Tarzan in film and other non-print media
Tarzan, a fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appeared in the 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes, and then in twenty-three sequels. The character proved immensely popular and quickly made the jump to other media, first and most notably to comics and film. This article concerns Tarzan's appearance in film and other non-print media.
The earlier Tarzan films were silent pictures adapted from the original Tarzan novels which appeared within a few years of the character's creation. With the advent of talking pictures, a popular Tarzan movie franchise was developed, anchored originally by actor Johnny Weissmüller in the title role, which lasted from the 1930s through the 1960s. Tarzan films under Weissmüller often featured Tarzan's chimpanzee companion Cheeta. Later Tarzan films after Weissmüller have been occasional and somewhat idiosyncratic.
The first Tarzan films were eight silent features and serials released between 1918 and 1929, most based on novels in the original series. Elmo Lincoln starred in the first Tarzan feature, Tarzan of the Apes (1918), a faithful cinematic rendering of Burroughs' first Tarzan novel. The first portion of the film featured Gordon Griffith as the young Tarzan, so Griffith could technically be considered the first screen Tarzan. (Early in the film, Tarzan is also shown as a baby played by at least two different uncredited children.) Elmo Lincoln returned for two sequels. Additional silents were produced in the 1920s with other actors (three of these films – The Romance of Tarzan (1918, Elmo Lincoln), The Revenge of Tarzan (1920, Gene Pollar), and Tarzan the Mighty (1928, Frank Merrill) – have been lost). One of the silents, Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927), featured the then-unknown Boris Karloff as a villainous native chieftain. Other actors who portrayed the character in 1920s films were P. Dempsey Tabler and James Pierce (who married the daughter of Edgar Rice Burroughs). The first Tarzan sound film was Tarzan the Tiger (1929), featuring Frank Merrill as the Ape Man, shot as a silent but partially dubbed for release. It was Merrill’s second Tarzan movie, and it cost him the role, as his voice was deemed unsuitable for the part.
The Weissmüller era
The “Me Tarzan, You Jane” cliché probably originates from telescoping the dialogue of Tarzan and Jane’s first meeting in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932):
Jane Parker: Thank you for protecting me.
Jane Parker: I said, thank you for protecting me.
Tarzan: [points at Jane] Me?
Jane Parker: No. I'm only "Me" for me.
Tarzan: [points at Jane] Me.
Jane Parker: No. To you, I'm "You."
Tarzan: [points at himself] You.
Jane Parker: No... [Thinks for a second]
Jane Parker: I'm Jane Parker. Understand? Jane, Jane.
Tarzan: [points at Jane] Jane, Jane.
Jane Parker: Yes, Jane. And you? [Tarzan stares]
Jane Parker: [points at herself] Jane.
Jane Parker: [points at Tarzan] And you?
Tarzan: Tarzan. Tarzan.
Jane Parker: Tarzan...Another dialogue moment that comes close is in Tarzan’s New York Adventure (1943). Tarzan emphasizes the couple’s mutual affection by pointing and saying “Tarzan…Jane…Jane…Tarzan.”
The most popular series of Tarzan films began with Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), starring Johnny Weissmüller and Maureen O'Sullivan. Weissmüller, the son of ethnic-German immigrants from Romania, was already well known as a five-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming. He became the most famous and longest-lasting screen Tarzan, starring as the Ape Man in a total of twelve films, through 1948, the first six produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the final six from RKO. The beauteous and scantily clad O'Sullivan was a major factor in the early popularity of the series. The role of Jane in the films was reduced after O'Sullivan departed in 1942 following the sixth film in the series (and the last for MGM), Tarzan's New York Adventure. Two Jane-less films followed before Brenda Joyce took over the role for the last four Weissmüller Tarzan films.
Starting afresh with an extremely free adaptation of Tarzan of the Apes which threw out everything that had gone before, the Weissmüller series was a boon to the franchise if not to the character. In contrast to the articulate nobleman of Burroughs's novels, Weissmuller's Tarzan was a natural hero with a limited vocabulary. The ersatz pidgin of his dialogue has often been mocked as "Me Tarzan, you Jane," although that particular line was never spoken in any of the films (see insert).
Tarzan and Jane were clearly married in the novels, but their legal status was left ambiguous in the Weissmuller films, even though they shared a jungle treehouse and (particularly in the second film of the series, Tarzan and His Mate) a strong sexual chemistry. In keeping with Motion Picture Production Code requirements, their son "Boy" was found and adopted rather than born to Jane. The "Boy" character, played by Johnny Sheffield, appeared in eight consecutive films in the series, starting with Tarzan Finds a Son (1939). Weissmüller's yodel-like "Tarzan yell" became so associated with the character that it was sometimes dubbed into later films featuring different actors. Cheeta the chimpanzee provided comic relief through the series.
Due to complex licensing issues relating to Tarzan, a number of competing films starring other actors were made during the Weissmüller period. The first of these was Tarzan the Fearless (1933), featuring another Olympic swimmer, Buster Crabbe. The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935), hearkening back to the original concept of the character as an intelligent Englishman, was a serial featuring Herman Brix that was reedited into two feature films, the first released in the same year and with the same title as the serial, and the second, Tarzan and the Green Goddess released in 1938. Tarzan's Revenge, also released in 1938, starred Glenn Morris.
With the exception of The New Adventures of Tarzan, which was partially filmed in Guatemala, the Tarzan movies of this period were mostly filmed on Hollywood sound stages, with stock jungle and wildlife footage edited into the final product.
The franchise after Weissmüller
After Tarzan and the Mermaids in 1948, Weissmuller retired from the series, believing that he was now too old to play the loincloth-clad character. He went on, however, to appear in a long series of similar adventures wearing a safari suit as Jungle Jim.
After Weissmüller's departure, producer Sol Lesser led a nationwide search for a replacement, auditioning over 200 actors. The winner was Lex Barker, a tall and strikingly handsome 29-year-old who had grown up in wealth and privilege in New York City. Barker portrayed Tarzan in five films (1949–1953), each with a different actress portraying Jane (the first one being Brenda Joyce, a carry-over from the Weissmüller series). These were mostly low budget affairs similar to Weissmuller's RKO films, although the third one, Tarzan's Peril (1951), was an attempt to upgrade the series by filming on actual African locations and using local Africans in the cast. Despite Barker's aristocratic bearing and good acting credentials, Lesser insisted that he emulate Weissmüller's "Me Tarzan, you Jane" characterization.
Next came six films starring Gordon Scott (1955–1960), a bodybuilder who was discovered while lifeguarding at a hotel in Las Vegas. His first four Tarzan films, produced by Sol Lesser, continued in the Weissmüller formula. Then the series was taken over by producer Sy Weintraub, who wanted to move the character closer to Burroughs's original conception. The result was two of the best-received entries in the entire franchise, Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959) and Tarzan the Magnificent (1960). MGM released a remake of Tarzan, the Ape Man in 1959, a poorly received film starring Denny Miller. The Weintraub series continued in two films featuring veteran stuntman Jock Mahoney (1962–1963), three with former pro-football player Mike Henry (1966–1968), and two (feature versions of television episodes) with Ron Ely (1970). The Mike Henry films were filmed before the Ron Ely TV series, but were released to theatres after the TV series debuted. Weintraub had intended Henry to star in the TV series, but Henry declined because of the injuries and illnesses he had suffered during location filming.
The Weintraub productions, including the Ron Ely television series (see below), dropped the character of Jane and portrayed Tarzan as an intelligent but apparently rootless adventurer. The Mike Henry entries, starting with Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), were produced at the height of the James Bond craze, and had a well-tailored Tarzan jetting around the world to take on dangerous missions. In contrast to most earlier Tarzan films, the Weintraub productions were in color and were shot in exotic locations such as Kenya, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, and Brazil.
After 1970, the movie Tarzan went on hiatus until 1981, when MGM released its third version of Tarzan, the Ape Man with Miles O'Keeffe in the title role and Bo Derek as Jane. The film was financially successful, but critically panned.
The better-received Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes followed in 1984, starring Christopher Lambert. Returning to the source material, it updated Burroughs’ original novel in the light of 1980s sensibilities and science, utilizing a number of corrective ideas first put forth by science fiction author Philip José Farmer in his 1972 mock-biography Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke. While restoring Tarzan’s identity as an intelligent human being, Greystoke portrayed his adaptation to civilization as a failure, and his return to the wild as a matter of necessity rather than choice.
The next live-action Tarzan movie was Tarzan and the Lost City (1998) which starred Casper Van Dien. Essentially a follow-on to Greystoke, this film was set in the 1920s and attempted to capture the flavor of some of the later novels in the Tarzan series, in which the ape-man encountered increasingly fantastic civilizations hidden in the deep jungles.
The latest live-action Tarzan film The Legend of Tarzan (2016), produced by Warner Brothers and Jerry Weintraub & directed by David Yates, was released on July 1, 2016. It stars Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie as Tarzan and Jane, along with Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Djimon Hounsou.
Disney's animated Tarzan (1999) marked a new beginning for the ape man, taking its inspiration equally from Burroughs and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Its major innovations were recasting the original fictitious ape species that adopted Tarzan as gorillas and turning William Cecil Clayton, his paternal cousin and rival for the affections of Jane in the early novels, into a brawny out-and-out villain known only as "Clayton." Tarzan was voiced by actor Tony Goldwyn and Jane by Minnie Driver.
Two direct-to-video sequels followed, Tarzan & Jane (2002), and Tarzan II (2005), a re-exploration of the ape man’s childhood. In Tarzan & Jane, Goldwyn and Driver were replaced by Michael T. Weiss and Olivia d'Abo.
In 2013, Germany's Constantin Film released a Tarzan 3D animated feature in CGI with motion capture. Reinhard Klooss directed. Kellan Lutz and Spencer Locke portrayed Tarzan and Jane Porter, respectively. The film opened in a number of countries in late 2013 and early 2014, but received mostly negative reviews and as a result no theatrical release was planned for the U.S. Instead, the film was released directly to DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. in August 2014.
The film Tarzan corpus also includes a number of documentaries, most of them either made for television or to accompany video sets of Tarzan movies, a number of derivative foreign-language productions from China, India, and Turkey, and various spoofs and parodies. Among the latter is Starzan, a Philippine Cinema comedy film loosely based on the original Tarzan franchise satirizing western entertainment. It stars Filipino comedic actor Joey De Leon as Starzan, Rene Requiestas as "Chitae", and Zsa Zsa Padilla as Jane.
Steve Sipek also known as Steve Hawkes played Tarzan in two films produced by a Spanish company and intended for world markets. The first was variously titled Tarzán en la gruta del oro/King of the Jungle/Tarzan in the Golden Grotto (1969) and portions were filmed in Suriname, Florida, Africa, Spain and Italy, with interruptions when the producers ran out of money. Sipek claimed the film company couldn't pay the huge licensing fees from Edgar Rice Burroughs' estate and settled for the name "Zan" or "Karzan" for the character.
A 1921 Broadway production of Tarzan of The Apes starred Ronald Adair as Tarzan and Ethel Dwyer as Jane Porter.
In 1976, Richard O'Brien wrote a musical entitled T. Zee, loosely based on the idea of Tarzan but restyled in a rock idiom.
Tarzan, a musical stage adaptation of the 1999 animated feature, opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway on May 10, 2006. The show, a Disney Theatrical production, was directed and designed by Bob Crowley. The show played its final performance July 8, 2007. Tarzan was played by Josh Strickland. Jane was played by Jenn Gambatese. Terk, Tarzan's best friend, was played by Chester Gregory. Kerchak, Tarzan's ape father was played by Shuler Hensley and Robert Evan. Kala, Tarzan's ape mother was played by Merle Dandridge. Professor Porter (Jane's father) was played by Tim Jerome. Mr. Clayton (Jane's "love interest") was played by Donnie Keshawarz. And Young Tarzan was played by Daniel Manche, Dylan Riley Snyder, J. Bradley Bowers, and Alex Rutherford.
The same version of Tarzan that was played at the Richard Rodgers Theatre played throughout Europe and was a success in the Netherlands.
Tarzan also appeared in the Tarzan Rocks! show at the Theatre in the Wild at Walt Disney World Resort's Disney's Animal Kingdom. The show closed in 2006. The Tarzan Encounter currently plays in Disneyland Park (Paris), similar to the show at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
See main article, Tarzan (radio program).
Tarzan was the hero of two popular radio programs. The first began on 12 September 1932 with James H. Pierce in the role of Tarzan, adapting the novel Tarzan of the Apes in 77 installments, airing three times each week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each episode, not counting commercials, ran for about ten minutes. This series was followed by two original stories, written by Rob Thompson, "Tarzan and the Diamond of Ashair", 39 episodes airing every weekday starting 1 May 1935, and "Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr", 39 episodes, airing during 1936. Both of these stories Rob Thompson later adapted for the Tarzan comic strip and again for the Dell Tarzan comic book.
The second Tarzan radio program began 1 November 1951 and ran for 75 half-hour episodes, ending on 27 June 1953. Lamont Johnson played Tarzan.
Meanwhile, television had emerged as a primary vehicle bringing the character to the public, as the corpus of Tarzan films, especially those of Johnny Weissmuller and Lex Barker, became staples on Saturday morning TV. In 1958, in the middle of his six-film reign as Tarzan, Gordon Scott filmed three episodes for a prospective television series. The program did not sell, and in 1966 the three pilots were edited into a 90-minute television feature entitled Tarzan and the Trappers.
A live action Tarzan series starring Ron Ely ran on NBC 1966–1968 (57 hour-long episodes). The executive producer was Sy Weintraub, and the series was basically a follow-on to Weintraub's series of Tarzan films that began with Tarzan's Greatest Adventure in 1959. Weintraub had dispensed with Jane and portrayed his ape man as well-spoken and sophisticated. Though Ely's Tarzan did not have Jane, he was accompanied by Cheeta the chimpanzee from the movies and a child sidekick, the orphan boy Jai (Manuel Padilla, Jr.), who also played the similar roles of Ramel and Pepe in Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966) and Tarzan and the Great River (1967). The character Jai first appeared in the film Tarzan Goes to India, played by a young actor of the same name.
An animated series from Filmation, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, aired from 1976–1977, with new and repeat episodes in the anthology programs Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour (1977–1978), Tarzan and the Super 7 (1978–1980), The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour (1980–1981), and The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour) (1981–1982).
Following this Joe Lara starred in the title role in Tarzan in Manhattan (1989), an offbeat TV movie, and would later return in a completely different interpretation in Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996), a new live-action series. In between the two productions with Lara, Tarzán, a half-hour syndicated series, ran from 1991 through 1994. In this version of the show, Tarzan was portrayed by Wolf Larson as a blond environmentalist, with Jane turned into a French ecologist.
Disney’s animated series The Legend of Tarzan (2001–2003) was a spin-off from its animated film with Michael T. Weiss as the voice of Tarzan (see Tarzan and Jane in "Animated Films" above). The latest television series was the live-action Tarzan (2003), which starred male model Travis Fimmel and updated the setting to contemporary New York City with Jane as a police detective. The series failed to meet studio expectations and was cancelled after only eight episodes.
Netflix aired an animated series titled Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane set in modern-day where 16-year-old Tarzan returns from the African jungle to a London boarding school where he meets Jane, who helps him solve environmental injustice, crimes and mysteries.
A 1981 television special, The Muppets Go to the Movies, features a short sketch entitled "Tarzan and Jane." Lily Tomlin plays Jane opposite The Great Gonzo as Tarzan. In addition, the Muppets have made reference to Tarzan on half a dozen occasions since the 1960s.
In an episode of The Fairly OddParents, a spoof of Tarzan appears as "Lord of the Drapes", and "Lord of the Shapes", instead of Lord of the Apes.
The Japanese Jungle no Ouja Ta-chan (King of the Jungle Ta-chan) series, originally a manga by Tokuhiro Masaya, was based loosely on Tarzan. It featured the characters of Tarzan and his wife Jane, who had become obese after settling down with Tarzan. The series begins as a comical parody of Tarzan, but later expands to other settings, such as a martial arts tournament in China, professional wrestling in America, and even a fight with vampires.
In another anime, One Piece, Roronoa Zoro is seen doing a Tarzan call imitation during the Skypiea arc.
Taito's 1982 arcade game Jungle King featured a character who resembled Tarzan. Copyright issues required Taito to rename the game, producing Jungle Hunt. The company retained the original character, albeit dressed in safari clothing complete with pith helmet. Gameplay remained unchanged; the player still fought crocodiles and swung from trees, but by ropes instead of vines. Jungle Hunt was subsequently adapted for play on numerous video game consoles and personal computers.
Tarzan Goes Ape was released in the 1980s for the Commodore 64.
Other games focusing on Disney's version of Tarzan include Tarzan Untamed (2001) for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube and Disney's Tarzan: Return to the Jungle (2002) for the Game Boy Advance. Characters from the animated film have also appeared in Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure and Kingdom Hearts.
There have been several Tarzan View-Master reels and packets, plus numerous Tarzan coloring books, children's books, follow-the-dots and activity books.
In the film Histoire de Pen there is a character named after Tarzan and another named after The Phantom.
There is a song by Danish pop group Toy-Box called "Tarzan & Jane", first released as a single in Germany in 1998, and then released worldwide in 1999 to coincide with the release of the Disney film Tarzan (see "Film").
|Film title||Starring||Directed by||Theatrical release||DVD release||Notes|
|Tarzan of the Apes||Elmo Lincoln||1918||based on the first part of the novel Tarzan of the Apes|
|The Romance of Tarzan||Elmo Lincoln||1918||based on the second part of the novel Tarzan of the Apes|
|The Revenge of Tarzan||Gene Pollar||1920||based on the first part of the novel The Return of Tarzan|
|Tarzan and the Golden Lion||James Pierce||1927||based on the novel Tarzan and the Golden Lion|
|Film title||Starring||Directed by||Theatrical release||DVD release||Notes|
|Tarzan the Ape Man||Johnny Weissmuller||1932||First MGM film|
|Tarzan and His Mate||Johnny Weissmuller||1934|
|Tarzan Escapes||Johnny Weissmuller||1936|
|Tarzan Finds a Son!||Johnny Weissmuller||1939||Johnny Sheffield debuts as "Boy"|
|Tarzan's Secret Treasure||Johnny Weissmuller||1941|
|Tarzan's New York Adventure||Johnny Weissmuller||1942||sixth and final appearance of Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane|
|Tarzan Triumphs||Johnny Weissmuller||1943||franchise moves from MGM to RKO under producer Sol Lesser. Jane does not appear in this or the next film.|
|Tarzan’s Desert Mystery||Johnny Weissmuller||1943|
|Tarzan and the Amazons||Johnny Weissmuller||1945||Jane returns to the series, now played by Brenda Joyce.|
|Tarzan and the Leopard Woman||Johnny Weissmuller||1946|
|Tarzan and the Huntress||Johnny Weissmuller||1947||eighth and last appearance of Johnny Sheffield as "Boy"|
|Tarzan and the Mermaids||Johnny Weissmuller||1948||Last film to star Weissmuller |
partially filmed in Mexico
|Tarzan's Magic Fountain||Lex Barker||1949||first film to star Lex Barker. Fifth and final appearance of Brenda Joyce as Jane.|
|Tarzan and the Slave Girl||Lex Barker||1950|
|Tarzan's Peril||Lex Barker||1951||partially filmed in Kenya|
|Tarzan's Savage Fury||Lex Barker||1952|
|Tarzan and the She-Devil||Lex Barker||1953||Final film to star Lex Barker|
|Tarzan's Hidden Jungle||Gordon Scott||1955|
|Tarzan and the Lost Safari||Gordon Scott||1957||first Tarzan film in color|
|Tarzan and the Trappers||Gordon Scott||1958||a black and white television pilot also released to theaters|
|Tarzan's Fight for Life||Gordon Scott||1958||in color, as would be all subsequent Tarzan films; |
last Tarzan film produced by Sol Lesser
the last in the franchise to follow the Weissmuller formula of a pidgin-speaking Tarzan living in a treehouse with Jane. Final appearance of the Jane character in the mainstream Tarzan film franchise.
|Tarzan's Greatest Adventure||Gordon Scott||1959||first of the Sy Weintraub productions, revamping the character as an educated lone adventurer|
|Tarzan the Magnificent||Gordon Scott||1960||Not based on the Burroughs novel of the same name |
Last film to star Gordon Scott
|Tarzan Goes to India||Jock Mahoney||1962||First film to star Jock Mahoney|
|Tarzan's Three Challenges||Jock Mahoney||1963||Last film to star Jock Mahoney|
|Tarzan and the Valley of Gold||Mike Henry||1966||First film to star Mike Henry|
|Tarzan and the Great River||Mike Henry||1967|
|Tarzan and the Jungle Boy'||Mike Henry||1968|
|Tarzan the Ape Man||Miles O'Keeffe||1981||First and only film to star Miles O'Keeffe|
|Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes||Christopher Lambert||1984||First and only film to star Christopher Lambert|
|Tarzan and the Lost City||Casper Van Dien||1998||First and only film to star Casper Van Dien|
|The Legend of Tarzan||Alexander Skarsgård||2016||First and only film to star Alexander Skarsgård|
Competing Films and Remakes
Serials and remakes
- The Son of Tarzan (1920) (P. Dempsey Tabler) – serial based on the novel The Son of Tarzan'
- The Adventures of Tarzan (1921) (Elmo Lincoln) – based on the second part of the novel The Return of Tarzan
- Tarzan the Mighty (1928) (Frank Merrill) – an original story; the working title was Jungle Tales of Tarzan but it is not based on the Burroughs collection of that name
- Tarzan the Tiger (1929) (Frank Merrill) – based on the novel Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar; filmed as a silent but partially dubbed to become the first Tarzan sound film; Last silent serial
- Tarzan the Fearless (1933) (Buster Crabbe) – released as a serial and as an edited feature film
- The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935) (Herman Brix) – released as a serial and as a feature film
- Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938) (Herman Brix) – second feature film version of the serial The New Adventures of Tarzan
- Tarzan of the Apes (1999) – direct to video animated feature (Tarzan voice actor uncredited)
- Tarzan (1999) – animated feature (voiced by Tony Goldwyn)
- Tarzan & Jane (2002) – direct to video animated feature (voiced by Michael T. Weiss)
- Tarzan II (2005) – direct to video animated feature (voiced by Harrison Chad)
- Tarzan (2013) – CGI/Motion Capture (voiced by Kellan Lutz)
- Tarzan and the Trappers (filmed 1958, aired 1966) – three episodes filmed as pilots for a series that never materialized, edited into a television feature, starring Gordon Scott
- Tarzan (1966–1968) – NBC series starring Ron Ely
- Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976–1977) – Filmation animated series (season one) (Robert Ridgely providing the voice of Tarzan)
- Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour (1977–1978) – (season two) (Robert Ridgely)
- Tarzan and the Super 7 (1978–1980) – (seasons three and four) (Robert Ridgely)
- The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour (1980–1981) – (season five, repeats only) (Robert Ridgely
- The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour (1981–1982) – (season six, repeats only) (Robert Ridgely)
- Tarzan in Manhattan (1989) – CBS TV movie starring Joe Lara
- Tarzán (1991–1994) – syndicated series starring Wolf Larson
- Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996) – syndicated series starring Joe Lara
- The Legend of Tarzan (2001–2003) – Disney animated series with Michael T. Weiss providing the voice of Tarzan
- Tarzan (2003) – WB series starring Travis Fimmel
Television pilots with Ron Ely
- Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion (1966) (pilot for the NBC TV series, also released to theaters)
- Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970) (a two-part television episode also released to theaters)
- Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996)
- Tarzan at the Movies, Part 1: Johnny Weissmuller (1996)
- Tarzan at the Movies, Part 2: The Many Faces of Tarzan (1996)
- Investigating Tarzan (1997)
- The One, the Only, the Real Tarzan (2004)
- Tarzan: Silver Screen King of the Jungle (2004)
- I,Tarzan (1996) *
- Tarzan in the Golden Grotto (1969) (Steve Hawkes) (unauthorized by Burroughs' estate)
- Tarzan and the Brown Prince (1972) (Steve Hawkes) (unauthorized by Burroughs' estate)
- Adventures of Tarzan (1985) (Hemant Birje) (unauthorized by Burroughs' estate)
- Lady Tarzan (1990) (Silk Smitha) (unauthorized by Burroughs' estate)
- Tarzan Ki Beti (2002) (Hemant Birje) (unauthorized by Burroughs' estate)
Actors portraying Tarzan
On film (adult)
- Elmo Lincoln 1918, 1918, 1921
- Gene Pollar 1920
- P. Dempsey Tabler 1920
- James Pierce 1927
- Frank Merrill 1928, 1929
- Johnny Weissmuller 1932, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948
- Buster Crabbe 1933
- Herman Brix later billed as Bruce Bennett 1935, 1938
- Glenn Morris 1938
- Lex Barker 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953
- Gordon Scott 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960
- Denny Miller 1959
- Jock Mahoney 1962, 1963
- Mike Henry 1966, 1967, 1968
- Ron Ely 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970
- Miles O'Keeffe 1981
- Christopher Lambert 1984
- Casper Van Dien 1998
- Tony Goldwyn 1999 (voice of animated Tarzan)
- Kellan Lutz 2013 (performance capture)
- Alexander Skarsgard 2016
On film (youth)
- Gordon Griffith (1918, 1918)
- Tali McGregor (1984)
- Peter Kyriakous (1984)
- Danny Potts (1984)
- Eric Langlois (1984)
- Alex D. Linz 1999 (voice of young animated Tarzan)
- Harrison Chad (2005)
- Craig Garner (2013) (performance capture of 4-year-old CGI/Motion Capture Tarzan film)
- Anton Zetterholm (2013) (voice of teen CGI/Motion Capture Tarzan film)
- Rory J. Saper (2016)
- Christian Stevens (2016)
- Ronald Adair 1921 (Broadway)
- Josh Strickland 2006 (Original Broadway Cast – New York, NY)
- Daniel Manche (Tarzan as a youth) 2006 (Original Broadway Cast – New York, NY)
- Alex Rutherford (Tarzan as a youth) 2006 (Original Broadway Cast – New York, NY)
- Dylan Riley Snyder (Tarzan as a youth) 2006 (Original Broadway Cast – New York, NY)
- Anton Zetterholm 2008 (Original German Cast – Hamburg)
- Tarzan of the Movies, Gabe Essoe, 1968
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