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Johnny Weissmuller

Swimmer + Olympic Gold Medalist + Former World Record-holder + Actor
Male
Born Jun 2, 1904
Hometown Temesvár
Died Jan 20, 1984
Death Place Guerrero
Religion Catholic Church
Other Names Weissm%C3%BCller,...

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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  • Maria Brock Mandell Bauman
    Married 1963 - 1984
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  • Maria Block
    Married 1962 - 1984
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  • Ailene Gates
    Married 1947 - 1962
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  • Allene Gates
    Married 1946 - 1962
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  • Beryl Scott
    Married 1939 - 1946
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  • Jean Harlow
    Dated 1933
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  • Fay Webb
    Dated 1933
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  • Lupe Vélez
    Married 1933 - 1948
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  • Bobbe Arnst
    Married 1931 - 1933
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  • Greta Garbo
    Dated 1930
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  • Camilla Louiee
    Married
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Johnny Weissmuller
Johnny Weissmuller
d.1984

parents

  • Petrus Weißmüller
    Petrus Weißmüller
    Father
  • Elisabeth Kersch
    Elisabeth Kersch
    Mother

children

  • Wendy Anne Weissmuller
    Wendy Anne Weissmuller
    Daughter, Age 73
  • Heidi Elizabeth Weissmuller
    Heidi Elizabeth Weissmuller
    Daughter, Age 71

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CHILDHOOD

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

TEENAGE

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.

TWENTIES

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

THIRTIES

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

FORTIES

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

FIFTIES

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

LATE ADULTHOOD

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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