Superheroes and Serial Stars
|Kirk Alyn was the first actor to portray Superman onscreen in two Columbia Studios serials.||Bruce Bennett was a former Olympic gold medalist who starred in The New Adventures of Tarzan. He acted in other serials until he was signed by Warner Bros.|
|Reb Brown starred as Captain America in the 1970s; in the 1980s, he was the lead in Yor, the Hunter from the Future.||Ralph Byrd acted in many serials but is most famous for portrayed in the title character in Republic's Dick Tracy serials in the late 1930s and early 1940s.|
|Fitness trainer turned actor Ray 'Crash' Corrigan landed his first big role in the science-fiction themed Undersea Kingdom serial from 1935.||Former Tarzan Buster Crabbe took on the roles of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers in late 1930s serials.|
|Lou Ferrigno's first starring role was in the CBS-TV series The Incredible Hulk. Later, he went on two portray Hercules in two 1980s films.||Western star Allan Lane starred in a number of Republic serials, such as King of the Royal Mounted, King of the Mounties, and The Tiger Woman.|
|Although George Reeves was the second actor to don Superman's cape, he is perhaps the best-remembered actor in the role.||Serial star Kane Richmond had great success in 1930s and 1940s serials, including Republic's Spy Smasher and Columbia's Brenda Starr, Reporter.|
|At Universal, Jean Rogers was the queen of serials, starring in Flash Gordon, Ace Drummond, and Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars.||Like many other western actors, Tom Tyler also did double-duty as an action hero. Tyler starred as Captain Marvel and The Phantom in two 1940s serials.|
|Batman star Adam West has enjoyed a long career in films and television. He's best known as the Caped Crusader from the campy 1960s series Batman.||Surfside 6 heartthrob Van Williams was cast as The Green Hornet in the mid 1960s.|
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