Raised in Chicago, Illinois
Won three Olympic gold medals in swimming, two for solo events and one as part of the US relay team, all breaking world records
Was credited with saving eleven lives, rescuing passengers of a capsized cruise boat in Lake Michigan
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
Played Adonis in the musical revue "Glorifying the American Girl", an early talkie about the rise of a showgirl (Mary Eaton)
Was featured in the swimming shorts "The Human Fish" and "Water Bugs"
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"
Starred in "Tarzan and His Mate"
Played the titular fugitive in "Tarzan Escapes"
Paired with Johnny Sheffield as Boy in "Tarzan Finds a Son"
Starred in "Tarzan's Secret Treasure", his third film with director Richard Thorpe
Starred in "Tarzan's New York Adventure", final installment with Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane
Battled Nazis in "Tarzan Triumphs"
Reprised role in "Tarzan's Desert Mystery"
Teamed up with Brenda Joyce as Jane in "Tarzan and the Amazons", directed by Kurt Neumann
Starred in "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman", also helmed by Neumann
Rare non-adventure dramatic role as a soldier struggling to return to civilian life in the melodrama "Swamp Fire"
Final collaboration with Sheffield and Neumann, "Tarzan and the Huntress"
Final feature appearance as Tarzan in "Tarzan and the Mermaids"
Continued his jungle adventures as African safari adventurer "Jungle Jim"; went on to star in thirteen more films as the character
Final film as Jungle Jim, "Jungle Man-Eaters"
Portrayed himself, a "Jungle Jim"-like character in the adventure feature "Devil Goddess" and the similarly themed "Jungle Moon Men"
Reprised character in the syndicated "Jungle Jim" TV-series
Had cameo role as himself in the pop-culture satire "The Phynx"
Inducted into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame for his achievements in the 1924 and 1928 Olympic games