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Johnny Weissmuller

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Johnny Weissmuller, 1940

Source: Wikipedia

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.

Fact file

  • Born: Peter Johann Weißmüller June 2, 1904 Freidorf, Temes County, Romania
  • Died: January 20, 1984 (aged 79) Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
  • Cause of death: Pulmonary edema
  • Years active: 1929–76
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Spouse(s): Maria Brock Mandell Bauman (1963–84; his death) Allene Gates (1948–62) Beryl Scott (1939–48; 3 children) Lupe Vélez (1933–39) Bobbe Arnst (1931–33)

Read more about Johnny Weissmuller at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Did Cheetah from 1930s Tarzan flicks die? (AP)
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AP - A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah, the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s, has died at 80. But other accounts call that claim into question.

Cheetah the chimp from 1930s Tarzan flicks dies
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Cheetah, the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s, has died at age 80, a Florida animal sanctuary said.

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