Little Ricky Actor Keith Thibodeaux’s Sweet Memory From ‘I Love Lucy’: ‘I Really Thought George Reeves Was Superman’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Actor George Reeves and Lucille Ball starred in

One of I Love Lucy actor Keith Thibodeaux’s favourite episodes of the present was “Lucy Meets Superman.”

Thibodeaux, who portrayed Little Ricky within the present, was mesmerized by actor George Reeves within the function of the superhero — to the purpose that the younger actor actually thought that Reeves was Superman.

Actor George Reeves and Lucille Ball starred in 'I Love Lucy' episode titled 'Lucy Meets Superman'
Actor George Reeves and Lucille Ball starred in ‘I Love Lucy’ episode titled ‘Lucy Meets Superman’ | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

George Reeves started enjoying Superman in 1952

Actor George Reeves launched his movie profession with a small half within the Oscar-winning Civil War movie Gone With The Wind.

The function Reeves got here to be related to most, nonetheless, was that of superhero Superman within the tv motion sequence, Adventures of Superman, that ran from 1952 to 1958.

He accepted the function of the flying crime fighter as he was not being provided more difficult elements. Soon, the sequence grew to become an infinite hit with kids. Although it gave him satisfaction to see the present do properly, for Reeves, who died in 1959, it was a reminder of how he felt his profession was declining.

Actor George Reeves as Superman in 1952Actor George Reeves as Superman in 1952
Actor George Reeves as Superman in 1952 | Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images

‘Lucy Meets Superman’

In the episode, Lucy tried to outdo her friend Carolyn Appleby’s plans for her younger son’s celebration. She begs her husband Ricky, performed by her real-life husband Desi Arnaz, to attempt to safe George Reeves to come back in his Superman costume to their son Little Ricky’s celebration.

In the storyline, Reeves is unable to make it and so Lucy naturally takes issues into her personal palms. She throws collectively a Superman costume of her personal and sits out within the pouring rain on her window ledge for the cue from her finest friend and landlady, Ethel Mertz, for when she will be able to shock the youngsters as Superman.

However, unknown to her, Reeves’ plans modified and he exhibits as much as not disappoint the youngsters. In the top, after rescuing Lucy from the window ledge and studying the Ricardos have been married 15 years, Reeves tells Ricky, “And they name me Superman!”

George Reeves, right, carries Keith Thibodeaux on the set of 'I Love Lucy'George Reeves, right, carries Keith Thibodeaux on the set of 'I Love Lucy'
George Reeves, proper, carries Keith Thibodeaux on the set of ‘I Love Lucy’

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Keith Thibodeaux’s favourite ‘I Love Lucy’ episode

Thibodeaux advised the Archive of American Television in 2005 about “Lucy Meets Superman,” his favourite episode of the basic comedy.

“That was probably my personal favorite because George Reeves was my personal hero,” he mentioned. “And here he was coming, on my birthday on the show, and I got to meet him.”

The actor recalled his conflicted feelings in assembly Reeves. On the one hand, he knew Reeves was performing simply as he was. But however, he was Superman.

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“When I met him off the set, off camera, he shook hands with me and he’s this big, huge guy,” Thibodeaux mentioned.

Even in recalling his assembly with Reeves, the actor appeared simply as awestruck as he had been at age 7.

“He’s Superman, I mean he’s just Superman! Here I am, I’m an actor and he’s an actor,” he mentioned. “I know he’s an actor and we’re all actors, but I’m thinking, ‘This guy’s really super! I shook hands with him and he’s Superman!’”

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