I wanted to play Superman I thought it was a publicity stunt. I didn't think you could ever put Superman on film. They brought the people from DC Comics over and they said, 'Hey, he looks just like Clark Kent,'" Alyn told the Associated Press in 1987. "They said take off your shirt, so I did and flexed my muscles. Then the guy said, 'Take off your pants,' and I said, 'Wait a minute.' I was 37 when I played Superman. I picked up that girl and ran up that flight of stairs like it was nothing."

Alyn passed away at the age of 88 on March 14, 1999. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photos: Columbia Pictures/YouTube)

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