Tarzan: My Father is a portrait of the world's best-loved Tarzan: Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller. Johnny Weissmuller, Jr., Tarzan's only son, offers an intimate look at his father's early life, middle years, and later decline: swimming training, Olympic triumphs, failed marriages, a Hollywood life as Tarzan of the Apes and subsequent career as Jungle Jim. When Weissmuller Sr. sought a divorce from Johnny Jr.'s mother, her revenge was to cut him off from his children for seven years. But Johnny Jr. was later reunited with his father, and the close bond of family and friendship that grew between them has granted Johnny Jr. a view of Tarzan's life shared by no one else.
This book tells Johnny Weissmuller's own version of his experiences at the hands of the major Hollywood studios. Johnny Jr.'s inside perspective on his father's life and career includes interviews with his father's former wives, costars, and celebrity friends, recollections of conversations with his father over the years, and family stories involving Hollywood stars like Humphrey Bogart and Red Skelton. The result is a tale of Hollywood at its legendary peak and a sensitive but unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans around the world.
An authoritative biography of the first Tarzan?Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller?this account offers an intimate look at the actor's life, from Olympic triumphs and failed marriages to his life in Hollywood and television career. Penned by Weismuller’s only son, this definitive chronicle is a sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans around the world.