Marc McClure

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Marc McClure
Born Marc McClure
(1957-03-31) March 31, 1957 (age 60)
San Mateo, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–present

Marc A. McClure (born March 31, 1957) is an American actor.[1]


McClure's best known role is perhaps in the 1978 film Superman,[2] playing photographer Jimmy Olsen. McClure reprised his role as Jimmy Olsen in Superman II,[2] Superman III,[2] Superman IV: The Quest for Peace[2] and in the 1984 movie Supergirl.[2] He is the only actor to appear in the same role in all four Christopher Reeve-era Superman films and Supergirl. Sam Huntington took over the role in Superman Returns.

In a flashback to his Superman days, McClure appeared on the CW's Smallville.[2] McClure appeared as Dax-Ur, a Kryptonian scientist who has been living on Earth for over 100 years.

Besides Jimmy Olsen, McClure's other well known role is in the 1985 hit film Back to the Future[2] as Dave McFly. He reprised his role in Back to the Future Part II (though his only scene was not included in the theatrical version) and Back to the Future Part III. In addition, McClure appeared in the 1976 film Freaky Friday[1] and the 2003 remake.[2] He was also in the 1977 BYU church video The Phone Call as Scott who worked at Ripples Drive-In.[3] He also starred in the 1978 film I Wanna Hold Your Hand[2] and the 1980 film Used Cars[2] alongside Back to the Future co-star Wendie Jo Sperber. Both of these films were also directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale who created Back to the Future.

He has made appearances in many television series, including Once an Eagle, Happy Days, Hunter, The Shield[1] and Cold Case.



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Preceded by
Jack Larson
Actors to portray Jimmy Olsen
1978 - 1987
Succeeded by
Michael Landes