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Ron Ely

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ronald Pierce "Ron" Ely (born June 21, 1938) is an American actor and novelist born in Hereford, Texas. Ely is best known for having portrayed Tarzan in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan and for playing the lead role in the 1975 film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. Ely obtained the role after playing various bit-parts, including an airplane navigator in the 1958 film South Pacific and a guest-starring role on Barbara Eden's first television series, the romantic comedy How to Marry a Millionaire. Ely's height (6' 4") and athletic build also won him the title role in the 1975 film Doc Savage, as well as various guest shots. In a 1978 Fantasy Island episode, for example, Ely portrayed Mark Antony in a Roman military short tunic and breastplate that displayed almost as much of his physique as his Tarzan costume had. From 1960-61, Ely starred in the series The Aquanauts. In the 1980s, Ely hosted the musical game show Face the Music. Additionally, Ely hosted the 1980 and 1981 Miss America Pageants, replacing longtime host Bert Parks. In the 1990s, Ely’s roles included a retired Superman in the 1991 two-part episode "The Road to Hell" of the Superboy syndicated television series, and a big game hunter named Gordon Shaw in the 1992 episode "Tarzan the Hunted" of the syndicated Tarzán TV series (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). Until about 2001, Ely made appearances on popular TV shows, his most recent being Sheena and Renegade. He is now retired from acting. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ron Ely, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jun 21, 1938 In Hereford, Texas, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sea Hunt 1958-01-04
Latest Project:
Movie Tarzan Revisited 2017-04-28
Known For
Movie Tarzan Revisited Himself 2017-04-28
Movie Expecting Amish Elder Miller 2014-07-19
Movie In Search of Tarzan with Jonathan Ross Himself 1998-12-22
Movie Slavers Steven Hamilton 1978-02-24
Movie Mitgift Kurt 1976-02-13
Movie Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze Clark 'Doc' Savage Jr. 1975-06-01
Movie Cry of the Black Wolves Bill Robinson 1972-10-04
Movie Alleluja & Sartana Are Sons... Sons of God Hallelujah 1972-12-22
Movie Tarzan's Deadly Silence Tarzan 1970-07-03
Movie Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion Tarzan 1967-09-06
Series Tarzan Tarzan 1966-09-08
Movie Once Before I Die Soldier 1966-12-01
Series The Aquanauts Mike Madison 1960-09-14
Movie The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker Wilbur Fielding 1959-02-20
Series Sea Hunt 1958-01-04
Movie The Fiend Who Walked The West Deputy Jim Dyer 1958-08-01
Movie South Pacific Navigator 1958-03-18
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