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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.

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.