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Johnny Weissmuller (Peter Johann Weissmüller)

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Biography

Freidorf, Banat, Austria-Hungary [now Romania]
Johnny Weissmuller was born Peter Johann Weißmüller in Freidorf, near Timisoara, today 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 the US Olympic team. Weissmüller was one of two boys born to Petrus Weissmuller, a miner, and his wife Elisabetha (Kersch), who were both Banat Swabians, an ethnic German population in Southeast Europe. A sickly child, he took up swimming on the advice of a doctor. Read more...

Actor

Character: Adonis - Segment 'Loveland'

Glorifying the American Girl 1929

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Character: 'Tarzan'

Tarzan and His Mate 1934

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Character: Himself

Brooklyn Bridge 1981

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Character: Himself

ABC Late Night 1973

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Character: Himself

Classified X 1998

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