Jack Grimes (actor)

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Jack Grimes
Born (1926-04-01)April 1, 1926
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 10, 2009(2009-03-10) (aged 82)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Years active 1933-1991

Jack Grimes (April 1, 1926 – March 10, 2009) was an American voice and radio actor who played Jimmy Olsen in the last three years of The Adventures of Superman radio program, the 1966 Filmation TV series The New Adventures of Superman, and also for his performance on the 1967 anime Speed Racer.

Early years[edit]

Grimes was born April 1, 1926, in New York City.[1] His acting career began at age 7, during the depression, when he helped earn money for his family. He completed grammar school at the Professional Children's School[2] and went on to complete four years at Columbia University.[1]


Grimes appeared as Jackie Grimes in the Broadway play The Old Maid, which won a Pulitzer Prize and ran for 10 months in New York. It then went on tour for another 11 months. His other Broadway credits include Stork Mad (1936), Excursion (1937), and Western Waters (1937-1938).[3]


Grimes worked on radio, beginning with the CBS program Let's Pretend. He was also a regular on The Fred Allen Show, The Philip Morris Playhouse, Second Husband, CBS Radio Mystery Theater, and Death Valley Days. By age 12, he was appearing on 35 to 40 radio shows a week.


In 1944, Grimes moved to California to work for Universal. His credits include Fairytale Murder, Lady on a Train, and Week-End at the Waldorf. In the early 1950s, he switched to television. His credits include Alcoa Presents, Love of Life, The Aldrich Family, Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, Maude, On the Rocks, and All in the Family.

In 1962, Grimes and Peter Fernandez worked together on a series of records for MGM. Five years later, Fernandez hired him to do the voices of Sparky and Chim Chim on Speed Racer.


Grimes died in Queens, New York in 2009 at the age of 82.


  1. ^ a b DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 116.
  2. ^ "(untitled brief)". Indiana, Greenfield. Greenfield Daily Reporter. June 5, 1940. p. 4. Retrieved February 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Jackie Grimes". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 

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