Synopses & Reviews
An authoritative biography of the first TarzanOlympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmullerthis account offers an intimate look at the actor's life, from Olympic triumphs and failed marriages to his life in Hollywood and television career. Penned by Weismullers only son, this definitive chronicle is a sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans around the world.
The son of the Olympic swimmer who became a Hollywood star reveals the real story of his famous father's life
Includes photos from private collections that have never before been printed or seen by the general public
Johnny Weissmuller's name has become synonymous with Tarzan -- the role he played in the 1930s and '40s to the delight of millions. Many don't know that he also earned five Olympic gold medals for swimming before his renowned acting career -- or that he had five marriages. This authoritative biography of the first Tarzan, written by his only son, offers an intimate look at Weissmuller's early life, middle years, and later decline, covering his experiences from swimming training and Olympic triumphs to failed marriages, phenomenal stardom, and a subsequent career as Jungle Jim.
A sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans around the world, Tarzan, My Father includes interviews with his father's celebrity friends and former wives, recollections of conversations with his father over the years, and family stories involving Hollywood stars such as Humphrey Bogart.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-224) and index.
About the Author
Johnny Weissmuller, Jr., is the only son of Johnny Weissmuller. William Reed is a retired Naval intelligence officer, the author of Olaf Wieghorst, and the coauthor of Crazy Ivan: Based on a True Story of Submarine Espionage. W. Craig Reed is the coauthor of Crazy Ivan: Based on a True Story of Submarine Espionage. They all live in San Francisco.
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