Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller

Us Swimmer + Olympic Gold Medalist + Former World Record-holder + Actor
Born Jun 2, 1904
Hometown Freidorf
Died Jan 20, 1984
Death Place Acapulco
Religion Catholic Church
Height 6' 3" (190 cm)
Nationality Hungarian

Johnny Weissmuller was an Austrian-Hungarian-born American swimmer and actor best known for playing Tarzan in movies. Weissmuller was one of the world's best swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal. He won fifty-two US National Championships and set sixty-seven world records.… Read More

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1904 Birth Born on June 2, 1904.
The passenger manifest of the S.S. Rotterdam, which arrived in New York on 26 January 1905, lists Peter Weissmüller, a 29-year-old laborer, his 24-year-old wife Elisabeth, and seven-month-old Johann. … Read More


1921 17 Years Old …  Bachrach trained Weissmuller and in August 1921, Weissmuller won the national championships in the 50-yard and 220-yard distances. … Read More
1922 18 Years Old On July 9, 1922, Weissmuller broke Duke Kahanamoku's world record in the 100-meter freestyle, swimming it in 58.6 seconds.


1924 20 Years Old He won the title for that distance at the 1924 Summer Olympics, beating Kahanamoku for the gold. … Read More
1927 23 Years Old In 1927, Weissmuller set a new world record of 51. seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, which stood for 17 years. … Read More
1929 25 Years Old In 1929, Weissmuller signed a contract with BVD to be a model and representative. … Read More


1939 35 Years Old He co-starred with Esther Williams in Billy Rose's Aquacade during the New York World's Fair 1939–41, pursuing her throughout a span of two years. … Read More
1942 38 Years Old Weissmuller starred in six Tarzan movies for MGM with actress Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane and Cheeta the Chimpanzee. The last three also included Johnny Sheffield as Boy. Then, in 1942, Weissmuller went to RKO and starred in six more Tarzan movies with markedly reduced production values. … Read More


1948 44 Years Old …  He made thirteen Jungle Jim films between 1948 and 1954. … Read More
1950 46 Years Old In 1950, he was selected by the Associated Press as the greatest swimmer of the first half of the 20th Century. … Read More


1955 51 Years Old In 1955, he began production of the Jungle Jim television adventure series for Screen Gems, a film subsidiary of Columbia. … Read More
1958 54 Years Old According to David Wallechinsky's Complete Book of the Olympics, while playing in a celebrity golf tournament in Cuba in 1958, Weissmuller's golf cart was suddenly captured by rebel soldiers. … Read More


1965 - 1969 4 More Events
1970 66 Years Old In 1970, he attended the British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, where he was presented to Queen Elizabeth II. … Read More
1973 69 Years Old Weissmuller lived in Florida until the end of 1973, then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked as a greeter at Caesars Palace along with boxer Joe Louis for a time. … Read More
1974 70 Years Old In 1974, Weissmuller broke both his hip and leg, marking the beginning of years of declining health. … Read More
1977 73 Years Old In 1977, Weissmuller suffered a series of strokes.
1979 75 Years Old In 1979, he entered the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California for several weeks before moving with his last wife, Maria, to Acapulco, Mexico, the location of his last Tarzan movie.
1984 80 Years Old On January 20, 1984, Weissmuller died from pulmonary edema at the age of 79. … Read More
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