After developing a passion for acting during high school, George went on to study the craft at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse. And in 1939, he secured a minor role in the epic movie Gone With The Wind. Now contracted to Warner Brothers, he appeared in a number of pictures before war broke out and he joined the United States Army in 1943.
After the war, George made his way back to Hollywood, where he continued to land minor roles. By this time, he was married to the actress Ellanora Needles, although the pair divorced in 1950. Then, one year later, the actor secured the part that would change his life – that of the comic book hero Superman.
First created in 1938 by artist and writer duo Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, Superman had already appeared in a radio adaptation, The Adventures of Superman, as well as an animated television series and a movie serial. Starring actor Kirk Alyn, the latter had been a roaring success.