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Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller
c. 1924
Personal information
Birth nameJanos Weissmuller
Birth dateJune 02, 1904
Place of birthBánság, Austria-Hungary
Date of deathJanuary 20, 1984(age 79)
Death placeAcapulco, Mexico
SpouseMaria Brock Mandell Bauman (1963 1984) (his death)
Allene Gates (1948 1962)
Beryl Scott (1939 1948) 3 children
Lupe Vélez (1933 1939)
Bobbe Arnst (1931 1933)

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Johnny Weissmuller (born Johann Peter Weißmüller; June 2, 1904 - January 20, 1984) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American swimmer and actor best known for playing Tarzan in movies. Weissmuller was one of the world's best swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal. He won fifty-two US National Championships and set sixty-seven world records. After his swimming career, he became the sixth actor to portray Edgar Rice Burroughs's ape man Tarzan in films, 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, ululating Tarzan yell is still often used in films.

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