Portraying Tarzan was no easy role. Many of these actors performed their own stunts, sometimes suffering injuries that were later written into the script as injuries suffered by Tarzan, proving that he was indeed a man, and unlike other "superheros" such as Superman, was just as vunerable as the rest of us.
Previous to acting, several of the actors had been champion gymnasts and Olympic athletes and brought their agility and strength onto the set. Others had begun their careers as stuntmen on other action movies, and later as stand-ins for earlier Tarzan actors. Many would later go on to roles in westerns and science fiction adventures, paving the way for the thrill-a-minute action movies of today. Click on the image for a larger view of Elmo Lincoln