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JOHNNY WEISSMULLER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Johnny Weissmuller was born on June 2, 1904, in Freidorf, Banat, Austria-Hungary (now present day Timisoara, Romania), although for the purpose of eligibility for the US Olympics, he claimed to have been born in Pennsylvania. He was one of the best swimmers in the 1920’s, winning five Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal, setting sixty-seven world records, and also winning fifty-two US National Championships. He is a champ in the acting world though as well, best known for his role as Tarzan. While he was the sixth one to portray this character, it is him that people remember when they think about the jungle man.
 
Weissmuller had been a swimmer since his teens, and after retiring with an unbeaten swim record, he traveled the country advocating BVD swimwear. He was a model for the business with loads of female fans, and consequently, he appeared in his first movie “Glorifying the American Girl” (1930). He also appeared in some short films in which he was uncredited. In 1932, Weissmuller signed a contract with MGM, an action that would change his career forever.
 
Tarzan, the Ape Man” 1932, made Weissmuller a film star almost overnight. MGM was so pleased with his performance that they had him take the lead in five more Tarzan movies with Cheeta the Chimpanzee and Maureen O'Sullivan playing the opposite role of Jane. These movies include: “Tarzan and His Mate” (1934), “Tarzan Escapes” (1936), “Tarzan Finds a Son” (1939), “Tarzan's Secret Treasure” (1941), “Tarzan’s New York Adventure” (1942). Weissmuller was free of MGM at this point, but someone else wanted to continue the Tarzan legacy, so RKO continued to create the jungle themed movies. However, O’Sullivan pulled out, so there was no Jane in “Tarzan Triumphs” (1943). The movie was profitable anyways. In 1943, RKO decided to produce another movie, since this one went over so well, and “Tarzan's Desert Mystery” was conceived. This film was not so successful, and a new Jane, Brenda, was put into the picture. In 1945, “Tarzan and the Amazons” was released.
 
Right before his last three Tarzan films, “Tarzan and the Leopard Woman” (1946), “Tarzan and the Huntress” (1947), “Tarzan and the Mermaids” (1938), Weissmuller appeared in the melodrama dud “Swamp Fire” (1946). In the late 1940s, the actor was finally finished with Tarzan. He swapped his loincloth for a pair of shorts, but stuck with the jungle theme, and starred in Columbia's “Jungle Jim” (1948). More Jungle Jim movies ensued, twelve to be exact, in the years 1949 to 1954. Obviously apparent that Weissmuller was into the whole jungle themed film, he appeared in three additional tropical pictures in which he portrayed himself. In 1955, he was in the Jungle Jim television show, but it only lasted for twenty-six episodes.
 
He was seen additionally in some small television shows, but pretty much was done with acting following his Jungle Jim rampage. In 1970, however, he was reunited with prior co-worker Maureen O’Sullivan in a short cameo for the film “The Phynx”. His last role ever was also a very small part, one in the spoof “Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood” (1976). Shortly after this role, in 1977 Weissmuller suffered a series of strokes and was hospitalized in 1979 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. He then moved to Acapulco, Mexico, where he spent his last days until his demise on January 20, 1984 due to pulmonary edema. He will forever be remembered for his roles in television, as he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Filmography

1976              Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood 

1970              The Phynx 

1955              Jungle Jim 

1955              Devil Goddess 

1955              Jungle Moon Men 

1954              Jungle Man-Eaters 

1954              Cannibal Attack 

1953              Killer Ape 

1953              Savage Mutiny 

1953              Valley of the Headhunters 

1952              Voodoo Tiger 

1952              Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land 

1951              Fury of the Congo 

1951              Jungle Manhunt

1950              Captive Girl 

1950              Pygmy Island 

1950              Mark of the Gorilla 

1949              The Lost Tribe 

1948              Jungle Jim

1948              Tarzan and the Mermaids

1947              Tarzan and the Huntress 

1946              Tarzan and the Leopard Woman

1946              Swamp Fire 

1945              Tarzan and the Amazons

1943              Tarzan's Desert Mystery

1943              Stage Door Canteen 

1943              Tarzan Triumphs 

1942              Tarzan's New York Adventure

1941              Tarzan's Secret Treasure 

1939              Tarzan Finds a Son

1936              Tarzan Escapes

1934              Tarzan and His Mate 

1932              Tarzan, the Ape Man 

1930              Glorifying the American Girl





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