George Keefer Brewer

George Keefer Brewer

Male 1914 - 1959  (45 years)

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  • Name George Keefer Brewer  [1
    Nickname aka, George Reeves 
    Born 05 Jan 1914  Woolstock, Wright County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Foreign Travel 27 Sep 1937  New York City Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Arrival in New York from Cherbourg, France on the ship, Europa 
    Foreign Travel 26 Sep 1938  New York City Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Arrival in New York City from Cherbourg, France on the ship, Normandie 
    Age: 24 
    World War II Enlistment 24 Mar 1943  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 29 
    Occupation 1939-1959  Movie and Television Actor; particularly known for role as SUPERMAN; Hollywood, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 16 Jun 1959  1579 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Buried 01 Jul 1959  Pasadena, Pasadena Mausoleum, Sunrise Corridor, Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Brewer, George Keefer  (1914-1959), a.k.a. George Lescher Bessolo and George Lescher Reeves
    Brewer, George Keefer (1914-1959), a.k.a. George Lescher Bessolo and George Lescher Reeves
    My Beloved Son, "Superman," George Bessolo Reeves, Jan. 6, 1914-June 16, 1959. George was actually born on Jan. 5, 1914.
    Pasadena Mausoleum, Sunrise Corridor of Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Los Angeles County, California
    Pasadena Mausoleum, Sunrise Corridor of Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Los Angeles County, California
    Location of George Keefer Brewer's grave
    Filmography 2006  Internet Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Compilation of films; TV programs as Superman 
    Military Service World War II  United States Army Air Force Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Appeared in training films 
    Newspaper Report 17 June 2006  Superman Lives! Woolstock Celebrates Reeves, Its Native Star, The Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Obituary 20 Jun 2006  Daily News Record, Harrisonburg, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I2277  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2007 

    Father Donald C. Brewer,   b. 28 Jan 1890, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1969, Guttenberg, Clayton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Helen R. Lescher,   b. September 1892, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 June 1964, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Family ID F734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Frank Joseph Bessolo,   b. 30 Apr 1892, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1944, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Helen R. Lescher,   b. September 1892, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 June 1964, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married Unknown Date  Unknown Place Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Divorced Unknown Date  Unknown Place Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Family ID F737  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ellanora Needles 
    Married 1940  Probably Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Divorced 1949  Probably Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2006 
    Family ID F736  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Reeves, George Keefer Brewer (Bessolo)
    Reeves, George Keefer Brewer (Bessolo)
    As a Young Man
    Reeves, George Keefer Brewer (Bessolo)
    Reeves, George Keefer Brewer (Bessolo)
    The Young Actor
    Reeves, George Keefer Brewer (Bessolo)
    Reeves, George Keefer Brewer (Bessolo)
    Probably taken during WWII service with U. S. Army Air Force
    Reeves, George Keefer Brewer (Bessolo)
    Reeves, George Keefer Brewer (Bessolo)
    As Superman

  • Notes 
    •        GEORGE REEVES: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
             George Bessolo Reeves (born George Keefer Brewer to Don Brewer and Helen Lescher) (January 5, 1914-Jun 16, 1959) was an American actor, best known for playing the role of Superman on the television series, Adventures of Superman in the 1950s.
             EARLY CAREER
             Reeves' film career began in 1939. He was featured in minor roles, such as being cast as one of Vivien Leigh's suitors in the initial scene of Gone with the Wind. In 1942, he won acclaim for his part in So Proudly We Hail!.
             MILITARY SERVICE
             Although he received critical praise for his early successes in Hollywood, when World War II was declared his career was interrupted by military service. Despite the belief that later being typecast as Superman put his career in a slump, many now believe that the war really gave his career a nearly fatal blow. Reeves enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and appeared in war training films. Reeves found leading parts lacking after the war and, at one point, he was forced to earn a living digging septic systems.
             SUPERMAN
             Then Reeves was offered the role of Superman in a television series. At first he was reluctant to take the role. Like many actors, he considered television to be unimportant and thought that few would see his work. He was astonished when he became a national celebrity. He became so well known that he was often forced to do personal appearances as Superman. This was always embarrassing for the actor because he pointed out that any children would often test his super powers by physically assaulting him. In one instance, a youngster came up to him with a loaded gun and said that he was going to shoot bullets off Superman's chest! Though Reeves was said to have been deeply saddened by the strong identification between him and Superman, he still tried to take the responsibility of being a role model for children seriously, even going so far as to quit smoking and making it a rule not to appear in public with his girlfriends. According to fellow co-star Jack Larson, "George Reeves wanted to be Clark Gable, not a children's hero."
             Reeves first appeared as the Superman character in 1951 in a theatrical feature called Superman and the Mole Men. It was effectively a pilot for the TV series, whose regular episodes began filming soon after, during 1951 and 1952. That film was edited down to a two-part episode for the TV series, retitled The Unknown People. The original film was seldom seen after its initial release, but it is on the DVD of the first season which was released in the fall of 2005.
             The Superman TV series the Adventures of Superman was broadcast in first-run from the fall of 1952 through the spring of 1958, a total of 104 episodes. In addition Reeves appeared as Superman in a Government short film, entitled "Stamp Day for Superman." In this, Superman's job was to catch some crooks and tell kids why they should invest in government bonds. Reeves also appeared as Superman in an episode of I Love Luch in 1956. During the course of the series, Reeves stood up for Noel Neill, she had played Lois Lane in the Kirk Alyn serials, when she replaced Phyllis Coates, during her first days with the series when he felt the director was being too harsh with her, and he defended Robert Shayne (who played Police Inspector William "Bill" Henderson) when Shayne was accused of being a radical in the 1950s and in danger of losing his job.
             AFTER SUPERMAN
             After the series went off the air, Reeves found himself so typecast as Superman that it was difficult for him to find other roles and this was said to have deeply saddened him. One famous but incorrect example sometimes cited is that he was upset when his scenes in the classic film From Here to Eternity were all cut after a preview audience kept yelling "Superman!" whenever he appeared. Director Fred Zinnemann, Screenwriter Daniel Taradash, and various crew members have all stated for the record that every scene written for Reeves's Character was short and that every one of those scenes is part of the film as released. Nothing of Reeves's work was cut, and director Zinnemann even made clear that there was no preview screening, nor were there post-release cuts. Everything in the first draft of the script featuring Reeves's character is still present in the final product as seen in 1953 and as seen today. However, a TV version of "From Here to Eternity" completely omits George Reeves and some key story line scenes. Despite the falsity of this particular rumor, Reeves did indeed find it almost impossible to obtain roles outside the Superman character, and his career reached the point where he did wrestling matches. By this point in time, his alcohol addiction had worsened even further. His good friend Bill Walsh, a producer at Disney Studios, gave Reeves a role in what would be the actor's final feature film, Westward Ho the Wagons (1956). In the film, Reeves's face was altered with a false beard -- presumable to prevent easy recognition of the famed face of Superman.
             DEATH
             In the early morning hours of June 16, 1959, three days before a planned wedding to Lenor Lemmon, Reeves went to bed after a long night with guests. Shortly thereafter, a shot rang out, and he was found dead in his bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. From the moment police arrived, the case was treated as suicide as all the guests concluded there could be no other explanation. An official inquiry concluded that the death was indeed suicide. His disbelieving mother employed Private Investigator Jerry Geisler to conduct an investigation of his own, thereby postponing the cremation of the body for 3 years. However, both Geisler and Reeves' mother died before any substantial new evidence could be discovered.
             With Suicide the official verdict, much speculation resulted as to whether it was because of Reeves' "failed career." It was also noted that he had suffered a concussion in an auto accident shortly before his death, leading some to suspect that his mental health had been compromised. These facts are recounted in Gary Grossman's 1976 book, Superman: Serial to Cereal. At that time, suicide was the predominant presumed cause of death, and various reasons were cited to justify or explain it.
             Many problems still persist with the suicide theory, such as bullet holes found in the bedroom walls and through the living room (where the guests were), bullet casing found underneath Reeves' body, the gun left between his legs, police not being called for 30-45 minutes after the death, and the fact that almost no one who knew Reeves can quite bring themselves to believe that he killed himself.
             Many people fin it hard to believe that Reeves shot himself, as his life seemed to be getting back on track, right up until his death. In 1958, he seemed to give up drinking, only having a glass of champagne at parties, and the producers of the Adventures of Superman agreed to revive the series with two seasons' worth of episodes to begin airing in early 1060. He had also ended his affair with Toni Mannix, an actress and wife of studio mogul Eddie Mannix, and, as stated, he and Lemmon were going to be married within three days. That same month, he had signed a five-motion-picture deal with Paramount Pictures, and he was being courted to play the doomed detective Milton Arbogast whose curiosity leads him to his fate in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
             Had he lived until the next day, June 17, he would have fought light-heavyweight boxing champion Archie Moore, and, considering his successful wrestling career in the 1940s, Reeves would not have turned down his shot at fame. These facts of what might have been for Reeves strongly contradict the theory that he killed himself for being typecast as Superman, because with the new, bright future for him in sight, it would be unlikely for him to commit suicide. Not surprisingly, the planned continuation of The Adventures of Superman was cancelled after his death.
             In the book, DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes, Reeves' co-star Noel Neil is quoted as saying the cast of Superman were ready to do a new series of the still-popular show. (This squares with statements in the Grossman book.) If Reeves was depressed, evidence suggest this would have been due to the compulsive telephone calls he was receiving from his expartner and then-wife to MGM big shot, Toni Mannix. This may have been having a less than desirable effect on his impending wedding to Lenore Lemmon. Lemmon has taken responsibility for the bullet holes in the bedroom, attributing them to herself "fooling around" with the gun earlier in the evening. However, no fingerprints whatsoever were found on the pistol.
             Reeves left his entire estate to Toni Mannix, much to Lenore Lemmon's devastation. Her statement to the press read, "Toni got a house for charity, and I got a broken heart," referring to the charities that both she and Reeves worked tirelessly for.
             Both Noel Neil and Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen in Superman) maintained that Reeves was murdered, even generating publicity for the case in the late 1980s. However, a 1990 edition of USA Today featured Larson changing his position on the case. After the death of his longtime friend Toni Mannix, he did not want her memory tarnished by any bad Press. (Larson has given various and conflicting opinions on this question over the years. In the Grossman book, he was quoted as having accepted that it was suicide.)
             The 1996 book, Hollywood Kryptonite, by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, discusses the doubts by friends and relatives and the forensic evidence as to whether suicide was even physically possible (subsequent investigations show that the gun would have to have been held a few inches from the head when the incident occurred), whether the shooting was properly investigated by police, and alternative theories. It is a fact that during autopsy his hands were immediately washed and never checked for any gun powder or residue. the book makes an argument for Reeves having been the target of a "hit" due to having spurned a long-time lover with mob connections, also claiming that the previous car accident was also an attempted hit. there are groups supporting the re-opening of the murder investigation.
             Lenore Lemmon maintains that Reeves killed himself due to his "failed career" and his alleged inability to find more work. Lemmon's versions of events is the only one in existence, with no official list of exactly who was present in the house at the time of the shooting. According to Lemmon, those present were Carol Von Ronkle, William Bliss and Robert Condon. Some suggest Reeves and Lemmon's relationship was quite volatile, with them often being seen in public arguing. Lenore Lemmon left California the day after Reeves' death, never to return. She has never explained why she waited so long after the death to call the police. None of the other houseguests even gave a public testimony. [GKB 01.]
             The following article is from the Fort Dodge, Iowa, Messenger, Saturday, June 17, 2006, written by Obaid Khawaja (obaid@messengernews.net) and quoted with his permission:
             SUPERMAN LIVES!
             Woolstock Celebrates Reeves, Its Native Star
             Woolstock (IA) - Superhero buffs and Woolstock locals turned out Friday to remember local and national hero George Reeves who portrayed Superman in the 1950s television series and also had an extensive movie career.
             The first day of the festival was held on the 47th anniversary of Reeves' death and is begin used to raise money to help renovate the house of his birth.
             Beginning at noon, people were able to tour a mini museum with Superman memorabilia or watch episodes of the 1950s TV show, which included the pilot episode Superman and the Mole Men. A kids' karaoke booth had also been set up.
             "There's going to be lots to do, not just (activities) to do with George Reeves," said Veronica Guyader, co-chair of the George Reeves Memorial Committee, "(The festival) brings people out to see the house and see what shape it's in."
             Today's events range from a show by the Improv comedy troupe Comics in Action to auctions, a pork chop dinner and performance by local mjusical group Malaki.
             Reeves was born in Woolstock in 1914 and was originally names George Keefer Brewer. Reeves was between 3 and 4 years old when his parents divorced. As a result, Reeves was taken to Pasadena, Calif., by his mother who remarried and changed his surname. He died in 1959 in an apparent suicide.
             Although Reeves only resided in Woolstock for a short period of time, locals take great pride in the recognition it gives their town.
             "Just to have someone with such fame in the 1950s is a big thing," Guyader said.
             Seven months ago, Steven Kirk, originally from Los Angeles, Calif., was chosen as curator for the George Reeves Memorial -- a proposed museum that will be set up in the house Reeves was born.
             Kirk hopes to make each room of the house a representation of a particular period in Reeves' life, such as his role in movies like Gone with the Wind and his service during Woarld War II. The proposed museum will have a chronological tour through the life of television's first Superman and would start in the Room Reeves was born in.
             Kirk has also made wax sculptures for the Hollywood Wax Museum and plans on making a life-size figure of Reeves for the memorial museum.
             "My priority is getting the museum up and running," he said. "This is also to help the local economy and put Woolstock on the map."
             Superman enthusiasts from New Mexico, Arkansas and Kansas joined locals in setting up for the first day of the festival and also showed off memorabilia.
             For Carl Glass, one of the people that helped promote the event, saving Reeves' birthplace was important because of the significance it had in his childhood.
             "I saw that Superman's house was in trouble (and) I wanted to save it because of what he did for me," Glass said.
             Glass began working with the George Reeves Memorial Committee about 9 months ago and began by promoting the festival's cause on his Web site http://www.glasshousepresents.com/.
             "In the 1950s he was the biggest thing along with I Love Lucy," he said. "This is what you're dealing with, a cultural icon."
             The festival continues today and Sunday in Woolstock's downtown district. [GKB 02.]
             See also, http://www.georgereevesmemorial.com/, for more information.
      For a more complete filmography, see the site, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001660/        
             From the National Obituary Archive for George Keefer Brewer, as posted on Ancestry.com, the following obituary has been found:
             George Reeves: 1914-1959
             George Reeves, the actor who played Superman in the popular 1950s television series, Superman, died June 16, 1959. He was 45.
             Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer on January 5, 1914 in Woolstock, Iowa. His parents divorced when he was a young boy. His mother remarried to Frank Bessolo in 1927. Bessolo adopted George and gave him his last name.
             Bessolo graduated from high school in 1932, and enrolled in Pasadena Junior College. there he decided upon a show business career. Majoring in music and acting, he also sang in the school choir.
             In 1935, he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse. Where there, he met his future wife, Ellanora Needles. They married in 1940, and had no children. They divorced in 1949.
             Taking on the stage name, Reeves, George had a small speaking role in the 1939 classic, Gone With The Wind. He appeared briefly at the beginning of the movie as one of Scarlett O'Hara's suitors.
             But Reeves is most remembered for his casting as Superman, the invulnerable man from Krypton who came to Earth with 'powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.'
             Reeves entertained baby boomers during most of the 1950s as Superman. He was one of the most popular television stars of the decade. His wholesome characterization of the super hero gave children a role model to look up to.
             His mysterious death in 1959 shocked his fans. Reeves was found dead in his Beverly Hills home, the apparent victim of a suicide. He died from a single gunshot wound to the head. His body was found in his bedroom on June 16, 1959.
             But speculation has run rampant for years that he was murdered, a victim of his own troubles personal life that was characterized by living beyond his means and having questionable relationships.
             Regardless, police ruled the death a suicide. No note was found by the body to explain the death. Reeves is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, California. [GKB 03.] A picture of the burial site is available from the following website:
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1284/
             The text from this site is also produced here:
             George Bessolo Reeves
             Birth: Jan. 5, 1914
             Death: Jun. 16, 1959
             Actor, he is best remembered for his role of Superman in the 1950s television series of the same name. Born George Keefer Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, to Don and Helen Lescher Brewer. His actual birth date is January 5, but when he was growing up his mother lied to him, telling him it was April 5, 1914, since this would place his birth at nine months after her marriage. He did not discover this until he was an adult. To make confusion worse, his mother made a mistake on his burial marker, listing his birth date as January 6 instead of January 5. His parents divorced when he was young, and he was adopted by his stepfather, taking the last name Bessolo. He was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at the Pasadena Junior College. An amateur boxer and skilled musician, he began his acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse, where he was discovered by Hollywood talent scouts. His first movie was “Ride, Cowboy, Ride” (1939), although it is in the role of Stuart Tarleton, one of Scarlet O’Hara’s suitors in “Gone With The Wind” (1939), that he is most remembered for in his early film career. He found steady work in the period 1939 to 1943, appearing in over 40 films. In late 1943, during World War II, he joined the US Army Air Force and appeared in several war training films, rising to the rank of Sergeant. He also made one screen appearance during the war, in the role of Lieutenant Thompson in the US Army sponsored film “Winged Victory” (1944). At war’s end, he left the military and returned to Hollywood, where he continued making films and in 1951, starred in the title role in “Superman and the Mole Men” (1951). This film got him noticed, and he was offered the title role in the upcoming television series, “The Adventures of Superman” (1952-1957). Initially he was reluctant to take on the role of Superman, believing that film acting was preferable to television acting. He was surprised when the role became a national hit. Afterwards, he got a few film and television roles, and since he had been typecast as Superman, his acting offers soon dried up. Although he was depressed with being stereotyped as Superman, he took the role model aspects seriously, giving up smoking and not making any appearances around children with any of his girlfriends. In the early morning hours of June 16, 1959, three days before his wedding to Lenore Lemmon, a gun shot was heard, and he was soon discovered dead of a gunshot wound to the head. An official inquiry returned the verdict of suicide, however, since his death, additional information makes many believe it was murder. He apparently had a long-term affair with Toni Lanier, a former showgirl and wife of MGM executive E. J. Mannix. She was known for her beauty and legendary sexual appetite, and the affair apparently had the approval of her husband, EJ Mannix, who had a mistress of his own. Five months before Reeves was to be married to Lenore Lemmon, he broke off the affair with Toni, which left her reportedly broken hearted and very angry. Toni would remain devoted to the memory of Reeves for the rest of her life. His life is discussed in detail in two books, “Superman: Serial to Cereal” (1976) by Gary Grossman, and “Hollywood Kryptonite” (1996) by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)
             Cause of death: Suicide or murder by gunshot, in dispute.
             On the World War II Army Enlistment Record, George gave the following information:
      Name: George Bessolo
      Birth Year: 1914
      Race: White, citizen
      Native State: Kentucky [His mother had given him this information which is false.]
      State: California
      County or City: Los Angeles
      Enlistment Date: 24 Mar 1943
      Branch: No branch assignment
      Grade: Private
      Term of Enlistment: For the duration of the War
      Education: 1 year of college
      Civil Occupation: Actor (Motion picture actor) or Director, Motion Picture, or Entertainer
      Marital Status: Married
      Height: 33
      Weight: 115 [GKB 06.]
             Much has been written about the life and mostly about the death of George Keefer Brewer Bessolo Reeves. Much of this writing centers around either his suicide or murder, whichever story one believes. Most of the people who were in the house and closest to George on the night of his death are now dead. A few of George's friends and colleagues are still alive, but most were not in the house on the night of his death. While I have not read more than one book (and I probably will not read more than one), I do not think, from what I have read, that it will ever be possible for know whether it was murder or suicide that caused George's death. That book is: Henderson, Jan A. (2007). Speeding Bullet: The Life and Bizarre Death of George Reeves. 2nd Ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Michael Bifulco. The next to the last paragraph in the book, sums it all up..."unless you were there in the house on the night of June16, 1959, and can prove without a shadow of a doubt you were there, you have no way of solving this case. No one will ever know!" The book is highly valuable for the many pictures of George K. Brewer Bessolo Reeves. There is also a useful reference list of published materials on George, some of which are controversial in their assumptions about George's death, at least according to Henderson. I, at least do not intend to pursue them since Henderson's work has convinced me that it is useless. Let it rest there; George is dead; he cannot be brought back to life. As a distant family member, I suggest that we let him go except for the memory of a life. [DLL]








    Died:
    •        According to the Death Certificate, death was by suicide at 1:20 a.m. on 6/16/59.
             The death certificate indicates that he was born on January 06, 1914; he was born on the 05. He is listed as having been born in Kentucky; he was born in Iowa. His Mother gave false information. [DLL.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S7780] George Reeves [George Keefer Brewer], Wikipedia Website, http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Reeves/, July 25, 2006. [GKB 01.].

    2. [S7790] George Bessolo, passenger, Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 1897-1957. National Archives micropublication T715, roll 6052, page 122, line 4. [Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists [database online]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. [GKB 07.].

    3. [S7791] George Bessolo, passenger, Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 1897-1957. National Archives micropublication T715, roll 6225, page 70, line 13. [Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists [database online]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. [GKB 08.].

    4. [S7789] George Bessolo, enlistee, National Archives and Records Administration. (2005). U. S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-46 [database online]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc. [GKB 06.].

    5. [S7796] George Lescher Bessolo, SSN 542288600, State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics, 1997; Ancestry.com (2000). California Death Index, 1940-1997 [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com. [GKB 09.].

    6. [S7841] George Lescher Bessolo, a.k.a Reeves [Brewer], death certificate no. 59--61440 (1959), California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. [GKB 10.].

    7. [S7785] George Keefer Brewer, aka George Reeves, obituary, Daily News-Record, June 20, 2006, Harrisonburg, VA. [Ancestry.com. United States Obituary Collection Record [database online]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. [GKB 03.].

    8. [S7787] Benson, Kit and Morgan. (2001). George Bessolo Reeves. http://www.findagrave.com/ When the Home Page comes up, put Reeves into the search; then with the results of the search, click on George Bessolo Reeves. [GBK 04.].

    9. [S7788] George Reeves filmography, 2006, http://imdb.com/name/nm0001660/ [GKB 05.].

    10. [S7781] George Keefer Brewer in Obaid Kahawaja, "Superman Lives! Woolstock Celebrates Reeves, its Native Star." The Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Saturday, June 17, 2006. [GKB 02.].

    11. [S7839] Helen Bessolo, death certificate no. 64-069471 (1964), California Department of Heath Services, Sacramento, CA. [HelL 02.] [Helen Lescher.].


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