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Johnny Weissmuller (1904–1984)


Johnny Weissmuller was born as Peter Johann Weißmüller in Freidorf, today a district of the city of Timisoara in Romania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Weissmuller would later claim to have been born in Windber, Pennsylvania, probably to ensure his eligibility to compete as part of the US Olympic team. Weissmüller was one of two boys... See full bio »

Died:

(age 79) in Acapulco, Mexico

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Known For

Tarzan the Ape Man
(1932)
Tarzan and His Mate
(1934)
Tarzan Escapes
(1936)

Filmography

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 1974 The Great Masquerade
Sepy Debronvi
 1946 Swamp Fire
Johnny Duval
 1931 The Big Splash (Short)
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl
Adonis - Segment 'Loveland' (uncredited)
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9 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 5 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Johnny Weismuller | Johnny Weissmüller

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'd like to move into the Douglas Fairbanks type of action pictures. I'm no great actor, but my fans like me, so why shouldn't I give it a whirl? See more »

Trivia:

After school, he worked as a bellhop and elevator operator at the Plaza Hotel in Chicago and trained for the Olympics with a swim coach at the Illinois Athletic Club, where he developed his revolutionary high-riding front crawl. He made his amateur debut on August 6, 1921, winning his first AAU race in the 50-yard freestyle. See more »

Trademark:

Showing his swimming skills in Tarzan films. See more »

Nickname:

Big John

Star Sign:

Gemini

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