Johnny Weissmuller Overview:

Legendary actor, Johnny Weissmuller, was born Janos Weissmuller on Jun 2, 1904 in Freidorf, Austria-Hungary (now Romania). Weissmuller died at the age of 79 on Jan 20, 1984 in Acapulco, Mexico and was laid to rest in Pante?n Valle de la Luz Cemetery in Acapulco, Mexico.

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Tall and powerfully-built, Johnny Weissmuller was a former Olympic swimming champion, having won five gold medals at the 1924 and 1935 Olympic Games. He became Hollywood's best known and longest-serving Tarzan, bringing a human touch to the jungle adventures, the earlier of which at MGM were extremely well made. When his features hardened and his waist-line thickened, he played another long-running character, Jungle Jim. He married Lupe Velez (third of six wives) in 1933, divorcing in 1939.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. He appears on the cover of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Weissmuller was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Johnny Weissmuller Quotes:

Tarzan: Nazi hyena dead now.


Tarzan: Good morning, I love you.
Jane Parker: Good morning, I love you. You never forget, do you, Tarzan?
Tarzan: Never forget... I love you.
Jane Parker: Love who?
Tarzan: Love you.
Jane Parker: Love who?
Tarzan: Love Jane.
Jane Parker: Love... my...
Tarzan: Love my... wife. My wife!


Tarzan: Jane lead way. Tarzan follow always.


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His stormy third marriage to spitfire actress Lupe Velez (1933-1939) received much coverage in the Hollywood scandal sheets. The makeup man on the "Tarzan" set reportedly had quite a time of it concealing bruises and bite and scratch marks from their many fights. Lupe later committed suicide in 1944.

In 1974, he broke a hip and leg. While hospitalized he learned that, in spite of his strength and lifelong daily regimen of swimming and exercise, he had a serious heart condition.

During the making of the "Jungle Jim" movies, he was fined $5000 for every pound he was overweight.

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