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Also Known As: Peter John Weissmuller, Jonas Weissmuller Died: January 21, 1984
Born: June 2, 1904 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Romania Profession: actor, author, swimmer

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Former Olympic swimming champion turned "Tarzan the Ape Man" (1932). Weissmuller was Hollywood's longest-running loincloth-clad creeper-swinger and also appeared in the not-unrelated role of "Jungle Jim" in late 1940s and early 50s B-movies and on TV.

Former Olympic swimming champion turned "Tarzan the Ape Man" (1932). Weissmuller was Hollywood's longest-running loincloth-clad creeper-swinger and also appeared in the not-unrelated role of "Jungle Jim" in late 1940s and early 50s B-movies and on TV.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) (Archival Footage)
2.
 The Phynx (1970)
3.
 Jungle Moon Men (1955) Johnny Weissmuller
4.
 Devil Goddess (1955) Johnny Weissmuller
5.
 Jungle Man-Eaters (1954) Jungle Jim
6.
 Cannibal Attack (1954) Johnny Weissmuller
7.
 Killer Ape (1953) Jungle Jim
8.
 Savage Mutiny (1953) Jungle Jim
9.
 Valley of Head Hunters (1953) Jungle Jim
10.
 Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (1952) Jungle Jim
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Raised in Chicago, Illinois
1924:
Won three Olympic gold medals in swimming, two for solo events and one as part of the US relay team, all breaking world records
1927:
Was credited with saving eleven lives, rescuing passengers of a capsized cruise boat in Lake Michigan
1928:
Took more Olympic gold as a swimmer with one solo medal and one relay medal, both record-breaking efforts; won a bronze medal in water polo
1929:
Played Adonis in the musical revue "Glorifying the American Girl", an early talkie about the rise of a showgirl (Mary Eaton)
1931:
Was featured in the swimming shorts "The Human Fish" and "Water Bugs"
1932:
Made feature starring debut opposite Maureen O'Sullivan's Jane in "Tarzan the Ape Man"; would go on to star in eleven other Tarzan features, making him the most prolific "Lord of the Jungle"
1934:
Starred in "Tarzan and His Mate"
1936:
Played the titular fugitive in "Tarzan Escapes"
1939:
Paired with Johnny Sheffield as Boy in "Tarzan Finds a Son"
1941:
Starred in "Tarzan's Secret Treasure", his third film with director Richard Thorpe
1942:
Starred in "Tarzan's New York Adventure", final installment with Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane
1943:
Battled Nazis in "Tarzan Triumphs"
1943:
Reprised role in "Tarzan's Desert Mystery"
1945:
Teamed up with Brenda Joyce as Jane in "Tarzan and the Amazons", directed by Kurt Neumann
1946:
Starred in "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman", also helmed by Neumann
1946:
Rare non-adventure dramatic role as a soldier struggling to return to civilian life in the melodrama "Swamp Fire"
1947:
Final collaboration with Sheffield and Neumann, "Tarzan and the Huntress"
1948:
Final feature appearance as Tarzan in "Tarzan and the Mermaids"
1948:
Continued his jungle adventures as African safari adventurer "Jungle Jim"; went on to star in thirteen more films as the character
1954:
Final film as Jungle Jim, "Jungle Man-Eaters"
1955:
Portrayed himself, a "Jungle Jim"-like character in the adventure feature "Devil Goddess" and the similarly themed "Jungle Moon Men"
1955:
Reprised character in the syndicated "Jungle Jim" TV-series
1970:
Had cameo role as himself in the pop-culture satire "The Phynx"
1983:
Inducted into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame for his achievements in the 1924 and 1928 Olympic games
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Education

University of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois -

Notes

According to David Fury's biography, Weissmuller was born in Romania and made the claim of having been born in Windber, Pennsylvania in order to compete in the Olympics when technically he wasn't an American citizen.

Weissmuller's perfected Tarzan cry was recorded and used in the 1966-1968 NBC TV-series starring Ron Ely.

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wife:
Bobbe Arnst. Showgirl. First wife; married in 1931; divorced in 1932.
wife:
Lupe Velez. Actor. Married in 1933; divorced in 1938; their tumultuous marriage was often fodder for the tabloids.
wife:
Beryl Scott. Married c. 1939; divorced c. 1948; mother of Weissmuller's three children.
wife:
Ailene Gates. Married c. 1948; divorced in the early 1960s.
wife:
Maria Weissmuller. Survived him.
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son:
John Scott Weissmuller. Actor. Born on September 23, 1940; mother, Beryl Scott.
daughter:
Wendy Ann Weissmuller. Born on June 1, 1942; mother, Beryl Scott.
daughter:
Lisa Weissmuller. Born on July 20, 1943; mother, Beryl Scott.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Water, World and Weissmuller"
"Johnny Weissmuller: Twice the Hero" Artist's Press

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