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P. Dempsey Tabler

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Birth namePerce Dempsey Tabler
Birth dateNovember 23, 1876
Place of birthTennessee, USA
Date of deathJune 7, 1956(age 79)

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Perce Dempsey Tabler (November 23, 1876 - June 7, 1956) was a Tennessee-born athlete, businessman and actor, best remembered for being the third actor to portray Tarzan in films.

His sole outing in the role came in the 1920 movie serial The Son of Tarzan, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same name, which focused on Korak, the son of Tarzan and Jane. Though the tangled wig he wore as Tarzan in the film's flashback prologue has been much-maligned over the years, the toupee he wore as Lord Greystone (changed from Burroughs' Greystoke) and as Tarzan in present-day scenes in the serial was a more natural, better-fitting hairpiece.

Following The Son of Tarzan, Tabler made only one more film, 1923's Spawn of The Desert. As a businessman, he had been a founding member of Paramount Pictures, and after his short-lived acting career he found his greatest success in advertising in San Francisco.

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