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:

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Tarzan: Swim!


Tarzan: Nazi hyena dead now.


Jane: [looking at the crib Tarzan built] Tarzan, how clever!
[to the baby]
Jane: Now say, Thank you Father. Thank you Father.
Tarzan: Tarzan!


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Appears on sleeve of The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

When Weissmuller was introduced to the first Cheetah in his Tarzan films in 1931 (he worked with 8 chimpanzees altogether), the chimp's trainer told him to show no fear or the animal would attack him. As Weissmuller, dressed in his Tarzan loincloth and hunting knife, walked up to the animal, it bared its teeth, growled at him and lunged as if to attack him. Weissmuller took the knife out of the sheath and held it in front of the chimp's nose, to make sure he saw and smelled it. He then slammed the animal on the side of the head with the knife handle. He put the knife back in its sheath and held out his hand to the chimp. It glared at him, bared his teeth again, then changed its mind, grinned at Weissmuller and jumped up and hugged him. Weissmuller never had any further problems with the chimp--although other cast and crew members did--and it followed him around like a puppy dog during all the pictures they worked together.

Won 5 Olympic Gold Medals 1924-28 for swimming. Broke the record in each race. From 1921-29 he won every free style race he entered.

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