Johnny Weissmuller an Olympic Gold Medalist and Tarzan

Johnny Weissmuller (June 2, 1904 – January 20, 1984) was an actor best known for playing Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s and for having one of the best competitive swimming records of the 20th century. Weissmuller was one of the world’s fastest swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals for swimming and one bronze medal for water polo. He won fifty-two US National Championships, set sixty-seven world records and was purportedly undefeated in official competition for the entirety of his competitive career. After his swimming career, Johnny Weissmuller became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan, a role he played in twelve motion pictures.

Johnny Weissmuller 1939 portrait

Johnny Weissmuller 1939

Johnny Weissmuller arrives in New York City by train in 1932

Johnny Weissmuller arrives in
New York City by train in 1932

Johnny Weissmuller was a winner of five Olympics gold medals as a swimmer and as an actor took on the role of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan in twelve movies, and was the first actor to voice the character's ululating yell.

Johnny Weissmuller was a winner of five Olympics gold medals as a swimmer and as an actor took on the role of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan in twelve movies, and was the first actor to voice the character’s ululating yell.

Johnny Weissmuller in "Tarzan and His Mate" (1934)

Johnny Weissmuller in “Tarzan and His Mate” (1934)

Johnny Weissmuller with Maureen O'Sullivan in "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" (1941)

Johnny Weissmuller with Maureen O’Sullivan in “Tarzan’s Secret Treasure” (1941)

 

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