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Elmo Lincoln (1889–1952)

He was the first Tarzan. A former Arkansas peace officer, Elmo Linkenhelt worked in D.W. Griffith's "The Battle of Elderbush Gulch" (1912). In a fight scene his shirt was partially torn off, displaying his powerful chest. Griffith noticed, called him over, and told him "That's quite a chest you have there". Griffith changed the name to Elmo Lincoln... See full bio »

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Known For

Tarzan of the Apes
The Romance of Tarzan
Gretchen the Greenhorn
Gretchen the Greenhorn Mystery Ship Captain


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 1952 Carrie
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1951 Iron Man
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1951 Hollywood Story
Elmo Lincoln (uncredited)
 1949 Tarzan's Magic Fountain
A Fisherman (uncredited)
 1948 Tap Roots
Sergeant (uncredited)
 1947 A Double Life
Detective (uncredited)
 1946 Rolling Home
Racing Official
 1946 Badman's Territory
Dick Broadwell (uncredited)
 1946 The Three Troubledoers (Short)
Nell's Father (uncredited)
 1945 The Return of the Durango Kid
Luke Blake (uncredited)
 1945 Escape in the Fog
Cop (uncredited)
 1945 The Man Who Walked Alone
 1944 When the Lights Go on Again
Farmer #2 (uncredited)
 1944 Black Arrow
Chief Arano (uncredited)
 1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell (uncredited)
 1943 Frontier Fury
Sam Stewart (uncredited)
 1943 Fighting Frontier
Barfly who knocks Ike down (uncredited)
 1942 Bandit Ranger
Townsman in Bank (uncredited)
 1942 Tarzan's New York Adventure
Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1940 Stage to Chino
Townsman (uncredited)
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1939 The Real Glory
U.S. Captain (uncredited)
 1939 Colorado Sunset
Dairyman Burns
 1939 Timber Stampede
Townsman (uncredited)
 1939 Wyoming Outlaw
U.S. Marshal Gregg
 1939 Blue Montana Skies
Mack (uncredited)
 1939 Union Pacific
Card Player (uncredited)
 1925 All Around Frying Pan
Foreman Slade
 1923 Fashion Row
 1923 The Rendezvous
 1923/I The Hunchback of Notre Dame (uncredited)
 1923 Rupert of Hentzau
Simon (the king's forester)
 1922 Quincy Adams Sawyer
Abner Stiles
 1922 The Big Ranger (Short)
 1922 Desperation (Short)
Bob Vernon
 1922 Fighting Back (Short)
Jim Mitchell
 1921 Devotion
Robert Trent
 1920 The Flaming Disc
Elmo Gray / Jim Gray
 1920 Under Crimson Skies
Captain Yank Barstow
 1920 Elmo the Fearless
The Stranger
 1919 The Fall of Babylon
The Mighty Man of Valour
 1919 Elmo, the Mighty
Capt. Elmo Armstrong
 1918 The Greatest Thing in Life
The American Soldier
 1918 The Road Through the Dark
Pvt. Schultz
 1918 The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin
Marcas, the Blacksmith
 1917 Might and the Man
 1917 The Bad Boy
 1916 Children of the Feud
Bad Bald Clayton
 1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
The Mighty Man of Valor (uncredited)
 1916 The Half-Breed
The Doctor (uncredited)
 1916 Hoodoo Ann
Officer Lambert
 1915 The Root of All Evil (Short)
Circus Kelly
 1915 Providence and the Twins (Short)
 1915 The Mystic Jewel (Short)
 1915 Pirates Bold (Short)
The Fisherman
 1915 Her Shattered Idol
Ben - a Blacksmith
 1915 The Absentee
The Toiler - in the Prologue (as Elmo Linkenhelt)
 1915 The Light in the Window (Short)
Roger Blake - the Father (as Otto Lincoln)
 1915 The Slave Girl (Short)
Bob West (as Otto Lincoln)
 1915 The Double Crossing of Slim (Short)
Croaky (as Otto Lincoln)
 1915 The Birth of a Nation
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1915 Buckshot John
The Sheriff (as Oscar Linkenhelt)
 1914 The Primitive Man (Short)
In Club (Prologue) / Tribesman (The Old Days)
 1914 John Barleycorn (as Lincoln Helt)
 1913 The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (Short)
 1913 The Suffragette Minstrels (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Lincoln Helt | Otto Lincoln | Elmo Linkenhelt | Oscar Linkenhelt | Otto Linkenhelt


5' 11½" (1.82 m)

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It is mistakenly thought that Lincoln's performance as Tarzan in Tarzan of the Apes (1918) was the first time the character ever appeared on screen. Technically, this is wrong. The first actor to play Tarzan in a movie was Gordon Griffith who appears in Tarzan of the Apes (1918), playing the character as a child before Lincoln appears on screen. See more »

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