Marcus Olsen (died 1991) was the husband of an unnamed woman and the father of James and Kelly Olsen. He was a soldier who died serving his country in Operation Desert Storm.


Marcus Olsen was a soldier of the United States Army. At some point in his life he married an unnamed woman and fathered two children; James and Kelly. In 1991 he took part in Operation Desert Storm and, before being deployed to the Middle East, he gave James his first camera.[1] During the mission he died and a funeral was held in his honor, however, his son was not present due to a pair of bullies having locked him into a coffin.[2]


Since Marcus' death, his son James had kept his camera with him at all times. This and his death were what prompted James to become a photojournalist.[1] In 2016, James decided to carry on his father's legacy and honor him by fighting criminals as the superhero "Guardian".[3]



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  • In the DC comics, Jimmy Olsen's father is named Jake Olsen (originally Mark Olsen).
  • Marcus' name was never revealed on-screen; Ryan Williams, the actor who portrayed his corpse in the dream sequence of "American Dreamer", was credited as "Marcus".
    • During the episode, that name was also used for Ben Lockwood's right-hand man, portrayed by Adam Ballantyne and credited as "Second Looter".


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