Johnny Weissmuller

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Johnny Weissmuller
Peter Johann Weißmüller
BirthplaceFreidorf, Temes County, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Romania)

Weissmuller, (Peter John) Johnny

(1904–84) swimmer, actor; born in Windber, Pa. He attended schools in Chicago and the University of Chicago, and during the 1920s was the best all-around amateur swimmer in the U.S.A. After winning three gold medals in the 1924 Olympics and two more at the 1928 Games, he parlayed his celebrity in a career as a movie actor. (Hollywood publicists would later claim he was born in Hungary but had hidden this fact in order to compete for the U.S. Olympic team.) After appearing in some short subjects and swimming extravaganzas, he starred in 12 Tarzan movies in the 1930s and early 1940s including Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932); when he was replaced by a younger actor, he made a series of Jungle Jim movies. He formed a swimming pool company and continued to make occasional appearances in trash films.
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and Cheetah the chimp, who starred in all those Tarzan films hundreds of years ago with Johnny Weissmuller.
Yep, the yodelling yell Johnny Weissmuller patented as he swung through the trees on Hollywood backlots in the 12 Tarzan movies made between 1932 and 1948.
No American winter athlete has had a movie career comparable to summer sports stars Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Crabbe or Esther Williams - and few have even matched the movie careers of Bruce Jenner or Mitch Gaylord.
Since Edgar Rice Burroughs created Tarzan 61 years ago, there have been 47 live action versions on the screen featuring stars such as the legendary Johnny Weissmuller.
Last week, while giving a tour of Corriganville, Johnson pointed out remnants of a livery stable, an Old West town that was destroyed by fire in 1970, and a concrete basin that was once filled with water to film Johnny Weissmuller films.
Another six actors, including Johnny Weissmuller, had the role before Crabbe starred in Tarzan The Fearless in 1933.
In a victory for preservationists - not to mention stars such as Danny Kaye, Johnny Weissmuller and Jack Klugman - a city panel Wednesday said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cannot take shortcuts in repairing stars along Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
Among the big-name stars whose memorials would be affected are Mickey Rooney, Johnny Weissmuller, Danny Kaye, Martha Raye, Jack Klugman, the Smothers Brothers, Basil Rathbone, Leslie Nielsen, Jose Ferrer, Jose Feliciano and Duke Ellington.
I haven't seen muscles like she was showing - along with her bra - since Johnny Weissmuller last played Tarzan.
The documentary also features anecdotes from some of the Tarzans and Janes of the screen, including Gordon Scott, Denny Miller, Herman Brix, Maureen O'Sullivan and the late Johnny Weissmuller.
Johnny Weissmuller, the winner of five Olympic gold medals, was the Hollywood Tarzan in our Saturday morning black-and-white movies, but when I did a sort of crouching entry into the black-green water and swallowed a shoal of tadpoles, Tarzan sank and Stan Laurel emerged in his place.
Johnny Weissmuller starred as Tarzan in 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man, the first of 12 Tarzan films he made.