In 1951, George Reeves became Superman on television. It was the biggest role of his career, and the one that sank it as well: Reeves could never escape the shadow of playing Superman - he was reportedly cut out of ‘From Here to Eternity’ after test audiences shouted, “There’s Superman!” at the screen — and, on June 16, 1959, killed himself because of depression over his career.
Or maybe he didn’t. While the official cause of death is suicide — Reeves was found laying naked on his bed, face up, with a gun between his feet on the floor — many believe Reeves was the victim of an accidental shooting or murder. It was rumored that George’s former girlfriend, Toni Mannix, ordered a hit on Reeves’s life after he broke up with her. Mannix died from Alzheimer’s disease in 1983, but in 1999, Los Angeles publicist Edward Lozzi said that Mannix confessed to him that she told a priest she was responsible for Reeves’s murder.
In 2006, a film about Reeves life and death called ‘Hollywoodland’ was released. Ben Affleck played the doomed Superman.