14the character first appeared on film in 1977
If asked who the first actor to portray Peter Parker on film was, many fans of the franchise would wrongfully guess Tobey Maguire, who first assumed the role in 2002. The honor actually belongs to Nicholas Hammon, who played the web-slinger in 1977's Spider-Man, which was a made-for-TV movie that premiered on CBS in 1977
and received a theatrical release overseas. Featuring impressive special effects for the time, the film was well-received by audiences, earning a 17.8 rating and making it the highest rated CBS production of the year.
The film acted as a pilot for The Amazing Spider-Man television series, which was subsequently picked up by CBS. The series ran for two seasons in 1978 and 1979 before CBS pulled the plug citing its desire to not be perceived as a "superhero network."
In an interview with SFX magazine, Nicholas Hammon claimed a revival of the series was in the works in 1984 that would have seen the cast crossover with the cast of The Incredible Hulk, but Lou Ferrigno (who played the Hulk in the original series) has since claimed to have no knowledge of such an event.