Everything you need to know about Superman’s Henry Cavill: The unluckiest man in Hollywood

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When “Man of Steel” comes to theaters Friday, he’ll be played by British actor Henry Cavill.

Most people probably know Cavill from his time on Showtime’s “The Tudors.”

However, if you’re not familiar with the British hunk, he actually fell short of a bunch of huge roles including two that Robert Pattinson landed.

When he flies onto the big screen, it also won’t be the actor’s first go around as Superman. He narrowly missed out on titular role in 2005’s “Superman Returns.”

Cavill narrowly missed out on so many potentially-huge roles that Empire magazine once named him the unluckiest man in Hollywood in their December 2005 issue.

He’s from the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.


Cavill is one of five children. His mother and father were a secretary and stockbroker respectively. Here he is with his girlfriend and father at the GREAT British Film Reception in February.


His one brother, Major Niki Cavill is a Royal Marine who has toured in Afghanistan twice.

(Source: The Tonight Show/Evening Standard/Mirror)

Cavill’s first onstage presence was as a reporter in a high school play. From there, he performed in plays including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Grease.”


(Source: “The Tudors” Showtime interview / IMDB / Google Art Project)

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