Johnny Weissmuller

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Johnny Weissmuller

Born

6/2/1904, Freidorf, Banat, Austria-Hungary (now Romania)

Died

1/20/1984

Birth Name

Johann Weissmüller

Gender

Male

Also Known As

János Weissmüller, Big John, Weissmuller / Johnny Weissmüller
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Biography

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Johnny Weissmuller is best known for his numerous roles as Tarzan. Won 5 gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1924 & 1928. Has a son, Johnny Weissmuller Jr.

Credits

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Johnny was a greeter at the MGM Grand Motel in Las Vegas after moving there from Florida in 1973.

    • Johnny was the first man ever to swim the Olympic 100 meter Freestyle event in less than a minute.

    • Johnny was fined $5000 for every pound he was overweight while making the Jungle Jim films.

    • Johnny was 6 feet 3 inches tall.

    • Johnny was inducted into the Body Building Hall of Fame in 1976.

    • Johnny was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983.

    • At Johnny's burial, the Tarzan yell was played as his casket was lowered into the ground, per his request.

    • During the Cuban Revolution, Johnny was playing golf with friends when Castro's soldiers surrounded them. Thinking fast, he gave the Tarzan yell and the soldiers escorted them to a safe area, delighted to have met Tarzan.

    • Johnny said his famous Tarzan yell came from splicing and mixing together the sounds of a hog caller, a soprano, and alto singers.

    • Johnny was shown on the cover of the Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

    • Johnny made a total of 13 pictures as Jungle Jim with Columbia Pictures, as well as the 1955 TV series for the Screen Gems subsidiary division of Columbia. The movies include:

      Jungle Jim (1948)
      The Lost Tribe (1949)
      Mark of the Gorilla (1950)
      Captive Girl (1950)
      Pypmy Island (1950)
      Fury of the Congo
      Jungle Manhunt (1951)
      Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (1952)
      Voodoo Tiger (1952)
      Savage Mutiny (1953)
      Valley of Head Hunters (1953)
      Killer Ape (1953)
      Jungle Man-Eaters (1954)

    • Johnny made a total of 12 pictures as Tarzan, the first six with MGM Studios and the final six with RKO Studios. These included:

      Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
      Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
      Tarzan Escapes (1936)
      Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)
      Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)
      Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)
      Tarzan Triumphs (1943)
      Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)
      Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)
      Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946)
      Tarzan and the Huntress (1947)
      Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

    • Johnny made a total of 12 pictures as Tarzan, the first six with MGM Studios and the final six with RKO Studios. These included:

      Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
      Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
      Tarzan Escapes (1936)
      Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)
      Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)
      Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)
      Tarzan Triumphs (1943)
      Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)
      Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)
      Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946)
      Tarzan and the Huntress (1947)
      Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

    • Johnny has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Johnny was the founding chairman of the International Swimming Hall Of Fame, started in 1965.

    • Johnny set 67 world records during his tenure as an Olympic swimmer.

  • Quotes

    • Johnny Weissmuller: 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.

    • Johnny Weissmuller: How can a guy climb trees, say "Me, Tarzan, you, Jane," and make a million? The public forgives my acting because they know I was an athlete. They know I wasn't make-believe.

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