KIRK ALYN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Kirk Alyn was born October 8th, 1910 in Oxford, New Jersey with the birth name John Feggo Jr. His parents were both Hungarian immigrants. He attended college at Columbia University and after completing college he decided to take a chance on Broadway. He began with working as a chorus member and an extra in several stage musicals such as, "Girl Crazy, Of Thee I Sing" and "Hellzapoppin" (both in the 1930's). He also found part time employment working as a singer and dancer in vaudeville before he decided to move to Hollywood.
In 1942, Alyn headed for Hollywood and also married fellow actress Virginia O'Brien whom he had two daughters and one son with. It was pretty easy for him to break into the film industry. He was briefly seen in, "My Sister Eileen" (1942) and "You Were Never Lovelier" (1943). His parts in films began to grow as time went on. In 1943 he starred in, Republic's, "Overland Mail Robbery" and the following year was cast in, "Call of the Rockies". He also got a role on the serial called, "Daughter of Don Q" (1946).
He starred in a total of six Columbia and Republic serials between 1942 and 1952. The most memorable one was, "The Adventures of Superman" (1948) and "Atom Man vs. Superman". Even though he had a tall and slender athletic build, different from the comic series Superman, he was perfect for the part. He was even more well accepted as portraying Clark Kent. The first serial consisted of fifteen episodes.
Alyn returned to work on another serial with Republic titled, "Federal Agents Vs. Underworld Inc." (1948) portraying a federal agent.
When Superman moved to television in 1951, Alyn was offered the part bug turned it down. He divorced Virginia in 1955. He did however, accept a short cameo for the 1978 film, "Superman" playing the father of Lois Lane and his final serial was in, "Blackhawk" (1952) and his final film role was, "Scalps" (1983).
He found out that he was so type cast as his role of Superman that no other film work was becoming available to him. Kirk decided to return to working on the stage with Broadway which he did for the remainder of his career.
Kirk Alyn passed away March 14th, 1999 in Woodlands, Texas from natural causes at the age of 88. He was honored for his acting talents in a variety of ways. He was the Grand Marshal of the Metropolis, Illinois Christmas Parade and Annual Superman celebrations several times. Kirk never regretted accepting the role of superman and did not mind being typecast as a super hero character. He is said that if he had the chance to do it all again, he would not change a thing.
1979 Battlestar Galactica: War of the Gods
1978 Superman: The Movie
1966 Golden Hands of Kurigal
1956 The Eddy Duchin Story
1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr.: Season 01
1952 Blackhawk [Serial]
1951 When Worlds Collide
1950 Gambling House
1950 Atom Man vs. Superman [Serial]
1949 Bride of Vengeance
1949 Radar Patrol vs. Spy King
1949 Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc. [Serial]
1948 Superman: The Serial, Vol. 2
1948 Superman: The Complete 15-Chapter Adventure
1948 The Three Musketeers
1948 Superman [Serial]
1947 The Trap
1947 Little Miss Broadway
1946 The Time of Their Lives
1946 Daughter of Don Q [Serial]
1944 The Girl Who Dared
1944 Four Jills in a Jeep
1944 A Guy Named Joe
1944 Storm over Lisbon
1944 Once Upon a Time
1944 Forty Thieves
1943 The Iron Major
1943 Overland Mail Robbery
1943 Pistol Packin' Mama
1943 Is Everybody Happy?
1943 The Man from the Rio Grande
1942 You Were Never Lovelier
1942 My Sister Eileen
1942 Lucky Jordan