Johnny Weissmuller

Actor, Author, Swimmer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1904 in Romania

Filmography

Actor (22)

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jungle Moon Men 1955 (Movie)

Johnny Weissmuller (Actor)

Stage Door Canteen 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Captive Girl (Movie)

Jungle Jim (Actor)

Fury of the Congo (Movie)

Jungle Jim (Actor)

Glorifying the American Girl (Movie)

Adonis ("Loveland") (Actor)

Jungle Jim (Movie)

Jungle Jim (Actor)

Mark of the Gorilla (Movie)

Jungle Jim (Actor)

Savage Mutiny (Movie)

Jungle Jim (Actor)

Swamp Fire (Movie)

Johnny Duval (Actor)

Tarzan Escapes (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan Finds a Son! (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan Triumphs (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan and His Mate (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan and the Amazons (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan and the Huntress (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan and the Mermaids (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan's Desert Mystery (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan's New York Adventure (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan's Secret Treasure (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Tarzan, the Ape Man (Movie)

Tarzan (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Bobbe Arnst

Wife
first wife married in 1931 divorced in 1932

Ailene Gates

Wife
married c. 1948 divorced in the early 1960s

Beryl Scott

Wife
married c. 1939 divorced c. 1948 mother of Weissmuller's three children

Lupe Velez Actor

Wife
Married in 1933 divorced in 1938 their tumultuous marriage was often fodder for the tabloids

Lisa Weissmuller

Daughter
born on July 20, 1943 mother, Beryl Scott

Wendy Weissmuller

Daughter
born on June 1, 1942 mother, Beryl Scott

Maria Weissmuller

Wife
survived him

John Weissmuller

Son
born on September 23, 1940 mother, Beryl Scott

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

1983

Inducted into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame for his achievements in the 1924 and 1928 Olympic games

1969

Had cameo role as himself in the pop-culture satire "The Phynx"

1955

Reprised character in the syndicated "Jungle Jim" TV-series

1955

Portrayed himself, a "Jungle Jim"-like character in the adventure feature "Devil Goddess" and the similarly themed "Jungle Moon Men"

1954

Final film as Jungle Jim, "Jungle Man-Eaters"

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

1947

Final collaboration with Sheffield and Neumann, "Tarzan and the Huntress"

1946

Rare non-adventure dramatic role as a soldier struggling to return to civilian life in the melodrama "Swamp Fire"

1946

Starred in "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman", also helmed by Neumann

1944

Teamed up with Brenda Joyce as Jane in "Tarzan and the Amazons", directed by Kurt Neumann

1942

Battled Nazis in "Tarzan Triumphs"

1942

Reprised role in "Tarzan's Desert Mystery"

1941

Starred in "Tarzan's New York Adventure", final installment with Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane

1940

Starred in "Tarzan's Secret Treasure", his third film with director Richard Thorpe

1939

Paired with Johnny Sheffield as Boy in "Tarzan Finds a Son"

1936

Played the titular fugitive in "Tarzan Escapes"

1934

Starred in "Tarzan and His Mate"

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"

1931

Was featured in the swimming shorts "The Human Fish" and "Water Bugs"

1929

Played Adonis in the musical revue "Glorifying the American Girl", an early talkie about the rise of a showgirl (Mary Eaton)

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

1927

Was credited with saving eleven lives, rescuing passengers of a capsized cruise boat in Lake Michigan

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

Raised in Chicago, Illinois

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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

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