Who Was Johnny Weissmuller?
What is a biography of Johnny Weissmuller?
He was the first actor to play Tarzan. The first Tarzan movie was shot in the swamps around Morgan City, Louisiana in 1939 I believe. I was born in this little town and didn't know this until many years later when I happened to stop in to browse a little museum. I( actually knew the old man he played the African chief in the movie. Mr. Dudley, as everyone called him owned a shoe shine stand on Highway 90. Wow, this question took me way back LOL
In the 1920s, Johnny Weismuller was the fastest swimmer in the world, having one 6 Olympic medals, 5 of them gold. He was the best of all the Tarzans, starring opposite Maureen Sullivan with Cheetah the chimpanzee and boy. Some of his underwater stunts fighting off alligators or snakes were outstanding. My best childhood Saturdays were spent watching his adventures in the jungle!
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