Since the first silent films adapting the Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan novels, the King of the Jungle has swung across screens big and small. Several famous actors have played Tarzan in dramas and comedies, from film serials to TV shows. Many of the best Tarzan characters were portrayed by elite athletes or actors who had to train hard to get that "raised in a jungle" look. Even though Tarzan films and shows are often synonymous with pulp, the work of actors who've played Tarzan has even earned their movies Academy Award nominations.
Tarzan actors have to look the part and that often means they're retired athletes or very dedicated gym-goers. Alexander Skarsgard played the title character in the 2016 film, The Legend of Tarzan. The actor reportedly put on 24lbs of muscle for the role. Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller played Tarzan in more than 10 films from 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man to 1948's Tarzan and the Mermaids.
Tony Goldwyn provided the voice of Tarzan in the 1999 Disney animated film. Other famous actors who played Tarzan include Kellan Lutz, Christopher Lambert, and Travis Fimmel.
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- Photo: Tarzan the Ape Man / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Loew's Inc.
Johnny Weissmuller played Tarzan in more than 10 films from 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man to 1948's Tarzan and the Mermaids. Prior to playing Tarzan, Weissmuller was an Olympian winning five gold medals for swimming.
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- Age: Dec. at 79 (1904-1984)
- Birthplace: Freidorf, Romania
- Photo: Tarzan's Hidden Jungle / RKO Radio Pictures
Gordon Scott played Tarzan in several projects including Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955), Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958), and Tarzan the Magnificent (1960).
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- Age: Dec. at 80 (1926-2007)
- Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
- Photo: The Legend of Tarzan / Village Roadshow Pictures/RatPac-Dune Entertainment/Jerry Weintraub Productions/Riche/Ludwig Productions/Beaglepug Productions/Warner Bros. Pictures
Alexander Skarsgard played the title character in the 2016 film, The Legend of Tarzan. The actor reportedly put on 24lbs of muscle for the role.
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- Age: 45
- Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
- Photo: Tarzan and the Valley of Gold / Banner Productions/American International Pictures
Mike Henry played Tarzan in Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), Tarzan and the Great River (1967), and Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968). Henry previous played football for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams.
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- Age: 85
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California