Johnny Weissmuller

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Johnny Weissmuller (born Peter Johann Weißmüller; June 2, 1904 – January 20, 1984) was an American competition swimmer and 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 U.S. National Championships, set more than fifty world records (spread over both freestyle and backstroke), and was purportedly undefeated in official competition for the entirety of his competitive career. After retiring from competitions, he became the sixth actor to portray Edgar Rice Burroughs's ape man, Tarzan, a role he played in twelve motion pictures. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known. His character's distinctive Tarzan yell is still often used in films.

Age: 79 (age at death)
Nationality: Hungarian
Claim to Fame: Tarzan


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1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood Stagehand 2
1973 Artists and Models Ball Sepy Debronvi
1970 The Phynx Johny Weissmuller
1955 Devil Goddess Johnny Weissmuller
1955 Jungle Moon Men Johnny Weissmuller
1955 Jungle Jim Jungle Jim
1954 Cannibal Attack Johnny Weissmuller
1954 Jungle Man-Eaters Jungle Jim
1953 Killer Ape Jungle Jim
1953 Savage Mutiny Jungle Jim
1953 Valley of Head Hunters Jungle Jim



I have always been vitally interested in physical conditioning. I have long believed that athletic competition among people and nations should replace violence and wars.

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