See 11 Tarzan movie actors from the first half of the 20th century

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Vintage actors starring as Tarzan for first half of 20th century

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Between 1918 and 1955, there were 11 different Tarzan movie actors, in the character’s various incarnations and adventures. Here’s a look back at those wild men.
Tarzan movie actors through the years (1955)

by Hollis Alpert – Woman’s Day – August 1955

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In my household, there are twin boys, age eleven, who got pretty excited when I told them a new Tarzan movie was coming along. I promised to take them to see it.

“Not only that,” I said, toying with a nugget of information I possessed, “there’s a brand-new Tarzan.”

I was a little surprised by their reaction, expecting, as I was, something along the lines of “The King is dead. Long live the King.”

“It’s about time,” one of the boys said immediately.

“What do you mean, it’s about time?” I asked.

It was carefully explained to me that Lex Barker, who had played the apeman in the last five Tarzan pictures, had been getting pretty talky.

“Tarzan isn’t supposed to say much,” I was told. “And he shouldn’t sound like he went to college.”

Adventures of Tarzan movie with Elmo Lincoln

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Tarzan movie actors, from the first in 1918 to 1955
  • Elmo Lincoln
  • Gene Polar
  • P Dempsey Tabler
  • James N Pierce
  • Frank Merrill
  • Buster Crabbe
  • Herman Brix
  • Glenn Morris
  • Johnny Weissmuller
  • Lex Barker
  • Gordon Scott

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Vintage movie Tarzan the Fearless, starring Buster Crabbe

Vintage movie Tarzan the Fearless, starring Buster Crabbe


Tarzan and the Slave Girl, starring Lex Barker

Tarzan and the Slave Girl, starring Lex Barker


Tarzan and the Mermaids movie, starring Johnny Weissmuller

Tarzan and the Mermaids movie, starring Johnny Weissmuller


Tarzan the Ape Man classic movie with Johnny Johnny Weissmuller (1932)

Tarzan the Ape Man classic movie with Johnny Johnny Weissmuller (1932)

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