Johnny Weissmuller, Swimming Champ
G.I. Journal, broadcast March 9th- actor
9 Print Biographies |
3 Portrayals |
5 Articles |
2 Pictorials |
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Johnny Weismuller | Johnny Weissmüller
6' 3" (1.91 m)
Did You Know?
[on playing Tarzan in 12 films between 1932-1948] How can a guy climb trees, say "Me, Tarzan, you, Jane", and make a million? The public forgives my acting because they know I was an athlete. They know I wasn't make-believe.
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 ...