Marc McClure

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Marc McClure
Born (1957-03-31) March 31, 1957 (age 62)
Years active1975–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 Marty McFly, 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] He also appeared in a cameo role as a prison security officer in the film Justice League in 2017.


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Freaky Friday Boris Harris
1977 The Phone Call Scott
1978 Coming Home High School Class Pres.
I Wanna Hold Your Hand Larry Dubois
Superman Jimmy Olsen
1980 Used Cars Heavy Duty Dubois
Superman II Jimmy Olsen
1981 Strange Behavior Oliver Myerhoff
1982 Pandemonium Randy
1983 Superman III Jimmy Olsen
1984 Supergirl
1985 Back to the Future Dave McFly
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Jimmy Olsen
Amazon Women on the Moon Ray segment: "Video Date"
1988 The Perfect Match Tim Wainwright
1989 Chances Are Richard
After Midnight Kevin segment: "The Old Dark House"
Back to the Future Part II Dave McFly Deleted scene
1990 Back to the Future Part III
Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror Tom
1992 The Vagrant Chuck
1995 Apollo 13 Glynn Lunney
1996 That Thing You Do! Hollywood Showcase Director
1997 Menno's Mind Bennett, Medina's Gofer
1999 Storm Dr. Brian Newmeyer
2000 Deep Core Mac uncredited
Python Co-Pilot
2001 Venomous Dr. Dutton
2002 Landspeed Granger
2003 Freaky Friday Boris
2005 Coach Carter Susan's Dad
2006 Driftwood Rich Forrester
2007 Smallville Dax-Ur
2008 Proud American Sam
Frost/Nixon Network Executive
2012 Hercules Saves Christmas Mr. Rosco
Just an American Sam
2017 Powerless Emily's Father
Justice League Police Security Guard Cameo[3]


  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