Mostly Credited As: Johnny Weissmuller
Sometimes Credited As: Weissmuller
Birth Name: Peter John Weissmuller
Date Of Birth: June 02, 1904 (Age 79)
Country Of Birth: Hungary
Birth Place: Freidorf, Banat, Austria-Hungary (now known as Tim
Date Of Death: January 20, 1984
Cause Of Death: Heart Attack in Acapulco, Mexico
Height: 6' 3" (1.9 m)
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Some sources indicate he was born “János Weissmuller” but most sources indicate his real birth name to be “Peter John Weissmuller” and he had the nickname of “Big John”.
In the 1920’s he was considered the greatest swimmer in the world as he had won 5 Olympic Gold medals and 1 Olympic Bronze medal all in swimming.
He won a total of 52 U.S. championships and broke or set 67 World swimming records.
He is best remembered for his many roles as “Tarzan” the ape man and for playing a very similar character named “Jungle Jim”.
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