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Weismuller, Johnny

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004

(1904-1984)

    Athlete who parlayed an Olympic gold medal-winning swimming career -- he won in 1924 and 1928 -- into a movie career, most memorably as Tarzan in a long series of films, and then as Jungle Jim, when his gut got too big for a leopard skin.

    Caricatures of Weismuller, usually giving the trademark Tarzan yell, can be seen in The Coo-coo Nut Grove (Freleng, 1936), Hollywood Daffy (Freleng, 1946), Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941) in a nifty gag with Weismuller shedding a formal overcoat to reveal his leopard skin, and Gorilla My Dreams (McKimson, 1948).

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