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Actor-writer Craig Chester shares some of his late friend Jack Larson’s memories of Montgomery Clift

I’m friends with actor-writer Craig Chester (Adam & Steve) on Facebook and was struck by this post he wrote today about his friend Jack Larson who died over the weekend.

Larson was 87 when he died and accomplished much during his career but is best known for the six seasons he spent playing Jimmy Olsen on TV’s The Adventures of Superman in the 1950s.

Here’s what Craig wrote about Mr. Larson:

Reeling from the passing of Jack Larson. I’ve spent the last decade becoming extremely close to him and I truly believed he would live to be a hundred. Our episode of “Unfictional” about Montgomery Clift aired earlier this year and Jack was particularly open and vulnerable in what would be his last public record. I have so many transcripts and interviews with Jack over the last ten years but what he said on this episode has stayed with me since his passing on Sunday, his parting words to all of us:

“Monty had a letter from Thornton Wilder that he carried around. And Monty had a rather large wallet, was an Italian wallet, and he had this letter in the wallet. And the letter was an answer to a question that Monty had asked Thornton Wilder as a young man. “Is there a God?” And Thornton Wilder said he would have to think about that, and would respond to Monty’s question “Is there a God”. And so he wrote this letter to Monty: “Dear Monty,” and Monty loved this letter which is now a bit tattered, had it folded up in his wallet, it was one of the things I inherited. And Thornton Wilder’s answer was a full page, handwritten. “There is a bridge between life and death, and that bridge is love. And as long as you remember the people you love, and as long as they remember you, as long as you’re in their lives with love, there is that bridge, and though they die as long as you love them, they’re with you. And that is the bridge between life and death.” And Thornton Wilder didn’t answer the question “Is there a God” to Monty, he answered the question, there is something beyond death. And that’s love.”…/sho…/unfictional/i-am-montgomery-clift

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5 Remarks

  1. I was looking to see if there was a book or biography published on Jack Larson and there doesn’t appear to be. Thanks for sharing that bit about your Facebook friend and Mr. Larson.

  2. September 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    Gaspar Marino says:

    Thornton Wilder’s letter to Monty Cliff and his words about love and death are so onsole him.very true. Sorry to hear of Jack Larson’s passing and I’m sure Craig will have his fond memories to c

  3. September 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    Gaspar Marino says:

    to console him.

  4. There definitely has to be something beyond this world.

  5. It was no doubt wishful thinking all those years ago, but it was Jimmy Olsen not Superman that I thought was hot. It was Jimmy Olsen not Batman nor Robin that brought the heat. Nice looking, not serious about himself, innocent looking. What was not to like? Now I learned he was with Montgomery Clift another crush of mine and now to know by implication good old Jimmy was a top. Monty was pure bottom if Truman Capote is to be believed. I wonder if Tab Hunter was in this mash up somehow. That nice guy thing sure is sexy.

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