Johnny Weissmuller

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Johnny Weissmuller in c. 1940s

Johnny Weissmuller (June 2, 1904 – January 20, 1984) was a German-American swimmer and actor. He was born in Timisoara, Austria-Hungary to German parents.

He was one of the world's best swimmers in the 1920s. He won five gold medals in swimming competitions at the Olympics in 1924 and 1928,[1] and a bronze medal in water polo at the 1924 Olympics.

He later played Tarzan in a series of movies in the 1930s and became a movie star. This made him a character actor. He then had trouble getting parts in other movies because of this.

Death[change | change source]

On January 20, 1984, Weissmuller died of pulmonary edema. He was 79. He was buried in Acapulco, Mexico, where he was living when he died.[2] At his funeral, a sound recording of the Tarzan yell he had made famous in the movies was played three times, at his request.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Johnny Weissmuller". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  2. Sisson, Richard; Zacher, Christian; Cayton, Andrew Robert Lee (2007). The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia. Indiana University Press. p. 902. ISBN 0-253-34886-2.
  3. Fury, David (1994). Kings of the Jungle: An Illustrated Reference to "Tarzan" on Screen and Television. McFarland & Company. p. 57. ISBN 0-89950-771-9.

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