Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote TARZAN in 1912. The story of a British orphan raised by apes in Africa captivated American readers. The former businessman became wealthy off these tales of Dark Continent and the legend of Tarzan remains a money-maker for Hollywood.
While other actors brought the Lord Of The Apes to the silver screen, Johnny Weissmuller animated Tarzan for the cinematic audiences around the world. The Olympic champion embodied the character with his swimming, fighting, and famous cry swinging through the jungles.
"Me Tarzan. You Jane."
In my childhood Johnny Weissmuller was Tarzan.
Since his retirement Hollywood has drafted numerous actors to play the Lord of the Apes.
Lex Barker, Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, Ron Ely, Miles O'Keeffe, Christopher Lambert, Casper Van Dien, and now Alexander Skarsgård in a 3D version.
Personally I'm waited for TARZAN JESU.
A tale for the ages.