Ron Ely


Ron Ely

Infobox actor
bgcolour = Silver
name = Ron Ely
caption = Ron Ely as Tarzan
birthdate = birth date and age|1938|6|2
location = Hereford, Texas, U.S.
birthname = Ronald Pierce Ely
notable role = "Tarzan"
"Doc Savage"

Ronald Pierce "Ron" Ely (born June 2, 1938) is the stage name of the American actor and novelist born in Hereford, Texas. He is best known for starring as Tarzan in the 1966 NBC series "Tarzan".

He got the role after playing various bit-parts (including an airplane co-pilot in the 1958 movie "South Pacific)". His height (6' 4") and athletic build also won him the title role in the 1975 "Doc Savage" film, as well as various guest shots: In a 1978 "Fantasy Island" episode, for example, he played Mark Antony in a Roman military short tunic and breastplate that displayed almost as much of his physique as his Tarzan costume had.

In the 1980s, he starred in the series "Sea Hunt" and hosted the musical game show "Face the Music". Additionally, he hosted the 1980 and 1981 Miss America Pageants - replacing longtime host Bert Parks.

In the 1990s, Ely’s roles included a retired Superman in a two-part episode of "Superboy", and a character named Gordon Shaw in the syndicated "Tarzán" (starring Wolf Larson).

In recent years Ely has embarked on a successful writing career and has penned two mystery novels featuring private eye Jake Sands: "Night Shadows" (1994) and "East Beach" (1995).

Ely holds the unique honor of being the only actor to have portrayed three of the most iconic characters in American popular culture: Doc Savage, Superman, and Tarzan.

ee also

*Johnny Weissmuller
*Denny Miller
*Buster Crabbe
*Lex Barker
*Gordon Scott
*Jock Mahoney
*Mike Henry

External links

*imdb name|id=0255935|name=Ron Ely
* [http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/ronely.html Ron Ely at Brian's Drive-In Theater]
* [http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/Ron_Ely_Group/ Ron Ely at Yahoo Groups]
* [http://www.classichunkofman.com/ronely.htm Ron Ely at Classic Hunk of Man]

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ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Ely, Ronald Pierce
SHORT DESCRIPTION=
DATE OF BIRTH= 1938-6-21
PLACE OF BIRTH= Hereford, Texas, U.S.
DATE OF DEATH=
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