Suggestion: Favorite Portrayal of Tarzan (Live Action Only)

by jalapenoman | created - 07 Dec 2013 | updated - 08 Dec 2013 | Public

Which actor who played the adult Tarzan do you like the best in the role (live action only)?

Note: Adult Tarzans only. No Tarzan as a child or infant is included.

Discuss this list here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/flat/223085769

1. Elmo Lincoln

Actor | Tarzan of the Apes

He was the first Tarzan. A former Arkansas peace officer, Elmo Linkenhelt worked in D.W. Griffith's "The Battle of Elderbush Gulch" (1912). In a fight scene his shirt was partially torn off, displaying his powerful chest. Griffith noticed, called him over, and told him "That's quite a chest you ...

Tarzan of the Apes (1918 silent) and two other silent films

2. Gene Pollar

Actor | The Revenge of Tarzan

When he was 28 years old Numa Pictures offered New York City fireman Joseph Pohler the role of Tarzan on account of his physique: six feet two-and-a-half inches, two hundred fifteen pounds. He got a new name, Gene Pollar, and $100 per week plus expenses. When "The Revenge of Tarzan" turned out to ...

The Revenge of Tarzan (1920 silent)

3. P. Dempsey Tabler

Actor | The Son of Tarzan

By the time he did "The Son of Tarzan", at age 41, the Tennessee athlete had four seasons of light opera, had produced films, starred in several of Thomas H. Ince's Triangle productions, co-starred with William S. Hart in "Captive God", and had helped found Paramount Studios. He was balding and so ...

The Son of Tarzan (1920 silent)

4. James Pierce

Actor | Flash Gordon

He had been an all-American center for Indiana University when he graduated in 1921. He coached football for two years in Arizona and tried amateur acting. He won the lead in Leatherstocking (1924), and stayed to coach at Glendale (California) High School. His teams included future film stars John ...

Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927 silent)

5. Frank Merrill

Actor | Tarzan the Tiger

Frank Merrill won 58 National, Southern California and Los Angeles championships in gymnastics (Roman rings, high bars and rope climbing). He was national gymnastics champion from 1916 to 1918. Prior to his roles as the fifth Tarzan, he worked as a stuntman, doubling for Elmo Lincoln in the 1921 "...

Tarzan the Mighty (1928 Silent) and one other silent film

6. Johnny Weissmuller

Actor | Tarzan the Ape Man

Johnny Weissmuller was born as Peter Johann Weißmüller in Freidorf, today a district of the city of Timisoara in Romania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Weissmuller would later claim to have been born in Windber, Pennsylvania, probably to ensure his eligibility to compete as part of ...

Twelve movies from 1932 to 1948, starting with Tarzan the Ape Man

7. Buster Crabbe

Actor | Buck Rogers

Buster Crabbe graduated from the University of Southern California. In 1931, while working on That's My Boy (1932) for Columbia Pictures, he was tested by MGM for Tarzan and rejected. Paramount Pictures put him in King of the Jungle (1933) as Kaspa, the Lion Man (after a book of that title but ...

Tarzan the Fearless (1933) (made as a serial and edited into a film)

8. Bruce Bennett

Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Herman Brix was a star shot-putter in the 1928 Olympics. After losing the lead in MGM's Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) due to a shoulder injury, he was contracted by Ashton Dearholt for his independent production of The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935), a serial and the only Tarzan film between the ...

(a.k.a. Herman Brix) Played Tarzan in two series edited into films in 1935 and 1938, the first being The New Adventures of Tarzan.

9. Glenn Morris

Actor | Tarzan's Revenge

Glenn Morris was the fourth Olympic athlete to play Tarzan. He was the 1936 decathlon champion and won the Sullivan Award (outstanding amateur athlete of the year) over the more famous Olympian Jesse Owens. Sol Lesser cast Morris for an independent Tarzan, filmed on Twentieth Century-Fox back lots....

Tarzan's Revenge (1938)

10. Lex Barker

Actor | Winnetou - 3. Teil

Barker was a direct descendant of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and of Sir 'William Henry Crichlow', historical governor general of Barbados. He excelled in football and track at Fessenden School and Phillips-Exeter Academy. He went to Princeton but left to become an actor. A year ...

Five movies from 1949 to 1953, starting with Tarzan's Magic Fountain

11. Gordon Scott

Actor | Tarzan's Greatest Adventure

Physical Education major Gordon Weschkul left the University of Oregon after one term. He became an infantry drill instructor (rifle, pistol and bayonet; judo and hand-to-hand combat; close order drill), then a military policeman. After his honorable discharge in 1947, he was a fireman, cowboy, and...

Six Movies from 1955 to 1960, starting with Tarzan's Hidden Jungle

12. Denny Miller

Actor | The Party

Denny Miller was born in Bloomington, Indiana, where his father, Ben Miller, was a physical education instructor at Indiana University. He and his brother, Kent, began playing basketball almost from the day they were born. The Miller family left Bloomington when Denny was in the fourth grade. He ...

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959)

13. Jock Mahoney

Actor | Tarzan Goes to India

Mahoney is of French and Irish extraction, with some Cherokee. At the University of Iowa, he was outstanding in swimming, basketball and football. When World War II broke out, he enlisted as a Marine fighter pilot and instructor. In Hollywood, he was a noted stunt man, doubling for Errol Flynn, ...

Two movies from 1962 to 1963, starting with Tarzan Goes To India

14. Mike Henry

Actor | Smokey and the Bandit

Michael Dennis Henry was born August 15th, 1936. He was an athletic professional football player at the time he entered the movies. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1958-61) and the Los Angeles Rams (1962-64). During part of that time (1961-64) he was under contract with Warner Brothers and ...

Three movies from 1966 to 1968, starting with Tarzan and the Valley of Gold

15. Ron Ely

Actor | Tarzan

The 15th screen Tarzan (if you don't count Gordon Griffith) was to have played a Tarzan impersonator in a projected Mike Henry television show, which never materialized. He had been tested fourteen months earlier when Henry got the part. Prior to Tarzan, Ron had numerous parts in movies and ...

Played Tarzan in a 1960's television series titled Tarzan from 1966 to 1968

16. Steve Hawkes

Actor | Blood Freak

Born in Eastern Europe, Steve Hawkes (aka Hucks) emigrated to America as a teenager to pursue an acting career, citing Johnny Weissmuller as a childhood influence. He played a Tarzan-type character in a series of Spanish-language movies. In Spain his character was referred to as "Tarzan", but when ...

Two films from 1969 to 1972, starting with Tarzan in the Golden Grotto

17. Miles O'Keeffe

Actor | Ator 2: L'invincibile Orion

Attended the Air Force Academy Prep School after high school. He quit and switched over to Mississippi State to play football, but was forced to quit when he broke his hand. He then transferred to the University of the South, and graduated with a B.A. in psychology. He worked a year as a counselor ...

Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) Note: the Bo Derek film

18. Christopher Lambert

Actor | Highlander

Though born in Great Neck, Long Island, Christopher Lambert's family left the US when he was only two years old. His father was a United Nations diplomat assigned to Switzerland and, as a result, Chris was educated at private boarding schools in Geneva. Inspired through his having appeared in a ...

Greystoke; the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

19. Hemant Birje

Actor | Adventures of Tarzan

Hemant Birje was born on August 19, 1965 in Belgaum, Mysore State, India. He is an actor, known for Adventures of Tarzan (1985), Tarzan's Daughter (2002) and Kaun Kare Kurbanie (1991).

Adventures of Tarzan (1985)

20. Wolf Larson

Actor | Tarzán

Wolf Larson was born on December 22, 1959 in West Berlin, West Germany as Wolfgang von Wyszecki. He is an actor and writer, known for Tarzán (1991), Just Can't Get Enough (2002) and Code Name: Eternity (1999). He has been married to Carolyn J Larson since March 30, 1998.

Television series Tarzan from 1991 to 1994

21. Joe Lara

Actor | Doomsdayer

Joe Lara was born in San Diego, California. He was cast to play "Tarzan" in "Tarzan: The Epic Adventures" in the early 90's. He worked in many countries, including South Africa, Bulgaria, and Russia. He co starred in many film to video projects that were filmed in Bulgaria, Russia, and Africa.

Tarzan in Manhattan (1988 made for television movie) and in the television series Tarzan; the Epic Adventures (1996 to 2000)

22. Casper Van Dien

Actor | Starship Troopers

Casper Van Dien's breakthrough role was as the lead in Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi film Starship Troopers (1997). Still one of the most talked about films of 1997 that has one of the largest cult followings in film history. He was also in Tim Burton's critically acclaimed film Sleepy Hollow (1999), as ...

Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)

23. Travis Fimmel

Actor | Warcraft

Travis Fimmel was born near Echuca, Victoria, Australia, to Jennie, a recreation officer for the disabled, and Chris, a cattle farmer. He was raised on a 5500-acre farm located between Melbourne and Sydney. Until the age of seventeen, his life was spent at school and working on the family farm, ...

Television series Tarzan in 2003



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