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Jack Larson: Actor who gave up his career to write for the stage

Jack Larson was reluctant to play Clark Kent’s bow-tied sidekick, Jimmy Olsen, in Adventures of Superman, the first television incarnation of the comic-book stories. With aspirations to become a Broadway actor and playwright, he worried that he would become typecast in the role of the Daily Planet newspaper’s wide-eyed, enthusiastic junior reporter in the fictional city of Metropolis.

Air Marshal Peter Walker: Obituary

When Walker succeeded Vice-Admiral Sir Fabian Malbon as Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, he was the first in that post to have been chosen with the participation of the island authorities as well as of the UK government

Ron Springett, footballer: Obituary

He was adept at choosing the precise moment to smother shots at the feet of attackers, accepting that such plunges would result in occasional injuries

Roger Smalley: Composer, pianist and pupil of Karlheinz Stockhausen

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the composer Roger Smalley was a constant presence on the British and European new music scene, then especially lively. The works of his precocious first years as a public figure reflected the influence, in particular, of Peter Maxwell Davies.

William Grier: Psychiatrist whose book 'Black Rage' was the first

The psychiatrist William Grier co-wrote the groundbreaking 1968 book Black Rage, which offered the first psychological examination of black life in the US. He and Price Cobbs were both black psychiatrists working in San Francisco in the 1960s, writing Black Rage to explain the anger that triggered the riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King. They argued that the heritage of slavery contributed to the unrest decades after the end of segregation and continued to affect society as well as the personal lives of African Americans.