Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller (pronounced /ˈwaɪsmʌlər/; born Johann Peter Weißmüller [ˈʋaɪ̯smʏlɐ]; 2nd June 1904 – 20th January 1984) was an American Olympic swimmer, water polo player, and actor. Renowned for his exceptional competitive swimming prowess, he boasted one of the finest records in 20th-century swimming. Weissmuller secured world records and clinched five gold medals in the Olympics.

He triumphed in the 100m freestyle and the 4 × 200 m relay team event at both the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris and the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. Additionally, Weissmuller claimed gold in the 400m freestyle and earned a bronze medal in the water polo competition in Paris.

Transitioning from his swimming career, Weissmuller assumed the iconic role of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan in twelve feature films spanning from 1932 to 1948. Six of these films were produced by MGM, with the remaining six by RKO. Subsequently, Weissmuller starred in sixteen Jungle Jim movies over an eight-year period, followed by 26 additional half-hour episodes of the Jungle Jim TV series.

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