Inside the troubled private life of Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller was born as Johann Peter Weissmüller on June 2, 1904 in the small town of Freidorf.

He found his passion at a young age and went on to develop his skills. He began taking swimming lessons at Fullerton Beach on Lake Michigan at the age of seven.

His efforts paid off when he went on to join the Northside YMCA, where he won every race and performed wonders.

He then joined the Illinois Athletic Club at the age of 16, where he later got a tryout against famed swimming coach Bill Bachrach.

Bachrach recalled of the test: “He had the languidness of a teenage puppy. Also, the stroke he used was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen…but the stopwatch said it all; almost record time. When he came out and dried himself off, he was an official member of the Illinois Athletic Club.”

At the age of 17, Johnny held more world records than any other American swimmer.

“Before a race, he asks me what the distance record is. I tell him,” Bachrach said. “‘Okay,’ he says. I will break it. Records mean nothing to him. Although I have trained the boy, I have taught him and I have observed him.”

“I wouldn’t venture a guess what his speed limits are. No matter how fast he swims, he seems to be able to break his new record whenever he wants. He is the strongest swimmer in the world despite his youth, and I look forward to seeing him stretch the distance and break records as he gets older.”

He was gaining a lot of fame and decided to try another niche, acting. He continued to take acting lessons and in 1932 Tarzan The App Man was released and he played the role of Tarzan.

The movie was a success, but playing the role of Tarzan has its drawbacks as people expected him to behave like Tarzan in real life.

“At parties, people expected me to grab the prettiest girl and go the way of the chandelier and the nearest tree,” he said. “Every cook we ever had looked at me with undisguised contempt after the first meal just because I didn’t eat a meal that would choke a horse.”

Talking about his love life, Johnny has been married five times and that was the climax of all the tragedies he went through when he lost his daughter Heidi in 1962 and his son in 2006 due to cancer. . Johnny’s last marriage was to Maria Brock Mandell Bauman and they remained together until he died in Acapulco, Mexico, on January 20, 1984, at age 79.