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Johnny Weissmuller (1904–1984)


Johnny Weissmuller was born in Timisoara, Romania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, though he would later claim to have been born in Windber, Pennsylvania, probably to ensure his eligibility to compete as part of the US Olympic team. A sickly child, he took up swimming on the advice of a doctor. He grew to be a 6' 3", 190-pound champion ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 79) in Acapulco, Mexico

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 1946 Swamp Fire
Johnny Duval
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl
Adonis - Segment 'Loveland' (uncredited)
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8 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 3 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Johnny Weismuller | Johnny Weissmüller

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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I have always been vitally interested in physical conditioning. I have long believed that athletic competition among people and nations should replace violence and wars. See more »

Trivia:

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 ... See more »

Nickname:

Big John

Star Sign:

Gemini

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