Marc McClure

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Marc McClure
Born (1957-03-31) March 31, 1957 (age 61)
San Mateo, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–present

Marc A. McClure (born March 31, 1957 in San Mateo, California) is an American actor,[1] known for playing Jimmy Olsen in the Superman series of feature films released between 1978 and 1987, and Dave McFly, the older brother of Michael J. Fox's character in the Back to the Future films.


McClure appeared in the 1976 film Freaky Friday.[1]

He was in the 1977 Brigham Young University church video The Phone Call as Scott, who works at Ripples Drive-In. In 1978 he appeared in the film I Wanna Hold Your Hand and in 1980 appeared in the film Used Cars,[2] both of which were written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.

McClure's best known role is as Jimmy Olsen in the 1978 film Superman, and its sequels, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and in the 1984 spinoff film Supergirl.[2] He is the only actor to appear in the same role in all four Christopher Reeve-era Superman films and Supergirl.

McClure played Dave McFly, Marty McFly's older brother in the 1985 film Back to the Future, reuniting him with his I Wanna Hold Your Hand co-star Wendie Jo Sperber, and with writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, who wrote and directed that film, respectively. McClure reprised the role of Dave McFly in the sequels, Back to the Future Part II (though his only scene was not included in the theatrical version) and Back to the Future Part III.[2]

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

In 2003 he appeared in the remake, Freaky Friday.[2]

In a nod to his Superman feature film work, 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.[episode needed]



  1. ^ a b c "Marc McClure". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Marc McClure Filmography". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ Burlingame, Russ (October 23, 2017). "'Superman: The Movie' Actor to Appear in 'Justice League'". 

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