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Gordon Griffith (1907–1958)

Who was the first screen Tarzan? The standard answer is Elmo Lincoln star of the first Tarzan movie (1918). But the first third of that movie shows Tarzan as a boy, frolicking in the nude with real chimps (unlike the grown-up Lincoln who cavorted clothed with athletes wearing monkey suits). The earliest movie Tarzan was actually Gordon Griffith, a... See full bio »

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Known For

Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer
Tarzan of the Apes Tarzan - Younger
Jungle Menace Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Penrod Sam Williams


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 1936/I The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand
Blackie Humphries, alias Hamik [Chs.3,5,7,10,11] (uncredited)
 1936 Outlaws of the Range
 1936 Blazing Justice
 1935 Gun Play
 1935 Speed Limited
Government Man
 1935 Bars of Hate
Jim Grant
 1935 The Crusades
Templar (uncredited)
 1935 Western Frontier
Henchman Steve (Scotty in credits) (as Gordon S. Griffith)
 1935 Danger Ahead
Chuck - Henchman
 1935 What Price Crime
Red - a Gangster
 1931 Forgotten Women
Movie Cameraman (uncredited)
 1928 The Branded Man
 1926 The Cat's Pajamas
 1925 Little Annie Rooney
Tim Rooney
 1924 The Street of Tears
Ted Weller
 1923 Main Street
Cy Bogart
 1922 Catch My Smoke
Bub Jessup
 1922/I The Village Blacksmith
Bill as a Child
 1922 Penrod
Sam Williams
 1921 Little Lord Fauntleroy
Boy who steals grapes
 1921 A Daughter of 'the Law' (Short)
Pete Jepsen - A Waif of the Hills
 1920 To Please One Woman
Bobby Granville
 1920 The Kentucky Colonel
Sam Britsides
 1920 The Son of Tarzan
Jack - Son of Tarzan as a Boy
 1920 Huckleberry Finn
Tom Sawyer
 1919 Cupid Forecloses
Nat Farleigh
 1919 The Solitary Sin
Bob Meredith - Age 14
 1919 Under the Top
Jimmie Jones (prologue and epilogue)
 1918/I Hitting the High Spots
Jack Randollph
 1918 The Yellow Dog
Little boy
 1918 The Romance of Tarzan
Tarzan as a Boy
 1918 Tarzan of the Apes
Tarzan - Younger
 1917 Like Babes in the Woods (Short)
 1917 The Little American
Child (uncredited)
 1917 The Price of Silence
Jimmie, Dugan's Son
 1916 Gloriana
Blake Manning
 1916 A Son of Neptune (Short)
Little Joe
 1916 The Wishing Lamp (Short)
Gordon Griffith
 1916 Betrayed by a Camera (Short)
One of the Kids
 1916 Two Mothers (Short)
Dick Angus, the son
 1916 Storming the Trenches (Short)
 1916 Naked Hearts
Cecil - as a Child
 1916 Some Fish (Short)
One of the boys
 1916 The Code of Marcia Gray
Newsboy (uncredited)
 1916 Ben Blair
Ben Blair, as a child
 1916 Maybe Moonshine (Short)
Ham - age 7
 1916 The Call of the Cumberlands
Samson as a boy (uncredited)
 1915 Kilmeny
Pierre - the Boy
 1915 Jane's Declaration of Independence (Short)
Jane's Nephew
 1915 Little Mr. Fixer (Short)
Billy - the Newsboy
 1915 Her Filmland Hero (Short)
 1915 Little Sunset
'Little Sunset' Jones
 1914 Tillie's Punctured Romance
Newsboy (uncredited)
 1914 The Broken Doll (Short)
 1914/II A Rural Romance (Short)
 1914 Those Country Kids (Short)
 1914 A Race for Life (Short)
The Villain
 1914 A Wild Ride (Short)
 1914/I The Flirt (Short)
 1914 Billy's Riot (Short)
 1914 The Fatal Mallet (Short)
Boy (uncredited)
 1914 Caught in a Cabaret (Short)
Boy in Park (uncredited)
 1914 The Bowery Boys (Short)
 1914 Twenty Minutes of Love (Short)
 1914 A Bathing Beauty (Short)
Fatty's Son
 1914/II The Star Boarder (Short)
The Son
 1914 Chicken Chaser (Short)
 1914 A Back Yard Theatre (Short)
 1914 The Race (Short)
 1914 How Villains Are Made (Short)
 1914 Kid Love (Short)
 1914 Little Billy's City Cousin (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1914 Kid Auto Races at Venice (Short)
The Boy (uncredited)
 1914 Little Billy's Strategy (Short)
 1914 Little Billy's Triumph (Short)
Show Operator
 1913 His Sister's Kids (Short)
2nd Nephew
 1913 The Horse Thief (Short)
The Horse Thief
 1913 Our Children (Short)
Boy in Sailor Suit
 1913 Mabel's Dramatic Career (Short)
Boy (uncredited)
 1913 The New Baby (Short)
1st Son
 1913 A Chip Off the Old Block (Short)
The Widower's Son
 1913/I The Riot (Short)
One of the Neighborhood Kids
 1913 Cohen's Outing (Short)
Kelly's Son
 1913/I Just Kids (Short)
1st Boy
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Gordon S. Griffith


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Played Tarzan as a child in Tarzan of the Apes (1918) and Tarzan's son in The Son of Tarzan (1920). See more »

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