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The Best Actors Who Played Jimmy Olsen

Updated March 14, 2019 704 votes 82 voters22 items

We're ranking the best Jimmy Olsen actors of all time. First appearing in Action Comics back in 1938, Jimmy Olsen is one of DC’s oldest characters.

As a young and lighthearted photojournalist, Jimmy's Clark Kent’s right-hand man. His naive nature likes to get the best of him, and he often finds himself in situations way over his head. Luckily, Superman’s always ready to offer a helping hand.

Jimmy Olsen’s had many different iterations over the years, but his subtle charm and optimistic nature have always remained.

Tommy Bond was the first actor to play Jimmy Olsen in 1948’s Superman and again in 1950 with Atom Man vs. Superman. Marc McClure took over Jimmy duties in the hit Superman trilogy starring Christopher Reed in the late ‘70s, and in the early ‘90s, Jimmy was played by both Michael Landers and Justin Whalin in the hit ABC show Lois & Clark. More recently, Jimmy's been played by Aaron Ashmore in Smallville, Michael Cassidy in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Mehcad Brooks in The CW's smash show Supergirl.

Who’s your favorite Jimmy Olsen character? Vote up the best Jimmy Olsen actors, and vote down the ones you didn’t like.

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  • Aaron Ashmore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Jimmy Olsen
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    Aaron Ashmore played Jimmy Olsen in Smallville (2001-11).

    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Richmond, Canada
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  • Marc McClure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Jimmy Olsen
    Photo: Warner Bros.

    Marc McClure played Jimmy Olsen in the Superman trilogy (1978-1983).

    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Mateo
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  • Jack Larson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Jimmy Olsen
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    Jack Larson played Jimmy Olsen in the Adventures of Superman (1958).

    • Age: 92
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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  • Justin Whalin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Jimmy Olsen
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    Justin Whalin played Jimmy Olsen in Lois & Clark (1993-97).

    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco
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