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Johnny Weissmuller Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Children

Johnny Weissmuller Quick Info
Height 6 ft 3 in
Weight 86 kg
Date of Birth June 2, 1904
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Date of Death January 20, 1984

Johnny Weissmuller was a Hungarian-born American Olympic swimmer, water polo player, and actor who established himself as one of the most acclaimed competitive swimmers of the 20th century.

Born Name

Johann Peter Weißmüller

Nick Names

Johnny, Big John

Johnny Weissmuller as seen while smiling in a studio publicity photo, c. 1940s
Johnny Weissmuller as seen while smiling in a studio publicity photo, c. 1940s (MGM Studio / eBay / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on June 2, 1904.

Died

On January 20, 1984, Johnny Weissmuller died from pulmonary edema at the age of 79 in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico.

Resting Place

Valley of the Light Cemetery

Sun Sign

Gemini

Born Place

Szabadfalva, Kingdom of Hungary (later: Freidorf, Romania)

Nationality

Hungarian

 

Education

Johnny Weissmuller attended Lane Tech College Prep High School.

Occupation

Olympic Swimmer, Water Polo Player, Actor

Family

  • Father – Peter Weißmüller
  • Mother – Elisabeth Weißmüller (née Kersch)
  • Siblings – Peter (Younger Brother)
  • Others – Michael Weißmüller/Weissmüller (Paternal Grandfather), Barbara Szartorius (Paternal Grandmother), Conrad Kersch (Maternal Grandfather), Elisabeth Picher (Maternal Grandmother)

Net Worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $2 million at the time of his death.

Build

Athletic

Johnny Weissmuller as seen with his second wife, Lupe Vélez, in a newspaper press photo in 1934
Johnny Weissmuller as seen with his second wife, Lupe Vélez, in a newspaper press photo in 1934 (Newspaper Press Photo, Hollywood, California / famousfix.com / Public Domain)

Height

6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm

Weight

86 kg or 189.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Johnny Weissmuller had dated –

  1. Mildred Shay
  2. Greta Garbo (1930)
  3. Bobbe Arnst (1931-1933)​ – He married his first wife, band and club singer Bobbe Arnst, in the year 1931. The marriage ended in divorce in 1933.
  4. Lupe Vélez (1933-1939)​ – He was married to Mexican actor, singer, and dancer Lupe Vélez from 1933 to 1939.
  5. Fay Webb (1933)
  6. Jean Harlow (1933)
  7. Tallulah Bankhead (1933)
  8. Beryl Scott (1939-1948)​ – In August 1939, Johnny Weissmuller married Beryl Scott and they were blessed with 3 children – Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. (September 23, 1940 – July 27, 2006), Wendy Anne Weissmuller (b. 1942), and Heidi Elizabeth Weissmuller (1944–1962). Heidi was killed in a car crash. Johnny and Beryl divorced in 1948.
  9. Allene Gates (1948-1962) – He was married to Allene Gates from 1948 to 1962.​
  10. Maria Gertrude Baumann (1963-1984) – Weissmuller married Maria Gertrude Baumann in 1963 and they remained together until his death in 1984. He had a stepdaughter named Lisa Weissmuller-Gallagher with Baumann.

Race / Ethnicity

White

Weissmuller had Banat Swabian ancestry.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Muscular pectorals

Religion

He was raised as a Catholic.

Johnny Weissmuller as seen at a swim meet in Brighton Beach, New York on July 23, 1922
Johnny Weissmuller as seen at a swim meet in Brighton Beach, New York on July 23, 1922 (Bain News Service / United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division / Public Domain)

Johnny Weissmuller Facts

  1. His love for swimming sparked at a very young age.
  2. He was in 8th grade when his father abandoned the family. After that, he left school in order to support his family financially.
  3. Johnny Weissmuller broke the world record set by Hawaiian competition swimmer Duke Kahanamoku in the 100-meter freestyle as Johnny Weissmuller swam in 58.6 seconds on July 9, 1922.
  4. He was a member of the U.S. men’s national water polo team and won a bronze medal at the 1924 Summer Olympics.
  5. In the 100-yard freestyle, he set a new world record of 51.0 seconds in 1927 and the record stood for 17 years.
  6. He was a member of the U.S. men’s national water polo team and won a bronze medal at the 1924 Summer Olympics.
  7. Johnny Weissmuller became the first man to swim the 100-meter freestyle in under one minute and the 440-yard freestyle in under five minutes.
  8. Throughout his career, he never lost a race and retired with an unbeaten amateur record.
  9. From 1932 to 1948, Johnny Weissmuller brought to life the character of Tarzan in twelve feature films – Tarzan the Ape ManTarzan and His MateTarzan EscapesTarzan Finds a Son!, Tarzan’s Secret TreasureTarzan’s New York AdventureTarzan Triumphs, Tarzan’s Desert Mystery, Tarzan and the AmazonsTarzan and the Leopard Woman, Tarzan and the Huntress, and Tarzan and the Mermaids.
  10. The Associated Press named him as the greatest swimmer of the first half of the 20th century in 1950.
  11. In 1965, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  12. For his distinguished contribution to the art of film, Johnny Weissmuller was honored with the George Eastman Award in 1973.
  13. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the motion picture industry.

Featured Image by MGM Studio / eBay / Public Domain

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