Johnny Weissmuller

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller

Profession: Swimmer and Actor

United States of America

Biography: Johnny Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals across two Olympic games, 1924 and 1928 and set a number of world records in freestyle.

Went on to become a Hollywood actor, portraying Tarzan, in 12 feature films for which is he justly famous for Tarzan's legendary yell.

Born: June 2, 1904
Birthplace: Szabadfalva (Freidorf), Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: January 20, 1984 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Pulmonary edema

Married Life

  • 1933-10-08 American actor Johnny Weissmuller marries Mexican actress Lupe VĂ©lez (divorced 1939)

Historical Events

  • 1922-07-19 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller first to break 1 minute barrier for 100m freestyle; swims 58.6s at Alameda, CA
  • 1924-02-17 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller sets 100m world freestyle record 57.4s at Miami, Florida
  • 1927-04-05 Johnny Weissmuller sets world records in both the 100m and 200m free style swimming events
  • 1927-06-05 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record
  • 1928-12-26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming
  • 1932-04-02 "Tarzan the Ape Man" released starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the first of his 12 Tarzan films